A former Indiana megachurch pastor imprisoned for sexually abusing a former female student at his church's high school is attempting to overturn his prison sentence by accusing the victim of seducing him.
The former leader of a 15,000-person congregation, Jack A. Schaap, 56, who is married and has two children, has asked U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano to overturn his 12-year sentence, "due to the aggressiveness of (the girl) that inhibited impulse control."
Schapp was sentenced in 2013 for sexually abusing the victim and taking her across state lines, and is not set to be released until 2023. more >>
The University of Notre Dame has refused to give official recognition to a student group arguing that children are better off being raised by a heterosexual married couple instead of a same-sex couple.
Notre Dame's Club Coordination Council recently refused to recognize the Students for Child Oriented Policy, prompting some to claim viewpoint discrimination at the Catholic academic institution.
A federal court heard oral arguments Friday and is expected to decide on the fate of Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage next week, about a month after it granted an emergency request to require the state to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple.
U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young reserved judgment after hearing oral arguments Friday in Evansville, Ind., on a plea that Indiana recognize the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, who got married in Massachusetts last year.
On April 10, Young ordered the state to temporarily acknowledge their union, but the order expires next Thursday. more >>
A Marine who overcame extensive injuries from his service in Iraq, spoke about how his faith was tested at a prayer breakfast event in Indiana for the National Day of Prayer Thursday.
Josh Bleill, who now serves as a community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts, was the keynote speaker at the event where he shared the courage he had and recovery he endured after losing both legs during his tour of duty.
"My faith was tested. My life was changed forever. But after 22 months in the hospital, healing mentally, physically and spiritually, I was able to walk off of that plane. … The first thing I did when I got new prosthetic legs with knees was to get down on them and pray and thank God for the life he spared," said Bleill, according to nwitimes.com. more >>
A conservative Roman Catholic group has accused the University of Notre Dame of repression after police reportedly shut down a pro-traditional marriage table they held on campus.
TFP Student Action twice had their display on the Catholic academic institute's campus removed at the behest of police last week.
John Ritchie, spokesman for TFP Student Action, told The Christian Post the display was part of "a seven-day tour for marriage in three states: Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania." more >>
The body of Dr. Teleka Patrick, 30, a Michigan woman who was reportedly "obsessed" with popular Gospel singer Marvin Sapp before she mysteriously went missing last December, might have been found floating in Lake Charles in Porter, Ind., according to local authorities.
An ABC report said a fisherman spotted something floating on the lake just after 7 a.m. Sunday, which turned out to be a female body dressed in dark clothing.
Patrick's family explained in the report that while the identity of the woman has not yet been verified, police told them it could be the body of their daughter. more >>