Briefly Noted

Doomsday came and went October 28, and now the leading promoter of the October Rapture date in Korean churches has been charged with defrauding followers of millions of dollars. Pastor Lee Chang-rim, 46, founder of the Mission for the Coming Days church, apologized in the court and in newspaper advertisements for “the social uproar” his prophecy caused. On the date, thousands gathered to await Christ’s return, leading authorities to fear mass suicides. Many followers sold their homes, abandoned their families, and turned over their assets to the church. Pastor Lee denied using any of his followers’ money for himself.

In Nicaragua, meanwhile, evangelicals are complaining of “the apparent partiality of the government towards the Roman Catholic church,” as stated in a letter last year from Gustavo Parajon of the Nicaraguan Council of Evangelical Churches to Minister of the Presidency Antonio Lacayo. According to Latinamerica Press, though evangelicals compose more than 15 percent of the population, no evangelical holds a significant job in government. Complaints are that the inclusion of Catholic catechism material in school primers and the use of pub-lie funds for church buildings and institutions violates the separation-ofchurch-and-state clause in the country’s constitution. A recent decision to tax evangelical activities not dedicated “exclusively to worship” has aggravated the tension.

• Women seeking ordination in the Anglican Church in Australia are celebrating, following a November vote that narrowly approved women’s ordination. This vote, similar to that of the Church of England, means that five of the six largest Anglican bodies will now permit women priests. Besides Australia, women ...

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