Tag: World Religion

Faces of Islam: Area imam explains the faith, contributions to Northeast Pa.

Dr. Ibrahim Almeky warmly welcomed a reporter into the conference room of his Pierce Street medical practice.   The conversation wasn’t about health care or prescriptions, but his other occupation: religion. While the bulk of Almeky’s time is spent practicing as an internist at his Urgent Care center and at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, he’s […]

Vatican City still has no policy to fight clergy sex abuse

ROME – Pope Francis has taken measures to address a spiraling sex abuse scandal in Chile, but he hasn’t moved on a problem closer to home: Vatican City itself does not have policies to protect children from pedophile priests or require suspected abuse to be reported to police.Seven years after the Vatican ordered all bishops […]

LGBT Case Against Christian Florist Sent Back to Lower Court

The Supreme Court has put off a further decision on whether shop owners who are conservative Christians have a religious freedom right to refuse to provide service or products for a same-sex wedding.The justices, with no registered dissent, sent back a pending appeal from a florist in Richland, Wash., who was convicted of violating the […]

Criticize ‘child abuse’ on Facebook, get banned for ‘hate speech’

Posting a video on Facebook in which an adult is seen enthusiastically indoctrinating very young children in the wonders of being homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, a “gay icon,” or at the very least a “gay ally,” is just fine.But criticizing the video on Facebook, however mildly, is “hate speech.” That’s the bizarre message the social-media […]

Supreme Court considering taking same-sex wedding flowers case

Fresh from siding with a baker who declined to make a cake to celebrate the wedding of a same-sex couple, the Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Thursday to consider a similar case concerning a florist in Washington state who declined to make a floral arrangement for a customer’s same-sex wedding.How the justices act […]

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in one of the most closely watched cases of the term. In a 7-2 decision, the justices set aside a Colorado court ruling against the baker — while stopping short of deciding the broader […]

Transgender people encouraged to become priests in Church of England diversity drive

ransgender people are being encouraged to become Church of England vicars as bishops launch a diversity drive. Bishops in the diocese of Lichfield have issued new guidance to parishioners and clergy reminding them that LGBT people “can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church”.The guidance, titled “welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people”, […]

Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like that and loves you like that’

A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality “does not matter.”Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent three days with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, in which he discussed his sexuality and the abuse he suffered at […]

United Methodist activists unsatisfied with bishops’ recommended plan to avert schism

United Methodist Church activists who sharply disagree about whether to ordain LGBT clergy or officiate same-sex marriages do agree on one point: A plan recommended by the Council of Bishops isn’t satisfying to either side.Socially conservative evangelicals say the plan, which aims to avert schism in the 12 million-member denomination, goes too far by permitting […]

United Methodist bishops want to let pastors, conferences decide on LGBT clergy

The bishops of the United Methodist Church have endorsed a plan that would allow individual pastors and regional bodies to make their own decisions on whether to perform same-sex weddings and ordain LGBT people as clergy.The Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan, on Friday (May 4), after nearly a week of meetings in […]