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Survivors can testify in Baltimore Archdiocese bankruptcy case, judge rules

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — Survivors of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be able to testify about their torment during two hearings in April and May, a judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michelle M. Harner granted a request by the committee representing survivors in the bankruptcy case to allow victims to speak for two hours ...Read more

The God Squad: Kalo Pascha

Religion / God Squad /

Q: As a Greek Orthodox Christian, it seems I’ve been explaining all of my life to other Christians why Orthodox Christians celebrate what we commonly refer to as Pascha, oftentimes much later than “Western” Christians.

The Orthodox only celebrate the first Sunday following the completion of the Jewish Passover....Read more

How can I really forgive those who have deliberately hurt me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’m not sure I can really forgive those who have deliberately hurt me. But I am miserable and they all seem so happy. This is hard to accept. – H.B.

A: Forgiveness is a healing balm for the troubled soul. God loves us enough to offer His forgiveness that opens the pathway to a relationship with...Read more

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Baltimore Archbishop Lori commits 'to hear directly from the survivors' in court

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BALTIMORE — If survivors of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Baltimore have the opportunity to testify at two hearings in bankruptcy court about their torment, Archbishop William Lori will be there to listen.

Lori, leader of America’s oldest archdiocese, “will personally attend on both occasions to hear directly from the ...Read more

How can being poor be seen as a blessing as the Bible declares in Matthew?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a social worker and also engage in humanitarian work. I see some terrible situations: famine, disease, violence in homes, and people who have lost their jobs and have nowhere to turn. They don’t seem “blessed” to me, but very poor. How can being poor be seen as a blessing as the Bible ...Read more

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Catholic abuse survivors: Baltimore archbishop to listen in court if victims testify

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BALTIMORE — Survivors of sexual abuse committed by clergy in the Archdiocese of Baltimore may have an opportunity to describe their suffering in bankruptcy court, and say they struck an agreement with the church to have Archbishop William Lori there to hear them.

The committee assigned to represent all survivors of clergy abuse in the diocese...Read more

Do people focus too much on what Jesus does for them and not what He does for mankind?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I hear many people talk about a relationship with Jesus Christ and what He’s done for them, but seldom do I hear them emphasize what He has really done for all of mankind — it’s more that He will give them what they want. This is troublesome. – T.S.

A: Christ is bigger than life! He ...Read more

Is 'home' an institution?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve heard that “home” is an institution. It sounds kind of stuffy. – I.H.

A: God is the Creator of the universe. He set the boundaries for the oceans. He made the great sun and set it in the center of the solar system to hold it together. If it were not for the sun, our solar system would ...Read more

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Israel's religious right has a clear plan for Gaza: 'We are occupying, deporting and settling'

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YITZHAR, West Bank — Carrying planks of plywood, a group of Israeli settlers pushed past soldiers guarding the barrier surrounding the Gaza Strip and quickly got to work. Within minutes, the young men had erected two small buildings — outposts, they said, of a future Jewish settlement in the war-torn Palestinian enclave.

Their movement had...Read more

Does the Bible equate being joyful with being happy?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I fight discouragement daily though I am a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I read devotionals that make me feel ashamed because I don’t measure up to the standard of being happy by others expectations. I don’t find the word “happy” in the Bible, but there are lots of references...Read more

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Sex abuse victims seek to testify in Baltimore Catholic archdiocese bankruptcy case

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — The committee representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case is seeking to give victims an opportunity to tell their stories in court.

In a legal brief filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore, attorneys for the group of survivors representing all of the diocese’s ...Read more

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Ministry leader in Texas used Bible to normalize sexual abuse of blind student, lawsuit says

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A ministry group leader is accused of using religion to groom and normalize the sexual abuse of a blind college student, a Texas lawsuit says.

Daniel Savala has a history of sexual abuse accusations dating back to the 1990s and has registered as a sex offender since 2013, according to the lawsuit filed this week.

Savala is currently in a ...Read more

Aren’t many Christians casting doubt on the authority of God’s Word?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Americans are becoming more influenced by the notion that our Constitution is void of God and that there is no authority in the document. Aren’t many Christians also casting doubt on the authority of God’s Word? – S.R.

A: Many people who call themselves Christians actually doubt the authority...Read more

The God Squad: I am in love with an atheist

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I was raised Catholic, but now I am having a crisis of faith. I don't really know what I believe anymore. I recently started dating a wonderful man, who I believe is the answer to many years of prayer. But I'm struggling with the fact that God sent me an atheist.

He has made me think of things that have shaken my faith. How ...Read more

What purpose does the Lord have for me now that I can no longer walk?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My life has taken a terrible turn after surviving a horrific accident leaving me impaired. I grew up in church and was active in my youth group. Now that I am unable to walk and drive a car, my social life has been snatched away. I know that the Lord has a purpose in this. How can I find it? – B.Y...Read more

Why is it still so difficult for people to overcome prejudice?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: In the age of knowledge and education, why is it still so difficult for people to overcome prejudice? – P.S.

A: Prejudice is measured by computing the distance between our own biased opinions and the real truth. By nature, the human mind possesses biased thinking that perpetuates. Despite our ...Read more

Kansas considers requiring church leaders to report suspected child abuse in most cases

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When Joe Cheray wanted to escape the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of a relative, she said she turned to church leaders for help. And then nothing happened.

Cheray’s abuser was heavily involved in and a large financial contributor to a church located in northeast Kansas. But behind closed doors, Cheray said he was her worst ...Read more

Was Jesus actually meek, easying, and loving?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A popular TV show is portraying a rather meek Jesus Christ, easygoing and loving, as though there is nothing He would condemn. Is this an accurate portrayal? – E.J.

A: Many people confuse the word meek with weak. While they may rhyme, these are two very different words that bear scrutiny...Read more