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 >>
On Thursday, some big news emerged regarding the rough-talking and Donald Trump-like president-elect of the Philippines, saying that Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte would like to pay Pope Benedict a visit so he can apologize for his profane remark that gained international criticism.
According to Inquirer, Duterte's spokesman Peter Lavina said, "The mayor [Duterte] repeatedly said he wants to visit the Vatican, win or lose, not only to pay homage to the pope but he really needs to explain to the pope and ask for forgiveness."
During one of his campaign speeches, Duterte, who is also called "Digong" in his hometown, recalled the time when Pope Francis visited the Philippines and the said visit caused massive traffic jams in Manila. "It took us five hours to get from the hotel to the airport. I asked who was coming. They said it was the pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope son of a whore, go home. Don't visit anymore,'" he said. more >>
A local leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is concerned about a recently released report that finds nearly 1 in 5 members are disappointed with the direction of the denomination.
Titled "When We Gather at the Table: A PC(USA) Snapshot," the non-scientific survey of about 3,000 members of the denomination classified 19 percent of respondents as "disappointed and discerning," which meant they did not like the direction of the Church and were seriously considering leaving.
An evangelical historian with Baylor University agrees with Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore's assessment that America was not meant to be a Christian nation in an institutional sense.
In a YouTube video uploaded earlier this month, Moore argued that to believe that America was a "Christian nation" was a product of "theological liberalism" rather than a biblical concept.
While American involvement in church may be on the decline these days, what remains of great interest to many is the End Times and what the Bible has to say about it.
Items like "Blood Moons," the Rapture, and predictions over specific dates for the end have captivated countless people in the United States and the world at large. Yet what do people mean when they talk about the Rapture or Millennialism? What do theologians have to say about the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and the final Judgment?
Billy Hallowell, faith editor with The Blaze, recently released a book detailing the diverse theological opinions on the End Times, titled The Armageddon Code: One Journalist's Quest for End-Times Answers. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) may have as many as one-in-five of its members considering an exit from the mainline denomination, according to a recently released report.
In advance of the PC(USA)'s 222nd General Assembly in June, the largest Presbyterian Church in the nation released a report analyzing the diverse perspectives of its membership.