Top Local Religion Stories of 2006

Dallas Morning News [Texas]
December 29, 2006

The top religion news stories of 2006 in North Texas, as selected by the Religion staff:

1. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth loses a 19-month legal fight and releases documents showing that it kept child-abusing priests in ministry for years, hiding information from parishioners.

2. Bishop Charles Grahmann of the Dallas diocese submits his resignation, having reached the Vatican's mandatory retirement age of 75.

3. Christ Church in Plano leaves the Episcopal Church after years of disagreement with the denomination over, among other things, the role of gays.

4. Get-out-the-vote efforts by black churches help propel a Democratic landslide in Dallas County.

5. Prestonwood Baptist Church, the Plano megachurch, plans a second sprawling campus in northern Collin County.

6. First Baptist Church of Dallas opens its $48 million Criswell Center, reaffirming the church's commitment to downtown.

7. An investigation reveals that the Baptist General Convention of Texas poured $1.3 million into starting churches in the Rio Grande Valley , with little to show for the money.

8. A sermon by Arlington pastor Dwight McKissic is censored from the Web site of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary because he endorses speaking in tongues. This re-ignites a debate within the Southern Baptist Convention over the role of a "private prayer language."

9. Terry Hornbuckle, pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship Church in Arlington, is sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting three women.

10. Watermark Community Church is embroiled in a court fight when it tries to out a member for having an extramarital affair.


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