In a controversial new statement, progressive German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he could envision blessing homosexual couples in the Catholic Church, but added that it would have to be up to the “pastor on the ground” rather than made into a universal rule.In an interview with the Bavarian State Broadcasting’s radio service, the cardinal—who is president of the German bishops’ conference as well as a member of Pope Francis’ nine-man advisory board—said there are “no general solutions” to the question of blessings for same-sex couples.In reporting on the interview, the German edition of Vatican News acknowledged that the cardinal had said that the blessing of homosexual couples is possible in individual cases.
“It’s about pastoral care for individual cases, and that applies in other areas as well, which cannot be regulated, where there is no sets of rules,” he said.
Source: Leading German Cardinal Opens the Door to Church Blessings of Homosexual Couples
Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.
Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.
At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record “anti-Christian crimes” separately for the first time.
Source: German Politicians ‘Alarmed’ at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution last week to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer.
The resolution to stop using “gendered language for God” was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese’s 123rd Convention.
“If revision of the Book of Common Prayer is authorized, to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God,” the resolution stated.
“Over the centuries our language and our understanding of God has continued to change and adapt,” the drafters of the resolution stated. The drafters said that referring to God using masculine pronouns is to “limit our understanding of God.”
One delegate said that a Jewish name for God should be reinterpreted as ‘God with breasts.’
Source: U.S. Episcopal diocese votes to stop using masculine pronouns for God | News | LifeSite
Two Massachusetts women allegedly “tied up, burned and disfigured” a 5-year-old girl during a Haitian Voodoo ritual, The Enterprise reported.The East Bridgewater women told police they performed a voodoo ritual in an attempt to rid the girl of a demon that was making her misbehave, according to the report. One of the women also allegedly threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother.Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and her sister, Rachel Hilaire, 40, were arraigned in Brockton District Court and held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges charges of mayhem (permanently disfiguring a child’s face), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child with injury, indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and threatening to commit a crime (murder), The Enterprise reported.What did they do?At one point in the ritual, LaBossiere allegedly blew flames from a burning stick …
Source: Two arrested in Massachusetts over voodoo ritual that permanently disfigured 5-year-old girl – TheBlaze
Demand for exorcists “has risen exponentially” in Ireland due to a surge in demonic activity, according to exorcist Father Patrick Collins.
Source: Irish Exorcist Calls for Back-Up to Face Surge in ‘Malicious Activity’ by the Devil
WASHINGTON – The eclectic Burning Man Festival, held annually in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, has chosen for its new centerpiece structure a massive wood temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Gaia, another indication of America’s sprint from the God of Israel and Christianity. This year, organizers will build a massive wooden structure composed of 20 […]
Source: Burning Man goes gaga for Gaia
A Christian organization at the University of Iowa that was disbanded for not granting a gay member a leadership position has been reinstated after a judge ruled against the school’s “selective enforcement” of its nondiscrimination policy.
What was the issue?
Business Leaders in Christ refused to give a leadership position to an openly gay student who refused to sign the group’s Statement of Faith.
The statement reads: “Members should conduct their careers without the greed, racism, sexual immorality and selfishness that too often arise in business, political and cultural institutions.”
The university shut the organization down, saying that membership and participation in campus organizations cannot be limited based on sexual orientation, among other things.
Source: A Christian group accused of discriminating against a gay member just won a big victory in court – TheBlaze
The Catholic news outlet UCA News estimates that 2,000 Christians organized to protest the treatment of Periyaswamy’s death on Monday, blocking a major local road and “demanding the arrest of four people they suspect were behind the death of a Christian pastor who was found hanging inside his home.” The suspects, the report claims, are “high-caste Hindus.”
The protesters are also reportedly seeking for the government to place a private, independent doctor on their autopsy team to determine the cause of death, arguing that government officials have a stake in the death being ruled a suicide.
Source: India: Thousands of Christians Protest Torture, Hanging of Pastor Ruled a ‘Suicide’
TRUTH BOMBS: This is the Quote that that hurts so much:Ms “Humphrey, an LGBT women’s officer at Christ’s College”. AT CHRIST’S COLLEGE!!!!! Does she not see how she is a walking contradiction?
ARTICLE: It seemed like a fitting way to end the semester and celebrate the coming summer holidays.
But now organisers of the ‘Solstice’ festival at Trinity Hall, Cambridge find themselves accused of “bastardising” the beliefs of a sect of modern day druids, who claim the soirée amounts to sacrilege.
According to student Georgia Humphrey, a practising Wiccan, the decision to host this year’s May Ball on the eve of the solstice is “offensive” and “gross” because it coincides with a pagan festival.
Source: Cambridge May Ball accused by pagan student of belittling her religion
TRUTH BOMBS: This is the consequences when people do not view Christianity as a complete life system, but a social system. The world will always have a greater influence until you completely become submissive to Christ and His Law.
ARTICLE: A Minnesota preacher in a failing marriage, who failed in his attempt to hire a hit man using bitcoin on the dark web, also failed to convincingly stage his wife’s murder as a suicide — a final misstep that ultimately led to his arrest, officials said.
Source: Preacher who cheated using Ashley Madison, tried hiring hit man on dark web in bid to murder wife, cops say | Fox News