The top religious news stories in 2012 were disclosed recently by the religious writers of America, the Christian Post, the Huffington News Agency, and the top story for 2012 were insights reported by religious leaders concerning the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The prayer vigils at Newtown’s churches reignited the issue of whether God’s presence or not existed during the unfolding of the massive shooting. Theological debate raged concerning the existence of evil and God’s sovereignty over human will.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/religion-stories-in-2012-_n_2367173.html
A consolidation of top 2012 news religious stories listed is as follows:
#2-Islamic Backlash against “Innocence of Muslims” video created a world wide sensation against the standards of blasphemy. It became a tragic consequence resulting in the death of many, including 4 Americans and its ambassador to Libya.
#3-American bishops lead opposition towards Obamacare as more than 40 Catholic organizations filed suit protesting government interference into religious freedoms.
#4-Religious organizations dealing with gay rights had one church voting for gay recognition of homosexual couples-Episcopal Church; voting on gay clergy and allowing gay friendly mosques in Washington DC.
#5-Pew Study reports that nearly 20% of its people surveyed note “none” for religious affiliation which makes it the fastest growing group in America. World wide one person in six prefer “no affiliation” when asked about religion.
#6-Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith became no factor in the 2012 presidential race. Both republicans and democrats opted to steer clear of the issue for unknown reasons.
#7-Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia became the first senior Catholic official to be found guilty of covering up priestly child abuse.
#8-The Vatican criticizes America’s Leadership Conference of Women for failing to support the Roman Catholic Church policies on abortion, sexuality and female ordination.
#9-Oak Creek Wisconsin was the scene of a hate crime when a self proclaimed white supremist gunned down six Sikh worshippers believing they were Muslim to the dismay of both Sikh and Muslim communities.
#10-Southern Baptist Convention elects first black president in history, the Rev. Fred Luter from New Orleans, Louisiana.