LISTEN: Al Mohler Apologizes For Supporting CJ Mahaney (UCNN 02/17/19)

According to the Houston Chronicle, A leading Southern Baptist figure on Thursday apologized for supporting a religious leader who was accused of helping conceal sexual abuses at his former church, and for making a joke that he said downplayed the severity of the allegations. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Al Mohler said for the first time publicly that he regrets his embrace of C.J. Mahaney, the former leader of the non-Southern Baptist group Sovereign Grace Ministries, now known as Sovereign Grace Churches. Mahaney and his former organization were sued in 2012 by 11 people alleging that their abuses were concealed by leaders, at least one of whom was later convicted. Mahaney has long denied the accusations, and the lawsuit was later dismissed because of the statute of limitations.

According to the Associated Press, Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey heard oral arguments Thursday on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location. Blakey said he’ll issue a ruling on Tuesday. Recent Chicago history indicates lawsuits like the one filed by Protect Our Parks can stymie and even kill blockbuster projects, even ones proposed by VIPs with enormous financial and political influence.

According to Religion News Service, Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults. McCarrick is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title. The scandal swirling around him was particularly damning to the church’s reputation in the eyes of the faithful because it apparently was an open secret that he slept with adult seminarians. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation he fondled a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.

According to Christian Post, A Catholic woman is suing South Carolina and the federal government, claiming she was denied the opportunity to volunteer or foster at a Christians-only agency because she’s not Protestant. Miracle Hill Ministries was granted an exemption last month to a federal HHS anti-discrimination rule implemented under the Obama administration that would have shut down the agency. The waiver Miracle Hill received from the Trump administration, at the behest of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, allowed it to continue operating as long as it referred non-Christian parents to other agencies. On Friday, however, Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a statement saying that Aimee Maddonna, a Catholic mother from Simpsonville, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville Division against the HHS and South Carolina demanding that Miracle Hill’s exemption be revoked. Maddonna claims that Miracle Hill discriminated against her by not allowing her to volunteer and foster through their program because she’s Catholic rather than evangelical Protestant.

According to the Associated Press, The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s operations. It’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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