The Roman Catholic Church in Australia has often given too much sympathy to pedophile priests and has not taken abuse allegations seriously enough, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart admitted before a child abuse royal commission on Tuesday.
"I would see that people sometimes have a greater deal of sympathy for a church person than they should have, and they didn't sufficiently identify the crime that that person had committed for what it was," Hart told the commission, according to The Guardian.
"I think these times have made us see quite clearly both in what we think and know but also in our action what we must do." more >>
Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, an expert on the Amish lifestyle, spoke with The Christian Post about the group's need for separation from the general public and their understanding of church and community.
"First of all, it's important to note that the Amish are a very, very diverse people, so when we talk about an Amish lifestyle, that means a lot of different things. You have Amish that have indoor plumbing, phones in their entryways, who can hire drivers to take them places, or gas or kerosene and freezers or you have Amish that have none of those," Johnson-Weiner said.
Johnson-Weiner spoke to the difference between the Amish and English (non-Amish) communities and how that can impact daily life for the Amish. more >>
The British ambassador to the United States has revealed that officials "are close" to identifying the Islamic militant with a strong English accent responsible for the beheading of American journalist James Foley last week.
"We're putting a great deal into the search," Peter Westmacott told CNN on Sunday, referring to the use of sophisticated technology to analyze the killer's voice.
Westmacott refused to comment further on the possible identity of the militant, who is seen in the video dressed in black, standing over 40-year-old Foley. more >>
The minority Christian community in Pakistan is said to be outraged following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore by two Muslim men. Christian advocates have said Muslims often use sexual violence as a means of controlling the Christian population, especially women and girls.
"In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. Rarely rapists are punished," Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill told Fides News Agency.
"Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault. Many girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance," Gill added. more >>
Cornel West, a professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton,accused President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for his response to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
In a BBC interview, West spoke about the treatment of young black impoverished men.
"The American system is an abysmal failure when it comes to keeping track of the humanity of black poor, and in this case, black poor youth. " West stated. "Callousness, indifference has been the response of the Presidents no matter what color, Congress no matter what color." more >>
Like many Americans, I have carefully followed the news from Ferguson, MO involving the tragic shooting of an 18-year-old African American, with the notable exception that he carries my name. And so, every day, I'm reading about the shooting of Michael Brown and the death of Michael Brown and the autopsy of Michael Brown, all of which reminds me of the very real loss of life involved.
As I reflect on what is happening in Ferguson and interact with callers to my radio show, there are five obvious lessons to be learned.
1) The racial divide in America remains wide and deep. more >>