The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to remain affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, despite objections to the youth organization's recent decision to allow openly gay scout leaders.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Wednesday, the LDS Church, commonly known as the "Mormon Church," said that, for the time being, they will not sever ties with the national youth organization.
"At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify [Mormon] Church doctrine, values, and standards," the statement noted. more >>
Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar from the Syrian capital of Damascus has said that nine people have died and at least 50 have been wounded in mortar attacks on two churches in his neighborhood. Nassar described the ongoing civil war as a "cruel tragedy without end."
"Part of the war in Syria is to live under indiscriminate bombing, a kind of Russian roulette which is always unpredictable," Nassar told Fides News Agency, lamenting the latest attack on Sunday.
"Of those who died," he added, "At least you will not have to see and live this cruel tragedy without end. You will not see your children, your friends and your neighbors suffer and die in the blind violence and fanatical killing unable to save them or help them without understanding why." more >>
Former Disney star Selena Gomez recently opened up about removing her purity ring years after she first began wearing it as a promise to God that she would abstain from sex until marriage.
The 23-year-old "Come & Get It" singer, who is a practicing Christian, was first spotted wearing the jewelry as a testament to her faith when she was just 13, and although at the time it was a sacred symbol of her virginity, she says that she eventually grew to discover that "it isn't for everyone." Gomez did not specify when exactly her ring came off, although reports say that it was sometime during her four-year relationship with Justin Bieber, whom she began dating in 2011.
"I'm not embarrassed to say that," Gomez said of having worn a purity ring, according to The Sunday Times U.K. "I'm also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn't for everyone." more >>
Resource officer Mike Gibson does something really touching for a boy he meets in an elementary school classroom that changes both of their lives forever. Once considered "unadoptable," the young boy now finds himself surrounded by people he loves and who love him back.
Before meeting Gibson, the boy had been in and out of eight foster homes. The two became fast friends when Gibson started working at the school. First, the boy started calling him officer, and then one day he accidentally called him dad. It really touched Gibson, who felt a call from the Lord to become a parent to a fourth child. Mike and his wife did what they could to become his parents, filling out extensive paperwork and legal forms. They already have three biological children, and wanted to make this boy feel special by adding him to their growing family.
Watch the special story about RSO Gibson and the young boy who has finally found a home. more >>
Geoffrey Robinson, a retired senior bishop in Sydney, Australia, has told the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse that Pope John Paul II failed to show leadership and could not deal with the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church for decades. Robinson claimed that Pope Francis has also failed to demonstrate the needed leadership.
"If I am honest, he handled abuse poorly," Robinson told the inquiry, referring to John Paul II, who served as Vatican leader between 1978 to 2005, at the height of the crisis.
Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Monday that the "Black Lives Matter" movement is being used by its "white liberal funders" for political gain and that the group is focused on the "wrong targets."
In a now viral op-ed the conservative star penned for USA Today Monday, Carson explained that focusing on targets like 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is not the way to bring about real change for blacks in America.
"The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy," wrote Carson in the opening sentence of his op-ed. more >>