Pope Francis revealed that he goes to confession every two weeks because priests, bishops and even the pope are sinners who need forgiveness, just like everyone else.
"Certainly, God forgives every repentant sinner, but the Christian is bound to Christ and Christ is united to his church," the pope told the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, according to Catholic News Service. "God, in his sovereign mercy, forgives everyone, but he wanted those who belong to Christ and his church to receive forgiveness through the community's ministers."
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church added that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, and argued that it is "better to turn red once than yellow a thousand times," encouraging people to confess their sins to a priest as a way to spiritual healing. more >>
A former Roman Catholic priest who left the church and got married has described the celibacy requirement for priests as "self-destructive," an argument which Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called "pure rubbish."
"Why Thomas Groome would enter the priesthood counting on the Catholic Church to change its teaching on celibacy suggests bad judgment: no one would join a vegetarian association hoping it would soon allow for the consumption of hot dogs," Donohue told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"In any event, I am delighted he found happiness when he married, but his notions about celibacy causing self-destructive behavior are pure rubbish. Indeed, self-destructive behavior is what marks Hollywood, not exactly a bastion of celibacy." more >>
Fla. pastors from Christian congregations have expressed their concern over the strong presence of the Church of Scientology in their community.
Clergy from Clearwater, a city in which Scientology recently dedicated a massive building to their operations, have expressed their misgivings about the controversial religious sect.
Jeff Rudolph, pastor at Clearwater First Assembly of God, told The Christian Post that he remains surprised that people are so willing to believe the claims of Scientology. more >>
It was one of the most disturbing discoveries in the recent history of the Americas. Hundreds and hundreds of bodies throughout an agrarian community, each led to their death by a charismatic leader.
Monday marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the mass murder-suicide in South America of the Peoples Temple, a sect created in the United States by Jim Jones.
Jones, an ordained Disciples of Christ pastor who was also a professed atheist, led hundreds from his church in California to South America to create a new world called Jonestown. more >>
As the Christmas season approaches and a host of holiday-themed movies line up for release, "The Christmas Candle," based on the novel by Max Lucado, brings the Christmas miracle to the big screen through the story of an enchanting English village harboring a centuries-old legend, and a progressive pastor struggling with the nature of faith.
The movie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name, features a stellar cast with Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit), James Cosmo (Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia), as well as the on-screen debut of Susan Boyle.
The story takes place in a fictional village deep in the heart of the English countryside in 1890, which for centuries has witnessed a Christmas miracle with an angel who visits a candlemaker family every 25 years and touches a candle, which grants a single miracle on Christmas Eve. more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., concluded his sermon series, "Ten Commandments: Set Free To Live Free," on Sunday as he shared why the command "not to covet" is unique and how to crush the desire to do so.
"Coveting is ungodly, discontented desire... Passion, envy, craving, greed, jealousy, obsession, longing, or lust for someone or something that is not supposed to be yours," Driscoll preached while defining what coveting is, based on Exodus 20:17: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."
The simplest definition of coveting is that, he explained, "God says, 'This is what I want for you,' and we say, 'That's not what I want for me,' and then there's conflict between what God desires for us and what we desire. That's where coveting finds its inception. That's where coveting starts to give birth to death." more >>