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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.     

Courtroom fireworks for Katy Perry

News.com.au reports on the dramatic events which unfolded during a courtroom hearing involving Katy Perry and some nuns who are battling over a Los Angeles convent. An 89-year-old nun, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, died during her court appearance after earlier stating that day, “To Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.” 

The legal drama unfolded after the international pop star tried to purchase the convent (with the approval of Los Angeles’ archbishop) from the archdiocese of Los Angeles but entrepreneur Dana Hollister entered into an agreement to purchase it from the nuns who had lived there. Perry sued Hollister claiming she interfered with the sale and the nuns were not authorised to sell the property. 

Trump scandal just a “Stormy” in a teacup?

CBN News has news of how some evangelical Christians are reacting to the alleged scandal involving President Trump and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins recently said “evangelicals are willing to give Trump a ‘mulligan’ for his past transgressions” and still holds that position. 

“To date, what has the President done? The President has not engaged, to our knowledge, and I think we would know, in any of the behaviour that he did in the past, prior to the election. What he has done is he’s actually followed through on political promises,” says Perkins. 

Some aren’t so charitable. David Lane of The American Renewal Project says Trump is like Samson: “An imperfect tool, evidently willing to do what God’s people are not.” Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host, added, “The President’s administration has done a lot of good for conservatives, but the Stormy Daniels story should remind us he, like all of us, struggles with sin.” 

“Jesus” lied about bombing gay pride

BBC News reports on a man calling himself “Jesus Christianity” who received jail time for telling rail passengers who were attending an LGBT march in Wales that he was going to attend with a bomb in his backpack and that it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam. 

Police later confronted the man and found he had no bomb and there was little evidence to suggest he was planning to commit a terrorist offence. The Judge accepted that Christianity was sorry for his verbal attacks but said he was “motivated by hostility to homosexuality”. 

Ironing out the Christian wrinkles for movie

The Christian Post reports on the latest scandal involving the Disney film A Wrinkle in Time and the screenwriter’s decision to cut Biblical references during the adaptation process from book to script. Madeleine L’Engle’s book of the same name contains multiple references to Christianity and Jesus but the film’s screenwriter Jennifer Lee eliminated these from the screenplay and said the Disney version celebrates “inclusiveness” and “diversity”. 

“One of the reason’s Madeleine L’Engle’s book … had that strong Christian element to it wasn’t just because she was Christian, but because she was frustrated with things that needed to be said to her in the world and she wasn’t finding a way to say it and she wanted to stay true to her faith,” Lee said. “And I respect that and I understand those feelings of things you want to say in the world that need to be said that are out there. In a good way, I think there are a lot of elements of what she wrote that we have progressed as a society and we can move onto the other elements.” 

 

 

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