JTA — Thirty-nine percent of American Christians who attend church have heard their clergy speak out about Jews, and 9 percent have heard them say something negative. That’s according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center on religion and public life. The survey found that American Jews were ambivalent toward the role of religion in public life. Some other numbers among churchgoers: 20% have heard their clergy speak positively about Jews. 8% have heard both positive and negative things from clergy. 1% have heard mostly negative things. 9% percent have heard neither positive nor negative things from their clergy about Jews.



BEIRUT - Lebanon is like a sinking ship that will go under unless action is taken, Nabih Berri, the speaker of parliament was quoted as saying on Monday, referring to the country's deep economic and political crisis. "The country is like a ship that is sinking little by little," al-Joumhuria newspaper cited him as telling visitors. "If we don't take the necessary steps, it will sink entirely." An-Nahar newspaper quoted him as likening the situation of the Lebanese people to that of passengers on the Titanic, the cruise ship that sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg.


An Anglican vicar form Yorkshire is not allowed to practise as a priest ever again after having an affair with a mentally ill church member. The BBC reports a Church tribunal found that Rev Keith Hanson, a mission development vicar of the Maltby Team Ministry and of Thurcroft St Simon and St Jude in South Yorkshire, had sex with the woman three times. It was revealed in a hearing by the Bishop's Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Sheffield that Hanson had sent the woman explicit text messages after they met in 2017. He had been communicating with her via e-mail, Facebook and WhatsApp before visiting her house to have intimate relations with her. The tribunal heard that in the messages he sent her, he made references to be “isolated and lonely”. It also heard that when he ended the relationship with the woman, he told her no one would believe her if she reported it because of her mental history.