Statues of Biblical figures recently vandalized at two Catholic churches in Vineland, N.J., were done so in such a way that seems to convey a vicious message, say authorities.
"When you look at how methodical the person was who did this, cutting off the heads, gouging out the eyes, there's some kind of sicko message being communicated," Peter Feuerherd, director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Camden, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "We don't know what that message is, but it is obviously the product of a mind which is disturbed."
The two churches in Feuerherd's diocese that were attacked last Wednesday night were Sacred Heart Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church. The vandals hacked off the head of a statue of the Virgin Mary, sliced a statue of Joseph in half, hammered in the faces of the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) in another statue, according to CBS Local. Reporter Cleve Bryan summarized the damage, saying "the likenesses of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and more were smashed, hacked, and in several cases, decapitated." more >>
The United Methodist Church will review a bishop's decision to support a regional conference's resolution passed in support of same-sex marriage.
The denomination's highest court, the Judicial Council, will review the Desert Southwest Annual Conference's "Marriage Equality Resolution" in April it was announced.
In the recently released docket for the Judicial Council, the reproduced resolution stated that the Conference took a stand in favor of gay marriage, even though the UMC Book of Discipline defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. more >>
Just two days after Dinesh D'Souza pleaded innocent to federal indictment charges that say he violated campaign finance laws, filmmakers partnering with the conservative author and activist for the upcoming "America" documentary released a trailer for the movie set for opening July 4.
"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"America" is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing "The Godfather" Part II, and Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for "Schindler's List." D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed "2016: Obama's America." The film, released in 2012, took a hard look at Obama's past, including his father's associations and political leanings. "2016" took in 33 million at the box office and became the second most popular political documentary in history, behind Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which earned $119 million in 2004, according to THR. more >>
Across the United States people will soon be holding events over a period of seven days to advance the value of the institution of marriage.
Known as National Marriage Week, the annual event will go from Friday, Feb. 7 through the following Friday, which is St. Valentine's Day.
Sheila Weber, executive director for National Marriage Week USA, told The Christian Post that this will be the fifth year for the observance. more >>
Pro-life groups, including activist organization Operation Rescue, are speaking out against the "senseless murder" of a brain-dead pregnant woman and her baby following a court order by a Texas judge on Friday.
"We are grieved that the JPS hospital has removed life support from Marlise Munoz and her baby. As the term 'life support' implies, Marlise's body was alive and supporting a thriving pregnancy at the time support was withdrawn," wrote Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
"It is despicable that dehumanizing and deceptive language was used to refer to Marlise as a 'corpse' and her baby's condition as 'incompatible with life' in order to elicit public support for putting them to death." more >>
Following a court order, John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, announced Sunday that its medical staff removed a pregnant woman from life support.
In a statement shared with The Christian Post on Sunday, Jill Labbe, vice president for community affairs at JPS, commented that the eight weeks Marlise Munoz and her preborn baby have been under their medical care have been difficult for everyone involved.
"The past eight weeks have been difficult for the Munoz family, the caregivers and the entire Tarrant County community, which found itself involved in a sad situation," said Labbe in a statement released shortly after Marlise was removed from life support at 11:29 a.m. Sunday. more >>