January 4th, 2011
11:18 PM ET

Appeals court says cross on federal land is unconstitutional

By the CNN Wire Staff

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional.

Three versions of the Christian symbol have been erected atop 822-foot Mount Soledad in the posh La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, since 1913.

The current 43-foot cross was erected in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans and has been the subject of near constant judicial back and forth since 1989, when two Vietnam War veterans filed suit against the city, saying it violated the California Constitution's "No Preference" clause.

Read the full story about the court's ruling on the San Diego cross

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Courts

January 4th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Abusive priest suits force archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is filing for bankruptcy protection, it announced Tuesday, citing the cost of lawsuits filed against priests by victims of sexual abuse.

"This action is occurring because priest-perpetrators sexually abused minors," the archdiocese said in a statement announcing it was filing for Chapter 11 protection.

Milwaukee was home to Father Lawrence Murphy, who was accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf boys at St. John's School for the Deaf over the course of decades. He resigned from the post in 1974 and died in 1998.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church

More atheists to come out in 2011, leader predicts
January 4th, 2011
01:16 PM ET

More atheists to come out in 2011, leader predicts

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

We kicked off this new year by asking thinkers representing various traditions to offer predictions for 2011. The responses came in from best-selling authors, esteemed religious leaders and heads of organizations dedicated to faith awareness and understanding.

We also asked for a prediction from David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, who recently offered CNN his views on December and made news when his organization stepped into a Christmastime billboard duel.

Silverman's response to our 2011 query came a little past deadline, but his prophetic thoughts are worth adding to the discussion about what this year may bring.

Nearly every American will know of more atheists at the end of 2011 than they do today, as coming out as an atheist becomes cool. Yes. Cool.

If you have your own ideas about what may come, we'd love to hear them.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Atheism • Belief

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