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Prayers Divided Over Gay-Marriage Ban In Minnesota

Catholic bishops pushed to get a measure onto the November ballot that defines marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution. Now the church is the largest campaign contributor in the marriage amendment debate. But not all Catholics are onboard.
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Vatican Criticizes American Theologian's Book

The Vatican this week strongly criticized a book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret Farley, a prominent American Catholic theologian. The rebuke from the Vatican comes as leaders of an organization of American nuns are in their own dispute with Rome. John Allen, of the National Catholic Reporter, talks to David Greene about the disputes.
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N. Dakota 'Religious Liberty' Measure Sparks Debate

Next week, North Dakota voters will decide whether to add an amendment to the state's constitution that supporters say will guarantee religious freedom. But Measure 3 has prompted debate over what it safeguards and what its consequences might be.
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'Shadow': New Light On Islamic History

Islam is conventionally thought to have arisen in the Arabian desert, free from any outside influences. But a new book by historian Tom Hollander provides some surprising historical context — and an origin story quite different from the one most people know.
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Nuns Fight Back Against Vatican Report

This week, the largest organization for U.S. Catholic Sisters issued their response to a critical report from the Vatican. The report accused the organization of "serious doctrinal problems." Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty for more on the conflict.

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