Pope Francis stated in his most in-depth interview thus far on the Roman Catholic Church, published Thursday, that he affirms the social views of the Church, including on homosexuality and abortion, but believes that other issues should also gain focus.
Francis told interviewer, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica, that he did not believe the Church should only focus and speak on hot-button issues. "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible," said the Pontiff in the recently published interview.
"I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context." more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome recently stated that if one is to be a "good Christian" they should pray for their political leaders, even if they do not agree with them.
Pope Francis made these remarks Sunday in Rome as part of a two-hour closed door meeting with clergy wherein the Pontiff talked about the need to pray for leaders.
"Pray for him, pray for her, that they can govern well…A Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian," said Pope Francis. more >>
Presbyterian Church USA's largest congregation in Texas has filed a lawsuit to seek legal protection for their property should they seek dismissal from the denomination.
The Highland Park Presbyterian Church, a Dallas-based congregation with approximately 4,000 members, filed the suit on Tuesday in Dallas County District Court.
Mark Annick of Androvett Legal Media in Dallas is working with Highland Park Presbyterian on the suit over the property. more >>
The Church in Wales voted in a bill to legalize women bishops for the first time on Thursday, marking a historic occasion that is likely to increase pressure on the larger Church of England to follow suit.
"This is an historic day for the Church in Wales. I am absolutely delighted. I am amazed that it was carried through with an overwhelming majority," The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said following the vote. The Laity voted 57 for and 14 against; the clergy backing the bill 37 to 10, and the bishops unanimously in favor.
"However, I am aware that there will be some people who will be disappointed and as Bishops we will now make sure that we pay particular attention to draw up pastoral provision for them," Morgan added. more >>
The pastor of a North Carolina church apologized to his congregation on Sunday after the executive pastor of operations made headlines last week for sending out a distasteful email requesting that "only white people" work as greeters for its Sunday morning worship service.
"Today, I just want to stand before you as your pastor as the father of this house and tell you that I'm sorry. I'm deeply sorry for what you had to go through. I would never in a million years want you to ever have to go through something like that. We're taking full responsibility for this," said Troy Maxwell, senior pastor of the Freedom House Church in Charlotte N.C., where the controversial issue first erupted in a Charlotte Observer report.
"For the mistake we made, I'm asking you, I'm repenting to you today and asking for your forgiveness," he said, before calling his wife, Penny, senior co-pastor and Makeda Pennycooke the pastor who sent to offending email to join him on stage for prayer. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that "sinful" clergy behavior is one of the main reasons people are leaving Roman Catholicism but called on believers to hold on to the Church despite its flaws, during a speaking engagement in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday.
"It's not a bad idea to fess up to the sinful side of the church," Dolan said, who is currently the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and served as Milwaukee Archbishop's between 2002 and 2009.
"In her human side, the church can be imperfect, sloppy and corrupt. We admit her flaws, but we love her all the more because she is Christ on the cross." more >>