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Friday, September 24, 2010

AP NewsBreak: 4th man sues Georgia megachurch pastor

By GREG BLUESTEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor of New Birth Baptist Church.  AP Photo Credit: Gene BlytheATLANTA (AP) -- A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long's megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, claiming Long coerced him into a sexual relationship.

The lawsuit was filed by Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte. New Birth Charlotte is a satellite church run by Long in Charlotte, N.C. The lawsuit said Long told LeGrande "I will be your dad" and invited the 17-year-old to journey to Kenya with him in July 2005.... (Read the full story)
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One of Bishop's accusers calls Long a 'predator'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

One of the young men accusing a megachurch pastor of coercing him into a sexual relationship told a TV interviewer he loved the pastor, but nevertheless called him a "predator.".... (Read the full story)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Church: California minister guilty for marrying gays

By LISA LEFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A retired Presbyterian minister was found guilty of misconduct Friday by a church court for officiating the weddings of 16 gay couples when same-sex marriage was legal in California..... (Read the full story)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mormon church 'regrets' California gay marriage ruling

By BROCK VERGAKIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it regrets a federal judge's ruling overturning a ban on gay marriage in California.... (Read the full story)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Minneapolis pastor back in pulpit after gay report

By PATRICK CONDON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rev. Tom Brock, Lutheran Pastor. Photo Credit/ YouTube.comMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Rev. Tom Brock, a Lutheran pastor in Minneapolis, who opposes homosexuals being allowed to lead congregations said Monday he is attracted to men, but that he's not a hypocrite because he never acted on his urges.... (Read the full story)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Presbyterians continue to be divided over gays

By PATRICK CONDON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A split decision from Presbyterian leaders on two gay-friendly measures guarantees even more debate among the U.S. church's members on an issue they've been divided over for years.... (Read the full story)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Church says funeral protests are protected

By BEN NUCKOLS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The fundamentalist church that picketed the funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq with anti-gay signs argued Wednesday that its actions were protected by the First Amendment.... (Read the full story)

Thu, May 14, 2010

Episcopal holy war highlighted at one church

By WAVENEY ANN MOORE, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES Staff Writer

The keys strewn about the table at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church told of the rancor now separating men and women who once worshiped together.... (Read the full story)
WORLD   RELIGION   NEWS

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cardinal: High court wrong to uphold gay marriage

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canada's mainstream seems almost oblivious to the role of religion in contemporary life. Although Christmas and Easter are widely celebrated, Canadians seem shocked anew each year when told their holidays mark religious events. "These are secular holidays," many claim; "surely no one actually believes they are celebrating Jesus's birth and death, do they?"... (Read the full story)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Canada adrift in religious world

By JAMES RON, THE TORONTO STAR

Cardinal Norberto Rivera sharply criticized Mexico's Supreme Court on Sunday for upholding a law allowing homosexuals to marry in the capital, calling the ruling "aberrant" and "immoral."... (Read the full story)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Church blasts gay priests leading 'double life'

By NICOLE WINFIELD, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME (AP) -- The Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, lashed out Friday at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood.... (Read the full story)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Argentinian priest defies Church on gay marriage

By THE INDEPENDENT

A renegade Argentinian priest who publicly supports gay marriage has vowed to defy his archbishop's orders to stop celebrating Mass.... (Read the full story)

Fri, June 4, 2010

Anglicans try again to find same-sex blessings consensus

By ALISON AULD,   THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX -- The head of Canada's Anglican Church appealed to hundreds of bishops, priests and laypeople that they not let talks on the thorny issue of same-sex unions further divide the church or take on rancour... (Read the full story)

Sun, May 30, 2010

Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest

By MATT SEDENSKY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The future Pope Benedict XVI refused to defrock an American priest who confessed to molesting numerous children and even served prison time for it, simply because the cleric wouldn't agree to the discipline.... (Read the full story)

Tue, May 11, 2010

Sex scandal's roots are in church, Pope concedes

By BARRY HATTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

PopeIn his most thorough admission of the church's guilt in the clerical sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI said the greatest persecution of the institution "is born from the sins within the church," and not from a campaign by outsiders.... (Read the full story)