Mr. Neill said the bishop was informed Jan. 17, the day before an abortion was performed on the 16-year-old Guatemalan girl, who was a foster care client of Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond (CCR), a group incorporated under the diocese.
Archives: June 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination on Friday (June 27) cracked open the door to ordaining non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy, though the decades-old fight is far from over. Delegates at the Presbyterian Church (USA) meeting here voted 54 percent to 46 percent to remove a clause […]
c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A Civil War-era law that lets Virginia churches keep their property when leaving a denomination where a “division” has occurred is constitutional, a county judge ruled Friday (June 27), siding with 11 former Episcopal parishes. Fairfax County Judge Randy I. Bellows’ ruling on the 1867 law stops short […]
c. 2008 Religion News Service Town asks court to decide upkeep of church cemetery PALMYRA, Pa. (RNS) With residents calling it “pathetic” that no one is caring for a cemetery, town officials have asked the Lebanon County Court to decide who should be responsible for its upkeep. Two local churches that cared for the cemetery […]
VATICAN CITY-As the tomb of the first pope and the principal church of most of his 264 successors, St. Peter’s Basilica is Roman Catholicism’s greatest shrine. It’s also a treasure trove of artistic riches, with works by such artists as Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini. At more than 600 feet long, with a dome 450 feet […]
SAN JOSE, Calif.-The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination is scheduled Friday to debate the possibility of ordination for non-celibate gays and lesbians. At its biannual General Assembly, representatives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will consider a move to allow openly gay clergy but keep its current rules intact after a delicate compromise approved two years ago […]
PHILADELPHIA-A church court on Thursday (June 26) unanimously found the Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia, Charles E. Bennison, guilty of not responding appropriately to his brother’s sexual abuse of a teenage girl more than three decades ago. Bennison, 64, was convicted by the nine-member tribunal of “conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.” Punishments could range […]
WASHINGTON-A Civil War-era law that lets Virginia congregations keep their property when leaving a denomination where a “division” has occurred is constitutional, a local judge ruled Friday (June 27). Fairfax County Judge Randy I. Bellows’ ruling was greeted as a victory by 11 congregations that seceded from the Episcopal Church last year over theological disagreements. […]
Gary B. Walter was elected the ninth president of the Chicago-based Evangelical Covenant Church on Wednesday (June 25) at the denomination’s annual meeting in Green Lake, Wis.
NEW YORK-For the first time in its 50-year history, an umbrella group of Eastern Orthodox Christian leaders now represents every American church in communion with the spiritual leader of world Orthodoxy.