Category: Religion

Federal judge rules in Cuomo’s religious gathering limitations; gives churches same clearance as restaurants

Federal judge rules in Cuomo’s religious gathering limitations; gives churches same clearance as restaurants

A federal judge has ruled that religious institutions can have the same 50% indoor capacity as restaurants and businesses. Governor Andrew Cuomo had previously limited gatherings to 25% in Phase 3, then increased it to 33% for regions that entered Phase 4 ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Religious leaders growing frustrated with Gov. Cuomo’s lack of clarity on restarting full-services (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Religious leaders growing frustrated with Gov. Cuomo’s lack of clarity on restarting full-services (podcast)

Is there a separation of church and state amid the Coronavirus Pandemic? Could Governor Andrew Cuomo in bounds placing restrictions on worship in New York? Antonio Gomez, a pastor at the Church of God in Farmington expresses his feelings about Governor Andrew ... MORE
Final Hill Cumorah Pageant delayed until 2021 due to pandemic

Final Hill Cumorah Pageant delayed until 2021 due to pandemic

What was supposed to be the final Hill Cumorah Pageant has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The July run of the pageant was to be its 83rd and final performance. However, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced ... MORE
SBA issues guidance on faith-based organizations for disaster relief

SBA issues guidance on faith-based organizations for disaster relief

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based organizations impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. She noted there would be no restrictions based on ... MORE
Coronavirus, News, Religion
Wayne County church sued under Child Victims Act

Church in Wayne County named in latest sex abuse lawsuit

A church in Wayne County is being sued as part of the wave of lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. The lawsuit was filed on Friday, and it named St. Anne’s Church, known now as Parish of St. Katharine Drexel. One ... MORE
Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection

Buyer lined up for United Methodist Church in Palmyra at historic intersection

In June 2019 one of the region’s oldest churches held its final service. The church is located in Palmyra, at a truly-unique intersection. It’s the one that has a church on all four corners. The First United Methodist Church had seen its ... MORE
Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several locations in the region

Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several local parishes

A new lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act asserts that a priest in the Rochester Diocese was moved from church to church in an effort to cover up sexual abuse. The suit names Rev. Otto Vogt, and alleges that the abuse ... MORE
Auburn church, soup kitchen will shut down on December 1st

Auburn church, soup kitchen will shut down on December 1st

After 38 years and countless free meals for the community, First Love Ministries will hold its final service Sunday, Dec. 1. The Wall Street ministry comprises a church, soup kitchen and food pantry. Lorraine Canino, wife of the church’s pastor, Bob Canino, ... MORE
Buffalo bishop under fire for handling of misconduct resigns

Buffalo bishop under fire for handling of misconduct resigns

The bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Buffalo has resigned following widespread criticism over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation and named the bishop of Albany, New York, Edward Scharfenberger, ... MORE
Life, News, Religion, Rochester Area
INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the future of the Trinity Church in Geneva (podcast)

WATCH & LISTEN: Discussing the future of Trinity Church in Geneva on Inside the FLX (podcast)

What’s the best case scenario for a sprawling, historic church that doesn’t have enough of a congregation to support it’s maintenance and future? Between 2010 and 2015 church redevelopment projects nearly tripled across the U.S. That’s according to a survey, which highlighted ... MORE
First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg

First Baptist Church celebrates 200 years in Trumansburg

This year, First Baptist Church is rejoicing in its 200th year of ministry in Trumansburg. The theme of the anniversary is “Shining the Light of Christ, 200 Years and Beyond.” The church celebrated its anniversary on the weekend of Sept. 21 and ... MORE
Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy

Committee chosen to oversee diocese’s bankruptcy

Survivors of clergy abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester are among nine people chosen to oversee its bankruptcy. They will serve on the committee of unsecured creditors. Their role is to speak on behalf of all the survivors during its bankruptcy ... MORE
Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues

Cuomo directs State Police to increase security near synagogues

Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing New York State Police to its increase security presence near synagogues and religious centers during Jewish high holidays. “We will not allow the cowards who contributed to the recent rash of hateful acts against the Jewish community ... MORE
Life, New York State, News, Religion
Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing

Phelps abuse claimant blasts diocese for bankruptcy filing

Pete Saracino is one of 45 people who has filed sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester since the Child Victims Act opened a one-year window for claims that had been barred by the statute of limitations. A Seneca ... MORE
Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva

Trinity Church, developer say legal entanglements have delayed project in Geneva

When Trinity Episcopal Church officials and Mark McGroarty of McGroarty Investments forged a plan to redevelop the historic South Main Street church into an inn, events center and restaurant, they projected a June or July 2018 opening. That didn’t happen. Three years ... MORE