Back in March, some former members of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church filed a lawsuit against founding pastor Driscoll and one of the church’s leaders, John Turner. This suit basically alleged that the church misused funds—and practically operated something like a crime syndicate, with money shifting hands and purposes all under the table. The lawsuit called on Driscoll and Mars Hill leaders to reveal how the church used tithe monies.
If the Court decides to dismiss the civil RICO complaint against (fellow defendant John Sutton) Turner with prejudice, it should do the same for the remaining civil RICO defendant, Driscoll. The failure to prosecute applies to both parties. The plaintiffs were put on notice about their obligation to serve process in a general sense when Turner contacted the plaintiffs directly. That notice reminded the plaintiffs that they must serve all plaintiffs, not just one plaintiff.
In case you're unfamiliar with the long Driscoll saga—or don't know what to think about it—we’ve covered it in detail. Discuss
Pope Francis thinks culture has a marriage problem. Responding to a question from an audience member at a conference, the pope addressed what was called a “crisis of marriage.” The leader of the Catholic church said that people today—particularly young people—don’t understand real biblical commitment.
We live in a culture of the provisional … It’s provisional, and because of this the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say ‘yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying. Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know …
It’s a social issue, and how do we change this? I don’t know.
Though commenting on culture’s broad idea of commitment isn’t all that controversial, suggesting that the majority of Catholic marriages are invalid, has raised some eyebrows and caused a significant blowback among some leaders. Ross Douthat, a well-known Catholic writer for The New York Timescalled his statements “extraordinary, irresponsible and ridiculous.” The editor of the Catholic magazine First Things, Matthew Schmitz, said the pope was flatly "wrong and irresponsible” to call marriages “null.”
In a written transcript of the audio, the Vatican also reportedly changed the words “the great majority” to “some.” Discuss