A new study suggest that nuns should take birth control to prevent medical problems associated with a lifelong vow of celibacy.
Studies of 32,000 Catholic nuns between 1900-1954 indicated that women who had more menstrual cycles were prone to an “increased risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers”. Since nuns potentially will never have kids and thus have more menstrual cycles, they are at a higher risk of developing some form of ovarian or uterine cancer.
The use of birth control pills have been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer by up to 60 percent. So why all the fuss over allowing nuns to take the pill? Well basically it goes against one of the most well-known Catholic teachings which states that all forms of contraceptives are forbidden.
Oddly enough the Church feels that any form of medical treatment should be between a nun and her doctor. This makes sense since the use of the pill is not to prevent pregnancy but is merely to aid in the prevention of certain forms of cancer.
Pastor Ed Young decided to do something you wouldn’t normally expect from a man of the cloth. The pastor and his wife Lisa took to the rooftop of his Mega Church to have what he calls a “sexperiment”.
He says he and his wife will stay in bed for 24-hours to encourage couples to have more intimacy. He urges couples to try and have sex for 7 days.
The pastor also has a book out which is also called “The Sexperiment”. In it he teaches married couples how to become more intimate and also teaches single people how become more open to love and commitment once they are ready to walk down the aisle. Proceeds for the book are going back to the church.
In what is being called a rare attack on Shiites, a Pakistani extremist group claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated bombings aimed at Afghan Shiites in hopes that it will bring more instability to an already unstable country. The attacks are believed to have killed at least 63 Shiite worshipers on Ashura, which marks the death of Shiite Islam’s holiest martyr.
Father Gabriele Amorth, one of the Vatican’s leading excorcist, claims that yoga is Satanic because it often leads people to Hinduism. Father Amorth feels that “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.
Father Amorth also feels that reading Harry Potter books is also a cause for concern. He feels the books encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry. He told reporters at a film festival that “practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter”. He was invited to the festival to introduce the movie “The Rite”, a film about exorcism starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest. Father Amorth went on to say that “in Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses”.
A Pike County, Kentucky church has banned interracial couples from becoming members of the church after Stella Harville brought her Zimbabwe-born fiance to the church last summer. A pastor at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church claims that the ban is to help promote greater unity among the church body. Church members voted 9-6 in favor of the ban this week.
The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) congregation in Omdurman West, across the Nile River from Khartoum, have faced continued attacks after trying to build a church in a region where the dominate religion is that of the Muslim faith. The Muslim population has stated that Christianity was no longer welcome in the country. “We do not want any presence of churches in our area,” shouted members of the mob as they threw stones at the Christians, the sources said. Muslims in the north fear the influence that the Christian Church will bring. “They want to reduce or restrict the number of churches, so that they can put more pressure on believers,” said a church leader on condition of anonymity. The SCOC has been trying to build a church on the land since it obtained the land in 1997. Government officials and area Muslim residents have used delay tactics to prevent it, according to a Christian who lives in the area.