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Meeting fails to end Ohio church-strip club feud

Ohio church pastor meets with strip club owner, says dueling protests likely to continue The leader of an Ohio church feuding with a nearby strip club says a meeting failed to bring a truce. Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Ministries says he and Fox Hole club owner Tommy George…

Dancers from Ohio strip club protest at church

Ohio strip club dancers in bikinis protest at church that has been picketing them for 4 years The owner of an Ohio strip club and some of his dancers have been protesting at a church that has done the same to them for four years. Women in bikinis sat in…

Florida church’s ‘Burn a Koran Day’ brings Islamist threats

The controversy over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan has sparked a wave of anti-Muslim activism among some conservative and religious groups, and nowhere is that more in evidence than in a non-denominational church’s plan to hold a “Burn a Koran Day” on the next anniversary…

Spain to get church for same-sex marriages: report

MADRID — Spain, which has become a world leader in gay rights in recent years, is to get its first gay Christian church to celebrate marriages between same-sex couples, a news report said Sunday. The US-based Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) is to open a congregation in Madrid in October, the…

Pope begs forgiveness for church sex scandal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday begged for forgiveness for the paedophile priest scandals rocking the Roman Catholic in his clearest apology yet for the scourge. At a mass with some 15,000 priests marking the end of the Roman Catholic Church’s Year for Priests, the pontiff pledged to…

Father wages court battle against funeral protests

Powered by Mochila Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn’t sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son’s funeral. “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” “You’re Going to Hell.” “Semper Fi Fags.” Hundreds of…

Abuse victims, Jewish groups slam Vatican remarks

Victims of abuse by Catholic priests said Friday it was “morally wrong” for the pope’s personal preacher to compare criticism of the church sex scandal to anti-Semitism, as an outraged Jewish group demanded an apology. In a Good Friday service, Father Raniero Cantalamessa read aloud a letter from a “Jewish…

Letter shows Pope Paul VI knew of child abuse decades ago

Further revelations of the Vatican’s inaction to address pedophilia may tarnish not only Pope Benedict’s reputation, but that of Pope Paul VI. According to a newly released letter, Pope Paul VI and the Vatican knew about clergy abuse of children almost 50 years ago. The 1963 letter is from the…

Catholic League head: Abuse not pedophilia because boys were ‘post-pubescent’

The head of the influential Catholic League says that the priest who allegedly sexually abused 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin did not engage in pedophilia because ‘the vast majority of the victims [were] post-pubescent.” Bill Donohue made the argument during a raucous debate on Larry King Live Tuesday night, during…

Colbert: God hates charity, or crosses would have cute kittens

On a recent radio show, Glenn Beck called for people to leave churches that advocate for social justice. The Fox News host has said that social justice is just a code word for Nazism and Communism. Stephen Colbert agrees. “When I think of Hitler and Stalin, I think social justice,”…

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