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  • When Churches Become Scenes of Sexual Abuse: Why Does It Happen?

    08/16/2018 9:46:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/16/2018 | Haley Halverson
    This week a grand jury reported on documents from six Catholic Church dioceses in Pennsylvania that revealed 300 “predator priests” have been accused of sexually abusing over 1,000 children. The grand jury report states: “We believe that the real number – of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward – is in the thousands. Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were prepubescent… But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and...
  • 'Most hypocritical institution': Duterte blasts Church anew

    08/14/2018 7:47:14 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 08/15/2018 | Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News
    President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday lashed out against the Catholic Church again, breaking his promise of not making anti-Church statements. In a speech in Malacañang, Duterte explained his own concept of what God is, as opposed to the belief of Catholics. “It’s only one God, God the Father. He’s not even the father. He's God, period,” he said. The President then asked if there was a bishop in the audience, before threatening to “kick his ass.” “Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass, and the priest,” Duterte asked, eliciting laughter from the audience composed of businessmen...
  • Pro-gay church plans to build worship space/brewery, donate profits to Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2018 5:37:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sun, 08/12/18 | Robert Gearty
    A building in Santa Cruz, Calif., is being converted into a worship space and public brewery by a pro-gay church that plans to donate some of its beer proceeds to Planned Parenthood, according to reports. Members of the Greater Purpose Community Church now meet on Sundays at a food lounge to pray, listen and drink beer, KNTV reports. "There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can't drink alcohol in a responsible manner," Pastor Chris VanHall told the station. Planned Parenthood has offices in the former bookstore VanHall plans to turn into a brewery by next summer, The Santa Cruz...
  • IRS Recognizes 'Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft' for Lesbian Feminists as Church for Tax Purposes

    08/10/2018 7:35:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/10/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    The IRS has reportedly recognized the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft as a legitimate church. The Maryland-based group is dedicated exclusively to lesbian feminists. Peter Reilly, a CPA for over 30 years focusing on taxation, first reported the new designation in a blog post for Forbes. "The IRS recognized it as a 501(c)(3) organization and went the extra step of recognizing PCMW as a church, the most enviable of all tax statuses exempt not only from income tax but also from the transparency that filing Form 990 creates," Reilly wrote. "A church does not have to apply for exempt status,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] #CatholicMeToo

    07/28/2018 5:48:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 26, 2018 | unknown
    Today: a call to action on two fronts. There is a groundswell now developing among faithful Catholics that something must be done, and done now, about sexually abusive bishops and their brother bishops covering all this up. The recent revelations about Cdl. Theodore McCarrick have set off an explosion of comments and overall disgust at the role of so many members of the Establishment Church — particularly the hierarchy — in covering up this decades-long evil. And let's be clear, we are not talking about the child molestation cases, we are talking about adult men who are sexually harassed or advanced...
  • Country star Eric Church blames NRA and gun lobbyists for Las Vegas mass shooting

    07/26/2018 3:41:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 71 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 26, 2018 | Hope Schreiber
    Eric Church, one of the headliners at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas — the scene of the 2017 massacre known as the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in modern U.S. history — is blaming the NRA for the attacks. Church performed at the festival two nights before the shooting, and the experience has changed his views on guns “a little,” he says. While fellow country singer Jason Aldean was performing, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 people. Now Church is speaking out about the incident. While he says he considers himself a...
  • Restaurant's discount for churchgoers stirs discontent among non-worshippers

    07/20/2018 11:53:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    WSFA-TV ^ | July 20, 2018
    CHEVIOT, OH (WLWT/CNN) – A restaurant owner in Ohio is facing legal questions after offering a discount to churchgoers. "This was the furthest thing from my mind when we came up with this idea," said Justin Watson, the owner of Starters Cafe in Cheviot, OH. Watson opened the restaurant about seven weeks ago. He said all he was trying to do was stir up some business with his discount offer to churches. Instead, he stirred up a hornet's nest. "Any congregation, any religion, any area, whatever, as long as you brought me a church bulletin, I would give you 10...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 7/19/18

    07/19/2018 6:55:11 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 22 replies
    7/19/18 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.To be added or dropped from this ping list, post or freepmail to stars & stripes forever.
  • The United Methodist Church Has Appointed A Transgender Deacon

    07/18/2018 8:23:51 AM PDT · by bkopto · 49 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 7/16/2018 | Julie Zauzmer
    Barclay, a transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and thus uses the pronoun “they,” was commissioned on Sunday as the first non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is one of the largest denominations in America, falling behind only the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. The mainline Protestant denomination has been bitterly divided over sexuality and gender identity: Its official rules say clergy must either be celibate or in heterosexual marriages, and can perform only such marriages, but American bishops have ordained gay and transgender clergy before, and...
  • Business Booming at Dollar Store on Catholic Church Site

    07/03/2018 3:49:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/30/18 | Emily Williams
    For more than a century, St. Catherine of Siena Church was a cornerstone of the Charlestown neighborhood, a close-knit parish that seemed impervious to the change that swirled around it. When the Catholic church closed a decade ago, it took a piece of the old Charlestown with it, residents said. It had stood vacant ever since. But now, the church has taken on new life — if a decidedly secular one — as a haven for bargain shoppers known as Dollar Tree. Where parishioners used to receive communion, patrons now peruse aisles for food, toys, party supplies, and other discounted...
  • The True Church Is a Root Out Of Dry Ground...

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.( Isaiah 53:1-3)The true Church is the creation of Jesus. He said...
  • The Church...the gap in prophetic time...

    Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (Ephesians 3″9-11)The Bible...
  • Church Splits Serve A Higher Purpose...

    Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. ( I Corinthians 11:17-19)All things work together for the good, to those who Love God and who are the called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28)I hope my readers will indulge me briefly...
  • Church Sued for $2.3 Million for Not Hosting LGBT Event in Building It Owns

    05/30/2018 9:32:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/30/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church that prohibited it from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church, claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company. In 2015, Ambridge Event Center, which once rented out a space owned by Holy Rosary Church for various events, was compelled to reject an LGBT group's request to hold an event on the property due to the church's "morals clause." In a lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, Ambridge alleged that the church's rules against them hosting the LGBT...
  • A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again

    05/30/2018 6:47:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 30, 2018 | Jaweed Kaleem
    Standing on the front steps of First Congregational Church of Oakland late last month, Nichola Torbett issued a declaration. "We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing," Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same. "How do police help? They often don't," Torbett later said in an interview. "So, especially as white people, why call them?"
  • Fundamentalist Pastor Calls Out Church’s Rape Culture

    05/30/2018 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    patheos ^ | May 27, 2018 | Amber Barnhill
    For those of you familiar with fundamentalist movements, particularly the IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist), you’ll know these movements tend to be rife with sexual abuse and cover-ups. Because the IFB maintains ideologies of separatism and elitism, they tend to deal with their issues “in house.” The trend is: keep it in the church, don’t tell anyone (authorities included), blame the victim, and re-locate the offender to another church in another town (and don’t forget his severance package). Well, in a shocking turn of events, one IFB mega-pastor took a public stand against these actions, and those of us who have...
  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,(Ephesians 1:22) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23) But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.1 Corinthians 11:3) He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the...
  • Thoughts on Church Government...

    The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ( I Peter 5:1-4) I am a Pastor. By that...
  • RI church leader taking sabbatical to transition to a woman

    05/14/2018 6:33:55 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    12 WPRI.com ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lexi Kriss
    Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches Dr. Rev. Donald Anderson will be taking a three-month sabbatical. According to an announcement by RI State Council of Churches Governing Board President Chontell Washington, Dr. Rev. Anderson shared with the Governing Board last fall that she is transgender and is "in the process of transitioning." The organization has granted Rev. Dr. Anderson a three-month sabbatical to take the time she needs to do that "free of the day-to-day operations of the council."
  • bombings at three Indonesia churches

    05/13/2018 9:00:57 AM PDT · by the_daug · 18 replies
    The Strait Times ^ | May 13, 2018 | Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja
    JAKARTA - A family of six carried out suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java province during Sunday mass on May 13, killing at least 13 people, according to the police. The attacks took place at the Santa Maria Church in the Ngagel Madya area of Indonesia's second-largest and busiest city, the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church and the GKI Diponegoro Church. East Java provincial police spokesman Colonel Frans Barung Mangera told reporters a total of 41 injured victims from the attacks have been sent to hospital. At least two of the injured were police officers on...