The center of the Roman Catholic Church has put a defrocked archbishop under house arrest, pending his criminal trial over accusations of sexual abuse.
Vatican City officials placed 66-year-old Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador of the Holy See and archbishop, under house arrest due to the city-state lacking a proper jailhouse.
"It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal," reported the New York Times. more >>
The head of The Episcopal Church has announced that she will not seek re-election, ending speculation as to whether or not the mainline denomination will have a change in leadership.
The Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori announced Tuesday that she will not seek a second nine year term as Presiding Bishop.
Craig Gross, the founding pastor of XXXchurch.com, recently appeared on the Bad Christian podcast where he discussed Christian actor Kirk Cameron and why pastors need to talk more about the subjects of sex and porn from the pulpit.
His criticism of Cameron stems from differences in strategies for evangelizing. While Gross claims to take a prolonged approach to reaching someone with the Gospel by befriending them long-term, he feels Cameron and his mentor Ray Comfort attempt to save someone in "3 minutes."
"They don't like XXXchurch, so we don't like them," said Gross during the podcast. "[They don't like us] because we hang out with porn stars, they'll never have us on their podcast and they actually take clips from us and play it on their podcast, but they'll never have me on." more >>
A decision by Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas to pay Presbyterian Church (USA) $7.8-milion for a building that the congregation built in the 1920s, nearly 60 years before it joined PCUSA, may strand countless other congregations as they struggle with leaving PCUSA over its policy of allowing non-celibate homosexuals to marry and be in leadership.
HPPC agreed to a settle in a court case that sought to challenge PCUSA's strong assertions that it owns all property under "trust" if a congregation joins the denomination. The position has become a central battleground for churches struggling with PCUSA's progressive positions on homosexuality.
Despite getting an initial injunction in their favor as well as a date in October for a hearing, last week Highland Park and Grace Presbytery reached a settlement wherein the Dallas church will pay $7.8 million by November. more >>
The Church of Scotland has said it's aiming for reconciliation and to bring the country together regardless of the results of the all-important referendum on Thursday that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom or not.
A representative of the Church confirmed the Church's neutrality on the referendum in an email to The Christian Post late last week. He also offered several statements from Rt. Rev. John Chalmers, the moderator of the General Assembly, who addressed Scottish believers in a sermon from St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday.
"There are all sorts of difficult life choices and these should be subject of our prayers, just as my wrestling with the 'Yes/No question' for Scotland will be the subject of my prayers," Chalmers stated. more >>
A South Carolina pastor was sentenced to two weeks in jail for consistently leading church services that disturbed the surrounding community by making too much noise.
Johnnie Clark, the lead pastor of Rehoboth United Assemblies Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is now serving the jail time for violating the city's noise ordinance, according to KHOU.com report.
The Richland County jury found the pastor guilty of unlawful sound amplification following a three day trial. He was sentenced to two weeks in jail after prosecutors laid out their evidence against him. more >>