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July 31, 2014

Religion in Brief for March 30, 2014

Posted: 03/30/2014 12:01 a.m.


Carter: Some religions still oppress women

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter says male-dominated religions contribute to the oppression and abuse of women by twisting sacred texts to portray females as inferior to men "in the eyes of God."

The 89-year-old Carter makes that argument in his new book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power."

In a recent interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," the former president faulted his former denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Roman Catholic church for denying women the same opportunities as men to serve as pastors and priests.

The Catholic Catechism and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message declare that men and women have different roles but are equal in the eyes of God.

World Vision to hire gay Christians

NEW YORK - A prominent evangelical charity is reversing a policy change announced two days ago to hire Christians in same-sex marriages.

The humanitarian relief agency World Vision said in a letter to supporters last week that the nonprofit had made a mistake by changing its policy for the United States.

Agency officials had said they would now hire Christians in same-sex marriage to avoid a divisive fight that would hurt their work. But the announcement sparked a social media firestorm. Critics said they would no longer give money to the agency, while supporters increased their donations.

World Vision is a $1 billion a year agency based in Washington state that provides disaster relief and supports economic development.

Ball State, lawmakers to talk intelligent design

- Ball State University's president is planning to meet with four conservative Indiana legislators who have questioned her decision to prohibit the teaching of intelligent design in a science course.

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora is inviting the lawmakers to the Muncie campus following their letter this month about whether the school had violated the religious and academic freedoms of the professor involved.

The inquiry is from three Republican state senators and a Republican House member. They say they might seek legislative action over the treatment of the physics professor who faced complaints of teaching creationism.

Married Iowa man will become Catholic priest

- An Iowa man will remain married when he's ordained this summer as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport.

Chris Young, who has been married 29 years, will join the Catholic clergy thanks to a 1980 dispensation from Pope John Paul II, according to the Quad-City Times. The pastoral provision, applies to former clergy of the Episcopal Church.

The 53-year-old Young will be one of about 100 men in the U.S. who became Catholic priests through such a process.

Young was a lifelong Episcopalian until eight years ago and had served as priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Moline, Ill.

Fired Catholic school teacher files complaint

- A Montana Catholic school teacher who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried has filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Shaela Evenson taught middle school literature and physical education at Butte Central Schools for 9 years until the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena dismissed her on Jan. 10 for violating her employment contract, in which she agreed to follow Catholic teachings.

Associated Press