The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to remain affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, despite objections to the youth organization's recent decision to allow openly gay scout leaders.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Wednesday, the LDS Church, commonly known as the "Mormon Church," said that, for the time being, they will not sever ties with the national youth organization.
"At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify [Mormon] Church doctrine, values, and standards," the statement noted. more >>
Mirroring the Supreme Court reasoning used to implement nationwide gay marriage, 20 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the Obama administration is infringing upon the "dignity" of the Little Sisters of the Poor in forcing the nuns to either violate their religious beliefs or pay crippling fines.
A Roman Catholic order known as the Little Sisters of the Poor filed a request to the Supreme Court last month for an exemption from the Health and Human Services Department's preventive services mandate.
Twenty attorneys general argued in the amicus brief that the Little Sisters of the Poor have religious liberty protections meant to protect their dignity. more >>
Geoffrey Robinson, a retired senior bishop in Sydney, Australia, has told the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that Pope John Paul II failed to show leadership and could not deal with the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church for decades. Robinson claimed that Pope Francis has also failed to demonstrate the needed leadership.
"If I am honest, he handled abuse poorly," Robinson told the inquiry, referring to John Paul II, who served as Vatican leader between 1978 to 2005, at the height of the crisis.
The Center for Medical Progress released its eighth investigative video highlighting Planned Parenthood's aborted baby body parts compensation practices on Tuesday, which purports to show the CEO of StemExpress admitting that abortion clinics "profit" from the sell aborted babies.
The new footage features a meeting between two CMP undercover investigators, who pose as representatives of a fetal tissue procurement company, and Cate Dyer, the CEO of one of Planned Parenthood's former fetal tissue procurement partner company, StemExpress.
In the video, Dyer asserts that contamination in abortion clinics is so bad that many shouldn't be operating because they're fraught with health and safety violations that pose a danger to women's health. more >>
One of the lead actresses in the soon-to-be-released film "War Room," has written an accompanying book, Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer, guiding readers how to use prayer as a weapon to fight against ungodly spiritual attacks in every area of their life.
"Fervent will uncover the enemy who is lurking behind the scenes of some of your life's most pressing problems. Then, it will equip you with the tools you need to craft your own strategy of prayers so that you can stand firm against his (devil's) schemes," explains Shirer, a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Going Beyond Ministries, to The Christian Post.
Using the outline of a military strategy to highlight the power of prayer, the book accompanies brother writers and producer Alex and Stephen Kendrick's film "War Room," hitting theaters Aug. 28. Shirer makes her acting debut in the upcoming Christian drama about prayer being a powerful weapon. more >>
A woman who married Jesus Christ in Indiana last Saturday, pledging to live in celibacy for the rest of her life, became the first consecrated virgin in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in 25 years and she hopes her wedding can act as an inspiration for single women who may have a desire for marriage.
Jessica Hayes, a 38-year-old theology teacher from Fort Wayne, had always wanted to commit her life more fully to the church and said that after years of soul searching, she felt called to marry the love of her life, Jesus.
On Aug. 15, the beaming bride, dressed in a white floor-length wedding gown complete with a veil, tied the knot in a ceremony witnessed by hundreds at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. more >>