January 26th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

California exorcist's life depicted in new film

Father Gary Thomas's story is portrayed in "The Rite."

A South Bay priest who has performed dozens of exorcisms is having his life story portrayed on the big screen in the new Anthony Hopkins movie "The Rite" which opens later this week.

The movie is about a priest who travels to Rome to learn how to become an exorcist. Father Gary Thomas, the priest who the film’s main character is based on, preaches at a San Jose church on Saratoga Avenue.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church

Jewish hockey player claims he was harassed
January 26th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Jewish hockey player claims he was harassed

A Jewish hockey player sued the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, claiming that coaches of one of its affiliate teams subjected him to harassment and anti-Semitic remarks.

Jason Bailey, 23, is seeking unspecified damages in the action filed in Orange County (California) Superior Court against the Ducks, the Bakersfield Condors and coaches Martin Raymond and Mark Pederson.

"Sorry, we can't comment," said Alex Gilchrist, director of media and communications for the Ducks.

According to the complaint, Bailey endured "a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith" from Raymond, head coach of the Condors. Raymond, according to the lawsuit, would say, "they (referring to Jews) 'only care about money and who's who.' "

Read the full story here about the Jewish hockey player who says he was harassed.

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Filed under: Belief • California • Judaism • Sports • United States

January 26th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Osteen gets serious on sex, prosperity and politics

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

By now you have likely seen or read that megachurch pastor Joel Osteen told CNN’s Piers Morgan he thinks homosexuality is a sin. For years Osteen has been dinged by religious critics as a theological lightweight - for talking too much about sunshine and not enough about sin. But the television preacher with the megawatt smile put his cards on the table in his hourlong interview with Morgan.

Osteen, who is rich, said it would be an insult to God to apologize for that blessing.

He tried to shake off the label of prosperity gospel preacher.

And yes, he said he thinks homosexuality is a sin.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Homosexuality • TV • United States

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