Religion Making Headlines

Many people believe in a higher being, in one way, shape, or form.  Faith has been reaching the headlines a great deal, as of late.  One of the most shocking comes in the form of a young married couple in their early twenties, who lost one of their premature daughters due to religious beliefs.  The couple are members of the Followers of Christ Church.  This sect does not believe in medical care.  Healing is relied solely upon prayers and anointing oils.  

State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson tells KATU News she isn’t sure if Ginnifer would have survived if the baby was taken immediately to the hospital, but said it would have given her a chance. According to court documents, there were about 60 people in the house after the twin girls were born. Authorities told the church leaders the second child was at “medical risk” because of her “preemie size.” The baby’s grandfather simply replied, “thank you for your input.”

The family eventually agreed to take the second baby to the hospital.  See the full article here…

Religion plays a big role in the decision and actions of its members.  Making news this week on the spiritual spectrum was President Donald Trump.  President Trump spoke tpo the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC on June 8, 2017.  Gregory Korte of  USA Today reports the following:

President Trump told a gathering of religious conservative activists in Washington on Thursday that they “picked a winner” in helping elect a president who will defend their religious liberty.

But speaking as former FBI director James Comey was wrapping up his public testimony on Capitol Hill, Trump gave only a vague hint of the controversy that overshadowed his remarks.

Followers of Christ Church seem to be on an extreme end of the spectrum. Catholicism was once viewed as a more strict religion. However, Pope Francis appears to be leading Catholics into the 21st Century by taking a stance of tolerance instead of exclusion when it comes to LGBT rights. When asked in 2013 about gay priests, the Pope responded “Who am I to judge?”

Father James Martin, a popular Jesuit priest, penned a book titled “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.” This book offers a great deal of authority in the Catholic, as Martin was recently appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication. This counsel manages the pope’s social media and Vatican TV and radio.

You’re arguing for inclusion of LGBT in Catholic churches. How is it possible to include someone that your church believes is actively living in sin?

Simply being LGBT is not sinful, according to Catholic teaching. That’s a common misconception. Even the catechism talks about welcoming them with “respect, compassion and sensitivity,” which is the genesis of the book’s subtitle. More basically, LGBT Catholics are baptized, and so they’re as much a part of the church as the pope. Sometimes when LGBT people tell me they feel like they’re being pushed out of the church, I’ll say, “Don’t let anyone push you out. It’s your church too.”

Additional information can be found with the publication of a new book by a popular Jesuit priest, James Martin: “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.”

Read the article by Jonathan Merrit in its entirety here

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