Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, who has claimed that when after he dies he “will continue to lead the church from the spirit world,” has died.
Moon believed himself to be sinless, and that he was the true father of mankind. Believing that Jesus had failed in his mission, Moon also declared himself to be the Messiah.
A court in Kyrgyzstan has ruled that the Unification Church can no longer operate on Kyrgyz territory.
Said to be a ‘danger to national security,’ the ban appears to have been prompted by reports over Kyrgyz national who was allegedly ‘tortured’ over his refusal to join the cult.
One of South Korea’s landmark foreign investment projects – a $2bn deal to build skyscrapers designed by British architect Richard Rogers – has prompted a bitter legal challenge from a branch of the Unification Church
, often known as the Moonies, who own the land.
Some 7,200 South Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows Sunday in the Unification Church
‘s second mass wedding this year.
Critics say the mass weddings prove the church is a cult that brainwashes
Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon
is regaining control of the Washington Times
after allies of the South Korean cult leader agreed to acquire the paper
for just $1 and assumption of most if its debts, according to an internal memo.
The memo contradicts rumors that a feud among the Moon’s sons
over control of the Washington Times prompted the father to buy it back for tens of millions of dollars.
The deal is financially similar to the one the Washington Post
cut in selling its money-losing Newsweek
to businessman Sidney Harmon.
Paul Bedard details
the deal — and the internal feuding in the Moon family — in U.S. News & World Report. Mind you, he also writes that Moon “started the newspaper in 1982 as a conservative and Christian voice in Washington.” Theologians know that the Unification Church is, at best, a cult of Christianity
. As such, it is impossible for the paper to provide a “Christian voice.”
A religious sect
has been granted planning permission to create a burial ground in a village near Swindon, UK.
The Family Federation For World Peace And Unification
, more commonly known as the Moonies
, can now turn a field in Stanton Fitzwarren into a memorial woodland burial site, despite objections from the parish council, the local councillor and villagers.
With cult leader Sun Myung Moon turning 90 in February, how the movement will survive beyond him is unclear. Moon’s children are at odds over how to run the church’s business empire.
Some second-generation Unification Church members are now looking for a less-radical version of their faith.
Nearly a half-century after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon performed his first mass wedding, the 89-year-old leader of the Unification Church
is getting ready to marry off tens of thousands of people in spectacles from the United States to South Korea.
Critics who accuse the church of engaging in cultlike practices say the mass weddings prove it brainwashes
The Rev Sun Myung Moon, now approaching 90 and still one of the world’s most controversial religious figures, is handing over day-to-day control of his Unification Church
to his sons.
Critics maintain the Rev Moon is little more than a charismatic cult leader who brainwashes followers.
Still, some analysts say that by anointing a new generation, Moon may ensure the church endures after his death.
Four members of a seal stamp company in Osaka, Japan have been arrested for intimidating customers into buying expensive products.
The suspects — whose company is connected to the Unification Church, a religious cult — contacted three women through fortune-telling services and threathened them over many hours.
Hundreds of peasants from a town in western Paraguay on Tuesday blocked the national highway that runs to Argentina and Bolivia to demand the distribution of land donated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church
The protest is the latest in a series staged by peasants from the Puerto Casado region in recent years against Victoria S.A., a company owned by the Moon cult.
A peace group involved with the controversial Unification Church
, who are often given the name of Moonies, is tomorrow staging its biggest ever event in Britain.
Anti-cult activists fear it could mark a British renaissance for the group, which experienced a growth in numbers during the 1970s and 80s.
South Korean sect leader Sun Myung Moon was among seven people reported injured when their helicopter burst into flames after an emergency landing north of Seoul Saturday.
Moon, 88-year-old founder of the so-called Unification Church
, was taken to a nearby hospital owned by his movement, as were the other injured including Moon’s wife Han Hak Ja, Yonhap news agency said.
Moonies: Reverend Hyung Jin Moon on Friday became the Chairman of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), taking charge of the church’s world and domestic organisations.
The victim told the press, “I was told that my ancestors were suffering in hell. The amount of money they demanded got higher and higher, and I felt bound by hand and foot.”
The Unification Church, apparently fearing the wrath of the education ministry, agreed to pay 230 million yen to a woman who said she was intimidated into donating huge sums to the group.
Lack of discernment runs in the family: Neil Bush, younger brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, called on Paraguay’s president as the guest of a business federation allied with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church.
Archbishop Milingo was excommunicated for marrying and for attempting to ordain four married Catholic priests as bishops in the United States.
The official, from the Sun Moon Education Foundation run by the Unification Church, said Alabbar flew to Pyongyang after receiving an honorary doctorate in law from Sun Moon University in South Korea.