Pope Francis revealed in an interview that the topic of same-sex marriage was not brought up at the Vatican's two-week Synod on the Family in October. He said that what was discussed was how the Church can reach out to parents with gay children, a situation he has faced numerous times.
Francis spoke on a number of topics in his interview with Argentinean paper La Nacion on Sunday, and revealed that despite much media attention, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine on marriage was not addressed – except when it comes to divorced Catholics who have been remarried.
The pontiff addressed reports of Catholic conservatives expressing concern at the synod discussing "positive nuances" of gay couples living together, and clarified that the focus of the conversation was reaching out to families with gay children. more >>
In a time of intense racial tension in the U.S., a megachurch congregation of predominately black members at a thriving Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is making a powerful statement by merging with a struggling predominately white church to launch a second church 22 miles away from its current downtown location.
Shiloh Baptist, led by Pastor H.B. Charles Jr., is merging with Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park, pastored by Michael Clifford. Charles told The Christian Post that it was in "the providence of God" that the merger took place during such a racially charged moment in the nation's history.
"Just a few weeks ago, we were wrestling with the fact that no one really knew what was taking place," Charles, 41, said. "In the providence of God, He's the kind of a God that knew that for us. We are excited that our actions are making their own independent statement for Christ in the midst of all of the racial tension that's in the news these days." more >>
Holy Family Parish of Inverness in Chicago is facing a lawsuit filed by a gay choir director it fired after he became engaged to his partner.
Colin Collette filed suit against the parish on Thursday, arguing that since the state recognizes gay marriages the church should too.
Florida police are searching for Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, who is wanted for questioning in relation to three murders, including that of a pastor, that took place on Thursday afternoon.
Avalos is believed to have shot and killed Pastor James "Tripp" Battle, 31, at the Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. While responding to that call, police also learned of two women who were shot and killed at a nearby home. One of those victims was Avalos' wife, Amber, 33, and the other was her friend, Denise Potter, 46. The couple had six children, and they are all in the custody of a relative.
Avalos' father, Andy, is also a minister at the Bayshore Baptist Church. He was unharmed, and the younger Avalos has not been seen since the shooting. Authorities found the vehicle he was last seen driving on Thursday night but there was no evidence of Avalos. He is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities warned. more >>
A former lesbian candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church has recently announced that she has undergone a "gender transition."
Mary Ann Barclay, a Texas resident who recently garnered headlines for purportedly being barred from ministry over her sexual orientation, announced earlier this week that she was transitioning to "a non-binary person."
"I am so thrilled to share that this past Friday I was able to have 'top surgery' to help me live into my self and my body better. This was, of course, a surgery I have thought about long before coming out as genderqueer," said Barclay, who now abbreviates her first name to M. more >>
A California Roman Catholic diocese that owns the property that once was the Crystal Cathedral has received a $20 million donation for its renovation work.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange announced that an anonymous donor gave $20 million to aid the estimated $113 million renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral.