This is the Reason God Actually Hates Divorce

Thirty years ago in February 1985, I got divorced. So far I’ve lived fifty-nine years, and without a doubt divorce was the worst season of my life.

Nothing I’ve suffered since that time even comes close. Not a wayward child, not a stroke, not the betrayal of a close friend, not job loss, not watching the collapse of a ministry, not the death of a parent, not a root canal when the Novocain didn’t work—absolutely nothing compares to the horrific pain of having a spouse decide, “I Don’t” after saying “I Do.”

So what do you do with that kind of pain and shame?

The Church and sexuality: An interview with Cardinal Brandmüller

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller made headlines last week, after he told German news agency DPA that debate over the clerical sexual abuse crisis should not “forget or silence the fact that 80% of the cases of sexual assault in the Church affected male youths not children,” adding that a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse has been “statistically proven.”

Construction of new church in Istanbul to begin in February

Construction of the first-ever church built in Republican-era Turkey will begin at the end of the February in Istanbul, an official has said. The paperwork has been done and a permit issued, Bülent Kerimoğlu, the mayor of Istanbul’s Bakirköy municipality, told reporters on Jan. 8 while meeting with Yusuf Çetin, the Syriac Orthodox Church’s metropolitan for Istanbul and the capital Ankara.