Priest, two others killed in DRC church grenade attack
An unknown attacker in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly ZaÏre), threw a grenade into a church service Sunday morning, killing a priest and two young girls and wounding 10 others, including another priest. The national government blamed an unnamed Rwandan soldier, but the Rwandan-backed rebels who control Goma blame the Army for the Liberation of Rwanda, which is backed by the Congolese government. An estimated 2.5 million people have died in Democratic Republic of Congo territory conflicts over the past three years. The violence has become such a part of the landscape that even after such a tragedy, reports the BBC, the bombed Roman Catholic congregation continued celebrating its open-air Mass after the wounded were taken to the hospital.

Gotta love the Internet
One of the reasons newspapers may have a hard time charging Web site visitors to read their articles is because the particularly good articles wind up being free anyway. On March 15, Weblog noted a Wall Street Journal article about churches radically changing their Holy Week schedules, including moving Maundy Thursday to Tuesday. The article is now available for free, courtesy The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Holy Week:


  • Black clergy courted by GOP | Conservatives hope to make headway among traditionally Democratic African Americans. Many seem willing to listen, but some remain skeptical. (Los Angeles Times)

  • Religious leaders criticize revamped Pentagon nuclear plan | A group of 23 Protestant, Catholic and Jewish religious officials said the plan does not move the world away from the threat of nuclear destruction. (Religion News Service)

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Church & state:

  • Tax breaks for religious groups put on hold | ''This decision represents a victory for the First Amendment that bans state endorsement of religion,' says Louisiana ACLU executive director. (Associated Press)

  • Clergy fears being fenced out | Rockville, Md. clergy and other civic leaders are fuming over a city plan to curb encroachment on residential land and limit the ability of churches and other institutions to restore damaged buildings. (The Washington Times)

  • Popular mentor's removal a 'shock' | Some suspect that the sudden removal of Officer Ronald Williams from a Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club was due to the man's devotion to Christianity (The Washington Times)

  • Commandments' foes miss point | In 1927, displaying the Ten Commandments was a liberal initiative. A pacifist one, even. Seventy-five years later, liberals seem to have forgotten the left-leaning implications of the Bible. (Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

  • Modern-day Moses traverses Tennessee, drumming up support for Commandments in 82 counties | June Griffin has logged more than 7,000 miles in her travels across Tennessee to ask county commissions to adopt her resolution. (The Tennesean)

  • Bill might allow churches more political voice | Meanwhile, church supports sheriff's re-election campaign (The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.)

  • A good neighbor and an atheist | It's a paradox: Dick Hogan, Parker County's best-known atheist, is looked upon as a friendly and good neighbor except for his periodic trips to the Parker County Courthouse to debate religious displays outside and, inside, prayers sprinkled with the word Jesus (Fort Worth [Tex.] Star-Telegram)

  • State targets Amish for unlicensed feeds | Breaking bread with tourists breaks law (The Philadelphia Inquirer)


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Fallout from abuse scandal:

Church abuse news:

  • More than 200 priests have been removed, survey says | A Post-Dispatch survey of the 178 Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States shows that at least 232 priests have been removed over the past two decades because of sexual misconduct with minors. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Church abuse analysis and opinion:

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Is church abuse scandal about pedophilia or homosexuality?

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