June 6th, 2012
04:33 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, June 6

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: Vatican intensifying crackdown on American nuns
The Vatican denies there's a connection, but its reprimand of an influential American nun, at a moment when the Holy See is already engaged in an intense fight with most American nuns, sends a clear message: The Catholic Church’s leaders think America’s nuns have gone rogue and must be reined in. The Vatican on Monday censured Sister Margaret A. Farley, who teaches at Yale Divinity School, over a 2006 book she wrote that the church said is out of step with official church teaching on human sexuality.

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Religion News Service: Pope’s butler faces trial, and eyes turn to Vatican judicial system
Pope Benedict XVI's former butler is facing up to eight years in jail for allegedly stealing confidential documents from the pope's own desk. But according to a Vatican judge, Paolo Gabriele won't be serving any time in the world's smallest state.

The Christian Post: Hundreds of Iowa Methodists Sign Petition Challenging Gay Marriage Ban
A month after the general assembly of the United Methodist Church struck down a proposed amendment to church doctrine that would have loosened the affirmation of traditional marriage, hundreds of Iowa Methodists have signed a petition openly challenging its decision.

Quote of the Day:

These men, Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin, and Manny Pacquiao, these are God’s billboards for the world–the world to watch, the world to hear, the world to see. And basically what’s the message? God is saying: ‘You like what’s happening in their lives? They’re honoring God in what they’re doing, fine, but what about you?

Pastor Jeric Soriano, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao’s spiritual mentor, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. Soriano believes that Christian Athletes play an important role in spreading tenets of their religion.

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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's Laura Koran

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. StandupforTruth

    Forgive them Father for they know not what they do

    June 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Wrath of Anubus

      Forgive them Poseidon for they know not where they swim.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Antonio, High Chef of the Holy Kitchen

      Forgive them FSM, for they know not how to make pasta.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Ms. Pulaski

      Forgive them CNN, for they have only you to blame.

      June 7, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  2. Wrong!

    Atheists are wrong.

    Case closed!

    June 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Huebert

      We might be, but the odds are in our favor not yours.

      June 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Idiot!

      You're an idiot. Case closed.

      June 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Wrong!


      Case closed!

      June 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I call troll.

      June 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Bard

      What are atheists wrong about? Not believing? Yet there is no reason to believe in any god.

      Gullible people can be convinced that the lack of proof is an extra-special thing to be proudly ignored when deciding to believe...and believing is not always a choice if you have been brain-washed to believe in something.

      There is no magic, no supernatural anything, and no gods at all.

      Sorry, but your case will never be closed until you produce incontrovertible evidence of your god.
      It is not enough to say, "case closed!" if you never made a case in the first place.
      In case you missed it, making a case would entail actually having to make an argument supported by some sort of factual information, yet all you have is hearsay and really nothing but some hallucinations without any reason to think they are more than hallucinations. There is nothing to support your hearsay at all. You cannot force us to believe without showing you couldn't do it honestly using real facts in the first place. You have made no case to close.
      I just made a case and have won already. But I am not closing my mind to anything like you are doing.
      Make a good case and we'll pick it apart. That's what you do with a case – you pick it apart to see if it holds up under scrutiny.
      Go ahead and bring some proof or a link to real proof – you'll be the first person in history to do so.
      Don't you want to be famous? CNN is a happenin' place. You would be an instant millionaire if you could provide real incontrovertible proof. What? Your god won't provide any proof? That's why he doesn't answer prayers, either? Gosh.

      June 7, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      Using basic logic, tell me which is statement is the MOST likely to be true; – 1. God created man in his own image. OR 2. Man created God in man's image.?

      OK, Since you picked 1. tell me this: If God created man in his own image, that would mean that God looks like a man, right? So, why can't WE see him? Please explain.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      Oh, So you say that we cannot see God because God is invisible? Hmmm? That would mean that man WAS NOT created in the image of God, since God is invisible and man is NOT! And YOU DO believe that the Bible is the "word of God, right? Well then if the Bible is the word of God and this word is clearly NOT TRUE, then Your God is NOT TRUE! Your God is a LIE...

      June 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  3. Kindness

    Something 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 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • niknak

      How about you accepting the flying speghetti monster as your lord and saviour.
      His nooddleness is all encompassing.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • niknak

      Or the pink unicorn if you don't like speghetti.....

      June 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • 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 6:47 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      Been there, done that and it brought me nothing but disillusionment and emptiness! Your phony god is imaginary...

      June 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  4. helen keller

    erll, erat weit asn i adnv3 jgot awqdc naenas.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Wrath of Anubus

      Lol! Keller for the win. Best post of the day. Your humor has not fell on deaf, mute blind....

      June 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  5. StandupforTruth

    At life do atheists Love and Hope?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Why do you ask is atheist love and hope? Is it not obvious to you? Tell me, have you ever sat down with a true atheist and had a meaningful discussion? I would venture the answer to be no, because if you had, you would realize that we are only different from you in our lack of belief in a bronze age god. Otherwise, we are just like you in that we love, we hate, we hope, we make babies, we worry about the future of our children and our world, and we have as much morality, if not more, than any Christian has. Open your eyes, and learn to see the world for what it is, a wonderful place, filled with more mystery and joy than all the gods from history could ever promise.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  6. At death atheists believe

    Of course..what YOU also don't realize is..you don't have no proof either

    June 6, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • uglykitten

      Cripple fight!

      June 6, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Idiot!!! We know we don't have proof for your god and at least we admit it, given that we don't see evidence for one there is no just reason to believe in one. You on the other hand are not capable of admitting you don't know...nothing quite like being arrogant!

      June 6, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Huebert

      If your only criteria for belief in something is that nobody has proved it not to exist than you can believe in anything. No one has proved faeries don't exist, or that their isn't a giant teapot on the dark side of the moon. Hell, you can't prove that I don't have diamond plated balls. I only believe in things that have evidence FOR their existence, a criteria that god does not meet.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • karlito

      You're right, I'm thinking at death I'm going to request Thor deliver me to Valhalla

      June 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • At death atheists believe

      We admit we don't have any,you do not accept.Isnt that called...denial???

      June 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • niknak

      But it is you, the religious people who have the have the proof.
      The burden of proof is on you because it is you that are the ones postulating the existence of god.
      It is not us, the athiests who have to disprove your hypothesis.
      But why bother argueing with people who still believe the earth is only 6000 years old.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Wrong!

      burden of proof

      Aww what you gonna whine and cry now that nobody can give you that evidence?

      Acting like a spoiled child won't get you very far

      June 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Wrong! (and you really are)

      Demanding evidence is not acting like a spoiled child, it's acting like a rational adult, something you seem incapable of. Go ahead and try to prove that I can't levitate cars when nobody is watching.

      June 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Wrong!

      you willing to bet your life on that?

      Because the teaching of Jesus(the faith you want evidence) disproved your entir argument.

      It's more along the lines of you..you don't want to the work you yourself,you want someone else to

      June 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      "you don't have no proof either" ???? Have you graduated fifth grade yet? It doesn't appear that you have...

      June 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      UM Wrong, AGAIN! The facts are that there never was a historical Jesus, the one (or is it the three) we find in the Gospels. Go read the three Synoptic Gospels, does it not bother you that in two of the three Jesus acts differently? In one he is full of worry and self-doubt, in the other he is more zen like, like a man smoking way too much weed. Then in John, he is rebellious, strong, even a bit arrogant. Oh, and don't get me started on the differences in the four gospels. You fail.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  7. At death atheists believe


    June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      A death atheists believe in death and nothing more. There is no evidence for an afterlife.

      June 6, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Your handles are becoming unwieldy, Cap'n Sayin Atheism Isn't An Angry Dead Pervert.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      At death, I will believe NOTHING, because I will be DEAD. End of story, game over, lights out... and I will have lived a life full and happy. There will be no regrets, I will leave nothing on the field of life, and you, my friend, will have wasted away, waiting on your magical, bronze age sky daddy god, to show up and he will let you down EVERY time. I am sorry for you, so sorry.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
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