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Look out It Takes a Church, Duck Dynasty, Preachers of L.A., Snake Salvation and Thicker Than Water—there’s a new church-based reality show coming to cable. Oxygen has greenlit a series called Fix My Choir, which will feature gospel music artists Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child) and Deitrick Haddon (of Preachers of L.A. fame), traveling to various churches and community groups to “help them find perfect harmony both within their music—and their members” (according to The Hollywood Reporter). The network also told the outlet earlier this year that in light of the ratings success of Preachers of L.A., they would soon be launching spin-offs in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit, presumably showcasing the lavish lifestyles of even more controversial megachurch pastors in major cities around the country ... Discuss

 

Perhaps you've seen the flurry of chatter about an ancient piece of papyrus discovered by Harvard Divinity School historian Karen L. King in which the words "Jesus said to them, 'My wife...,'" appear very clearly, before the sentence is broken off. It was discovered in 2012, but it's taken up till now for experts to confirm that the writing is pretty old—probably from sometime in the fourth century. But while you wouldn't necessarily know it to read some headlines, experts don't believe parchment amounts to much in terms of turning over any traditional beliefs about Jesus being married.

The third century Church's conversation about marriage and celibacy was an ongoing one—several extra-canonical texts (such as the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Thomas) refer to Jesus' marriage, and no one is arguing for the validity of those texts. In fact, they've been debunked for years. The manuscript is historically interesting, but provides nothing in terms of new information that should unsettle Christians ... Discuss

 

While speaking to the organization, the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the child abuse scandal at the hands of priest that has rocked the church and devastated victims around the world. He was quoted on Vatican Radio saying,

I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests—quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests—to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children. The church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children.

Though they are some of the most strong words used by the Pope when addressing the priest abuse, some groups say that without more action, the apology is not enough. The group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has told CNN and The Daily Beast that they believe that the Vatican—and a commission started by Pope Francis to address the abuse—could be doing more to prevent on-going abuse, improve transparency and punish those responsible ... Discuss

 
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