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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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China's Policy On Tibet 'Must Be Realistic'

The Dalai Lama stepped down as the politic leader of Tibet's government-in–exile a year ago to devote himself to spreading a spiritual message of compassion and peace. Still, he's been drawn into talking about violence since a wave of deadly protests swept through the Tibetan areas of China. He talks about those events with Renee Montagne.
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Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries

In his new book, Heaven on Earth, English barrister Sadakat Kadri describes how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the Shariah laws that would govern how Muslim people lead their daily lives. He then reflects on the present day, describing how today's religious scholars interpret the Shariah.

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