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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is a religion columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

Dolores Hart, who acted in movies with Elvis Presley, is now Mother Dolores Hart, the prioress, or second-in-charge, at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. (Ignatius Press/Globe Photos)

She kissed Elvis, then became a nun: Mother Dolores Hart pens memoir

In the sultry climate of New Orleans, where she broke into films in 1957's "Loving You," co-starring a young singer named Elvis Presley, Dolores Hart locked lips with the hottest musical sensation of the day. That kiss — a first for both on screen, and in Technicolor, no less — was a stunning start to her brief film career. Published May 8, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York

KELLNER: Dolan symbolizes warming Catholic-evangelical ties

Affable Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, endeared himself to the overwhelmingly evangelical Protestant crowd at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview's 2013 Wilberforce Awards dinner April 27, Published May 2, 2013

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, on Saturday received the William Wilberforce Award from the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. (Associated Press)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan draws praise at evangelical gathering

Before a ballroom packed with people who once might have shunned his words, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, told an audience of evangelical Christians on Saturday night that "the transformation of a culture is a most heroic cause indeed." Published April 28, 2013

KELLNER: Interfaith marriages pose congregational issues

An estimated 42 percent of American marriages are interfaith unions, with partners not sharing the same religion or one claiming no religion at all. That change is likely to affect families, marriage survival rates and even local congregations, an author with first-hand knowledge of the subject says. Published April 25, 2013

KELLNER: 'Killing Jesus' details Christ's death with chilling realism

Mel Gibson was criticized for the graphic portrayal of the Crucifixion in "The Passion of the Christ," and the cable miniseries smash "The Bible" was criticized in some quarters for its realistic rendering. Neither of these versions, however, comes close to the gripping and compelling account brought to readers in "Killing Jesus," a book by Stephen Mansfield. Published April 18, 2013

Eleanor Kraus

KELLNER: Couple acted to save Jews when government dithered

At the end of March, a census taken by Israel's Interior Ministry reported that the Jewish population in the nation stood at 6 million, out of a total population of 8 million. The vast majority of the remainder are Arabs, with another 350,000 non-Arab Christians, press reports indicated. Published April 4, 2013

The Rev. Robert Jeffress has helped to revive the First Baptist Church in Dallas where church membership stands at 11,000, and 3,400 turn out for worship services each Sunday.

KELLNER: Bucking trend, controversial pastor resurrects Dallas church

The Rev. Robert Jeffress knows how to make headlines, as witnessed by a recent kerfuffle over whether or not NFL quarterback Tim Tebow would speak to the congregation at the reverend's First Baptist Church in Dallas. (Mr. Tebow didn't). Last year, the question was whether, Mr. Jeffress, having classified the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as not being Christian, would endorse Mormon candidate Mitt Romney for president. Mr. Jeffress did. Published March 29, 2013

KELLNER: With Pope Francis, a chance for the first real e-papacy

With the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, there seems to have been no shortage of people — Catholic and non-Catholic — offering the new Pope Francis advice. Much, if not most, of that advice has been theological, suggesting a wide range of changes in Church doctrine and rules. Published March 21, 2013

Pope Francis flanked by Monsignor Guido Marini, master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Many U.S. Catholics want Pope Francis to hold the line, inspire

Parishioners and visitors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception expressed hope Thursday that Pope Francis will call the church establishment back to its core mission and values -- and perhaps bring wayward elements of the flock back into line. Published March 15, 2013

** FILE **  The Shroud of Turin, a 14-foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is shown at the cathedral in Turin, Italy, in 2000. (Associated Press)

KELLNER: What if we could use DNA to clone Jesus?

It's a fanciful premise, given that no credible reports exist of actual human cloning ("Walking Dead" extras don't count). But a hard-boiled New York tabloid newspaper reporter, who describes herself as both an "agnostic" and a "lapsed Catholic," believes that if human cloning could be done today, there's genetic material from which another Jesus could — conceivably — be created. Published February 28, 2013

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

D.C. cardinal: New pope must be master of social media

While not revealing his choice for the 267th occupant of the Chair of Saint Peter, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, said that whoever is chosen as the next pope must be conversant in social media as well as the gospel to lead today's global Catholic Church. Published February 22, 2013

KELLNER: Conservative Judaism seeks reformed identity

At one point in its history, the century-old United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was perhaps the largest and most prominent Jewish organization in the United States, claiming as many as 1.5 million members. Today, its approximately 850 congregations have dwindled to 630 in all of North America, and a recent spate of articles in Jewish-oriented media noted the United Synagogue dipped into $5.7 million of reserve funds to finance expansion projects, a move some deemed unwise. Published February 22, 2013

KELLNER: Warren driven by a new purpose — religious freedom

The contentious cause of religious liberty has a new, high-profile advocate: Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of "The Purpose-Driven Life," the 10-year-old publishing phenomenon that has to date sold upwards of 62 million — yes, million — copies. Published February 14, 2013

KELLNER: An intimate look at the man behind Jews for Jesus

Moishe Rosen led a career of preaching the message of Jesus that made an impact on his generation and far beyond. His Jews for Jesus organization says it "exists to make the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide." Published February 7, 2013

Mark A. Kellner

KELLNER: Author urges prayers for ‘johns,’ porn addicts

If prayer can indeed move mountains, Anna Broadway, a 34-year-old writer in San Francisco, is focusing hers on a pretty gigantic one: asking God’s help on behalf of men who patronize prostitutes and those trapped in pornography’s grip. Published January 31, 2013

Mark A. Kellner

KELLNER: ‘End of World’ book should inspire, not frighten

The New Testament’s last book, Revelation (no “s” on the end, please) has inspired all sorts of sermons, tracts, even entire religious movements aimed at provoking fear and repentance, when, one author says, believers should take comfort from its words instead. Published January 24, 2013