Barbara Bradley Hagerty http://weku.fm en After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways To Cope http://weku.fm/post/after-tragedy-nonbelievers-find-other-ways-cope The Mile High Gliding facility at the Boulder Airport in Colorado is one of Carol Fiore's favorite haunts. And it's a perfect day for flying: clear, breezy and with a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains.<p>Fiore used to fly gliders regularly, but a few years ago she stopped. Flying them had become painful.<p>"I felt, in a way, that I was searching for something that wasn't there," Fiore says. "I was looking for that laughter and that incredible time that I had flying with Eric, and he wasn't in the plane with me. I was by myself."<p>Eric was Fiore's husband for 20 years. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 38442 at http://weku.fm After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways To Cope Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son http://weku.fm/post/finding-new-meaning-loss-son <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS7JrI-JPOc</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:03:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 37538 at http://weku.fm Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith http://weku.fm/post/mormonism-scrutinized-yet-evolving-faith Mitt Romney refused to mix religion with politics in this year's presidential campaign, but that didn't repress people's curiosity about Mormonism. His candidacy brought the homegrown faith into the spotlight.<p>Patrick Mason, a professor and chairman of the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, says attention paid to his faith has been twofold. On one hand, it's been good for attracting new converts. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:53:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 36429 at http://weku.fm Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster' http://weku.fm/post/religious-conservatives-election-was-disaster Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.<p>"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.<p>Mohler says white evangelicals moved in lockstep: Seventy-nine percent voted for Republican Mitt Romney, the same percentage as voted for President George W. Bush in 2004. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:37:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 35580 at http://weku.fm For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster' Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term http://weku.fm/post/voters-settle-tight-and-turbulent-presidential-battle-0 Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.<p>"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:59:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 35430 at http://weku.fm Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term Voters To Settle Tight And Turbulent Presidential Battle http://weku.fm/post/voters-settle-tight-and-turbulent-presidential-battle As Americans go to the polls, one of the closest presidential races in years may be determined by a state in the Midwest and a hurricane named Sandy.<p>After a campaign that has cost some $6 billion, the two candidates are in the same place they started: with President Obama a smidgen ahead of challenger Mitt Romney, so close that differences are in most cases statistically insignificant.<p>Obama seems to have regained his footing after his sleepy performance in the first debate last month. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:58:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 35386 at http://weku.fm Voters To Settle Tight And Turbulent Presidential Battle Shift In Mormon Age Policy Widens Women's Options http://weku.fm/post/shift-mormon-age-policy-widens-womens-options Hannon Young was listening with only half an ear during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month when Church President Thomas S. Monson started talking about missionaries. But then Young perked up — and froze, as Monson declared that women no longer have to wait until they are 21 to go on their missions. They can begin at 19, he said.<p>"You could hear an audible gasp throughout the whole conference center," says Young, a freshman at Brigham Young University. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:26:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 35103 at http://weku.fm Shift In Mormon Age Policy Widens Women's Options Sisters And Vatican II: A Generational Tug Of War http://weku.fm/post/sisters-and-vatican-ii-generational-tug-war Fifty years ago, Pope John XXIII launched a revolution in the Catholic Church. The Second Vatican Council opened on Oct. 11, 1962, with the goal of bringing the church into the modern world. Catholics could now hear the Mass in their local language. Laypeople could take leadership roles in the church. And the church opened conversations with other faiths.<p>For American nuns, Vatican II brought freedoms and controversies that are playing out today.<p>Maureen Fiedler joined the Sisters of Mercy in September 1962. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 34148 at http://weku.fm Sisters And Vatican II: A Generational Tug Of War Both Candidates Leave God Off The Campaign Trail http://weku.fm/post/both-candidates-leave-god-campaign-trail Religion used to be everywhere in the presidential elections. George W. Bush courted conservative believers in 2004. In 2008, Sarah Palin excited evangelicals and — unexpectedly — so did Barack Obama.<p>What a difference a few years make. In 2007, then-candidate Obama used evangelical language to describe his Christian conversion: He was a young, secular community organizer who occasionally visited the local Chicago church, when one day he walked to the front of the sanctuary and knelt before the cross.<p>"I felt I heard God's spirit beckoning me," Obama recalled. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:32:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 33747 at http://weku.fm Both Candidates Leave God Off The Campaign Trail Text Reignites Debate: Did Jesus Have A Wife? http://weku.fm/post/text-reignites-debate-did-jesus-have-wife A Harvard researcher says a "new gospel" written on a fragment of papyrus shows some early Christians believed Jesus had a wife. The fragment — which scholars believe was written in the fourth century — is creating a sensation among New Testament experts. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:49:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 33112 at http://weku.fm Anti-Islam Film Crafted To Provoke, Experts Say http://weku.fm/post/anti-islam-film-crafted-provoke-experts-say Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>For many Muslims, the film that sparked at least some of the anti-American violence in Egypt and Libya was breathtakingly offensive. In a moment, we'll look into the mystery behind who made the film.<p>First, NPR's religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty looks at how it was crafted to provoke Muslim believers and what Islamic teachings say about how believers should respond. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:45:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 32884 at http://weku.fm Rev. Moon, A 'Savior' To Some, Lived A Big Dream http://weku.fm/post/rev-moon-savior-some-lived-big-dream Rev. Sun Myung Moon died Sunday at age 92. The controversial founder of the Unification Church was known for attracting young converts in the 1970s and for conducting mass weddings.<p>Sun Myung Moon was born in 1920 to a poor family in what is now North Korea. His life took a dramatic turn on Easter Sunday, 1936, when, he says, Jesus appeared before him. As he told cartoonist and interviewer Al Capp, Moon recognized Jesus from a vision he had had at age 3. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 32307 at http://weku.fm Rev. Moon, A 'Savior' To Some, Lived A Big Dream American Taliban Sues For Religious Freedom http://weku.fm/post/american-taliban-sues-religious-freedom Should Muslims convicted of terrorism be allowed to gather together in prison to pray? That's the question being raised by John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban.<p>The U.S. citizen converted to Islam as a teenager. Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Lindh was caught in Afghanistan. He pleaded guilty to aiding the now defunct Taliban government there and to carrying a weapon.<p>He's been serving a 20-year sentence in a high-security section of a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 32253 at http://weku.fm American Taliban Sues For Religious Freedom The Risks And Rewards Of Romney's Faith Story http://weku.fm/post/risks-and-rewards-romneys-faith-story Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday will be his chance to tell his story to the world. Perhaps the most unique part of that story is his devout Mormon faith.<p>Romney comes from a prominent Mormon family. He's held important leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he rarely talks about his faith. When he does, he seems uncomfortable.<p>In a recent interview on the Catholic television network EWTN, and in another in <em>Cathedral Age</em> magazine, Romney discussed his faith in broad terms. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 07:18:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 32073 at http://weku.fm The Risks And Rewards Of Romney's Faith Story Biden And Ryan Share Faith, But Not Worldview http://weku.fm/post/biden-and-ryan-share-faith-not-worldview When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate, Catholics passed a milestone. For the first time in history, both vice presidential candidates, Ryan and Vice President Biden, are Catholic.<p>But if Biden and Ryan share the same faith, they couldn't be further apart in their cultural and political worldviews. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:42:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 31664 at http://weku.fm Biden And Ryan Share Faith, But Not Worldview The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of http://weku.fm/post/most-influential-evangelist-youve-never-heard David Barton says Americans have been misled about their history. And he aims to change that.<p>"It's what I would call historical reclamation," Barton explains, in his soft but rapid-fire voice. "We're just trying to get history back to where it's accurate. If you're going to use history, get it right."<p>Barton has collected 100,000 documents from before 1812 — original or certified copies of letters, sermons, newspaper articles and official documents of the Founding Fathers. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 30933 at http://weku.fm The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of Olympians' Dilemma: 'Starve My Soul' For Ramadan? http://weku.fm/post/olympians-dilemma-starve-my-soul-ramadan Mazen Aziz, representing Egypt in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has trained for the 10,000-meter, open-water swim for years. It's a grueling race that can take upwards of 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the waves, current or water temperature.<p>But Aziz is Muslim, and with the Olympics falling during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the 22-year-old athlete had to make a choice: be in top physical condition or maintain a primary tenet of his faith.<p>Muslims are meant to refrain from eating or drinking from sunup to sundown for an entire month. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:35:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 29871 at http://weku.fm Olympians' Dilemma: 'Starve My Soul' For Ramadan? Evangelicals Fight Over Therapy To 'Cure' Gays http://weku.fm/post/evangelicals-fight-over-therapy-cure-gays Supporters call it "conversion therapy." Critics call it "praying away the gay." Whatever name you use, it's creating a ruckus in Christian circles about whether a person can change his or her sexual orientation. And now the largest "ex-gay ministry" is rejecting the approach.<p>John Smid was 25 when he came out as gay. Three years later, he found religion — specifically, evangelical Christianity. He says the message was clear: You can't be a Christian and engage in homosexual behavior. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 21:22:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 29197 at http://weku.fm Evangelicals Fight Over Therapy To 'Cure' Gays Feeling Under Siege, Catholic Leadership Shifts Right http://weku.fm/post/feeling-under-siege-catholic-leadership-shifts-right The Catholic Church is drawing a line in the sand.<p>Perceiving its core beliefs to be under threat from popular culture, the White House and even Catholics themselves, the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are pushing back.<p>In recent months, the church leadership has been cracking down on liberal theologians, disciplining nuns and emphasizing a more orthodox theology.<p>The most recent example is the bishops' response to the new health care law. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 07:32:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 29072 at http://weku.fm Feeling Under Siege, Catholic Leadership Shifts Right Bishops Launch 2-Week Campaign Against Health Law http://weku.fm/post/bishops-launch-2-week-campaign-against-health-law The U.S. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:31:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 28378 at http://weku.fm Bishops Launch 2-Week Campaign Against Health Law Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor http://weku.fm/post/southern-baptists-see-their-future-black-pastor The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to elect its first black president on Tuesday: Fred Luter, a former street preacher who turned a dying New Orleans church into a powerhouse. His election is a milestone for the 167-year-old denomination at a time when minorities make up a growing share of a shrinking membership.<p>Luter, who is running unopposed for president of the nation's largest Protestant body, is a departure from his predecessors. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 28256 at http://weku.fm Southern Baptists See Their Future In A Black Pastor Court Rules Against Part Of Marriage Act http://weku.fm/post/court-rules-against-part-marriage-act Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday, it is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>In a unanimous ruling, a federal appeals court has struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Boston, ruled the 1996 law unconstitutional because it denies giving gay couples the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples. As NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, the ruling sets the stage for a potential battle at the U.S. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:52:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 27356 at http://weku.fm Catholic Abuse Case Going To Jury In Philadelphia http://weku.fm/post/catholic-abuse-case-going-jury-philadelphia In a Philadelphia courtroom, jurors are hearing closing arguments in a historic case involving the Catholic sex abuse scandal. William Lynn, a monsignor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the first high-level church official to be tried for his involvement in covering up child abuse, specifically, conspiracy and children endangerment.<p>Journalist Ralph Cipriano has listened through every day of testimony, posting the events for the blog <a href="http://www.priestabusetrial.com">Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial</a>. Thu, 31 May 2012 07:37:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 27280 at http://weku.fm Catholic Abuse Case Going To Jury In Philadelphia Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Takes Combative Turn http://weku.fm/post/philadelphia-priest-abuse-trial-takes-combative-turn A clergy sex-abuse trial is intensifying in a Philadelphia courtroom. One defendant is James Brennan, a priest accused of trying to rape a minor.<p>What's drawing attention is the second defendant, Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn is the first high-level Catholic official to be criminally prosecuted — not for abusing minors himself, but for failing to protect children from predator priests.<p><strong>Failure To Protect?</strong><p>So far, it's been a brutal trial for Lynn. Sun, 27 May 2012 10:32:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 27098 at http://weku.fm Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Takes Combative Turn For Evangelicals, Romney Is The Lesser Of Two Evils http://weku.fm/post/evangelicals-romney-lesser-two-evils On Saturday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at Liberty University, the nation's largest evangelical university. The speech will be attended by nearly 35,000 people, and it will give him a chance to win over a huge constituency that, up until recently, has been lukewarm about his campaign.<p>Case in point: Last fall, the Rev. Fri, 11 May 2012 21:14:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 26331 at http://weku.fm For Evangelicals, Romney Is The Lesser Of Two Evils Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage http://weku.fm/post/same-bible-different-verdict-gay-marriage When President Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage, he cited his Christian faith.<p>"The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know — treat others the way you would want to be treated," he said in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/09/152356770/president-obama-gay-marriage-should-be-legal">his interview with ABC News</a>.<p>Many other people cited their religion to disagree, raising the question: How can people read the same Bible and come to opposite conclusions about same-sex Fri, 11 May 2012 06:52:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 26286 at http://weku.fm Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage Five Philly Priests Removed For Sex Abuse Allegations http://weku.fm/post/five-philly-priests-removed-sex-abuse-allegations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia announced today that he is removing five priests from ministry. Charles Chaput said investigations into other priests accused of abuse will continue.<p>But as NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, victims' advocates are not satisfied.<p>BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY, BYLINE: Last February, a grand jury in Philadelphia issued a scathing report, saying that 37 priests had been allowed to stay in ministry after they had been accused of abusing or acting inappropriately with children. Fri, 04 May 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 25969 at http://weku.fm From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith http://weku.fm/post/minister-atheist-story-losing-faith <em>This is the first in a series of stories on losing faith.</em><p>Teresa MacBain has a secret, one she's terrified to reveal.<p>"I'm currently an active pastor and I'm also an atheist," she says. "I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday's right around the corner — I start having stomachaches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that's totally false."<p>MacBain glances nervously around the room. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:57:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 25717 at http://weku.fm From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith Watergate Figure, Evangelist Chuck Colson Dies At 80 http://weku.fm/post/watergate-figure-evangelist-chuck-colson-dies-80 Charles Colson, who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal and later became an influential evangelical Christian, has died. Colson went from being one of the nation's most despised men to a hero of conservative Christians.<p>Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital on Saturday afternoon following a brief illness, according to a <a href="http://demossnews.com/pf/news/chuck_colson_founder_of_prison_fellowship_colson_center_for_christian_world/">news release</a> from his media representatives. His wife, Patty, and family were at his bedside. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:23:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 25261 at http://weku.fm Watergate Figure, Evangelist Chuck Colson Dies At 80 Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government? http://weku.fm/post/christians-debate-was-jesus-small-government What would Jesus do with the U.S. economy?<p>That's a matter of fierce debate among Christians — with conservatives promoting a small-government Jesus and liberals seeing Jesus as an advocate for the poor.<p>After the House passed its budget last month, liberal religious leaders said the Republican plan, which lowered taxes and cut services to the poor, was an affront to the Gospel — and particularly Jesus' command to care for the poor.<p>Not so, says Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Barbara Bradley Hagerty 24944 at http://weku.fm Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?