Ocracoke Island pastors cancel Sunday services
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) - The only two churches on Ocracoke Island
have canceled Sunday services as Hurricane Irene threatens the
North Carolina coast.
The Rev. Ivey Belch says members of his Ocracoke Assembly of God
prayed fervently at their Wednesday night service, with some
preparing to evacuate the island and others determined to stay put.
Belch says they have faith that God can turn the hurricane away,
but he adds with a laugh that the Bible also says "faith without
works is dead."
Pastor Belch and his family caught a Thursday morning ferry to
He says Ocracoke United Methodist Church also has canceled its
Archbishop: Media can't be trusted on religion
MADRID (AP) - Archbishop Charles Chaput says most
news outlets display "a combination of ignorance, laziness and
bias against traditional Christian beliefs."
Chaput, who's leaving the Archdiocese of Denver to be installed
Sept. 8 as archbishop of Philadelphia, warned Catholics at World
Youth Day not to trust the secular news media's coverage of
He said most such reporting features "aggressive skepticism
towards any religious community that claims to preach and teach
Chaput said the media's "editorial prejudices" often seek to
undermine and discount Christian arguments on issues like abortion
and gay marriage.
ELMHURST COLLEGE-LGBT STATUS
Church-affiliated college offers gay benefits
ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) - A church-affiliated college in suburban
Chicago is offering scholarships to students who identify
themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.
Elmhurst College, which is affiliated with the United Church of
Christ, is the first in the country to ask students on admissions
applications about their gender identity and sexual orientation.
The college's dean of admission, Gary Rold, says applicants who
respond that they're part of the "LGBT" community may be eligible
for a scholarship that pays up to a third of their tuition.
Rold told the Chicago Sun-Times, "Increasing diversity is part
of our mission statement."
Wash. boy pulled from ocean released from hospital
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Washington state boy who survived after
being pulled seemingly lifeless from the Pacific Ocean has been
released from a Portland hospital.
Oregon Health and Science University spokeswoman Elisa Williams
says 12-year-old Dale Ostrander was discharged on Wednesday.
Williams says privacy laws prevent her from saying where he was
Ostrander's family could not immediately be reached for comment.
On a blog set up to chronicle his recovery, family members on
Monday asked for prayers that Ostrander would be well enough to
transfer to a hospital closer to home.
The boy was visiting a southwest Washington beach with a church
group when a rip current sucked him out to sea earlier this month.
He was under water for 15 minutes or more but stunned doctors and
his family when he awakened and spoke.
Mosque arson suspect indicted for hate crime
CORVALLIS, Oregon (AP) - Court documents show a 24-year-old man
arrested in the November firebombing of a mosque in Oregon had
ranted against Muslims in subsequent encounters with police
officers and said Christians are also capable of jihad.
Cody Crawford was arrested Wednesday night. He's accused of
setting fire to the Corvallis mosque just two days after FBI agents
arrested a Somali-American on a charge of plotting to set off a
bomb at Portland's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton says Crawford was indicted for a
hate crime because his alleged motives were racial and religious in
Crawford said in an earlier Associated Press interview that he
is "100 percent innocent."
Accused underwear bomber: Judge me by Quran
DETROIT (AP) - A Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a
Detroit-bound plane in 2009 claims he was the victim of excessive
force after he "assaulted" several officers in his prison cell.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab filed a request with a judge Thursday
asking that no excessive force be used against him when he defends
his Islamic religion. He says he was restrained in his cell
In another request, Abdulmutallab wants to be released and be
judged by the Quran, the Muslim holy book. He's charged with trying
to blow up an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas Day 2009.
Abdulmutallab is being held at a federal prison in Michigan
while awaiting a fall trial in Detroit.
Pope John Paul II's relics displayed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Relics of Pope John Paul II have arrived for
public display in Mexico City, kicking off a four-month tour of
Mexico that includes more than 100 locations.
Worshippers applauded, cried and prayed Thursday morning as a
vial of the ex-pontiff's blood and a wax figure of the pope donning
a papal robe arrived at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Mexico was the third-most-visited country by the late pope,
behind his homeland of Poland and France. John Paul died in 2005 at
the age of 84 and was beatified in May.
The relics will be on display at the basilica until Sunday.
Boston archdiocese releases list of accused priests
BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley has released a
long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse since 1950.
But he has decided to leave some priests off the list of 159 names,
including dead priests who haven't been publicly accused.
O'Malley is citing concerns about due process and the damage to
the reputations of priests who can't defend themselves against
The list of names was posted on the archdiocese's website
All the names have been publicly released before, though not
necessarily by the archdiocese. O'Malley says publishing the list
is another step toward taking responsibility for the clergy sex
A total of 250 Boston-area priests and deacons have been accused
of child sex abuse since 1950.
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