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Vatican Reprimand Of U.S. Nuns Divides Faithful

The Vatican reprimanded America's largest organization of Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The Holy See charged the LCWR with promoting programs with "radical feminist themes" that are incompatible with doctrine on issues ranging from homosexuality to women's ordination.
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Watergate Figure, Evangelist Chuck Colson Dies At 80

Chuck Colson went from being one of the nation's most despised men, who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, to a hero of conservative Christians. Following a brief illness, he died Saturday at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife and family at his bedside.
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Parishioner Takes Church Case Straight To Vatican

After Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese announced he was closing several churches, one parishioner took her church's case straight to the Vatican and won. Host Michel Martin speaks with Christine La Salvia of St. James Catholic Church.
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Vatican Criticizes Nuns' Stance On Social Issues

The Vatican has reprimanded the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, saying the group has "serious doctrinal problems." The Vatican assigned an archbishop to reform the conference. The group has taken controversial stances on issues including health care and gender matters. Melissa Block speaks with Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobbying group which works closely with the LCWR.
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Ross Douthat: "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics" (Rebroadcast)

Many former churchgoers are turning to non-traditional Christianity. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explains why he believes America has become a nation of heretics.

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Martha Nussbaum: "The New Religious Intolerance"

A professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago talks about overcoming the politics or fear in an anxious age.

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Stories Put Spotlight On NYPD Surveillance Program

After the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York City Police Department transformed itself into an aggressive domestic intelligence unit and monitored hundreds of Muslims in their mosques, workplaces and schools. Journalist Matt Apuzzo, who helped uncover the story, just won a Pulitzer Prize.
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Threatened Catholics Churches Saved In Cleveland

Twelve Catholic churches that were closed by the Cleveland Diocese will be re-opened after a successful appeal by the affected parishes. Melissa Block speaks with Patricia Schulte-Singleton, who heads "Endangered Catholics Coalition." She is a parishioner of Saint Patrick Parish in Cleveland, one of the churches which had been closed.

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