The present Orthodox leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, has supported efforts to find common ground between Orthodox and Roman Catholics, which split in 1054 over the issue of papal authority. Jury rules against Jewish pharmacist MIAMI — A jury has rejected a federal discrimination lawsuit brought by an Orthodox Jewish pharmacist who was denied a job at a drugstore because he wouldn't sell condoms. The issue before the jury was whether Eckerd Corp. knew about Hillel Hellinger's religious beliefs and failed to make a reasonable accommodation for him. The jury decided in Eckerd's favor Friday. Eckerd had said there was no way to reasonably accommodate Hellinger's wishes without hurting customer service. • Bellinger, a 41-year-old Hasidic Jew with nine children, had sought unspecified damages for mental anguish, $100,000 in back wages and the part-time job he didn't get in 1995. He testified that his only restrictions were against working on the Sabbath and selling condoms because of a Jewish law against wasting semen. Eckerd attorney Susan Dolin said Bellinger exaggerated his beliefs and twisted anti-discrimination law. She said Eckerd has hired other Orthodox Jews as pharmacists. Bellinger reached confidential settlements of similar claims against the Rite Aid and Walgreen drugstore chains. He acknowledged selling condoms while with Rite Aid. Eckerd has about 2,900 drugstores in 20 states. Decision angers conservative Methodists WILMORE, Ky. — Many Conservative Methodists were "stunned and angered" by a-church committee's decision to dismiss com plaints against 68 clergy who were cp-celebrants in a same-sex "service of holy union," according to Good News, a conservative caucus and magazine. "The committee's decision reflects an arrogant disregard for the order, discipline and a common will of the United Methodist Church," the group said of last week's decision. And it called : for the resignation of Bishop Mel.yih Talbert, who handled the case. ; Conservatives applauded earlier church actions against the Rev. Greg Dell and the Rev. Jimmy Creech, who were found guilty violating church law by performing same-sex unions.