A Vatican official reiterated this week that divorced remarried Catholics are still banned from taking Communion.
In a lengthy essay published on Tuesday in the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano," Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller acknowledged the tensions the church dealt with in choosing to stand by an earlier tenant.
"Today even firm believers are seriously wondering: can the Church not admit the divorced and remarried to the sacraments under certain conditions? Are her hands permanently tied on this matter? Have theologians really explored all the implications and consequences?" Müller, the Vatican's chief doctrine official, wrote. more >>
The Most Rev. Justin Welby is preparing for what he called the "hugely important" baptism of the royal baby Prince George on Wednesday, and urged other parents to follow suit and have their children baptized.
"We celebrate, first of all, the joy of the parents. It's a wonderful thing, having a baby. All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies," Welby, the leader of the 85-million Anglican Communion, explained in a short film about baptism.
"As a nation we're celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state," he continued. "That's extraordinary. It gives you this sense of forward looking, of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness of history, and what a gift to have this new life and to look forward." more >>
One "C" never felt this good.
A British dad's overwhelmingly joyous celebration of his once failing son who recently scored a "C" on his national math exams is now drawing praise from around the world and has gone viral.
His son who posted a two-and-a-half-minute video of his reaction to YouTube titled "The day I passed maths (sic)" under the user name ariamark on Monday, explained his academic struggles and what getting the "C" meant to him in the About section of the video. more >>
A 58-year-old Christian woman from the U.K. is pushing a legal case against her former children's care employer who did not allow her to take Sundays off due to her religious beliefs, leading to her losing her job.
"We are seeing secular court's ruling on core components of Christian practice," said Andrea Williams, founder of the Christian Legal Centre, which is backing Celestina Mba's case to the Court of Appeals.
"The courts have acted to protect the kara bracelet of the Sikhs, Afro cornrow haircuts, the wearing of the hijab and a Muslim's right to fast, but have refused to grant protection to the cross of the Christian Sunday." more >>
A British church has closed due to a shrinking congregation and will sell its building to members of the area's Muslim community. A spokesperson for the church noted that St. Peter's Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has had an important past in the community but that the current population of attenders was insufficient to keep it open.
"The parish of Cobridge has a long history," the spokesperson told The Daily Express. "But in recent times the number of Catholics living in the area has shrunk to such an extent that those attending Mass at St Peter's were simply no longer able to Marian a priest and the church buildings."
While the church declined to give the names of the buyers, it solicited several offers and ultimately made the decision after meeting with church leadership. more >>
The Sunday Assembly, an atheist group started in the U.K., is looking to raise close to $800,000 to spread its message through digital platforms and continue expanding on a global basis.
"We are a charity, so we can't give stock options so we have to pay wages," explained Sanderson Jones, one of the group's founders. He told Wired.co.uk that there is "an incredible opportunity to change the world for the better," and pointed to studies that show that the community experience of going to church helps people lead healthier lives.
"If we increase people's social capital by creating real-life communities and supporting networks, then we can increase wealth, without spending loads. It's social capitalism. And we think the best way to create more of these meetings IRL, is to harness the power of networked computers, so that we can get away from networked computers," Jones added. more >>