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Religious Views of the Terry Schiavo Dilemma

By Deborah Block

Terri Schiavo has died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed. The tube was removed March 18th by a court order sought by her husband, Michael, who contended his wife was severely brain-damaged and would not want to be kept alive artificially in that state.

But her parents have . . . → Read More: Religious Views of the Terry Schiavo Dilemma

Position on same-sex marriage prompts complaints against Calgary bishop

by Bill Graveland

Faced with human rights complaints, Calgary’s outspoken Roman Catholic bishop says he will not be bullied into changing his views against homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

Bishop Fred Henry wrote a pastoral letter to his parishioners last January condemning same-sex marriage. A column based on the letter was also published in the . . . → Read More: Position on same-sex marriage prompts complaints against Calgary bishop

Pomegranate Juice May Clear Clogged Arteries

By Jennifer Warner

Forget the coffee or orange juice: A new study shows that pomegranate juice should be the beverage of choice to fight hardening of the arteries. Researchers found that pomegranate juice not only appears to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, but the antioxidant-rich juice may also reverse the . . . → Read More: Pomegranate Juice May Clear Clogged Arteries

Death Rites of World Religions

Pagan

Beliefs about death Pagans believe that physical death is not the end of life. The dead become unborn, and enter into a state where they may find temporary rest, after which healing and renewing energy for rebirth into a new life occur.

Funeral practices Believers in the pagan goddess traditions wash the dead body . . . → Read More: Death Rites of World Religions

Sacred space in Brazil park

By Maria Pia Palermo

Aderbal Ashogun, a priest in the Afro-Brazilian religion called candomble, claps his hands three times and says a prayer before putting out a candle left at the foot of a tree in Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest. The forest is the world’s biggest park inside a city, covering an area the . . . → Read More: Sacred space in Brazil park

Tuning into Male Energy with Tarot

By June Kaminski

Tarot cards reflect an undeniable study of human and superhuman archetypes. A very strong archetype of every tarot deck is Male Energy. In the Tarot, male energy occurs in several unique contexts. It is seen as a complement to female energy and reflects the evolved nature of men. Several cards within the . . . → Read More: Tuning into Male Energy with Tarot

Paganism thrives, if quietly.

By Tara May

Paganism’s many variations make scholarly research a challenge, expert Scott Russell said. But the University of New Mexico professor persevered. He has traveled the country researching the religious group, and his demographic study of pagans in America is the largest to date.

“I traveled the country meeting pagans and attending their group . . . → Read More: Paganism thrives, if quietly.

Government must revamp its school rules

Jim Brown

Anglophones and immigrants won a partial victory Thursday in their latest court battle for access to English schooling in Quebec. But eight francophone families, who wanted to ensure their children become bilingual by sending them to school in English, were rebuffed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

In a series of 7-0 judgments, . . . → Read More: Government must revamp its school rules

The Garden of the Planets

IN THAT HEADY, imaginative and vital period of Italian culture in the fifteenth century, the Quattrocento, a person could look at the sparkle in a stone and see the captured radiance of the stars, or visit a highly developed garden and find several cultivated sections dedicated to the planets. “As above, so below,” they said, . . . → Read More: The Garden of the Planets

Devil may care

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction doesn’t want its inmates practicing kook religions like Wicca and Satanism. So it went before the state Supreme Court to argue against letting prisoners have quartz crystals and Celtic runes.

State Solicitor Douglas Cole made a novel argument: He claimed that allowing prisoners to freely practice offbeat religions . . . → Read More: Devil may care