May 29, 1991 |
Bishop Norman F. McFarland of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange was named Tuesday as temporary administrator of the Fresno diocese, six months after leading an investigation into problems and discontent there. At the same time, Pope John Paul II transferred Bishop Joseph J. Madera from Fresno, effective July 1, to become an auxiliary bishop for Roman Catholics in the military. McFarland's three-bishop panel conducted one of the highest-level inquiries within the U.S.
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May 25, 1991 |
The Crystal Cathedral has laid off about 20 employees, cut back work hours and discontinued some religious programs because of a slowdown in the economy, church officials said Friday. Among those who lost their jobs in the cost-cutting efforts in recent months is Robert W. Owen, a figure in the Iran-Contra hearings who served as a fund-raiser for Crystal Cathedral, according to Beth Owen, his wife and Crystal Cathedral spokeswoman.
April 20, 1991 |
After spending the first three years of its corporate life on a financial roller coaster, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in danger of derailing--unless some drastic steps are taken soon. And drastic steps are precisely what the 5.
March 16, 1991 |
Every Thursday morning, they flock to the church that looks like a concrete circus tent, asking the Rev. Ralph A. Wilkerson to summon the healing powers of Jesus Christ to obliterate tumors, mend broken marriages, drive arthritis out of joints, repair faulty hearts. "Now, Jesus! Now, Jesus! Now, Jesus!" Wilkerson commands, as he touches the face of a worshiper, who collapses backwards into the waiting arms of two suited assistants.
March 16, 1991 |
Three years after the sex scandal that led to his departure from the Assemblies of God, Jimmy Swaggart finds himself fending off lawsuits by creditors while seeking to persuade other pastors and congregations to join his World Evangelism Fellowship. During the last 15 months, nine television stations and a local contractor have filed suits to collect on more than $200,000 in overdue bills they claim that the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries owes them.
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September 9, 1990 |
A thousand years ago, the sunlight shining through stained glass was known as "the light of God." As Dee Strubb looked up at the brilliantly colored windows being set in place at Mount of Olives Church she understood why. "To see the light coming through is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen," Strubb said recently as she gazed at the religious symbols depicted on the windows. "And to think that our hands did this takes my breath away."
September 8, 1990 |
The truly converted show their faith with their hearts, souls and pocketbooks, declared the president of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc., during the black denomination's annual meeting this week. "Say what you will, but the best thermometer (to measure) black Baptists is what they give," said the Rev. Theodore J. Jemison, who would soon cajole 10,000 delegates for donations at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
August 25, 1990 |
Moderate Southern Baptists, feeling shut out of their own denomination, decided Friday to steer their money to agencies they support and away from those they see as aligned with fundamentalists. The 2,700-member group, Baptists Committed to the Southern Baptist Convention, voted to adopt an alternative funding plan that some observers said could be the first step toward forming a new denomination. The plan would bypass the 14.
July 28, 1990 |
Hundreds of Southern Baptist congregations are threatening to withhold contributions from the fundamentalist-dominated church hierarchy in a major escalation of the holy war wracking the nation's largest Protestant denomination. As many as 500 moderate pastors will meet next month in Atlanta to discuss how to bypass the Southern Baptist Convention to pay for the church's worldwide missions and seminaries. At stake is control over millions of dollars in donations.
March 17, 1990 |
The administrative arm of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese has had a moratorium on hiring and new programs for the last eight months and faces a budget deficit of up to $8 million by June, according to its chief financial officer. The projected shortfall has been caused primarily by increased subsidies to inner-city parishes and schools, as well as sharply rising health insurance costs, Jose Debasa said in an interview this week.