September 26, 2013 |
"Five years ago, I would have been afraid of saying anything like what the pope said in his [recent] interview," says the Rev. Tom Reese. "I'm ecstatic. I haven't been this hopeful about the church in decades. " Father Reese had good reason to be afraid. One of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's last acts before becoming Pope Benedict XVI was to fire Reese, who was then editor in chief of the Jesuit magazine "America," which published the Pope Francis interview last week.
May 26, 2011 |
Bishop John L. Meares, a white Memphis faith healer who came to Washington more than half a century ago and started what is now Evangel Cathedral, one of the region's largest black congregations, died May 23 at his home in Upper Marlboro. He was 91 and had congestive heart failure. Bishop Meares first preached in the District in the summer of 1955, when he held a tent revival meeting in what became a parking lot for RFK Stadium. From those early roots, his ever-expanding evangelical congregation migrated...
April 26, 2009 |
I've been bad-mouthing organized religion since the late '70s, when my father had a spiritual epiphany on our living room couch and announced that he wasn't going to church anymore. My mom had always been a member of the Drinking-Coffee-Alone-in-My-House Church, so that was the end of that. But then, last March, in a perfect storm of personal calamity, my marriage imploded the same week that my best girlfriend and I broke up. The events weren't directly related, but it was colossally bad timing.
October 24, 2011 |
Places of worship have long been informal breeding grounds for business relationships and deals among people who become close friends or professional allies. And although not everyone might think church is an appropriate place to form such alliances, members of one Prince William County church have started a group expressly for that purpose — to harness the church's networking potential and foster business relationships while delivering a dose of spirituality. Organizers of the Park Valley Business...
June 6, 2011 |
The choir was singing Sunday morning in a church in Northern Virginia when women burst into the sanctuary to say that the church office had just been robbed at gunpoint. The Christ Is Lord Ministry in Woodbridge was held up before noon as the collection was being counted, Prince William County police said. Police said the robber got in through an unlocked rear door and fled with an undisclosed sum. About 140 people were in the sanctuary, and the choir was "in the midst of singing," said the Rev. Gibrilla Bangura, pastor of...
November 29, 2009
Regarding the Nov. 21 Metro article "U.S. bishops assert their authority": If Roman Catholic bishops are going to start pressuring Catholic politicians to pursue the church's agenda in public legislation, by denying communion to politicians who don't "toe the line," they should not be surprised to find non-Catholic voters reluctant to vote for Catholic candidates. The fear that the church would try to influence public policy was a prime cause of the anti-Catholic prejudice of the electorate for many years.