An agency within the United Methodist Church says its aiming to help gay youth by seeking to lift the Mainline denomination's ban on funding groups that promote homosexuality.
Timothy L. Bias, general secretary for the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, told The Christian Post that the reason for crafting legislation to amend the denomination's Book of Discipline is to allow the agency to "provide resources aimed at preventing teen suicide, particularly among youth who feel marginalized by their sexual identity."
"If the legislation is approved, our agency, among others, can then develop resources and programs for the LGBTQ community, preventing despair and hopelessness," said Bias. more >>
Jackie Hill-Perry, a Christian rapper who identifies as a former lesbian, recently explained why she thinks the leadership around her was effective in counseling to her as a homosexual and believes the church needs to look deeper than just a person's sexuality when it comes to ministering to gays.
The rapper recently spoke with The Gospel Coalition and was asked "what is the most important thing church leaders can do to help people in their congregations who struggle with same-sex attraction?"
"What was helpful for me was that my leadership did not isolate my same-sex attraction from my whole person. They looked to see 'how can I help her in a Gospel-centric way that's holistic' because it wasn't that I struggle with lesbianism. I struggled with hatred, bitterness, laziness, gluttony, lack of stewardship, pride. There was a lot to me that was much deeper than just my sexuality," said Hill-Perry. more >>
The Vatican has clarified in a statement that despite a recent news story of Pope Francis blessing Italian author Francesca Pardi, a lesbian who has written a children's book with positive depictions of gay families, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine opposing gay marriage has not changed.
"The blessing of the pope at the end of the letter was directed to the person, not at any possible teachings that are not in line with the doctrine of the church … which hasn't changed a bit as the Holy Father has repeated even recently," said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, according to Religion News Service on Monday.
Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope's staff conveys his blessing. more >>
A group of students in Duke University's freshman class are speaking out publicly about their refusal to read a novel that was selected as the freshman summer reading book because the book's pornographic content violates their Christian beliefs and moral principles.
In April, Duke University announced that the book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical novel written by New York Times best-selling author Alison Bechdel about her relationship with her father, was the one book selected from a list of six titles to be the class of 2019's "Common Experience" summer reading book.
Although Duke's summer reading program is not required, the purpose behind the program is to give incoming students the opportunity to discuss the book in small groups during their orientation before school starts. A special printing of the book was mailed over the summer to all incoming freshman. more >>
A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage.
A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic.
When asked about whether gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to marry, 60 percent of all U.S. Catholics said that they are in favor - compared to 55 percent of all Americans. more >>
Last week, Illinois became the fourth state to ban licensed therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. Like other "RINO" governors such as New Jersey's Chris Christie, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is beholden to the gay lobby in Illinois, whose legislature contains a solid majority of like-minded Democrats. Sadly, I was not at all surprised to see another Republican sell out conservative social values for the sake of political expediency.
But I was shocked to hear of Subway's former poster boy, Jared Fogle, who last week was preparing to plead guilty to child exploitation and pornography charges. Also troubling was CNN's Dr. Drew, who commented to Anderson Cooper (who happens to be gay-identified) that Fogle's behavior has "genetic" contributions. Later in the week, it was also revealed that former reality TV star Josh Duggar was outed, along with 32 million other users, for cheating on his wife with the assistance of a website called Ashley Madison, which helps adulterers conveniently and discreetly meet other partners for sexual encounters.
Absolutely none of these sexual issues are genetic or biological. more >>