Pope Francis has spoken out on his famous remark in 2013 when he said "Who am I to judge?" about gay people, by clarifying that Christians can show them the way and walk with them, but insisted that the Church does not condemn people.
Francis' thoughts were included in a new interview book titled The Name of God is Mercy, to be released in 80 countries on Tuesday, which will include his reflections on a number of other issues concerning the Roman Catholic Church as well.
Catholic website Crux reported that Francis said he was "paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church" when he told reporters at an event at the Vatican in 2013: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" more >>
The Law Society of British Columbia in Canada says it will appeal a Supreme Court decision which overturned its move to refuse accreditation to Trinity Western University's proposed law school due to its stance on same-sex marriage.
A Supreme Court judge last month annulled a referendum held by the law society, in which members voted for not recognizing the proposed law school of Trinity Western in Vancouver, which requires that students sign a Christian covenant that states sexual relations are to be confined within the bounds of a marriage between a man and a woman.
The referendum was held in October 2014, after the law society's board, known as the Benchers, decided to recognize Trinity Western's proposed law school. However, the board later allowed the referendum to hear the voice of the society's members. more >>
Like the children of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, we, as God's people, should understand the times and know what we should do.
What does 2016 hold in store for us, and how should we respond?
I offer these words as spiritual observations more than as prophetic pronouncements, in the same spirit that I wrote that 2015 would be a year of pushback, which it clearly was in many ways. more >>
Alabama's chief justice of the state supreme court told state judges that they are required to maintain a ban on issuing same-sex marriage licenses, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling such bans unconstitutional last year.
Chief justice Roy S. Moore cited "confusion and uncertainty" as to what effect the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which stroke down gay marriage bans, had on already existing orders, NPR reported on Wednesday.
"Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders ... that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect," Moore wrote. more >>
New Zealand-born evangelist Ray Comfort is best known by many for street evangelism in which he asks people about God, the Bible, sin and salvation. And on Tuesday the minister continued sharing the promise of eternity in Heaven for believers in a post-New Year's Day Facebook message to his followers.
Comfort's post, in it entirety, can be read below:
"Some people have the idea that Christians will spend eternity sitting on clouds playing rusty harps. If that's all I hoped for, I wouldn't be a Christian. The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete. It is an 'anchor of the soul,' and is both sure and steadfast. Here is my hope. Consider the beauty of this massive Earth. Think of a majestic snowcapped mountain, a clear babbling brook, or a beautiful beach with clean white sand and turquoise waters filled with an amazing array of brightly colored fish. more >>
A former Brazilian feminist turned pro-life activist has apologized to Christians for kissing a woman on top of a cross during a topless protest in front of a Rio De Janeiro church in 2014 and has expressed a desire to return to church for the first time since she was 14.
Sara Fernanda Giromin, who was previously known by the alias "Sara Winter," founded the feminist group Femen Brazil in 2012 and helped lead countless topless feminist protests in the country that called for LGBT rights and the legalization of elective abortion, which is still illegal in Brazil.
One of the protests organized by Giromin included a rally in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelária located in Rio De Janeiro in January of 2014. During the protest, a mostly naked Giromin was photographed kissing another mostly naked woman while they were laying on top of a cross that was laid on the ground in front of the church. The photo was shared widely on social media. more >>