Members of Abyssinian Baptist Church continue to share their memories of Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III. CBS2's Jessi Mitchell brings us the stories of service the late leader inspired.
A Buddhist temple in Thailand’s Phetchabun province is now devoid of monks after every single one of them failed a drug test. Testing at the temple in Bung Sam Phan district took place on Monday. As a result, the men were stripped of their monkhoods and sent to a health clinic to begin drug rehabilitation, district official Boonlert Thintapthai told the AFP news agency.
- CBS News Videos
Every single monk from a Buddhist temple in central Thailand has been defrocked after testing positive for meth.
- E! News
Following weeks of graphic testimony and a peek into Scientology's inner world, a mistrial was declared in Danny Masterson's rape case after the jury maintained they were hopelessly deadlocked.
Police departments in North Texas are investigating a possible theft ring responsible for a string of burglaries targeting local Buddhist temples. There, nine suspects who arrived in a stolen van distracted a monk before stealing $38,000 in cash. As the monk prayed, some members of the group reportedly began to break into the temple’s rooms.
- The Daily Beast
Guglielmo Mangiapane/ReutersROME—It is no secret that Pope Francis has been ruffling feathers on the global stage in recent weeks. He has angered Russia, Ukraine and China over his comments in the last month alone. So when the Vatican’s official website went dark on Wednesday, it was hard to determine just which of the pope’s enemies might be behind it. While the Vatican spokesperson initially said the site was undergoing maintenance and technical difficulties, he finally admitted that the Holy
- National Review
Representative Greg Steube blasted the U.S. Naval Academy on Thursday after one of his constituents claimed she has been told she needs a Covid-19 vaccine to graduate.
- Sacramento Bee
His name was not included in the Diocese of Sacramento’s 2019 list of more than 40 clergymen credibly accused of abuse.
- The Conversation
Religious freedom and LGBTQ rights are clashing in schools and on campuses – and courts are deciding
People walk by the campus of Yeshiva University in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesDisputes over religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in the United States have led to some of the most high-profile judicial controversies – and 2022 is no exception. For example, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 5, 2022, about whether a designer can refuse to create wedding websites for same-sex couples; a ruling is likely in late June 2023. Lately, many of these controversies have begun in educati
- The Wrap
The jury was hopelessly deadlocked on all three charges against him
- Fox News
Five suspects, including a woman carrying a toddler, attacked a Buddhist monk after robbing the Wat Lao Buddhist Temple in Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu reached a coalition deal with the far-right Religious Zionism party, bringing him closer to securing a new government after an election last month, Netanyahu's Likud party said on Thursday. Religious Zionism will be given control of the Finance Ministry as part of a rotation, Likud said, though it did not lay out how the rotation would work. It will also have strong influence over policies in the occupied West Bank and the country's justice system.
- Associated Press
Pope Francis has rescheduled his delayed trip to Congo and South Sudan for Jan. 31-Feb. 5, cutting out a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east but fulfilling a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan. The Vatican on Thursday published the itinerary of the trip, which had originally been scheduled for last July but was postponed because Francis was undergoing therapy for his strained knee ligaments. The 85-year-old Francis is still using a wheelchair, but has made other foreign trips in the meantime, suggesting that he can go through with even challenging itineraries.
- Associated Press
A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday at the rape trial of “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson after jurors, who were leaning strongly toward acquitting him, deadlocked following the monthlong trial in which the Church of Scientology played a supporting role. Prosecutors said Masterson raped three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003 and the church dissuaded them from going public for years. Masterson, 46, pleaded not guilty and his lawyer said the acts were all consensual.
- Associated Press
Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree enacting a National Security and Defense Council decision to impose personal sanctions against representatives of religious organizations associated with Russia, which invaded Ukraine more than nine months ago.
"The temple is now empty of monks," a local official told Agence France-Presse, "and nearby villagers are concerned"
Mistrial declared in 'That 70s Show' actor Danny Masterson's trial on rape charges after jury fails to reach a verdict
In actor Danny Masterson's month-long trial, three charging witnesses — all former Scientologists — testified that Masterson raped them.
- Fox News
In verses 21:4-5 of the Book of Revelation, God promises to make everything new and wipe away tears, Pastor Dave Miller of Nebraska explains, saying there is hope for the future with God.
- The Wrap
Leah Remini Calls for Scientology to Be Co-Defendant if Danny Masterson Is Re-Tried: ‘They Obstructed Justice’
"Scientology and its evil leader David Miscavige obstructed justice and participated in a conspiracy to cover up these crimes," Remini wrote
- Rolling Stone
Based on a book by a megachurch pastor, Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon distills the singer's complex life into a moralizing lesson in Christian salvation
- KTRK – Houston
"Yesterday, we saw her doing her job as she's done faithfully every single day and today she's not here," the pastor of the victim's church told ABC13.