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November 12th, 2012
05:52 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, November 12

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: New archbishop of Canterbury is former oil exec who faces global challenges
It's not a career path followed by many. On Friday, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, a former oil executive, was confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, and as such will become head of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. He will take over from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has headed the church for more than a decade, in March. Questions over homosexuality and the ordination of women caused public tension and deep division within the Anglican Communion during Williams' tenure, and that pattern looks set to continue.

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (C-R) leads a prayer at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on November 9, 2012. Kirill arrived in Jerusalem on his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, during which he will visit all the major holy sites.

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The Guardian: Supreme court urged to rule on Sikh leader's claim he is a 'holy saint'
The supreme court [of the United Kingdom] is considering whether it should rule on the spiritual status of a Sikh leader and examine his claim to be a "holy saint". The highly unusual application made by Sant Baba Jeet Singh Ji Maharaj and his followers would force the courts to intervene in an international religious dispute over the ownership of three gurdwaras, or temples, in Bradford, Birmingham and High Wycombe.

New York Times: A Vague Role for Religion in Egyptian Draft Constitution
After months of fierce debate over the place of Islam in government, the assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt has settled on a compromise that opens the door to more religion in governance but mainly guarantees that the issue will continue to roil politics, the Parliament and the courts for many years to come.

Religion News Service: Tibetans have ‘sacred duty’ to support self-immolations
As the 18th congress of China's Communist Party began in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire as Tibetan leaders say they are powerless to stop a growing wave of self-immolations. In fact, exiled Tibetan political leader Lobsang Sangay said that while he highly discourages the drastic action, it is the "sacred duty" of the exiled community to support it. "We have made so many appeals (to stop self-immolations), but they are still doing it," said Sangay, the political successor of the Dalai Lama, as the number of self-immolations by monks, nuns and others swelled to 68 since March 2011.

The Guardian: Pope Benedict to guide followers with personal Twitter account
A Vatican spokesman announced Thursday that a personal Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI would launch before the end of the year. The pope, who favors writing longhand to using computers, might not write all his own tweets but he would have to approve each of them, the Vatican said. The Vatican has its own Twitter account with more than 105,000 followers. It shares news updates and links from the Vatican Radio website multiple times per hour.

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CNN: My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us
Edward J. Blum, a historian of race and religion at San Diego State University, and Paul Harvey, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and editor of the blog Religion in AmericanHistory, explain how Jesus Christ "a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes" and why it is "acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits".

CNN: My Take: 7 Ways religious diversity played in the election
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," lists the ways religious diversity played a role in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

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The American bishops staged a rigorous campaign against the White House's new contraception mandate.

CNN: My Take: Catholic bishops' election behavior threatens their authority
Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair of Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton., argues that “By putting voters in a ‘with us or against us’ bind, some of America’s bishops have risked eroding their own authority.”

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Robert Brown

    God has a pardon for everyone. All you have to do is accept it. Have you accepted your pardon yet?

    November 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • GetReal

      You're god is so evil that if you don't get a pardon you go to hell. Wow, like we really want to worship such a monster. NOT!

      November 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      GetReal,
      God is so good that all you have to do is accept your pardon. You don’t have to work for it, buy it, or earn it. Just accept it. It is a gift from God.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

      Did god tell you this this morning? How many times have you "heard" gods voice?

      November 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • GetReal

      If it's a gift then you shouldn't have to ask for it. What a moron, your god isn't real and that's why man wrote that fear clause into it....believe in the boogie man or else, that is not a loving god, it's a monster.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

      Words written by men who claim to know the word of a bas tard are meaningless

      November 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

      You got to love the Jesus Mediums of the world. lol

      November 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Answer

      You forgot to add this to your spiel Robert..

      "For $15 and postage I'll send you a certificate for my delusions pardon."

      –Don't forget it next time.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • saggyroy

      So all Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin had to do was accept Jesus on their deathbed, and they were pardoned?

      November 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Robert Brown", but I should point out that it is humanly childish of you to offer other humans something from a mythological deity.

      November 13, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    This news report is out dated. Patriarch PUTIN was in Jerusalem like 10 years ago.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 12, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      November 12, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • The Short Yellow Bus

      Get on board! Don't make me count to potato!

      November 12, 2012 at 10:19 am |
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