The Ohio Supreme Court Ruled Thursday that the World Harvest megachurch led by televangelist Rod Parsley cannot collect $1 million from its insurer to put toward a $3.1 million settlement for parents who alleged their 2-year-old boy was beaten by a church daycare worker.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that justices unanimously rejected a bid by World Harvest Church to collect $1 million from Grange Mutual Casualty Co. after a lengthy battle in Franklin County courts. The decision overturned a previous ruling in the Franklin County Court of Appeals, which had found that Grange was responsible for providing coverage for damages and legal fees.
On Thursday, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote in the court's opinion that the insurers had a policy agreement with the church that had an abuse and molestation exclusion when it comes to claims. Church lawyers had argued that the boy's injuries inflicted in 2006 were not the result of abuse but excessive corporal punishment. The justices did not see it that way. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
A United Methodist Church bishop believes that disagreements among Christians about LGBT issues and gay marriage are "destroying the very soul" of the church, creating conflict and discord where there should be unity.
"Disagreements among us have led to unbridled acrimony that has led to seeing those with whom we disagree as being other than fully human or as really or truly Christians," said Bishop Gregory Palmer of UMC's West Ohio Conference, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"Our capacity to turn on each another is destroying the very soul of this church, and our willingness to turn on each other rather than toward each other is under-serving our mission," he added. more >>
A North Carolina megachurch Pastor is counting his blessings after surviving a vicious attack.
When Matt Bentley opened the front door to his Charlotte residence on Wednesday afternoon he walked in on a burglary in progress. The intruder stabbed Bentley four times.
NEW YORK — Cuban artist and poet Armando Valladares who spent 22 years in Fidel Castro's gulags for refusing to put a placard on his desk at work that said: "I am with Fidel," was awarded the Canterbury Medal Thursday night in New York City. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Valladares painted and wrote poetry during his time in prison using any materials available to him, such as medicines, burnt nylon, and even his own blood.
On Thursday night at The Canterbury Medal Dinner some of Valladares' original paintings were on display at The Pierre Hotel where he was honored. more >>
Pope Francis has announced that he will create a commission to study the possibility of the Roman Catholic Church allowing women to serve as deacons, which would end the historic practice of exclusively male clergy.
The National Catholic Reporter reported on Thursday that Francis agreed to the commission following a meeting with the leaders of the world's congregations of Catholic women religious, which urged the pope to reconsider the Vatican's traditional standing on the matter.
Francis noted in his conversation with the nuns that the use of female deacons in the early centuries of the Church had been studied in the past, but there was no definitive conclusion on what their role was. more >>