A North Carolina pastor sparked a fiery debate online Thursday for publicly banning several of his members from church on Facebook for, among other things, "telling lies, causing problems and sowing discord." And he says Jesus told him to do it.
Shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, David McGee, senior pastor of The Bridge Church in Kernersville, North Carolina, revealed to his church family in an extended Facebook post that the church had decided to "disfellowship" two couples from the church: Matt and Amanda Gates, and Chris and Christiana (sic) Yarborough.
"We have to do what God and the Bible tells us to do. So ... we are disfellowshipping Matt and Amanda Gates and Chris and Christiana Yarborough. This means they cannot come to the Bridge, they are no longer welcomed at the Bridge unless they repent," noted McGee in the post. more >>
A Vatican City spokesman has announced the creation of a new tribunal meant to deal with cases against Roman Catholic bishops who failed to stop sexual abuse of minors by priests.
Centered on examining allegations against bishops who failed to report sexual abuse cases to authorities, the tribunal will be held within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Pope Francis will appoint a secretary and permanent staff for the new department, which will have a five year period to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of these new procedures," reported Vatican Radio on Wednesday. more >>
A judge has ruled that a diocese in Texas which broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences is the rightful owner of its church property.
Judge John Chupp of Tarrant County ruled Wednesday that All Saints Episcopal Church belongs to the breakaway Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth rather than the national denomination.
A Florida pastor whose church has garnered controversy for posting a sign denouncing the idea of the Boy Scouts of America having gay scout leaders says that the sign is "not gay bashing."
K.C. McCay, pastor at The Congregational Church of Nokomis, recently displayed an LED sign comparing the notion of gay scout leaders to a fox entering a hen house.
A minister who works as an executive at Presbyterian Church (USA) has filed a defamation lawsuit against the denomination over recently publishing claims that he acted unethically.
The Reverend Roger Dermody, deputy executive director for Mission at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, filed the suit last week in Jefferson Circuit Court in Kentucky.
"Dermody alleges that PCUSA, by itself or through its directors, officers, and/or employees, acting within the scope of their employment, repeatedly and falsely published that Dermody had engaged in 'unethical' conduct as an employee of PCUSA," reads the suit. more >>
A prominent member of the charity Catholic Relief Services who's married to someone of the same sex has resigned from his position.
Rick Estridge, the vice president for overseas finance who had been with CRS for 16 years, announced his resignation Wednesday.