This is the second in a two-part series on SOCE.
A petition calling for the nationwide ban of so-called conversion therapy, more commonly known as Sexual Orientation Change Effort therapy, has reached the desk of President Barack Obama. Leelah's Law would outlaw SOCE for minors and is named after Leelah (Josh) Alcorn, who took her life after therapy allegedly failed to relieve her of depression surrounding her sexuality.
Chris Doyle, a licensed clinical professional counselor and director with the International Healing Foundation, previously spoke with The Christian Post about SOCE and its effect on those struggling with same sex attraction. He also addressed the politics surrounding SOCE and Leelah's Law in particular. more >>
The evangelical humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse has exceeded its donation goal of 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2014 in its popular charity program, Operation Christmas Child.
Through Operation Christmas Child, donors from across the United States and 12 other Western countries can donate shoeboxes filled with small age-appropriate gifts that are then compiled and distributed by the ministry to millions of less fortunate children across the world.
Samaritan's Purse, an organization run by Franklin Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, announced this week that it exceeded its global goal for 2014 by receiving over 10.4 million shoeboxes, with over 8 million of them coming from donors in the United States. The shoeboxes will hopefully provide a glimmer of hope to underprivileged children in more than 100 nations. more >>
Germany's controversial "bishop of bling" Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has reportedly been handed a new job at the Vatican, where he will advise the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation on catechesis. The bishop, who spent $42 million on a luxury residence and caused an uproar for the Roman Catholic Church, was suspended by Pope Francis back in October 2013.
The National Catholic Register reported on Monday that the former bishop of Limburg is expected to begin his appointment in March. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, had apparently informed Tebartz van Elst of the development back in December.
The bishop prompted outrage in Germany in 2013 when it was discovered that he spent over $42 million on a remodeling and building project in Limburg, including a free-standing bath, conference table and private chapel all worth millions. more >>
A traditional marriage group urged the residents of Alabama to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in that state following a ruling from a federal judge.
Last month U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade ruled the state's ban on gay marriage, passed with over 80 percent of the vote in 2006, unconstitutional.
The National Organization for Marriage denounced Alabama's issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples on Monday. more >>
A Christian couple who fled their Washington home with three small children in tow to evade Child Protective Services were eventually tracked down by police in California last week, but not before they had managed to elude authorities for more than a week after receiving donations from various anti-CPS supporters throughout their 1,000-mile journey, a source close to the family has said.
Erica Carey, 29, and her common-law husband, Celve Rengo, 23, took their three kids and fled from their home before CPS could take the children into state custody, a source close to the family told a local NBC affiliate, adding that the couple received donations from various supporters to help them stay out of the grasp of the government.
Although Carey and Rengo hit the road just in time to avoid CPS when they arrived at their Bellingham home to take custody of the children on Jan. 28, the family was finally tracked down at a gas station in California's Santa Cruz County last Thursday where the three children were taken into protective custody. more >>
A number of members from the Vatican commission against sex abuse have reportedly spoken out against Pope Francis' recent comments saying that it's OK to spank children for discipline, and called on the pontiff to revise his comments.
"It might start off as a light tap, but actually the whole idea about hitting children is about inflicting pain," commission member Peter Saunders said at a press conference, The Independent reported on Sunday.
"That's what it's about and there is no place in this day and age for having physical punishment, for inflicting pain, in terms of how you discipline your children." more >>