An ongoing controversy over a fundamental Mormon practice now threatens to affect the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney, a faithful Mormon. Mormons believe in posthumous baptisms that offer their version of Christianity to deceased souls. Some Mormons have conducted the rite for prominent Jews and Holocaust victims. But that's prompted Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel to call on Romney to denounce the practice. Robert Siegel talks to Howard Berkes, who explains the Mormon baptism ritual and the two decade controversy over the baptism of Jews.
In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander writes about his own faith — and what it means to be Jewish — in stories that explore religious tension, Israeli-American relations and the Holocaust.
A student in Cranston, R.I., sued the city over a banner in the high school auditorium. She started receiving death threats after a federal judge ruled in her favor, ordering the banner removed. The school board is expected to decide Thursday whether to appeal the judge's ruling.
Under a revised plan on contraception health coverage, insurance companies — not Catholic institutions — will have to pay for contraception for employees. The issue has been a flash point for Bishops since before the health care law passed through Congress.
The Obama administration has revised a provision of the president's health care law concerning birth control coverage. Now, religious-affiliated organizations may decline to provide the coverage, but allow the employees to get free contraceptives through their health insurer.
The Archdiocese of Boston is taking a business approach to its problem of too many parishes, too few priests and not enough parishioners. It plans to merge parishes into clusters and placing them under one pastor. It will eliminate dozens of parish jobs for lay people and take away local control of a church's budget and religious education program. The plan is being met with considerable pushback from priests and parishioners. Monica Brady-Myerov of member station WBUR reports.
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