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Sovereign Grace charged with covering up sex abuse

A lawsuit filed in October alleges that leaders at Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) covered up sexual abuse committed by church members for more than two decades. The lawsuit alleges founder and president C. J. Mahaney and seven other leaders failed to report incidents of abuse. It also says they tried to "mislead law enforcement into believing the parents had 'forgiven' those who preyed on their children." SGM, a network of Reformed churches in 21 countries, is still dealing with the aftermath of a 2011 internal investigation of Mahaney's leadership.

Adult stem cell researchers win Nobel Prize

The Nobel Assembly awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka, researchers who discovered a way to develop stem cells from adult skin cells—thus removing the need to use and destroy human embryos. Pro-life groups trumpeted the award, lauding the discovery as the "ethically acceptable (and far more promising) alternative."

Another school says InterVarsity discriminates

Tufts University has revoked its InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter's status as an officially recognized student organization. The Boston-area research university's student judiciary initially suspended Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) for requiring that student leaders must affirm basic Christian beliefs. Ruling that this violates the school's non-discrimination policy, the judiciary told TCF to move its belief-based requirement from its constitution to its nonbinding mission statement. TCF refused. InterVarsity faced similar problems at Vanderbilt University earlier this year.

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