Religious denominations have long provided retired clergy and staff
with secure pension payments--more secure, in some cases, than corporate
retirement plans. But some recent developments have drawn attention to
the vulnerabilities of so-called church plans, which are exempt from
federal regulations aimed at safeguarding retirement funds for
Utrecht, Netherlands, December 9 (ENInews)--A football club in Belgium's top division has declined the offer of a sponsorship deal from a leading Roman Catholic newspaper, for fear of attracting ridicule, Belgian media report.
(RNS) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- earlier and earlier
every year. The evergreens at Rockefeller Center and the White House
were decorated in November, radio stations started playing carols after
Halloween, and stores have been promoting Christmas sales for months.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) -- A private, historically Baptist Christian
college has sparked a national media firestorm over its successful
women's soccer coach leaving her job shortly after telling members of
her team that she is gay.
(RNS) Backers of a referendum that would bar Oklahoma courts from
considering Islamic law admit they suffered a setback when a federal
judge issued a temporary injunction against the measure last month.
A Canadian Orthodox archbishop has been charged with sexually assaulting two ten-year-old boys about 25 years ago. Kenneth William Storheim, known as Archbishop Seraphim, flew from his home in Edmonton, Alberta, and surrendered to police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after a warrant for his arrest was issued November 16.
The Church of England, defying opposition from its traditionalist wing, has given its support to a global covenant aimed at keeping the Anglican Communion intact in the face of disputes over homosexuality and female bishops.