More than 120 years after the Henry Ward Beecher-Elizabeth Tilton scandal, similar stories of relationships between church leaders and their parishioners continue to endure. And coming forward about the abuse remains one of the hardest things to do in the church.
Former "Glee" actor Mark Salling, who was discovered dead from an apparent suicide in Los Angeles on Tuesday, was once a "devout Christian" who loved birdwatching prior to his arrest for child pornography in 2015.
The Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries, which recently acquired a multimillion dollar Gulfstream V jet to support the work of leader Kenneth Copeland, is now requiring their estimated 500 employees to sign a controversial code of conduct meant to keep the ministry pure sexually and financially.
Megan Barry, the Catholic mayor of Nashville, Tenn., who was once accused of being an atheist, invoked her faith in God at a press conference Wednesday when she declared that God will forgive her for an extramarital affair she had with the head of her security detail, Metro police Sgt. Robert Forrest Jr., but insists she will not step down over it.
Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, who reaches millions through his popular Facebook page, has admitted that his ex-wife and mother of his children is now living in a shelter in Georgia but insists that this is the way she wants to live.
A grieving mother, who is now praying for her son's recovery after he was left with a traumatic brain injury due to an alleged unprovoked racist attack in Auburn, Washington, says she is leaving vengeance to the Lord as she forgives her son's attacker.
A legally blind man who tied up then brutally raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl at Falls Creek church camp in Oklahoma, will serve no time in prison for his crime because a local district attorney didn't think his time there would be "meaningful."
A California priest suspected of having inappropriate contact with multiple women and a girl in his parish has been removed from his duties by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles as law enforcement officials investigate the claims against him.
Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, announced Monday that an investigation into the ministry of their Teaching Pastor Andy Savage, who confessed to a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old girl while he was her pastor 20 years ago, will be completed by March 1 as SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called for his immediate firing.
An Assemblies of God pastor was forced to resign from the helm of Five Rivers Church in Elkton, Maryland, last Sunday after his 18-year-old son, Caleb Doyle Chase, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree rape stemming from allegations he sexually molested a 12-year-old boy and sexted a 13-year-old girl a week earlier.
The Southern Baptist Convention has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that former Texas state judge and lawmaker Paul Pressler sexually abused a former Bible study student he hired as a home office assistant for decades, starting when he was just 14 years old.
Bishop Michael Jenkins, who once served as leader of the Church of the Living God in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, is set to spend the next 15 years of his life behind prison bars after he was convicted of raping a 15-year-old former member of his flock.
Popular internet preacher and leader of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, Greg Locke, proudly revealed Monday that his church has "dozens, and dozens and dozens of precious black folk" and ripped into churches that practice racial discrimination as "despicable."
AMVETS, a group which describes itself as the nation's largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization with 250,000 members, has expressed outrage and disappointment with the National Football League after the group's one page ad with the message "Please Stand" was rejected by the NFL's Super Bowl program.
A bill that would eliminate the need for a marriage license and wedding ceremony to be legally married in Alabama could soon become law in a move local legislators argue would bring the state in line with the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Several members of the Southern Acres Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, who have been lobbying to remove the pastor over allegations of financial impropriety and abuse of power, were turned away from the church Sunday to avoid "disruption" in the house of God.
A week after Teaching Pastor Andy Savage of Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, took a leave of absence over a "sexual incident" with a 17-year-old former parishioner that occurred 20 years ago in Texas, Highpoint Lead Pastor Chris Conlee denounced bloggers who have been critical.
Sophia Morris' mother sat quietly in the front row of her small church and listened in silence with other congregants as her daughter testified how she was raped at just 8 years old. When her daughter told the church who her abuser was, however, Morris' mother exploded from her seat and threatened her child with death from God and the "blood of Jesus."
A mother of two has filed a lawsuit against former Church for Life pastor Robert Litzinger and his wife Cindy, alleging sexual battery, assault and harassment stemming from a slew of incidents, including teaching young women how to masturbate and orgasm in preparation for their husbands in pre-marriage classes.
A judge in Comal County, Texas, could face disciplinary action after he was accused of trying to influence a trial by telling jurors that God told him a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece was innocent.
The severely malnourished and abused children of arrested Christian couple David Allen Turpin, 57, and his 49-year-old wife Louise, who were rescued Sunday from their home by police in Perris, California, after their 17-year-old sibling escaped and alerted authorities, spent two years plotting their freedom from the house of horror.
More than a week after Instagram deleted a post from megachurch Pastor Jamal Bryant for not "promoting harmony" because he urged a boycott of Swedish clothing retail giant H&M over racist advertising, an official from Facebook, which owns the application, said it was a "mistake."
Thanks to the support of his deep-pocketed partners, Texas-based televangelist Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries has acquired a new multimillion dollar Gulfstream V jet that he says will help him do the Lord's work and help him avoid having to contend with "demons" that travel on commercial airlines.
Dr. Melina Abdullah, professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, recently conducted a libation ceremony inside the Hollywood United Methodist Church to summon the spiritual energy of dead civil rights leaders and other blacks who died at the hands of police officers.