The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to remain affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, despite objections to the youth organization's recent decision to allow openly gay scout leaders.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Wednesday, the LDS Church, commonly known as the "Mormon Church," said that, for the time being, they will not sever ties with the national youth organization.
"At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify [Mormon] Church doctrine, values, and standards," the statement noted. more >>
After admitting to having an extramarital affair and resigning from the Florida megachurch he pastored, the grandson of the Reverend Billy Graham, Tullian Tchividjian, petitioned for divorce from his wife Kimberly Tchividjian last Thursday in Broward County.
Filed under his full legal name, William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, his petition for dissolution of marriage is presently listed as having the case status "pending."
In June, Tchividjian announced his resignation from his position as senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, noting that it was "due to ongoing marital issues." more >>
Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar from the Syrian capital of Damascus has said that nine people have died and at least 50 have been wounded in mortar attacks on two churches in his neighborhood. Nassar described the ongoing civil war as a "cruel tragedy without end."
"Part of the war in Syria is to live under indiscriminate bombing, a kind of Russian roulette which is always unpredictable," Nassar told Fides News Agency, lamenting the latest attack on Sunday.
"Of those who died," he added, "At least you will not have to see and live this cruel tragedy without end. You will not see your children, your friends and your neighbors suffer and die in the blind violence and fanatical killing unable to save them or help them without understanding why." more >>
Pope Francis has been urged in a major petition signed by over half a million people, including five cardinals, to clear up the "widespread confusion" in society over the Roman Catholic stance on issues such as gay marriage and divorce.
"College students from coast to coast are asking Pope Francis to reaffirm Church teaching at the Synod," said John Ritchie, director of Tradition Family Property Student Action, referring to the upcoming Synod on the Family in October.
"After Ireland and the U.S. Supreme Court both approved same-sex 'marriage,' a strong reaffirmation of Church teaching could save the sacred institution of marriage, strengthen the family and dispel the lies of the homosexual revolution," Ritchie added. more >>
Former Disney star Selena Gomez recently opened up about removing her purity ring years after she first began wearing it as a promise to God that she would abstain from sex until marriage.
The 23-year-old "Come & Get It" singer, who is a practicing Christian, was first spotted wearing the jewelry as a testament to her faith when she was just 13, and although at the time it was a sacred symbol of her virginity, she says that she eventually grew to discover that "it isn't for everyone." Gomez did not specify when exactly her ring came off, although reports say that it was sometime during her four-year relationship with Justin Bieber, whom she began dating in 2011.
"I'm not embarrassed to say that," Gomez said of having worn a purity ring, according to The Sunday Times U.K. "I'm also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn't for everyone." more >>
Geoffrey Robinson, a retired senior bishop in Sydney, Australia, has told the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that Pope John Paul II failed to show leadership and could not deal with the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church for decades. Robinson claimed that Pope Francis has also failed to demonstrate the needed leadership.
"If I am honest, he handled abuse poorly," Robinson told the inquiry, referring to John Paul II, who served as Vatican leader between 1978 to 2005, at the height of the crisis.