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Pope to Catholics: Don't breed 'like rabbits'
Catholicism
Written by laika   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 18:26

At BBC News:

Good Roman Catholics do not need to breed like "rabbits", the Pope has said, but should practise "responsible" parenting instead.

Pope Francis spoke as he returned from the Philippines, where he met former street children abandoned by parents unable to afford to care for them.

Standing firm against artificial birth control, he said new life was "part of the sacrament of marriage".

But he said population experts advised three children per family.

 
Pope’s astronomer seeks to bridge science and religion
Science, Etc.
Written by laika   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:15

At stltoday :

[Brother Guy] Consolmagno is an astronomer — a planetary scientist for the Vatican observatory, in fact — who specializes in asteroids and meteorites, the very sort that may well have been the famous “star” described in the Gospel of Matthew.

“It’s fun speculation,” Consolmagno said, smiling through a graying beard while sitting on a bench in Central Park on an unseasonably warm afternoon. “It’s fascinating to realize that there actually are a couple of quite plausible things it could be.

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Mormon Church: Joseph Smith Had Up To 40 Wives
Church
Written by laika   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 19:03

At NPR:

In an essay posted without fanfare to its website in late October, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said for the first time that Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, had as many as 40 wives. Some of those women were also married to friends of his. And one was only 14 when she became Smith's wife.

 
Pope Francis: Evolution is Real
Science, Etc.
Written by Nash Dent   
Monday, 03 November 2014 15:44

At CTVNews:

Pope Francis says the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and God did not wave a "magic wand" to create the universe.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on Monday, Pope Francis urged Roman Catholics to embrace current scientific theories as “required” methods to understand existence. The pope’s suggestions fly in the face of more traditional views that read the Bible as a literal record of the creation and development of the world.

 
Dwindling Southern Evangelicals and the GOP
Politics
Written by UpOnBlocks   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:00

At The Atlantic:

Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.

 
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