Embattled Bishop Heather Cook has resigned as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and has separately been deposed by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as part of a church disciplinary action. Both announcements came Friday afternoon, with the Presiding Bishop's office issuing a media release stating that Cook "will no longer function as an ordained person in The Episcopal Church."
Cook was indicted on multiple charges in February following a December 27 crash that killed a cyclist, 41-year-old Thomas Palermo.
According to Cook's Sentence of Deposition, the former second-ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland shall be "deprived of the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority of God's word and sacraments conferred at ordination." more >>
At a very young age, Michael began using drugs and alcohol. Problems in his household forced him to earn respect the hard way, no matter what the consequences were. He lived life in the fast lane, and eventually had a falling out. Until God spoke with him and changed his life forever!
His upbringing made him feel as if though the only way he could be in control and have power was being cruel to others. Eventually bringing him to be a part of a biker gang, as an enforcer. This basically meant if demands weren't met he would inflict damage.
Drug dealing and taking drugs was a part of his lifestyle at this point as well. After having children, he swore to always be around for them. But, his life got really out of control and the drugs created a person he never thought he would become. more >>
An Episcopal bishop charged with committing the felony crime of a fatal hit-and-run while intoxicated has resigned from her ecclesiastical position.
Church officials announced Friday that Heather E. Cook resigned as bishop suffragan for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
"The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton and the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland today announced the acceptance of the resignation of Heather E. Cook as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland," read the statement. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
"As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra's cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival," Abedini' letter begins.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and the couple's two children in Boise, Idaho, said that the letter was obtained from a family member in Iran who visited the pastor in prison last week. more >>
FBI officials are investigating a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas, after two gunmen were killed by police officers Sunday evening at an event holding a cartoon contest of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Two men opened fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center just as the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" was set to wrap up. One of the suspects has been identified as Elton Simpson, an American Muslim who was once the subject of a terror investigation, a senior FBI official told ABC News.
The Pheonix, Arizona, resident was convicted of lying to federal agents about his travel plans to Somalia five years ago and was placed on probation. Reports claim that he posted a series of troubling tweets minutes before yesterday's shooting, one using the hashtag #TexasAttack. more >>
The first selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL draft was former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston. It was no surprise to many analysts who predicted Winston would be chosen due to his superior athletic talent. Undoubtedly, Winston is a gifted athlete, but he also comes with a tremendous amount of baggage.
Winston was accused of rape by a classmate, who is now suing him and Florida State University. While he was exonerated by local prosecutors and the university, the investigation, which was spearheaded by a police officer with ties to the Florida State athletic program, was a total sham. The New York Times discovered that Winston was never questioned by authorities, nor was he asked to provide a DNA sample. Even worse, a teammate's video of the incident was never subpoenaed by law enforcement officials. In her lawsuit, the alleged victim, Erica Kinsman, maintains that Winston falsely imprisoned, raped and assaulted her in an off-campus apartment in 2012. As evidence, the medical report cited her bruised knees and discovered semen on Kinsman's body.
The detailed lawsuit also included multiple witness statements verifying Kinsman's charges against Winston. According to David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, Kinsman's chances of prevailing in a trial are "good," due to the amount of specific information included in the lawsuit. Kinsman's attorney, John Klune, believes that Winston is "an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants. He took something here that he was not entitled to and he hurt someone." Due to overwhelming evidence, it is likely that Winston will settle out of court in an attempt to limit a potential public relations nightmare. more >>