June 5th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, June 5

By Laura Koran, 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: We don't teach hate, says church where anti-homosexual song filmed
About 20 protesters gathered on Sunday outside the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle here to voice opposition to a viral online video that was taped in the church and shows a young child singing song with lyrics that offer a harsh message for homosexuals. The video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, shows a child in front of the congregation, singing "I know that God is right, and somebody's wrong... ain't no homo going to make it to heaven."

CNN: Pope Benedict signals trip to United States in 2015
Pope Benedict XVI signaled on Sunday that he planned to visit the United States in 2015, announcing a major Roman Catholic Church meeting in Philadelphia, which is now hosting a high-profile church sex abuse trial. Benedict, whose sole trip to the U.S. as pope came in 2008, announced that Philadelphia would be the site of 2015’s Catholic World Meeting of Families.

CNN: Utah gay pride parade draws hundreds of Mormon participants
A gay pride parade in Mormon-heavy Salt Lake City drew thousands of participants, including a few hundred Mormons, whose church has been criticized by gay rights activists for its activism against same-sex marriage. The Mormon contingent for Sunday's parade wasn’t made up of gay members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but rather straight Mormons who want to show support for gay and lesbians, according to CNN affiliate KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City.

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Enlightening Reads:

National Catholic Reporter: Vatican criticizes US theologian's book on sexual ethics
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has sharply criticized Just Love, an award-winning book on sexual ethics by Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley, a prominent Catholic theologian at Yale University. "Among the many errors and ambiguities in this book are its positions on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions, the indissolubility of marriage and the problem of divorce and remarriage," the congregation's five-page "Notification" said.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Conservative rabbinic group issues guidelines for same-sex wedding rituals
The Conservative movement - affirming that same-sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages” - last week established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies. The landmark vote by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly follows a 2006 ruling by the committee “favor[ing] the establishment of committed and loving relationships for gay and lesbian Jews.”

Religion News Service: Monks’ caskets suit heads back to court
A group of Catholic monks who sued for the right to sell handmade caskets will head back to court this week, fending off an appeal from the state funeral industry after a federal judge last year struck down a state law that permitted only licensed funeral directors to sell coffins. Three members of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Thursday (June 7) in the case of the monks of St. Joseph Abbey versus Louisiana funeral homes.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: Vatican is unjust to condemn nun's 'Just Love'
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," criticizes the Vatican’s decision to condemn the book "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics" by Margaret A. Farley, a nun in the Sisters of Mercy order.

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Mack Wolford and his father were both serpent handlers who died of snake bites.

CNN: Death of snake handling preacher shines light on lethal Appalachian tradition
Mack Wolford, one of the most famous Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia, was laid to rest Saturday at a low-key service at his West Virginia church a week after succumbing to a snake bite that made headlines across the nation. Several dozen family, friends and members of Wolford's House of the Lord Jesus church in tiny Matoaka filled the simple hall for the service, which lasted slightly more than an hour. At the request of pastor's widow, Fran Wolford, media were forbidden inside the building.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Santosh

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    June 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  2. StandupforTruth

    For a place that is intended for believers, this blog is filled with hateful, condescending remarks from many nonbelievers. This in turn makes a valid argument to those who believe in the divine virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.

    June 6, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • yougottobekiddingme

      standfortruth...you are such a damn hypocritical jerk ! You were bashing every single person who didn't agree with you, including Atheists. This blog is for anyone with an opinion regarding wether they believe or not. CNN did not say "this blog is for believers only. Just as you criticize non-believers for not believing in god, we have to right to criticize you for believing. We think you are as foolish as you think we are. You have the nerve to talk about everyone and then bad mouth them when you did the same thing. You claim to be go damn holyer than thou but you are worse than almost every non-believer I have ever met. You need to practice what you try to shove down everyone elses throat. Humility would be a good thing for you to strive for.

      June 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You nailed it. The idiot you to whom you responded is a brain-dead bozo.

      Thanks for calling him out.

      June 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  3. Kindness

    For you.
    A thought to consider without a typical ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Let go and let god".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome .

    June 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • The Minge of Oprah

      This is really stupid. Ever read the bible? According to it, there aren't going to be any treasures because when you die, that's it. Jesus made some promises and didn't follow through with them. They don't teach it in church either. Pretty funny stuff, that bible.

      June 6, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • YeahRight

      "A thought to consider without a typical ego response"

      Your posts reek of ego so the rest of it is moot, especially since you keep posting this garbage over and over again. LOL!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • youdon'tsay

      You place this remark on "EVERY" religious blog on CNN. can't you please think of something new, for CHRISTS sake !

      June 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things


    June 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  5. Jack

    Today is the day Mitt Romneys Campaign takes a major turn.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:49 am |
  6. Jack

    The youtube video comment... the story... i cant believe this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcxwfkAdDY


    June 5, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • Jack is a Jack Off

      Don't waste your time, people. It's Romney spam.

      June 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
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