Pope Francis has sent out a letter to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church declaring that sex abusers have no place in the ecclesiastical body.
In the official letter sent out Monday the pontiff mentioned a July meeting he had with individuals who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. "At my meeting in July with persons who had suffered sexual abuse by priests, I was deeply moved by their witness to the depth of their sufferings and the strength of their faith," wrote Francis.
"This experience reaffirmed my conviction that everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused." more >>
"The greatness of Christianity did not arise from attempts to make compromises with those philosophical opinions of the ancient world which had some resemblance to its own doctrine, but from the unrelenting and fanatical proclamation and defense of its own teaching." - ADOLF HITLER Mein Kampf
The Saturday headline in our statewide Tennessean newspaper heralded, "Church Backs Gay Marriage." This story is causing quite a stir.
Reading the article, the reader gains the impression that this development is simply part of the "larger transformation that's been happening in the U.S." "Younger Christians increasingly accept lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and find themselves at odds with churches that don't." A lady was quoted, "We thought we'd never find a church that's loving and progressive in the Southeast." more >>
Two days before she was ordinated as the first female Episcopal bishop in Maryland and three months before she was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, Bishop Heather Cook was suspected of being drunk at a private party by head of the Maryland diocese, Eugene Taylor Sutton, and he warned the Episcopal church's national leader, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, about it.
A diocesan spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, took Cook to a Baltimore restaurant on Sept. 4 as a gesture of welcome in honor of her then pending ordination into the Episcopal church's high-ranking leadership club.
According to a September entry from a timeline of events document released by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Tuesday, Sutton, who was present at the dinner, raised concern with Schori that Cook may have gotten a bit happy with the alcohol but nothing came of it. more >>
A judge has ruled in favor a diocese that voted to break away from The Episcopal Church regarding a lawsuit over ownership of dozens of church properties worth an estimated $500 million.
Judge Diane Goodstein ruled late on Tuesday that the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rightfully owns the church properties under their diocese and not the Episcopal Church.
In a 46-page decision, Goodstein argued that the diocese owns all real and personal property, according the paperwork connected to the diocesan property. "It is equally undisputed that there is nothing in the deeds of their real property referencing any trust in favor of TEC," reads the decision. more >>
The road to the big day had been long and hard-fought, but Sunday would settle everything. Those guys would leave everything on the field. Some in the crowd were cheering, some were biting their nails. But no one present could be neutral because there was too much at stake.
After all, this had become much more than a game. And then it happened. Just when there was a possibility of redemption, the worst play call in Seattle history took place and the hopes for a team legacy were dashed in mere seconds.
Of course, most people would think I've just described the infamous ending to this year's Super Bowl, but like I stated, this is much more than a game. more >>
Notable preacher and retired pastor John Piper has recently stated that racism is a "human issue" and cannot be merely divided into a "North-South kind of thing."
The chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary recently preached to the congregation of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a sermon titled "The Plundering of Your Property and the Power of Hope", Piper spoke about the suffering Christians endure for their beliefs and practices. more >>