The Vatican promised to make changes to the way it handles child abuse cases after a U.N. panel in Geneva on Thursday questioned why the Roman Catholic Church refuses to release more information about such incidents, and what it is doing to prevent future abuse.
"We will very gladly take this occasion as a constructive moment, an important occasion, to reaffirm the value and the procedures of the convention and to accept any good advice that is given for that can be helpful in the protection of children," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva.
The Roman Catholic Church was asked if it believes "that pedophilia is something that can be successfully overcome." The Convention on the Rights of the Child pointed to child sexual abuse cases concerning clergy who were moved instead of defrocked. more >>
On a flight from Philadelphia to Bangour, Maine, 3-year-old Kate Mouland, who struggles with Autism, met a new friend who neither patronized nor ignored her, earning the thanks of a caring mother. The mother's letter to the anonymous man has gone viral on the Internet.
"Dear 'Daddy' in Seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly," Shanell Mouland, Kate's mother, addressed the letter. "I don't know your name but Kate called you 'daddy' for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her," Mouland wrote. Recalling entering the plane, the two hour flight and getting off the plane, Mouland thanked the man for each of his kind gestures to her daughter.
The letter has gone viral on social media, finding more than 70,000 "likes" on Facebook, 618 tweets, and 462 comments. more >>
WASHINGTON – Women who have more sexual partners are more likely to get an abortion, according to research presented at an event held at the Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday.
In a report published this month by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) and presented at the FRC, the authors argued that the sexual revolution fuels the abortion industry.
When Alabama pastor Mark Wyatt discovered that one of the members of his congregation had been arrested for having sex with her 14-year-old student, he said that he decided to ensure that the church remained a place where the former high school teacher felt loved no matter the verdict.
"We decided then and there that the degree of guilt and innocence would not be a deciding factor in how much we loved her," Wyatt, who pastors Deeper Life Fellowship, said in a video released last week.
Last Friday, Alicia Gray, 28, plead guilty to charges of second-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and being a school employee who has had sexual contact with a student younger than 19, after she was charged last February. more >>
A newly divorced mother mired in financial woes and on the verge of being booted from her $600,000 home next month, was found dead along with her two children from gunshot wounds in what police say appears to have been a murder-suicide.
Jennifer Berman, 48, her son, Alexander Berman, 16, and her daughter, Jacqueline, 15, were all discovered dead by police in the West Palm Beach, Fla., home they were being forced to leave next month due to a foreclosure sale, according to The Palm Beach Post.
The gruesome discovery has left many in the El Cid neighborhood where the house is located grappling with shock. more >>
Comedians Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis, among others, will perform at an abortion fundraiser called "A Night of a Thousand Vaginas." Pro-life women activists claim that the event degrades women, rather than empowering their "reproductive rights."
"They're focusing on the bits and parts of the woman, and chosen to devalue the great worth of a woman in her entirety," Melissa Conway, director of external relations at Texas Right to Life, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. "It's unfortunate that the funds are being used in a threat to baby girls' lives as well," Conway added. "They glorify the right to choose the ending of one life for the benefit of the other."
The comedic fundraiser will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, but the money will fund various abortion groups in Texas. The new reproductive rights group "A Is For" is hosting the event. On its website, the organization describes itself as an "ally and advocate for organizations working to protect reproductive rights." Its symbol, a scarlet letter "A," hearkens back to Hester Prynne, the "heroine" of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter." more >>