"Life begins with the mother's decision…. You don't put the law in there."

Gen. Wesley Clark, Democratic candidate for president, in a newspaper interview appearing January 8.

"The time for preachers to defend their poverty by telling believers that 'Jesus is enough' has come to an end. They should first get riches before they preach."

Vincent Ssempijja, district chairman of Masaka, Uganda, addressing a local Christian gathering. The "health and wealth" gospel has a strong following in Africa.

"The protection of innocent life is not just a political issue, but, much more importantly, it is a basic political responsibility. Catholics cannot legitimately believe that, if they support programs for the poor and marginalized, this 'makes up' for not being consistently prolife."

Raymond Burke, recently installed as archbishop of St. Louis, in a pastoral letter announcing that he would not allow politicians who support abortion to receive Communion.

"Some Western [churches] are giving up missionary efforts in Japan, so Korean preachers will play a larger role in propagating Christianity here, together with Japanese churches."

Paul Hwang, president of Tokyo Aisen Christ Church.

"Most churches have become wedding factories. Organized religion has some responsibility here that it has not borne."

Michael McManus, founder of Marriage Savers.

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