The University of Notre Dame has refused to give official recognition to a student group arguing that children are better off being raised by a heterosexual married couple instead of a same-sex couple.
Notre Dame's Club Coordination Council recently refused to recognize the Students for Child Oriented Policy, prompting some to claim viewpoint discrimination at the Catholic academic institution.
A group of Italian women who are in love affairs with Roman Catholic Church priests have asked Pope Francis to make the celibacy mandate for clergy optional.
Twenty six women recently wrote to the Pontiff, their letter being published on the website of the Catholic publication the Vatican Insider. "With humility, we place at your feet our suffering so that something can change, not just for us but for the good of the whole Church," reads the letter in part.
The women also stated that the celibacy mandate for priests caused "devastating suffering" within the Church and that married priests would serve "with greater passion." more >>
A Swiss court has ordered Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev to pay his estranged ex-wife Elena Rybolovlev $4.5 billion in a settlement her lawyer, Marc Bonnant, has called the "most expensive divorce in history."
While the case is far from settled, a Forbes report on the ruling which was made public Monday agreed that if the ruling withstands appeal, it would indeed be record-breaking and Elena Rybolovlev, who was married for 24 years to her ex-husband would become one of the world's wealthiest people.
How wealthy does $4.5 billion make you? Dmitry Rybolovlev is ranked at #149 on the Forbes global rich list with a fortune of $8.8 billion. A sum of $4.5 billion is equal to the fortune of the world's 338th richest person, Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan. It would also be well above popular media mogul Oprah Winfrey's $2.9 billion and #610 ranking on the world's rich list. more >>
Earlier today I came across an article entitled "How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality and Sexual Orientation" on The Huffington Post by research psychologist and gender scholar, Dr. Peggy Drexler. While I appreciate Dr. Drexler's desire to encourage parents to talk to their kids about sexuality before someone else does, I couldn't be in more disagreement with the majority of the content that she encourages parents to present to their inquiring kids.
I understand that Dr. Drexler is a highly educated person specializing in the areas of sexuality, and that in the world's eyes - despite my own personal struggle with homosexual desire –my comments or rebuttals don't carry an ounce of weight. But nonetheless, I'm going to comment and rebut.
Speaking with children about the reality of homosexuality and homosexual relationships is no longer optional. I wish that it was – really, I do. The complexities of same sex attraction and same sex behavior are things that most 7-year old minds can't really get a grip on. But because of the way the presence of and focus on homosexuality has exploded in our culture, the Church is going to have to do it's best to prepare young minds for things that they aren't ready to – and shouldn't have to – but are going to have to process. more >>
A Wisconsin megachurch pastor hopes to entertain some of Hollywood's A-list crowd at the Cannes Film Festival in France where he plans to present his popular and humorous "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" seminar.
Mark Gungor, of Celebration Church based in Green Bay, usually gives his four-part marriage seminar over the course of two days during speaking engagements, however, he will focus on the "Tale of Two Brains" session where he demonstrates how most struggles in marriage are the result of how men and women think by using a humorous approach.
"This event is for A-list Hollywood producers, directors, actors and actresses," Gungor told The Christian Post. "I don't think they really care two cents about what I think about marriage. They just want to be entertained. Well, I am going to do my best to knock them off of their feet. What doors God opens up as a result of that are yet to be seen." more >>
Congregants of North Carolina's popular Westminster Presbyterian Church were shocked to learn two weeks ago that their new pastor, the Rev. Reggie Weaver and his wife, Ashley-Anne Masters, are getting ready to divorce because he had been cheating on her with another woman in the nine months he has been head of the 2,000-member congregation.
The news also came as a shock to many others in Presbyterian circles where Weaver was seen as a rising star, according to a News & Record report.
Weaver made the revelation in an apology letter to members of his congregation highlighting that his mistress was not a member of his congregation and that he and Ashley-Anne have already started the divorce process. more >>