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Pope's top aide is accused in Australian sex abuse case

Pope's top aide is accused in Australian sex abuse case

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis suffered a major blow Thursday when his top financial adviser, Cardinal George Pell, was charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of sexual assault from years ago, bringing a criminal case in the long-running abuse scandal inside the frescoed walls of the Vatican for the first time.

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The Thoughtful Pastor: These three prayers might help you find peace

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The Rev. Christy Thomas

Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake.  Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: a Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.

How did evangelical theology become hate speech?

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James A. Mann

Today, would this be labeled hate speech?  After all, it was Mother Theresa, the woman who had given her life to the poor and outcast.   There wasn't an ounce of hate in her, just love.   And this love was proven by her life.   If we can live our lives as sacrificially as she, we'll do exactly what John is telling us.   It won't be our words, but our deeds and the integrity of our lives that will draw attention to a loving God.

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