PODCAST: Catholic Church Says They Will Not Bless Same-Sex Unions (BCNN1 03.15.21)

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According to Associated Press, The Vatican declared Monday that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about whether Catholic clergy have the authority to bless gay unions. The answer, contained in a two-page explanation published in seven languages and approved by Pope Francis, was “negative.” The note distinguished between the church’s welcoming and blessing of gay people, which it upheld, but not their unions. It argued that such unions are not part of God’s plan and that any sacramental recognition of them could be confused with marriage. The note immediately pleased conservatives, disheartened advocates for LGBT Catholics and threw a wrench in the debate within the German church, which has been at the forefront of opening discussion on hot-button issues such the church’s teaching on homosexuality.

According to FOX 35 Orlando, The Florida Highway Patrol says it is investigating a crash in Orange County that has resulted in multiple fatalities, including children. According to FHP spokesperson Lt. Kim Montes, five people were killed in the crash. Two other adults were transported by ambulance to a hospital. The three children who died were a five-month-old baby boy and five and four-year-old girls. The two women who were killed were 30-years-old and 25-years-old. The children’s grandfather, Pastor Anthony Oliver, talked to FOX 35 News and was completely heartbroken over losing his grandbabies and his two daughters. “Just imagining that final impact and what my kids were going through and what my grandchildren were saying and I couldn’t be there to protect them,” Oliver said through tears. “Because anytime anything happens they’re always calling for me, ‘Papa, Papa.’ And I could imagine them calling my name. That’s what hurts. That I wasn’t there.” Oliver says his wife is also battling Stage 4 cancer. She is in the hospital and has no idea about the crash.

According to Christianity Daily, A Jamaican pastor who went out to clear a piece of land was found headless in the bushes a day after going missing. Jamaican Pastor Kenniffe Andre Reid was found dead and headless on Monday morning in Sandy Bay along a dirt track at New Town district in Hanover, Jamaica, The Star reported. According to The Star, Reid called his wife, Latoya, last Friday that he’ll be going to a community in New Town, Hanover and attend to a land that he is clearing to build a house on. Reid then left the home of a church sister in New Town after lunch of Sunday, specifically 1:30 p.m., to go to the said land. The church sister called the Sandy Bay police when he did not return as he said on Sunday. However, the church sister was told by police that they could not do anything until a person has gone missing for 24 hours. The church sister then organized a search party on Monday morning and found Reid’s bag and water bottle in the bushes along with a machete. They found his headless body thirty minutes later, specifically at 8:30 a.m., in the bushes along a dirt track.

According to OCG News, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and World Vision will mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration on Saturday, March 13, at 10 a.m. during their weekly food distribution at 6400 Woodrow Rd. in Stonecrest. With 560,000 individuals fed through this program, the collaborative effort marks a sobering milestone for the ongoing pandemic’s impact to local families and those now facing food insecurities. “Looking back on the first year of the pandemic, I think we can all agree that COVID-19 was beyond a health crisis, it was a financial one as well,” said New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant. “Our desire to be the hands and feet of God to serve our community remained the same. I’m in awe of all that God graced us to accomplish in partnership with like-minded organizations that answered the call to help when it was needed the most.” The collaborative effort has expanded beyond the DeKalb County community with partnering ministries based throughout the state of Georgia and beyond.

According to FOX 17 Nashville, Virginia and James Scott started their love story in the 1950’s in Mississippi. James’s call to ministry brought their family to the Scenic City. Together they had four children and seven grandchildren. Friends and family are remembering the Chattanooga couple, who after more than 65 years of marriage passed way within 24 hours of each other. On January 17th, Virginia passed away at age 83 after she recovered from COVID-19. Hours later, the love of her life passed from COVID-19 complications. Granddaughter Jada Smith says they had been married more than 65 years. Virginia was 17 and James was 21 when they wed. The family says as pastor at New Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Bishop James Scott helped out people from all over Chattanooga. Their family says it was the couple’s mission to help families all over Chattanooga, no matter their background.

According to Associated Press, Gunmen abducted three teachers from a primary school in Nigeria’s northwest on Monday, four days after several dozen other students from another school in Kaduna state were abducted. The latest attack was carried out Monday morning at the Rema Primary School, according to Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs. The pupils who just arrived in the school “took to their heels in the course of the commotion and none of them was abducted, Aruwan said. It was the second attempt to abduct school children in the state since Thursday when 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization were abducted.

According to Associated Press, Race and ethnicity can be tricky topics to discuss, especially in the classroom. But the California Department of Education had no idea how heated the debate would get when it set out to draft a model ethnic studies curriculum for high schools statewide. The process took over two years, multiple versions, and drew nearly 100,000 public comments. This week, the State Board of Education is expected to approve the final draft, an 894-page tome whose own history illustrates the challenges of crafting an ethnic studies curriculum at a time of racial reckoning and national division. It also highlights some of the difficult questions educators will face in an era when America is redefining its heroes and asking whose stories should be told. More than three-quarters of California’s 6.2 million public school students are nonwhite. The proposed course materials focus on those four groups so students can “learn of the histories, cultures, struggles, and contributions to American society of these historically marginalized peoples which are often untold in U.S. history courses.” There are four chapters with more than two dozen lesson plans that schools can pick from to fit their student communities.

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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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