Detroit archbishop visits landmark
n DEARBORN – The new Roman Catholic archbishop of Detroit has visited one of the nation’s largest mosques, part of a continuing outreach to Muslims and other faith groups.
Archbishop Allen Vigneron met with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, which boasts a large Muslim population. Imam Sayid Hassan al-Qazwini, the head of the Islamic Center of America, called Dearborn “the Muslim capital of the West” in his welcoming remarks to the archbishop.
“God says in the Quran, ‘You will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who say they are Christian,”‘ he said. “Let us open our houses of worship to each other.”
Scandal-scarred megachurch pastor dies
n ATLANTA – A former megachurch leader who rose to fame with a progressive evangelical ministry only to have it crumble after a series of sex scandals will be honored in the church he helped build in suburban Atlanta.
Archbishop Earl Paulk of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church died Sunday, March 29, after a battle with cancer. He was 81. For years the church was at the forefront of many social movements — admitting black members in the 1960s, ordaining women and opening its doors to gays. But Paulk was dogged for decades by scandal.
The most shocking revelation came in October 2007 when a court-ordered paternity test showed he was the biological father of his brother’s son, D.E. Paulk, who had become head pastor of the church after the archbishop retired the previous year.
Time capsule includes church president’s book
n SALT LAKE CITY – A book by Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson was the final item added to a time capsule that will be sealed inside a wall of a new church history library.
The steel time capsule was sealed during a ceremony at the still-empty 230,000 square-foot library. Monson’s book, “Faith Rewarded,” chronicles the expansion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into Communist East Germany. The box will provide a “snapshot” of church history for those who open it in the future, said Elder Marlin K. Jensen, the church historian. Also in the time capsule are a 2009 church almanac, photographs of church leaders, maps of church areas around the world, a copy of the Book of Mormon and other texts.
University slashes $50M debt to around $5M
n TULSA – Oral Roberts University says that since a financial scandal it has whittled its debt from more than $50 million to around $5 million.
The evangelical school in Tulsa, Okla., says a fundraising campaign it launched last year has brought in cash and pledges from nearly 14,000 people and organizations. Board of Trustees Chairman Mart Green said Wednesday he’s excited about the amount of money raised in such a short time. The school founded by televangelist Oral Roberts is recovering from a 2007 financial scandal.
The evangelist’s son, Richard Roberts, stepped down as president that year after he and his wife were accused of spending school money on home remodeling, lavish vacations and a stable of horses. The couple has denied wrongdoing.
The Associated Press