opinion Jeff Gewert Opinion contributor Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 30, 2018 My brother died alone in a cheap Long Island motel this past July from a disease commonly treated by unlicensed caregivers using nearly century-old, faith-based practices rather than modern medicine. Tim was a successful businessman, loving husband, and adoring father of two young girls until alcoholism reduced him to a tormented shell of an addict. When he died at 49 he was in what is called the end stage, a living hell where withdrawal symptoms are so severe that the alcoholic has to drink incessantly just to mitigate the anguish. Tim was incapable of helping himself, and family members and friends were either disengaged or offered ill-advised support, both due to ignorance or misconceptions about the disease. One misconception is that addiction is caused by lack of willpower or character flaws. Not true. It is a medically-recognized, chronic disease of the … [Read more...] about Alcoholics deserve evidence-based treatment, not faith-based ignorance
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All over the country, relics of greater or lesser importance are venerated, but it's only occasionally that one makes it into the headlines. Last month the heart of the patron saint of Dublin, St Laurence O'Toole, was returned to Christ Church Cathedral, having been stolen six years ago in mysterious circumstances. Kept in a wooden heart-shaped container and sealed within an iron cage, the relic was stolen in March 2012, when a thief stayed in the cathedral overnight in order to cut the bars of the cage and carry off the heart. Despite valuable silver being present, nothing else was taken, and it's thought the relic was specifically targeted. It was recovered by Gardaí in the Phoenix Park and handed back to Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Michael Jackson by Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy in a special ceremony in the cathedral. "Laurence left the monastic city of Glendalough, of which he was Abbot, to become Archbishop of Dublin, hence cementing a vibrant … [Read more...] about Keepers of the faith
Streets in the new Meadow View housing estate in Swanton Morley have been named after seven soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Picture: Ian Burt A memorial service is being held to commemorate the lives of seven soldiers based at Swanton Morley who were killed in Afghanistan. The coffin of Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett of the Light Dragoons Regiment, is carried for burial at Redburn cemetery in Holywood, Co Down. Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire It comes after roads and a green open space on a recently completed housing development in the village were named after the men. The families of L/Cpl Nigel Moffett, L/Cpl David Dennis, Trooper Christopher Whiteside, Trooper Phillip Lawrence, Craftsman Anthony Lombardi, L/Cpl Richard Brandon and Sgt Lee Davidson have been invited to the service. It will be held at All Saints Church, Swanton Morley on Sunday, June 17 at 11.15am. The service will be followed by the unveiling of a memorial lectern and seat at the new development. The lectern will … [Read more...] about Seven Norfolk-based soldiers who died in Afghanistan remembered at memorial service
BELFAST Central Mission was founded in 1889 as part of the Methodist Church's response to problems faced by people living in the inner city. Now, as then, BCM offers spiritual, emotional, social and physical help regardless of class, creed or ethnicity and no religious commitment is required from its staff or anyone wishing to benefit from its services – and many people do.The Mission has two congregations, one at the Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street, and the other in Sandy Row, and the list of services includes lunch clubs, tea dances, befriending and short breaks for older people. They offer supported housing throughout Northern Ireland for young adults leaving care as well as housing support for 16-to-25-year-olds and for the 55-plus age group. Add to this therapeutic counselling for vulnerable young people, residential accommodation for older people and parent support projects. the needs of our community haven't changed that much in almost 130 years.Christian faith in … [Read more...] about Anne Hailes: New care village a massive act of faith from Belfast Central Mission
opinion Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Columnist Published 2:52 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 The preacher wants a new airplane. Not just any airplane. A private jet that can seat around 20 and fly 6,000 miles without stopping. The cost of this airplane, new, is $54 million. But that’s not a problem for the preacher. He just asks his followers. “(God) said, 'Jesse, you wanna come up where I'm at?' ” the preacher, a televangelist named Jesse Duplantis, told his flock in a video published on his website. “And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, 'I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X. So I said, ‘OK.’ ” Now, I’m always suspicious when people say God spoke to them, especially by name. For one thing, in the entire Old Testament, God only calls a handful of men by name. People like Abraham. Jacob. Moses. I’m pretty sure, if the Almighty were to rev up that practice, it wouldn’t be to tell 68-year-old … [Read more...] about God is telling this preacher to get a $54M private jet. This isn’t faith. This is a con.