An 80-year old Church of England clergyman, the former archdeacon of Auckland, was found guilty by a Durham crown court of sex offenses against two young men, prompting the CofE to offer its "unreserved apology" amid accusations of a mass cover-up.
The Guardian reported on Thursday that George Granville Gibson was convicted by the crown court of two counts of indecent assault against two men, aged 18 and 26, back when the crimes were committed in the 1970s and '80s.
Gibson was cleared of sodomy and four other indecent assault charges. He admitted before court that he has homosexual urges, but said that he was only attracted to adult men, not young boys. more >>
Christian leaders around the world have been condemning the terror attack in Nice, where at least 84 were killed and scores more injured, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby bemoaning that "human evil kills the innocent cruelly," and Patriarch Kirill wondering what is happening to the human race.
The massacre in the southern French city was carried out by a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, Reuters reported, who drove a heavy truck into large crowds watching the fireworks on Bastille Day. The driver opened fire on civilians before he was shot dead by police officers, at the end killing 84 people and injuring many others.
As world leaders have sent their condolences to French President Francois Hollande, who called the attack a terrorist act, Church leaders have also been quick to condemn the latest massacre to strike France, following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."
One of the largest religious groups in Canada voted to approve a resolution that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages.
The Anglican Church of Canada, member of the global Anglican Communion, approved the measure Monday at their General Synod meeting in Toronto.
The Ven. Michael Thompson, general secretary of ACC, explained in a statement Tuesday that while the initial result had the resolution failing, it was later discovered that this was because of problems counting votes. more >>
Theresa May has been confirmed as the U.K.'s next prime minister after her only rival, fellow Conservative Andrea Leadsom, announced Monday that she was withdrawing from the race.
David Cameron announced shortly after that he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, making good on his promise to allow another leader to step in and take on the challenge of separating from the European Union, following June's referendum.
May will be the first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. The home secretary has mostly chosen to keep her personal life private, but here are five facts about the nation's second female prime minister-in-waiting: more >>
The Anglican Church of Canada will vote Monday on a resolution to change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
The Church's canon defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, but Resolution A051-A1 calls for the removal of the words "union of man and woman" and "husband and wife" and to be replaced by the word "partner."
If passed, the resolution would also allow clergy to officiate same-sex marriages "if it's authorized by the diocean bishop." more >>