WEEK IN RELIGION

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City recently announced that it is severing its ties with the Girl Scouts. On May 1, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann asked the churches in his archdiocese to distance themselves from the Girl Scouts by transitioning away from hosting troops for various meetings and events. Naumann called for his parishes to partner with the American Heritage Girls, which is a Christian scouting organization. Naumann said the reason for the break is that the Girl Scout programs and materials can cause children to be “misled and misinformed” by “secular culture.” Specifically, Naumann said he believes the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has ties to International Planned Parenthood, which Girl Scouts USA pays membership dues. In response, Girl Scouts USA posted on its website that “it does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.” The organization also stated that is a secular organization and has no official position on birth control, abortion and human sexuality.

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SURVEY SAYS

Catholics disagree with church doctrine

According to a Pew Research Center study, many American Catholics disagree with the church’s doctrine on family issues. Close to 58 percent said they supported same-sex marriage, while 66 percent said that using artificial birth control is not a sin.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture” by John Piper

God wrote a book, and its pages are full of his glory. But we cannot see his beauty on our own, with mere human eyes. In “Reading the Bible Supernaturally,” John Piper aims to show us how God works through his written Word when we pursue the natural act of reading the Bible, so that we experience his sight giving power—a power that extends beyond the words on the page. Ultimately, Piper shows us that in the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something miraculous happens: we are given eyes to behold the glory of the living God.

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THE WORD

Mahdi: Pronounced “MAAH-dee.” The “guided one” many Muslims believe will appear at the end of times to restore righteousness for a short period before the end of the world.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Lithuania:

— Roman Catholic: 77.2 percent

— Russian Orthodox: 4.1 percent

— Old Believer: 0.8 percent

— Evangelical Lutheran: 0.6 percent

— Evangelical Reformist: 0.2 percent

— Other: 0.8 percent

— None: 6.1 percent

— Unspecified: 10.1 percent

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