Religion

Maziar Bahari is a journalist, film maker and human rights activist from Iran. His work landed him in an Iranian prison for several month’s in 2009. His memoir Then They Came for Me was the basis for The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. In 2014 Bahari produced and directed the documentary film To Light a Candle about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran. 

To find out more about the film and its maker, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dr. Jim Malarky, Chair of Humanities at Antioch University. 

The People's Pope and the Changing Face of Catholicism

Dec 24, 2014

Join hosts Patrick Potyondy and Leticia Wiggins and their guests, historians David Brakke, Tina Sessa, and Daniel Watkins as they discuss Pope Francis—the “people’s pope”—and how his actions fit into the Church's traditions and its commitment to social justice.

3 Priests Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Defrocked

Oct 28, 2014
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The Cincinnati Archdiocese says three of its priests put on administrative leave years ago after allegations of improper behavior with minors have been defrocked by Vatican officials.
 
The archdiocese said Tuesday that Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper are permanently removed from the priesthood. They had served as priests in southwest Ohio, but were barred from performing priestly acts while on leave.
 

Religious Shunning and Survival

Aug 27, 2014
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There are many religious groups around the United States that practice shunning; they turn away from congregates who leave the group even those from their immediate families.  Experts call shunning a form of psychological bullying.

Community Voices producer Brad Price learned about groups in the Miami Valley that practice shunning and has this story about a young man who was shunned – and how he survived.

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 Conservative leaders from Ohio are headed to Washington this week to lobby for immigration reform in a collaboration between businesses, evangelicals, and law enforcement. Twenty Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with House Republicans Tuesday. While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor.

There’s a bill in the Ohio legislature that would give public school students credit for taking religious classes. The legislation is drawing criticism from people who worry about unintended consequences of it.

Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon says it’s time for public schools to encourage students to take part in religious instruction.

"It’s an attempt on our side to give exposure to God and religious which seemingly has been completely exorcised from our schools," says Patmon.

XavierUniversity in Cincinnati has announced that it will no longer provide birth control insurance coverage for employees.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that President of the Catholic university, Michael J. Graham,says the decision as prompted by national debate over a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law that requires insurers to provide such coverage.

Xavier says the change, announced Monday, goes into effect July 1. The university has about 950 faculty and staff and did not know how many would be affected.

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A lawyer who fought church cutbacks in the Cleveland area says the Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of
overruling the closing of 13 parishes.

The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on church shutdowns.

Attorney Peter Borre says the Congregation of the Clergy ruled last week that Cleveland's Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow procedure in the closings three years ago.