Former bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, Heather Cook, 59, who caused the death of a 41-year-old father in a drunken hit-and-run incident two days after Christmas in 2014, said "sorry" as she was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday.
Cook, who was relieved of her position with the church earlier this year, made history in 2014 when she became the first female bishop and second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland.
Less than a year after she made history, however, life started going downhill when she hit Thomas Palermo, the married father of two and software engineer as he cycled in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2014. more >>
Some three weeks before he shot dead semi-pro football player Deante Smith, 25, whose wife he allegedly impregnated, Pastor Keon Allison of City of God Church in Detroit, Michigan, declared that he has only been with one woman in the 15 years he's been saved.
The declaration, which came during a fiery sermon delivered in September to his congregation, appears to have been a reaction to raging accusations Smith made publicly on social media that Allison had been having an affair with his wife, Tykia.
Smith, who was mentored by Allison and was once an active member of his flock until late-summer, alleged that his wife had aborted a pregnancy that resulted from an affair with the preacher. more >>
Zoe Hastings, an 18-year-old Texas teenager who was getting ready for work in the mission field was murdered and her bloodied body dumped in a creek earlier this month while she was on her way to church.
Police revealed on Saturday that they had arrested a man they suspect carried out the crime but no motive has yet been released.
A probable cause affidavit cited by KSL and filed on Saturday, exactly one week aftter the teenager was buried, names Antonio Lamar Cochran, 34, as the suspected killer. A CBS report on Monday noted that earlier this year he was acquitted of sexual assault. more >>
The Center for Medical Progress released its 11th undercover video investigation of Planned Parenthood Tuesday in which it shows a Texas-based abortionist describing how she manipulates a baby's position in the womb to pull it out by its feet and trunk first. The technique the abortionist describes, according to pro-life groups, is the same procedure as an illegal partial birth abortion.
In the video, which was recorded during a conference for abortion providers on Oct. 12, 2014, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas abortionist Dr. Amna Dermish is seen describing the methods she uses to perform between 250 and 300 abortions a month, up to 22 weeks gestation, at a clinic where she's the sole provider.
"My aim is to get the specimins out intact," she says, before recounting how she was trained by Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Services, Deborah Nucatola, to move the baby to a breech position "using ultrasound guidence." more >>
The Catholic Bishops of India have condemned an "inhuman act" in which two Dalit children from Sunped village in Faridabad, India, were burned alive last week in an apparent caste dispute.
"This murder of two Dalit infants was an abominable crime," Father Devasagaya Raj told the Fides News Agency. "Attacks of this kind happen all over India against Dalit, the poorest, weakest and most vulnerable of Indians."
"The Catholic Church in India stands with the weakest people and has raised a voice with the government and in society calling for protection and respect for the dignity of the outcast and the poor," he added. more >>
Corey Jones' family was demanding answers after the dedicated church musician was gunned down by a Florida police officer along a dark interstate entrance ramp last Sunday, just hours before he had to be at church to backup the choir.
"I need to know why. Why's my son gone today? Why?" Jones' father, Clinton Jones Sr., pleaded with a cracked voice during a press conference on Thursday.
The Rev. Sylvester Banks Sr., Jones' grandfather and pastor of the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach, Florida, said the community would be watching closely to see how officials handle the case. more >>