Pro-Gay Church Plans to Build Worship Space/Brewery & Donate Profits to Planned Parenthood

“There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” Pastor Chris VanHall told the station.

Pro Gay Church
 Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., plans to convert former bookstore into a worship space and public brewery.  (Google Street View)

A building in Santa Cruz, Calif., is being converted into a worship space and public brewery by a pro-gay church that plans to donate some of its beer proceeds to Planned Parenthood, according to reports.

Members of the Greater Purpose Community Church now meet on Sundays at a food lounge to pray, listen and drink beer, KNTV reports.

“There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” Pastor Chris VanHall told the station.

Planned Parenthood has offices in the former bookstore VanHall plans to turn into a brewery by next summer, The Santa Cruz Good Times weekly newspaper reported.

“A church that serves beer and gives the profits away to places like Planned Parenthood is really exciting to me,” the pastor told the paper.

Santa Cruz’s recent Pride Parade included a contingent from Greater Purpose, the paper reported.

VanHall told KION-TV in a report Friday that on Sundays there will be church in the bar “but it’s going to be before we open to the public.”

The pastor told KNTV that holding services at the food lounge gave him the idea for the brewery.

“I thought to myself, ‘wouldn’t it be great if a church could figure out a way to make a product where they split the profits with local community service organizations?’ We were like ‘hey, we love beer, we love making beer, why not do a brewery?'” he said.

Anyway, he said, his sermons are always better after a couple of beers.

Catholic Bishop Accused of Misusing $120,000, Having Secret Mistress Resigns After Protests by Priests

An Indonesian bishop, who has been accused by dozens of priests in the Diocese of Ruteng of having a mistress and misusing over $120,000 in church funds, has resigned from his post.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng on Wednesday, BBC News reported, though the under fire senior church member did not provide a reason for his exit.

The Vatican has been investigating claims that he borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops’ conference, along with reports that he took another $30,000 from his diocese without accounting for either sum of money.

According to Ucanews, at least 69 of 167 diocesan priests quit their posts in June in the midst of the scandal, though clergy who remained loyal to Leteng urged members to continue supporting him.

Father Robert Pelita, episcopal vicar of Labuan Bajo, was one of the many to accuse the bishop of financial irregularities.  

“Bishop Leteng admitted at a meeting that he took the diocese’s money,” Pelita said at the time.

The priests who resigned have accused the bishop of using part of the money on a woman, who they suspect he is having an affair with. The allegations stem back from 2014, when one departing priest shared such observations.

Leteng has in the past denied the accusations and, according to The Catholic Herald, told priests in a meeting that he was using the borrowed money to finance the education of youth from a poor family in the United Sates.

He has not provided further details, however, and reportedly told priests who asked for more information that it was “none of their business.”

Leteng was ordained a priest of the Ruteng Diocese in 1988, and consecrated a bishop on April 14, 2010.

Catholic News Agency reported that Bishop Sylvester San of Denpasar will temporarily serve as apostolic administrator of Ruteng in the wake of Leteng’s departure.

The Vatican has been involved in several investigations of controversial priests this past year, including one case from January concerning Father Andrea Contin of the northern city of Padua in Veneto, Italy.

Contin is reportedly facing defrocking after he was accused of organizing orgies on the San Lazzaro church premises, some of which he recorded in pornographic home videos. The revelations were made when police seized such material from his possession after three female parishioners came forward with complaints.

He was also accused of pimping out 15 women at naturist and swingers’ resorts in France.

‘LGBT BEHAVIOR’ TO BE BARRED FROM INDONESIAN TV

The law is widely supported by all political parties and would require the establishment of a censor body that will review films, programs and advertisements before they are aired.

Lawmakers in Indonesia proposed a law that would ban all LGTB television characters from the screen

‘Transparent’ TV series
This would mean no re-runs of the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss, or Transparent. The law would also bar discussions of gay issues on television and ban documentaries dealing with gay issues.   Indonesian viewers will not be able to view public hangings of gay people in Iran or LGBTQ protests in Jerusalem.

The law is widely supported by all political parties and would require the establishment of a censor body that will review films, programs and advertisements before they are aired.

The arguments range from the need to “protect” young people to prevent the “corruption” of Indonesian culture.

It’s not illegal to be homosexual in most parts of the country, with the exception being Aceh province in the northwest tip of Sumatra Island, where strict sharia law is enforced and gay people are flogged.

LGBT groups in the country have spoken out against the proposed law and Amnesty International urged Indonesia to stop the caning and arrests of LGBT people in Aceh.