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Vatican Bank needs more transparency, regulators say

The scandal-plagued Vatican Bank has a long way to go in order to comply with international standards for independent oversight … Continued

The 2013 budget: A looming drama of biblical proportions

JOSHUA ROBERTS REUTERS Boxes containing copies of the 2013 Federal Budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington … Continued

Saving good government: Obama’s recess appointments

President Barack Obama says he won’t take ‘no’ as an answer from Republicans, so he’s going around them to appoint … Continued

Jesus and the G20: a policy of forgiving debt

By Reverend Steven D. Martin Executive Director, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good On October 1, 2010 Haiti was … Continued

What President Obama left out in his UN speech

By Bishop Neil IronsExecutive Secretary, Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church I believe that God weeps with us for every … Continued

Labor Day religious lessons

As we celebrate Labor Day with barbeques and final trips to the beach this weekend, Americans should take a moment … Continued

American atheists irreligiously united, politically divided

In the United States, largely as a result of the relatively recent, post-1980 alliance between the political and religious right, … Continued

Moral case for financial reform

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment … Continued

Banks as good neighbors

By Lucy Kolin pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakland, Calif. As a parish pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in … Continued

Female moral superiority a dubious basis for reform

Once again, courtesy of the pedophilia crisis in the male-dominated Roman Catholic Church and the financial meltdown caused by Wall … Continued

Interfaith Call for World Peace

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Two contrasting images hovered over the September 6-8 “Prayer for Peace” in Cracow, Poland. … Continued

Devil in a Pinstriped Suit

The Devil used to be a lawyer. This has been made perfectly clear by Hollywood in films such as “The … Continued

A Religious Obligation To Help All Those Suffering — Not Just The Poor

The first question of the Bible is not Cain’s question to God: Am I my brother’s keeper? Rather, it is … Continued

It’s Not Only Moral To Help Your Neighbor, It’s Smart

This is a great question, at a time when we are hearing a constant drumbeat (mainly, though not exclusively, from … Continued

Greed, Poverty and the Global Economic Crisis

Markets, economics, and economists may still command some respect in Washington but as many eminent religious leaders met in Cyprus … Continued

McCain, Obama, Palin: Judgment, Not Guilt By Association, Is The Issue

This is an extremely complicated question and has much more to do with judgment than with faith or even with … Continued

Banking without Interest: Islamic Home Mortgages

Conventional banking has been widespread for years in the Islamic world. While many Muslims and Muslim governments continue to rely … Continued

Let’s Try Biblical Economics

If you listen to the hard-headed people who presumably keep us prosperous, Biblical and Quranic economics are, of course, quaint … Continued

Economic Crisis: Some Are Guilty All Are Responsible

Well, I guess the conservative philosophy of “faith” in free markets that has dominated America for the past 28 years … Continued

If We Rely On Faith To Fix The Economy, We’ll All Need Charity

One practice that the right-wing religious base of the Republican Party definitely does recognize as a sin is what used … Continued