Health & Spirit

Pope names Baltimore auxiliary bishop to lead troubled West Virginia diocese

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BALTIMORE -- The Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and a man known for his humble service and "great pastoral sensitivity," will become bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia, the Vatican announced Tuesday morning.

He succeeds former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who resigned ...Read more

Citing new evidence, judge angrily denies bail for leader of La Luz del Mundo church

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LOS ANGELES -- The leader of La Luz del Mundo church remained impassive in a Los Angeles courtroom as a witness for prosecutors described a video that he alleged showed Naason Joaquin Garcia participating in a sexual threesome involving a minor.

State law enforcement officer and forensic examiner Steven Stover testified during a Superior Court ...Read more

Spiritual Life: All children belong to God's family. We are called to care for them

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"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me ... . "

The speaker in this Biblical text is Jesus. He continues ... "just as you did it to one of the least of ...Read more

Bill to require California priests to report confessions of child sex abuse on hold

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The author of a California bill strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church that would require priests to report confessions of child sex abuse to authorities said Tuesday he has put it on hold, citing lack of support.

SB 360 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, had passed out of the state Senate on a 30-4-4 vote May 23. But ...Read more

Light Notes: Can't find your car? Here's a tip good for more than Baby Boomers

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There are somewhere around 77 million people in America who always remember who they are. They're Baby Boomers. And over the years they've unashamedly reminded us -- lest you forget -- that they've done it all.

Notice I use the past tense.

The leading edge of this postwar generation used to set the latest trends. Now, it may be setting records...Read more

Detroit priest removed by archdiocese because of 'credible' sexual abuse allegation

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DETROIT -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had sexually abused a child decades ago.

The Rev. Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry Friday, a month after The Associated Press began asking the ...Read more

Southern Baptist leader accused of teen's sexual assault pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A former Southern Baptist leader arrested last summer on accusations that he'd sexually assaulted an Arlington teen more than two decades earlier pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to misdemeanor assault.

Mark Edwin Aderholt, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate, had been initially charged with sexual assault ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Joy doesn't depend on life's events

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Br. David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, teaches about the transforming power of living gratefully not just when something wonderful or special happens, but every day no matter what is happening.

I've recently been involved with two people whose lives were challenged by adversity, and seen grateful living's power sustain one of them and ...Read more

Minneapolis pastor and First Covenant Church evicted over LGBT stance

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Evangelical Covenant Church voted Friday to evict the Rev. Dan Collison from the Minneapolis denomination, ending a five-year conflict over LGBT inclusion and cementing the denomination's position on same-sex marriage.

Covenant leaders also voted to expel Collison's First Covenant Church, a historic church in downtown ...Read more

Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The women kneel on the cool marble, their heads draped by shawls bearing the initials NJG. Their hymnals are inscribed with the letters, as is the soaring temple that serves as the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo.

In homes and businesses, along streets with names such as Nazareth, Jerusalem and Jericho, the face of "the ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Scabs and scars aren't just on skin. They're on hearts, minds and souls too

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You have to admit that scabs are rather gnarly, not pretty to look at or think about. But I'll bet there are few people who have not sported hard, crusty scabs of one kind or another.

The role and function of scabs are part of a greater, complex process of healing. While I am no dermatologist, I have witnessed enough cuts and scrapes to observe...Read more

Sex abuse charges against La Luz Del Mundo leader 'tip of the iceberg,' prosecutors say

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LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors are poring through dozens of digital devices as they build their case against the leader of La Luz del Mundo church, a man known by followers as "the apostle" of Jesus Christ and who has been charged with various counts of sex abuse, including forcible rape of a minor.

They claim that Naason Joaquin Garcia, 50, has ...Read more

Woman who was told her rape was a 'good thing' by former Southern Baptist leader files lawsuit

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A woman who said she was threatened and humiliated after reporting multiple rapes to former Southern Baptist Convention president Paige Patterson has filed a lawsuit against him.

The lawsuit, which was filed by a former student of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, was unsealed this week.

It says ...Read more

Leader of La Luz del Mundo megachurch pleads not guilty to sex abuse counts

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LOS ANGELES -- Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of La Luz del Mundo megachurch, pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple counts of sex abuse at an arraignment and bail review hearing.

The other detained co-defendants in the case, Alondra Ocampo, 36, and Susana Medina Oaxaca, 24, also entered not guilty pleas in Superior Court in downtown Los ...Read more

Spiritual Life: God's word offers invitation to find rest in him

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Can you get tired of resting?

I once asked that question during a sermon, unaware that it would be received as a laugh line. While my humor may be wry enough to elicit such a response, I think my aim was at something more direct.

Specifically, my musing wanted to know whether the talk of rest, even the reality of rest, could somehow make God's...Read more

'Harry Potter meets Jesus' sermon series brings new muggles to Philly church

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PHILADELPHIA -- The large banner on the lawn of Leverington Church in Roxborough has been raising eyebrows as if it were a Wingardium Leviosa spell.

"If I read 'Harry Potter meets Jesus,' I'd probably think it was cheesy, too," Pastor Langdon Palmer said. "But I didn't know how else to put it."

Palmer's unconventional eight-week sermon series ...Read more

Bay Area churches are building housing in God's backyard

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- There's a new acronym floating in the alphabet soup of California housing parlance: YIGBY, or "yes in God's backyard."

Congregations in the Bay Area and beyond are taking steps to build affordable housing on their properties to shelter some of the many local residents who can't pay the region's sky-high rents. Housing ...Read more

La Luz del Mundo's leader faces charges, but 'God has his plan,' congregants say

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LOS ANGELES -- For its faithful, the leader of La Luz del Mundo is "the apostle" of Jesus Christ. God made it so.

Hundreds of thousands of parishioners gathered in Guadalajara last month to celebrate their leader's 50th birthday. They filled the streets around the organization's towering temple -- headquarters to the largest evangelical church ...Read more

After year of scandal, US Catholic bishops approve measures to hold themselves accountable

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BALTIMORE -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly -- though not unanimously -- approved a new framework Thursday for policing their own conduct, hoping it would be enough to stanch a series of scandals that brought to light sexual misconduct and inaction within their ranks over the last year.

The measures include a new code of ...Read more

Religious communities consider how much faith to put in marijuana

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PHILADELPHIA -- On June 2, at a Philadelphia synagogue, Karen Michaels attended a conference about cannabis and various religions' views on it. She knows she was there because she has the notes she wrote. But she can't recall a minute of it.

The former community health administrator from Fairmount has no short-term memory. It was violently ...Read more