Pope Francis has announced that he will create a commission to study the possibility of the Roman Catholic Church allowing women to serve as deacons, which would end the historic practice of exclusively male clergy.
The National Catholic Reporter reported on Thursday that Francis agreed to the commission following a meeting with the leaders of the world's congregations of Catholic women religious, which urged the pope to reconsider the Vatican's traditional standing on the matter.
Francis noted in his conversation with the nuns that the use of female deacons in the early centuries of the Church had been studied in the past, but there was no definitive conclusion on what their role was. more >>
American discount retailer Target is not backing down on a decision that they made in April.
According to Huffington Post, Target CEO Brian Cornell dismissed threats of customers boycotting their stores after they implemented a transgender-friendly bathroom policy. Target announced last month that transgender shoppers and employees are free to choose whichever bathroom they can go to so as long it allows them to correspond with their gender identity.
However, not everyone was happy with the new policy including the American Family Association (AFA). This lead the pro-family organization to start a boycott pledge against Target, saying that they will no longer patronize the store unless they reverse their decision regarding the new bathroom policy. more >>
A 22-year-old Iowa woman who police allege gave birth in a hospital bathroom and then tried to flush the baby down the toilet because she thought it was stillborn, is now facing charges of child endangerment.
A criminal complaint cited by WHOtv, says the woman, Ashley Hautzenrader, entered a restroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics complex at about 9:24 p.m. Sunday and delivered the baby in the toilet.
Hautzenrader told police she was unaware that she was pregnant when she entered the restroom and thought the baby was dead when it came out because it didn't cry. She tried flushing the baby down the toilet, before placing the newborn in a pillowcase and dumping the boy in a trash can. more >>
Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell has responded to a petition signed by over 1.2 million people and ongoing protests against its policy that allows customers who are men according to their birth sex to go into women's bathrooms by saying that women and girls are safe.
Leading evangelist and North Carolina resident Franklin Graham is thanking the state's governor and lawmakers for standing strong in defence of the state's recently passed transgender bathroom law even though the state could lose millions in federal funding.
The Department of Justice sent an ultimatum last week to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials arguing that the state's new bathroom law violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The department threatened legal action if the state government did not meet its Monday deadline to indicate that it is not enforcing its new bathroom law, which prohibits transgender individuals from using state-run bathrooms designated for the opposite biological sex, and allows businesses to establish their own transgender bathroom policies without coercion from local governments. more >>
Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>