July 23rd, 2010
03:34 PM ET

NY Catholic Church rejects mosque sale plan

An Islamic group would have used the convent for a mosque.

CNN's Monika Plocienniczak sent this report from New York:

A Staten Island Roman Catholic Church's board whose members include Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan backed out of a plan to sell a vacant convent to a Muslim organization on Thursday.

The Rev. Keith Fennessy, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish on Staten Island, New York, had changed his position on selling the parish convent and in mid-May asked Dolan in a letter not to proceed with the sale.

The church declined to comment, but Fennessy, in a statement released by the Archdiocese of New York, said that "the contemplated sale would not serve the needs of the parish."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • Mosque • New York

July 23rd, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Do you pray before meals?

Your faith may or may not dictate what's on your plate, but how about what comes before? Take a poll on our sister blog, Eatocracy, and let us know!

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Filed under: Culture & Science

July 23rd, 2010
11:35 AM ET

My Take: No conservatism in Gingrich's attack on the ground zero mosque

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

This week, Newt Gingrich joined Sarah Palin in expressing his opposition to the Islamic community center and mosque at ground zero.

Palin’s argument, while wrongheaded, was better. Her appeal was to “common decency.” Don’t build the mosque, she wrote, out of respect for the dead and out of sensitivity to those who lost loved ones on 9/11.

Gingrich’s argument, by contrast, was simply bizarre.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Islam • Politics

July 23rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Pope defrocks U.S. priest over abuse allegations

Pope Benedict XVI has defrocked an Ohio priest after allegations he sexually abused a child, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown said Friday.

Thomas Crum was removed from active ministry last year "in response to credible accusations of sexual misconduct involving a minor," the diocese said in a written statement.

The Vatican, reeling from allegations in recent years, released tougher rules earlier this month aimed at stopping the abuse of children by its priests.

"The Vatican has notified the Diocese of Youngstown that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the request of Thomas Crum and removed him from the priesthood," the diocese said.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse

July 23rd, 2010
09:59 AM ET

My take: Why Americans should care about Ahmadiyya Muslims

Editor's Note: Naseem Mahdi is national vice president and missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

By Naseem Mahdi, Special to CNN

Last weekend, more than 6,000 Ahmadi Muslims gathered in Virginia for their 62nd annual convention. But with more than 2 million Muslims living in the United States, why should Americans care about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (the official name for Ahmadi Muslims) and their convention?

Americans should care because the community, whose membership exceeds tens of millions in 194 countries around the globe, is one of the leading movements in Islam to bring Muslims out of the dark ages — divesting them of the fanatical beliefs that have been the source of so much bloodshed and violence in the world today.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Leaders • Opinion

July 23rd, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Tony Blair: Faith is 'what gets you up in the morning'

Check out this fascinating CNN Connect the World interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about his personal faith, his conversion to Catholicism and his awards for short films about religion, which were announced yesterday.

Here's one quick bite:

How big a role does faith play in your life?

I think if you ask someone of faith, it’s the single most dominant purpose. It's what gets you up in the morning. It’s what keeps you motivated.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Interfaith issues • Leaders • Movies • Politics • United Kingdom

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