Religion Briefing

Catholic school has first lay principal
– MEMPHIS – Christian Brothers High School in Memphis has its first lay principal.
Chris Fay, 34, associate principal at the private school for six years, will welcome students this fall as the first lay principal in the school’s 138-year history.
According to The Commercial Appeal, Fay has been the de facto principal for years as Brother Chris Englert – principal since 1990 – took on additional work at Christian Brothers schools that no longer have brothers on the faculty.
Atheist group allowed to put ads on buses
– BLOOMINGTON – An atheist group can post “You can be good without God” ads on Bloomington city buses.
An agreement announced earlier this week at the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation’s building ends a federal lawsuit filed in May by the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.
The Herald-Times of Bloomington says the agreement allows the group to pay standard rate for the ads, which they can post as often, and on as many buses, as they choose.
The transit corporation previously said the proposed ads violated its advertising policy, which bans statements for or against “controversial public issues.”
Transit corporation officials were not immediately available for comment.
Texas
Baptists to flood El Paso with CDs
– EL PASO – Texas Baptists are starting with El Paso in an effort to put biblical passages in 8.8 million Texas homes by Easter 2010.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas is spearheading the effort, which begins Monday when churches in El Paso begin distributing bilingual multimedia compact discs containing selected scripture readings and personal stories to all 250,000 El Paso homes.
The biblical passages will be from the English Standard Version.
The CDs will be delivered door-to-door, through community block parties and benevolence outreaches such as food pantries.
The state Baptist group has more than 5,500 congregations and 2.3 million affiliated members.
New Lutheran museum opening in St. Louis
– KIRKWOOD – A new museum in suburban St. Louis traces the history of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The museum opens Monday at the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s International Center in Kirkwood.
Exhibits explain the origins of the Lutheran church in Europe, the founding of the Missouri Synod and how the church has grown over the centuries.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has 2.4 million baptized members.
Pope names new auxiliary bishop
– ATLANTA – Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Luis Rafael Zarama as the auxiliary bishop of Atlanta.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregoy is expected to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday to make the announcement. The auxiliary bishop serves as a stand-in when the archbishop can’t perform his duties and to help with a large diocese.
Zarama is a native of Colombia. He was ordained a priest in Atlanta in 1993 and became an American citizen in 2000.

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