A Catholic priest from Ohio who witnessed the prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire last week described it as "inhumane" and "evil," noting that the felon prayed for forgiveness for his crimes.
"What I saw was inhumane. I don't know how any objective observer could come up with any conclusion other than that injection was an evil way to go," Fr. Lawrence Hummer of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Ohio, wrote in an article for The Guardian on Wednesday, revealing that he attended the execution as McGuire' spiritual adviser.
McGuire's execution last week caused controversy after he was given an untested combination of chemicals that had him gasp for air, snort and choke for 10 of the 14 minutes he took to officially die. The 53-year-old convict is believed to have experienced a rare medical phenomenon known as an "air hunger" after he was administered a dose of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. more >>
A Catholic high school president in Seattle has resigned following public controversy that stemmed from the firing of the school's former vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner.
"Sister Mary (Tracy) came to this decision after much prayer and reflection. For Sister Mary it was a difficult, but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is moving forward on a positive path," stated a letter by Eastside Catholic's Board of Trustees on Tuesday, shared by KING 5 News.
Sister Mary Tracy reportedly submitted her resignation on Sunday, and the school has said that search for her replacement will begin soon. more >>
A clergyman and former dean at Yale Divinity School will be tried by the United Methodist Church later this year for officiating his son's same-sex wedding.
Last week, the church trial for The Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, reported the Associated Press. The church trial has garnered much attention due to its spotlighting of the UMC's position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In addition to considering homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching", the UMC Book of Discipline also states that clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages. more >>
Christians, including those from numerous denominations, from across the world are set to observe a time of prayer for the unity of the faith.
The annual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" begins this Saturday and continues for the next seven days. Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox will hold various events centered on praying for the unity of the Christian faith.
Rev. John W. Crossin, executive director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post about the Catholic Church's involvement in the observance. more >>
The United Methodist Church is denying that an Indiana church dismissed its openly gay choir director over his sexual orientation.
Dan Gangler, spokesman for the UMC Indiana Conference, told The Christian Post that First United Methodist Church of Alexandria had other reasons for not re-hiring Adam Fraley.
"The position was not open. Mr. Fraley had resigned earlier in the year and the pastor did not think it wise to re-hire him since he already have once resigned from the position," said Gangler. "This was a personnel decision. The position was the church's position in the first place. The church has the option to fill or not fill a particular position." more >>
A conservative Presbyterian breakaway network of churches founded as an alternative to the more liberal Presbyterian Church (USA) has passed the 100-membership mark.
Founded just two years ago, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians passed the milestone late last year and continues to add more congregations this month.