Tag Archives: religion

Texas Pastor Sorry For Refusing Vax After “Near Death”

Dallas’s Fox News affiliate reports: A Corsicana pastor says his fight against COVID-19 has changed his perspective on getting the vaccine. The North Texas pastor has been battling the virus for more than 20 days. He admits he was not vaccinated but now plans to after his near-death experience. “God puts us through these moments to teach us the lessons,” …

Read More »

Texas Man Charged With Murder, Police Say He Set Fire To Home Because His Family “Didn’t Follow The Bible”

El Paso’s NBC News affiliate reports: A 40-year-old man arrested for allegedly setting a West Side home on fire is charged with capital murder after his brother was killed in the incident. The El Paso Police Department says Philip Daniel Mills set fire to a residence located at 6001 Fandango Place on Thursday at 11:30 p.m. The affidavit claims Mills …

Read More »

Vatican Reveals Global Property Holdings For First Time

Reuters reports: Vatican City released its first real estate holding information on Saturday, revealing that it owns more than 5,000 real estate as part of its most detailed financial disclosure to date. This information was included in two documents from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy Land (APSA), the 2020 consolidated financial statements and the first ever public …

Read More »

FL Megachurch Ex-Pastor Charged With Molestation

The Christian Post reports: Chets Creek Church, a multi-campus Southern Baptist megachurch in Florida, was “shocked and devastated” to learn that former Southside campus pastor Jeff Bedwell was recently arrested for allegedly grooming and sexually molesting a young girl from the age of 12 until she turned 17. “Chets Creek was shocked and devastated to learn of the charges made …

Read More »

Top US Catholic Official Resigns In Grindr Scandal

The Washington Post reports: The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars. Some privacy experts said that they couldn’t recall other instances of phone …

Read More »

Fourth Christian Summer Camp Sees COVID Outbreak

Dayton’s NBC News affiliate reports: Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County is now reporting at least 70 cases of COVID-19 associated with a retreat at Camp Chautauqua. Thirteen of the reported cases are local to the Miami Valley. The Ohio Department of Health has issued a statewide alert after the exposure was discovered and alerted surrounding states. Public health officials …

Read More »

Survey: US “Nones” Outnumber All Religious Groups

The Christian Post reports: A new survey reveals that the share of Americans who identify as religiously unaffiliated has declined slightly. However, more Americans still describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated than affiliate with any particular religious tradition. The term “nones” describes Americans who do not identify with a particular religion and includes atheists and agnostics. As noted by data compiled …

Read More »

Third Christian Summer Camp Sees COVID Outbreak

Wichita’s ABC News affiliate reports: With 13 COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks and 23 overall, an AGK Ministries summer camp has been declared a cluster by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The KDHE and the Butler County Health Department are investigating the church camp that took place from June 21 to June 25 at the Wheat …

Read More »

125+ Contract COVID At Texas Christian Summer Camp

Houston’s ABC News affiliate reports: More than 125 adults and youth from a Galveston County church camp event have tested positive for COVID-19, the church said in a statement to its members. The Clear Creek Community Church youth ministry camp was held at a facility near Giddings, Texas, last month. “Unfortunately, upon return from camp, 125+ campers and adults reported …

Read More »

Vatican Court Indicts Italian Cardinal For Embezzlement

Reuters reports: A Vatican judge on Saturday ordered 10 people, including an Italian cardinal, to stand trial for alleged financial crimes including embezzlement, money laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office. Those indicted include Cardinal Angelo Becciu as well as the former heads of the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit and two Italian brokers involved in the Vatican’s purchase of a …

Read More »

Bishops Back Down On Banning Communion For Biden

The Hill reports: Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document clarifying that they will not create “a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians,” seeking to tamp down on escalating debate within the church over banning communion for President Biden. The move came days after a committee voted to begin creating a teaching document on the …

Read More »

Bishops Move Towards Barring Biden From Communion

The Washington Post reports: Catholic bishops Friday voted to create guidelines on the meaning of communion, a move that could be an early step towards limiting the serving of the eucharist to President Biden and other politicians who support abortion rights. The vote came after a 3 ½ hour emotional discussion Thursday at the annual spring meeting of the U.S. …

Read More »

Anti-Abortion Group Pressures Bishops On Communion

The Christian Post reports: As Catholic bishops gathered at a general assembly meeting, a pro-life group held rallies in major cities Wednesday calling on church leaders to support a draft document advising ordinaries to deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. Students for Life of America held Fight for Life & Faith rallies outside Roman Catholic cathedrals in seven cities, urging …

Read More »

SCOTUS Rules For Anti-LGBT Catholic Adoption Agency

The Huffington Post reports: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of faith-based foster agency Catholic Social Services in a case that has significant implications for LGBTQ foster parents as well as taxpayer-funded groups’ ability to discriminate against queer people or other faiths based on “religious freedom.” The case centers around two local foster agencies that the city of Philadelphia found …

Read More »

Pastor Came Out As Queer Days Before His Suicide

The Christian Post reports: Days before he was found dead in Alabama of an apparent suicide, Steve Austin, a former youth pastor, suicide survivor and mental health advocate, sought financial help from subscribers to his newsletter as his wife, Lindsey, battled a mental health crisis a week after he publicly came out as queer. Days later, the author, podcaster and …

Read More »

“Vicious Infighting” May Fracture Southern Baptists

The New York Times reports: Next week more than 16,000 Southern Baptist pastors and leaders will descend on Nashville for their first annual meeting of the post-Trump era. It is their most high-profile gathering in years, with attendance more than double the most recent meeting in 2019, after a pandemic cancellation last year. It caps months of vicious infighting over …

Read More »

Jury Socks GA Pastor With $500,000 Verdict After He Refused To Apologize To Woman Suing Him For Rape

The Christian Post reports: Pastor Lewis Clemons of Kingdom Awareness Ministries International in Columbus, Georgia, could have settled a civil case against him for zero dollars if he agreed to acknowledge and record a public apology for allegedly sexually abusing and raping his former congregant, Lequita Jackson. He refused and went to trial. On Wednesday, a jury in the Superior …

Read More »

Dating App Launches For “LGBTQ+ Christians”

Religion News Service reports: Adam Evers created the app he’d been longing for. As a gay Christian, he felt caught between two worlds. In LGBTQ spaces, his faith was often an obstacle, because so many in the community have been hurt by churches that believe same-sex relationships contradict Scripture. So on Thursday (June 3), Evers launched believr, an app that …

Read More »

German Cardinal Offers To Resign Amid Abuse Scandal

Reuters reports: One of Roman Catholicism’s most influential liberal figures, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered to resign as archbishop of Munich, saying he had to share responsibility for the “catastrophe” of sexual abuse by clerics over past decades. His offer, which Pope Francis has yet to accept, follows an uproar among the German faithful over abuse. Last week, the …

Read More »

Vatican Changes Its Laws On Sexual Abuse By Priests

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. The new provisions, released Tuesday after 14 years of study, were contained in the revised criminal law section of the …

Read More »