November 10th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

Study links regular religious service attendance, outlook on life

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN

(CNN) - A new study shows that attending religious services regularly can mean a more optimistic, less depressed, and less cynical outlook on life.

In a follow-up to its 2008 report that found that attending services increases life expectancy, the Women's Health Initiative observational study based this report on a survey of 92,539 post-menopausal women over 50. The participants made up an ethnically, religiously, and socioeconomically diverse group.

According to the report, to be published this week in the Journal of Religion and Health, those who attend services frequently were 56% more likely to have an optimistic life outlook than those who don't and were 27% less likely to be depressed. Those who attended weekly were less likely to be characterized by cynical hostility, compared with those who did not report any religious service attendance.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief

Seeming parallels abound in Penn State, Catholic Church abuse scandals
The statute of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday, in State College, Pennsylvania.
November 10th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Seeming parallels abound in Penn State, Catholic Church abuse scandals

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Both are managed by male dominated-hierarchies. Both are revered by millions of people. And both allegedly dealt with accusations of sexual abuse of children internally, without going to law enforcement authorities.

To many victims’ advocates, commentators and others, the parallels between this week’s allegations about how Penn State dealt with reports of sex abuse and decade-old revelations about sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church are uncanny.

“It is really a striking and almost identical factual pattern that has emerged in the Catholic Church cases and at Penn State,” says Jeffrey Anderson, a lawyer who has represented hundreds of American abuse victims in lawsuits against the Catholic Church.

Penn State: A campus divided

“The only difference is that two people have been fired at Penn State who were in revered positions,” says Anderson. “That’s in contrast to every diocese in the U.S where a cover-up has been revealed.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pennsylvania • Sex abuse

November 10th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

My Take: Paterno's unfulfilled ethical obligations

Editor's Note: Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., is director of Emory University’s Center for Ethics.

By Paul Root Wolpe, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1969, when I was two years old, and then to Philadelphia when I was 12. Except for a stint in graduate school, I lived my life in Pennsylvania until moving to Atlanta three years ago.

In other words, I was raised in the land of Joe Paterno.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Ethics • Opinion • Sex abuse

November 10th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

CNN Belief Blog's a.m. speed read for Thursday

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

From the Blog:

CNN: ‘Tebowing’ prayer stirs debate, but quarterback is OK with it
No one doubted that Tim Tebow was a great college quarterback and a good kid. He has been very public about his Christian faith and invoked God frequently at news conferences. But all the media attention about his faith made some people weary of the name. He's good, they said, but he's no messiah.


- Dan Merica

Filed under: Uncategorized

About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.