The archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, suggested on Sunday that Roman Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not receive Holy Communion, a traditional church practice that symbolizes the Last Supper.
Vigneron told the Free Press that such Catholics who receive Communion "logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."
The issue of same-sex marriage has deeply divided America, and the U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering two major gay marriage cases that have the potential to decide the future of the practice on a federal and state level. more >>
Dr. William Lane Craig, a renowned Christian apologist, has said in a recent interview following an Apologetics Canada Conference that the church is losing the battle against being branded as hateful for its traditional stance on homosexuality.
"The cultural attitudes towards homosexual activity have undergone a sea change in recent years so that now someone that holds to a biblical view that homosexual behavior is immoral is regarded as bigoted, narrow-minded and really a wicked person – that is a huge change. It is just another challenge. It's extremely significant and unfortunately it seems like the church is on the losing end of this battle," Craig told CanadianChristianity.com.
The research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., who has written over 30 books defending Christian beliefs, said that Hollywood likes to paint "very happy faces" on the pro-gay movement, but it doesn't expose "the very shocking facts about the pathological and emotional damage that this lifestyle involves." more >>
The White House concluded its week of Easter celebrations with a breakfast reception by Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama at the White House Friday morning, where the leaders discussed the importance of Christ's sacrifice to the world.
"In these sacred days, those of us as Christians remember the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for each of us – how, in all His humility and His grace, He took on the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation. And we recommit ourselves to following His example – to loving the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls and with all our minds, and to loving our neighbors as ourselves," Obama said to a crowd of 135 attendees, including many pastors and priests, adding in jest that he does not like preaching in front of people who do it for a living.
"That's the eternal spirit of Easter. And this year, I had – I think was particularly special for me because right before Easter I had a chance to feel that spirit during my trip to the Holy Land," the U.S. president added, referring to his recent trip to Israel. more >>
A global anti-slavery movement led by Pastor Louie Giglio is preparing for two big events – "End It Sunday" and "Shine a Light on Slavery Day" on Tuesday when Americans throughout the nation will wear the symbolic red "X" symbol.
"Then people have to ask – 'what is this?' At that point, we as a nation can raise our voice in honor of the 27,000,000 slaves. The hope of the movement [is] for everyone to know. Indifference is NOT an option," Masi Willis, project manager of the End It Movement told The Christian Post on Thursday.
Some notable churches are behind the movement and will be participating in "End It Sunday" and "Shine a Light on Slavery Day," including senior pastors Giglio from Passion City Church it Atlanta, Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, Steven Furtick of Elevation Church, Curtis Jones of Bayou City Fellowship, and others. Willis told CP that there has been an "incredible response" to the movement, but they have not yet tracked the numbers involved. more >>
Jeff Chu, the gay Christian author of Does Jesus Love Me? revealed in an interview that he visited Westboro Baptist Church while working on his book, and considered what the controversial group had to say.
"They see themselves as the most loving people in America, because they think we're all going to hell – and what kind of people would they be if they didn't tell us and didn't give us a chance to turn around and repent," Chu told The Huffington Post.
Chu's book explores his experiences as a gay Christian, as well as the "confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America," serving as part memoir and part investigative analysis. He admitted that many evangelical Christians are likely to challenge his views. more >>
Pope Francis has already established himself as a pontiff not afraid to break from tradition, and many are saying he is giving women unprecedented recognition within the church.
"Women play a primary, fundamental role in the Bible," the pope told thousands of pilgrims at an audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Reuters reported. "The evangelists simply narrate what happened: the women were the first witnesses. This tells us that God does not choose according to human criteria."
"The disciples had a harder time believing but not the women," the Roman Catholic Church leader reminded the people, referring to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Women in the Church have had and have a special role in opening the doors to the Lord, in following him, in communicating his message." more >>