May 8, 2008

Leader of Cult Arrested

by Rachael Grant

Yet more controversy has been stirred around the Strong City cult this week, with the news that leader Wayne Bent (self-titled as Jesus; Michael Travesser by his friends) has been arrested on the suspicion of sexual abuse and the contribution towards the delinquency of a minor. It has not yet been revealed whether the arrest […]




‘Time 100’ names three religious leaders

by David Masters

Three religious leaders have been named in the Time Magazine top 100 most influential people in the world. The leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomeos I, were named in the ‘leaders and revolutionaries’ section. Rev. Richard Cizik, of the National Association of Evangelicals, was named in the […]




Priest to Serve Four Years for Abusing Prisoners

by Rachael Grant

A sentence of four years has been handed down to a Roman Catholic Priest who admitted to having sex with two inmates at a women’s prison during his stint as chaplain. Judge Terry Means, Fort Worth, USA, concluded that Vincent Inametti, aged 48, eradicated any trust that he had as both an employee of Federal […]




Muslim Woman In Court Appeal Over Veil

by Rachael Grant

A Muslim woman who refused to remove her veil during a small-claims hearing, and was subsequently dismissed, has taken the decision to the district court. US District Judge, John Feikens, stated that he will issue a written opinion, but has not indicated which way his decision will fall; indeed it has been suggested that he […]




Strong City Withdraw From Community

by Rachael Grant

Following the removal of children by child welfare workers, it has been reported by neighbours that the Strong City cult in north-eastern New Mexico ranch country, near the Colorado border, have become withdrawn and unresponsive. The Strong City group, lead by self-proclaimed Messiah Wayne C. Bent, known to followers as Michael Travesser, first seemed to […]




Cross-dressing at Santacruzan Labelled Insulting

by Rachael Grant

The debate as to whether homosexuality has a place in the Church has added yet another twist to the tale, with Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, a Catholic cleric in Manila in the Phillippines, announcing on Radio Veritas that parishes which allow homosexual cross-dressers to play saints in religious festivals are undermining the seriousness of the […]




May 7, 2008

Virgin Mary Apparition Given Official Blessing

by Rachael Grant

Is seeing really believing? Apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been a staple of Catholicism for hundreds of years, and since Sunday, an official sanctity by the Roman Catholic Church has added one more. Speaking at Mass, Monsignor Jean-Michel de Falco Leandrin revealed that the Vatican has officially accepted the appearance of the Virgin Mary […]




May 6, 2008

Church seeks salvation in Doctor Who

by David Masters

Vicars in the UK have been told to illustrate their sermons with examples from the popular BBC series Doctor Who. Delegates at a conference for Church of England leaders were shown clips from the show that relate to complex religious themes such as evil, resurrection and redemption. Similarities were drawn between the Doctor – who […]




May 2, 2008

Six Tibetan monks jailed for protest

by David Masters

Six Tibetan Buddhist monks were given lengthy jail sentences by Chinese authorities this week following their part in street protests on 14th March. The monks were among 30 people convicted, with prison sentences ranging from three years to life. The monks’ sentences were all at least 15 years. The street protest was the first in […]




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