A new Vatican document has condemned elective plastic surgery on women, calling it "aggressive toward the feminine identity."
Vanity-motivated procedures such as breast implant surgeries and tummy tucks are "manipulations of the body that explore its limits with respect to the concept of identity," write the authors of the document titled "Women's Cultures: Equality and Difference."
According to the report, one woman told the authors that "plastic surgery is like a burqa made of flesh." A burqa is a traditional outer garment often worn by some Muslim women in public to conceal the body. more >>
"Preachers' Daughters" has decided to tackle the topic of Christianity and homosexuality in a way that no other show has done before.
In the latest episode of Lifetime's docu-soap "Preachers' Daughters" airing on Jan. 30, one preacher's daughter, Kristiana Flowers, admits her struggle with homosexuality, while her housemate and fellow preacher's daughter, Cierra Vaughn, is strictly against it because of her biblical values. Cierra, 22, is forced to defend those values when she hears about Kristiana's struggles and witnesses lesbians on the party scene in Cabo, Mexico, where nine girls were grouped together to do missions work for the show.
For Cierra, there's no denying what it says in the Bible, which she believes is very clear about the topic of homosexuality. She opened up to The Christian Post about some of the struggles. more >>
While conservatives are often considered moralistic to a fault, liberal moralism has become so repressive that some liberals now fear everyday conversations.
In a Tuesday article for New York Magazine, a liberal publication, Jonathan Chait wrote about the new "political correctness," which now comes in the form of phrases like "trigger warnings," "microaggressions" or "mansplaining." These new liberal rules, Chait wrote, is a "system of left-wing ideological repression." Those rules are so stifling, any meaningful debate in liberal circles is cut off.
"A community, virtual or real, that adheres to the rules is deemed 'safe.' The extensive terminology plays a crucial role, locking in shared ideological assumptions that make meaningful disagreement impossible," he explained. more >>
Pope Francis reportedly met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, after giving him a phone call on Christmas Day. Diego Neria Lejarraga, who was born a woman, wrote to the pontiff in December to tell him that a parish priest had called him "the devil's daughter."
AFP reported that 48-year-;/old Lejarraga met Francis on Saturday at the Vatican, after telling the pope that he had been treated as an outcast in his parish in Plasencia in western Spain. The Spanish citizen, who identifies as a Roman Catholic, has undergone sexual reassignment surgery.
"After hearing him on many occasions, I felt that he would listen to me," Lejarraga reportedly told the Spanish Holy newspaper. more >>
XXXChurch.com founder Craig Gross is on a mission to help married Christian couples break the silence and work on improving their sex lives.
"When you come into marriage, there still seems to be this off-limits talk about sex where I haven't told my wife this is what I like or I like to do this," Gross described.
The porn addiction ministry leader believes the church has made the topic of sex "dirty" and "gross." However he explained that "Without [sex] I think you're just selling your marriage short. You're missing out on not just a physical element, but something that I think is going to connect you like nothing else." more >>
A Roman Catholic archbishop said that the Catholic Church will be keeping its ban on allowing women to serve as priests in the wake of the Church of England's consecration of its first ever female bishop.
Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, who is also the Catholic co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told the Vatican Radio on Tuesday that while "the conversation about women's ministry continues in parts of the Catholic Church, this development is unlikely to bring about changes in the Catholic teaching on the sacrament of ordination."
The Church of England made history earlier this week when it consecrated its first ever woman bishop, Rev. Libby Lane, who will serve the diocese of Stockport. more >>