Pope Francis has announced that he will create a commission to study the possibility of the Roman Catholic Church allowing women to serve as deacons, which would end the historic practice of exclusively male clergy.
The National Catholic Reporter reported on Thursday that Francis agreed to the commission following a meeting with the leaders of the world's congregations of Catholic women religious, which urged the pope to reconsider the Vatican's traditional standing on the matter.
Francis noted in his conversation with the nuns that the use of female deacons in the early centuries of the Church had been studied in the past, but there was no definitive conclusion on what their role was. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll used humor to discuss the topic of dinosaurs in the Bible in a video newsletter this week.
In response to a viewer seeking answers after being challenged on why the Bible doesn't seem to mention the existence of dinosaurs — despite irrefutable scientific evidence that they once existed — Driscoll used a bit of humor to clarify whether or not the extinct creatures are discussed within the sacred text.
To those who question the Bible as to why dinosaurs aren't explicitly discussed, Driscoll quipped, "Because it's not the movie 'Jurrasic Park.'" The Bible isn't a blockbuster film, but a salvation story, the pastor added. "The focus of the Bible is not on animals, it's not on plants, it's on God and people," he said, explaining that animals are "backdrops on the stage" within the volume of the 66 books. more >>
A local leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is concerned about a recently released report that finds nearly 1 in 5 members are disappointed with the direction of the denomination.
Titled "When We Gather at the Table: A PC(USA) Snapshot," the non-scientific survey of about 3,000 members of the denomination classified 19 percent of respondents as "disappointed and discerning," which meant they did not like the direction of the Church and were seriously considering leaving.
When it comes to swaying New Yorkers to boycott Chick-fil-A restaurants within the city because of the company's Christian-owners' stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, it appears that Mayor Bill de Blasio's goose is cooked.
Despite the mayor urging New Yorkers to avoid Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city last week, the popular fast-food chain's two Manhattan locations are bustling with business and are seeing long lines that snake around the block, reports FoxNews Insider.
The Christian-owned chicken chain has been so successful in the Empire State that it plans to open 12 new locations over the next year. more >>
An evangelical historian with Baylor University agrees with Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore's assessment that America was not meant to be a Christian nation in an institutional sense.
In a YouTube video uploaded earlier this month, Moore argued that to believe that America was a "Christian nation" was a product of "theological liberalism" rather than a biblical concept.
A new book by a Catholic author has attempted to explore all the various miracles surrounding Christianity throughout the centuries, from the resurrection of Jesus Christ all the way to reported "bleeding wafers" during mass.
"I like to think of miracles as a great way to engage young people, to get them excited about the faith," author, Michael O'Neill told Catholic News Agency about his book, Exploring the Miraculous.
"They shouldn't be the centrality of anybody's faith, but it's a way to open the door for people ... so I think miracles can play a huge role in evangelization." more >>