Chloe Menager allegedly held her 1-year-old son underwater in the bathtub until he drowned in 2012. She has now been found guilty of his murder and faces a lifetime behind bars if a judge so decides. During the trial, Menager spoke of being tormented by demons, though she never said that was her reason for committing the murder.
Two years ago, Pablo Perez flagged down Dallas, Texas officers to get help for his son, who had drowned in the bathtub. When they arrived, they reportedly found Menager in wet, blood-stained clothes and crying into a cellphone.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, my baby," Menager said. more >>
American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue.
"Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported.
The Catholic Church teaches against the use of contraception, defining it as "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act (sexual intercourse), or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible." This includes sterilization, condoms and the birth control pill. more >>
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer says Bill Maher, who recently called God a "psychotic mass murderer" for drowning the world in the Great Flood, is only able to make his mocking statements because of God's gift of free will. And God is only allowing him to live so that he has a chance for repentance, Fischer argues.
"The decisions that Bill Maher is making right now to blaspheme against God, to ridicule God, to mock God, he only has the ability do that because God has given him the gift of free will. Bill Maher is using it for profane and blasphemous purposes. The only reason that Bill Maher, after a tirade like that, draws another single breath, is because God is merciful, God is compassionate, He is abundant in steadfast love and loving kindness," Fischer, director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association, said on his radio program "Focal Point," posted on Monday.
"He (God) is waiting for Bill Maher to come to a place of repentance and He is continuing to extend to him His grace and His patience and His mercy." more >>
Answers in Genesis, an organization led by Ken Ham, says that a new discovery in the big bang theory where researchers claim that the universe was created in a split-second billions of years ago, contradicts what some biblical creationists believe about the world.
"This announcement undoubtedly will be welcomed as the long-sought proof of cosmic inflation so necessary to the Big Bang model," AiG wrote in an article on Monday, referring to the discovery by a team of astronomers at the South Pole conducting an experiment called BICEP2.
"Biblical creationists know from Scripture that the universe did not begin in a Big Bang billions of years ago. For instance, from God's Word we understand that the world is far younger than this. Furthermore, we know from Genesis 1 that God made the earth before He made the stars, but the Big Bang requires that many stars existed for billions of years before the earth did." more >>
Gene Robinson, recognized as the first openly gay bishop in a major Protestant denomination, has called on Pope Francis to change the Roman Catholic Church's official doctrine that defines homosexuality as a disorder, arguing that such a teaching is "the basis for discrimination, rejection and violence the world over."
The Vatican has repeatedly said that Pope Francis is not seeking to make doctrine changes, however.
"If Pope Francis is to be believed in all the kindly pronouncements of his first year (and I do), his good tone should be followed by the tough work of changing the systems of belief, doctrine and religious practice which perpetuate the victimization of those he seeks to serve," Robinson, who was installed as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in 2004 and retired in 2013, wrote in an article for The Daily Beast on Sunday. more >>
A San Francisco pastor wants to relay the message that a person's identity isn't found in their successes or failures, their career, or even their sexual orientation. A person's true identity is found in who God says they are.
"We subtly believe we can make an identity ... so we try and try and never succeed," Pastor Dave Lomas told The Christian Post. "We don't find an identity, we receive one from God, our Creator."
Lomas makes his point in his newly released book, The Truest Thing About You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters. more >>