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February 1st, 2013
05:31 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, February 01, 2013

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: Opt out option expected for religious insurers who oppose contraceptives
Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources.


Archbishop Jose H. Gomez chastised his predecessor, now retired Cardinal Roger Mahony (above), for shortcomings after victims came forward during his tenure.

CNN: Files may reveal what the Catholic Church in Los Angeles knew about sex abuse
A California judge has forced the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release some 12,000 pages of church documents revealing how it handled allegations of priest sexual abuse. There were many – 192 priests and bishops were named in litigation, the archdiocese said. "The cases span decades," Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in a statement Thursday. Some go back to the 1930s.

CNN: Heavy sentences in China for 2 Tibetans over self-immolations
A court in southwestern China has given heavy sentences to two ethnic Tibetans convicted of murder for "inciting" people to set themselves of fire, state media reported Thursday. Self-immolation has become a dramatic and harrowing form of protest in recent years for ethnic Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule. Beijing has taken a tough line on the protesters and their associates, accusing the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, of fomenting unrest inside Chinese borders.

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A picture taken on January 31, 2013 shows a new bell baptized 'Jean Marie' displayed upon its arrival among nine new bells, in front of Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. 'Jean Marie' weighs 782 kilograms and plays a A sharp note.

Cambodian monks pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on January 31, 2013 ahead of a lavish funeral procession on February 1.

Pakistani seminary students and people offer funeral prayers for top cleric, Abdul Majeed Deenpuri, 60, who was gunned down in a shooting, in Karachi on January 31, 2013. A top cleric from one of the largest Muslim seminaries in Pakistan was shot dead Thursday, with at least nine other people killed in bombs and shootings in Karachi in the last 24 hours, officials said.

Enlightening Reads:

Huffington Post: Gays Can Be Good Parents, But Same-Sex Marriage Is Still Unjust, Says U.K. Catholic Church
As the U.K. government prepares for its first-ever vote on marriage equality, the Catholic Church in England and Wales conceded in a recent statement that gay couples can make good parents; however, the Church, which is vehemently opposed to same-sex unions, maintained that gay marriage is "unjust" and should not be legalized.

Religion News Service: Vatican admits it doesn’t fully understand youth culture
The Vatican’s culture ministry warned on Thursday (Jan. 31) that the Catholic Church risks losing future generations if it doesn’t learn how to understand young people, their language and their culture. The Pontifical Council for Culture invited sociologists, web experts and theologians to a three-day, closed-door event on Feb. 6-9 aimed at studying “emerging youth cultures.”

The Guardian: Four US states considering laws that challenge teaching of evolution
Four US states are considering new legislation about teaching science in schools, allowing pupils to be taught religious versions of how life on earth developed in what critics say would establish a backdoor way of questioning the theory of evolution. Fresh legislation has been put forward in Colorado, Missouri and Montana. In Oklahoma, there are two bills before the state legislature that include potentially creationist language.

Reuters: Suit claiming Hebrew Nat'l hot dogs not kosher dismissed
ConAgra Foods Inc has won the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by consumers claiming the company's Hebrew National hot dogs and other products are not kosher. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank in St. Paul federal court ruled on Thursday that he does not have jurisdiction over a dispute that he described as "intrinsically religious in nature."

Boston Globe: Catholic event cancels talk by Islam critic
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to be a featured speaker at the DCU Center on March 16.

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CNN: Unholy details of a religious cult
CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks to Rafael Romo about a religious cult whose members were believed to be victims of sex slavery.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. insanity

    http://ensynefo.com/blogs/16559/437528/insanity-exercise-review-from-ne [url=http://insanityaustrala.webs.com]insanity[/url]

    April 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  2. dale

    obviously true.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  3. dale

    the last two times there were 4 consecutive blood moons in the gregorian c alendar was 1948, and 1967. israel reinstated itself in 48, and 6 days war in 67. the next time that happens is 2014-15

    February 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  4. bump

    Some people may use it as a substi.tute for something that is missing in their life. Just like alcohol, drugs, food and s.ex, message boards can be a way of getting some type of satisfaction that is lacking or missing elsewhere.

    If someone has created an online persona, that too can help boost their ego and fuel the cycle of addiction. In regards to message boards, there are some specifics that can directly feed the circle of addiction.

    Post counts, member status tltles (newbie, seasoned vet (**AKIRA), supreme poster (**HAWAII GUEST) etc) and overall admiration from other members can cause someone to spend more and more time at a board or forum.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Blow Me

      February 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • **HAWAII GUEST

      what she said

      February 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • (**AKIRA)

      Hey!! An I a newbie or a seasoned vet?? Seems like a newbie seasoned vet is an oxymoron.

      February 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • **HAWAII GUEST

      white supremest poster

      February 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Interesting. Seems a few people are more bored than usual.

      February 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Akira

      Somebody is...to have written that ridiculous posit on us, hawaiiguest...

      February 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I don't even know what the point of the original post is. It's pretty much non-sensical.
      Lionlylamb is that you?

      February 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • fred

      jealous. nobody mentioned me.

      February 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • Akira

      Hawaii guest:
      Actually, this guy has no room to talk; he troll every CNN blog there is, and you know how many CNN has...
      His talking about US is hypocritical. We must have done something to ruffle his delicate little feathers.

      February 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  5. End Religion

    2009 Oxford study shows New Caledonian crows are thought to employ advanced cognitive abilities previously only thought present in humans and apes. Experiments show sequential tool use. If you haven't seen this first link, it is really cool!

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2009/090805_1.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonian_Crow

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/423444/january-31-2013/craziest-f–king-thing-i-ve-ever-heard-crows-using-tools

    February 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • chuckle

      >>>2009 Oxford study shows New Caledonian crows are thought to employ advanced cognitive abilities previously only thought present in humans and apes.

      i basically wrote that study. as an atheist, basically i did.

      February 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • fred

      holy cow..........or should I say HOLY COW

      whow that was mooooooooving but not not supernatureal

      February 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • woops

      HOLY CrOW

      February 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • fred

      hello other fred that is crow not cow
      and besides the study is something to crow about so don't have a cow

      February 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • fred

      Probably descended from crow magnum man

      February 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • End Religion

      "crow magnum man"

      fred, that was awful. And by that I mean, "success!" :)

      February 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
  6. lionlylamb

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqG-TL0WnjE&w=640&h=390]

    February 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  7. chuchles

    atheists like me did eradicate malaria .

    February 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • fred

      who is chuchles

      February 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
  8. dale

    53 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
    4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
    7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
    9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
    though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
    10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
    11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
    by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
    because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
    For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olUTE9keHCA&w=640&h=390]

    February 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
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