Saturday, September 23, 2006

"Behold, we go up to Jerusalem." Luke 18:31

In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning, the beginning and the end are the same, viz., Our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him - "until we all attain to the stature of the manhood of Christ Jesus," not to our idea of what the Christian life should be. The aim of the missionary is to do God's will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he is useful and he does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord.

In Our Lord's life Jerusalem was the place where He reached the climax of His Father's will upon the Cross, and unless we go with Jesus there we will have no companionship with Him. Nothing ever discouraged Our Lord on His way to Jerusalem. He never hurried through certain villages where He was persecuted, or lingered in others where He was blessed. Neither gratitude nor ingratitude turned Our Lord one hair's breadth away from His purpose to go up to Jerusalem.

"The disciple is not above his Master." The same things will happen to us on our way to our Jerusalem. There will be the works of God manifested through us, people will get blessed, and one or two will show gratitude and the rest will show gross ingratitude, but nothing must deflect us from going up to our Jerusalem.

"There they crucified Him." That is what happened when Our Lord reached Jerusalem, and that happening is the gateway to our salvation. The saints do not end in crucifixion: by the Lord's grace they end in glory. In the meantime our watchword is - I, too, go up to Jerusalem.
...Oswald Chambers

The thing we don't do
Forgiveness is hard work
Andrée Seu

Forgiving is the hardest thing you will ever do. That's why most people don't do it. We talk about it, cheer for it, preach on it, and are sure we've practiced it. But mostly the illusion of having forgiven is that the passage of time dulls memory. The ruse will come to light with hair-trigger vengeance when fresh offense hurls in to empty out the gunnysack of half-digested grievances.

I asked a few people if they'd ever forgiven anyone, and what it felt like. They gave me answers so pious I knew they'd never done it. I am at the present moment in the maw of temptation, and I can tell you there is nothing exalted about this feeling, this one-two punch to the gut that comes when you even contemplate forgiving, which is as far as I've come.
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Sheep slaughtered in 'satanic' ritual

Police are hunting "devil worshippers" after a series of sickening "satanic rite" attacks on sheep at a national park.

Around 100 animals have been found slaughtered and mutilated with their tongues, eyes and sexual organs removed on Dartmoor in Devon in the past year.

All of the bodies had been arranged in a satanic star shape on the floor or laid out in a circle with their necks broken.

Most of the blood-thirsty rituals have been carried out during a full moon. In the latest attack farmer Charles Mudge, of Tavistock, Devon, found 30 of his flock dead with bizarre half-moon symbols carved into their flesh. He discovered all their bodies lying near a bloodstained stone altar and wooden stake.
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Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act Re-Introduced in Congress
Ashley Horne
September 21, 2006

Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) re-introduced the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act today (
H.R. 6099) with 65 cosponsors. The bill will likely receive a floor vote sometime next week. H.R. 6099 was introduced in both the 108th and the 109th Congress by Rep. Smith and by Senator Brownback (R-Kansas).

The re-introduction of the bill includes some revisions, such as a removal of the provision allowing for mandatory revocation of medical licenses for abortion providers who violate the law. However, financial penalties of up to $250,000 remain.

H.R. 6099 would require abortion providers to notify women who want to have an abortion 20 weeks after fertilization that the evidence suggests their unborn child feels pain and they may request anesthesia for their unborn child in order to reduce or eliminate the pain. This legislation would not require anesthesia and it specifically protects the doctor's right to inform the woman of any risks to her according to his or her own best medical judgment.
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Beckwith+ Elected Bishop of Newark
Third ballot:

The Reverend Mark Beckwith was elected the 10th Bishop of Newark at a Special Convention held on September 23, 2006, in the see city of Newark. His election came on the third ballot.Bishop-elect Beckwith will be consecrated on January 27, 2007, at a service to be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, after the required consents from the Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction throughout the United States have been received.
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Gay priest not picked as N.J. bishop
Associated Press Writer

NEWARK, N.J. — Avoiding further controversy in the worldwide Anglican family, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark on Saturday chose a Massachusetts priest as their new bishop, rather than an openly gay candidate on the ballot.

The Rev. Mark Beckwith won on the third ballot, taking 253, or about 53 percent of the 477 ballots cast by clergy and lay representatives.
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Anglican Report Episode 2

Anglican News
September 23, 2006

Courtesy of AnglicanTV

Episcopal leader urges churches to prepare for bird flu
By Lawn Griffiths, Tribune Columnist
September 23, 2006

The bishop for Arizona’s Episcopalians has called on his churches to be prepared for an outbreak of bird flu. And should there never be an epidemic, they’d be better poised for other catastrophes — such as terrorism or severe storms.

In a newly released pastoral letter, Bishop Kirk Stevan Smith said he was convening a diocesan emergency preparedness committee of experts to help the Episcopal faith community respond to bird flu and other disasters. Parishes are urged to develop their own response plans, and parishioners to prepare their homes.

“We expect that should such a crisis arise, churches will be called upon to take the lead in serving the needs of our communities. That will require planning and organization,” Smith said.

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Anglican leaders prepare for showdown
They propose new U.S. church structure and new oversight
Houston Chronicle

Conservative leaders of the Anglican Communion in Africa and Asia proposed Friday that a new church structure be established in the United States.

It would be for dioceses and parishes that are unhappy with the Episcopal Church and its consecration of an openly gay bishop.

"The time has now come to take initial steps towards the formation of what will be recognized as a separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the USA," the foreign bishops said at the end of a four-day meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. "We believe that we would be failing in our apostolic witness if we do not make this provision for those who hold firmly to a commitment to historic Anglican faith."
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Traditionalists plan parallel anti-homosexual Church
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
(Filed: 23/09/2006)

Conservative Anglican leaders prepared for a formal split in the worldwide Church yesterday by announcing plans to create a parallel body for anti-gay dioceses in America.

In a move that will alarm the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, a powerful group of 20 primates said that "the time has now come" to begin forming "a separate ecclesiastical structure".

The statement by the Global South leaders, who are mainly from Africa and Asia and who represent about a third of active Anglicans in the 70 million-strong Communion, followed a four-day summit in Rwanda.
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Gay priest among 6 candidates for bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey
The Associated Press

NEWARK, New Jersey The Episcopal Diocese of Newark was voting for a new bishop Saturday, with an openly gay priest among the six candidates.

The election in the historically liberal diocese comes at a time when divisions over the Bible and sexuality are threatening the denomination and the worldwide Anglican family.

A win by Canon Michael Barlowe, 51, would put the diocese at the center of a crisis over whether Anglicans who disagree about ordaining gays can stay in the same fellowship.

The election will determine the replacement for Bishop John Palmer Croneberger, who is resigning to spend more time with his ill wife, said the Rev. Sandye Wilson, a spokeswoman for the diocese. The winner will become the diocese's 10th bishop.
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iChurch: All We Like Sheep
Is our insistence on choices leading us astray?
by Skye Jethani

I don't drink coffee but that hasn't stopped me from using the Starbucks across the street from my church as a second office. I sip my overpriced beverage in the armchair near the window. On this afternoon I was meeting Greg and Margaret*—members of our church I'd worked with closely for the last few years.

"We've decided to leave Blanchard," Greg started. "For two months we've been church shopping." Church shopping—where did that dastardly term come from? I thought while gazing out the window at the swarm of suburbanites fluttering between The Gap, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, and Williams-Sonoma.

"We really love Blanchard," Margaret added to soften the blow. "It's been a great church for our family, with a wonderful children's program. Greg and I really like it, but our boys are teenagers now and they prefer the music at Faith Community*." I took a sip of my preferred drink—a tall, no whip, Tazo chai latte. Maybe I should have gotten the low cal, non-fat, grande Earl Grey, with Splenda.

Margaret continued, "Faith Community has so much to offer our family, and I think it's really important to go someplace the boys like. When your kids are teenagers, you'll understand." Having played the evangelical trump card (the kids), Margaret sat back in her chair believing no further discussion was necessary.

"What are you going to do when your boys leave home in a few years?" I asked.

"I'm not sure," said Greg. "Maybe we'll come back to Blanchard."

"I hope you don't," I replied, meaning no malice. I did, however, relish the stunned look on their faces, if just for a moment. "I hope that you commit yourselves so fully to Faith Community—building strong relationships, serving with your gifts, participating in its mission—that you could never see yourselves leaving that church. I really believe God grows us most when we are committed to a community."

For the next hour we had a difficult but edifying conversation about their decision to leave. Then I prayed for Greg and Margaret in the middle of Starbucks, and watched from my chair by the window as they drove away in their SUV, a chrome fish on the tailgate.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable." —G. K. Chesterton photo

ACN statement: Global South Confirms Support of North American Anglicans

The Anglican Communion Network welcomed a statement by the leaders of more than 70 percent of the Anglican Communion that confirmed their support for orthodox Anglicans in North America.

In the statement, the leaders of 20 Anglican provinces propose that orthodox Anglicans in the United States be represented by a bishop of their own choosing at the February 2007 primates meeting, commit to develop a proposal for granting Alternative Primatial Oversight to those American dioceses that have requested it, and call for the communion to take “initial steps” toward the formation of a distinct orthodox Anglican body in the U.S.

Their communiqué also states that the Global South remains “greatly encouraged by the continued faithfulness of the Network Dioceses and all of the other congregations and communities of faithful Anglicans in North America.”

“We are deeply humbled by the care shown for us by our Fathers in God in the Global South,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network. “In many places they and the Anglicans they pastor face poverty, disease and persecution for their faith on a scale that goes far beyond anything that threatens us. In fact, just this week, Anglicans in Nigeria saw their cathedral in Dutse burned to the ground by rioting Muslims. Yet, in the midst of dealing with these massive issues, they continue to offer us their support and guidance. We can only be profoundly grateful,” he added.

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Press Release: The American Anglican Council Commends Bold Kigali Communiqué Issued by Global South Primates
September 22, 2006

Contact:Cynthia P. Brust

Global South Primates pledged bold intervention to address the crisis within the Anglican Communion at their meeting Sept. 19-22, 2006 in Kigali, Rwanda. Noting the “slow response from the Panel of Reference” for congregations and dioceses requesting alternative oversight, Global South Primates agreed in this week’s meeting to a three-pronged action plan designed to support biblically faithful Anglican dioceses and congregations in North America, commending them for their “courage and consistent witness.” The communiqué outlines plans for alternative primatial oversight, the Anglican Communion Primates meeting in February 2007, and the formation of a new ecclesiastical structure in the United States.

According to the communiqué, the Global South Steering Committee has been charged to “investigate their appeal in greater detail and to develop a proposal identifying the ways by which the requested Primatial oversight can be adequately provided.” Noting that some Primates will not recognize Katharine Jefferts Schori as a Primate and that others will be “in impaired communion with her as a representative of The Episcopal Church,” the Global South Primates propose that another bishop be chosen by biblically faithful dioceses, congregations and clergy to represent them at the 2007 Primates meeting. Finally, the Global South Steering Committee, in consultation with the Anglican Instruments of Unity, will develop a proposal for formation of “what will be recognized as a separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the USA.”

“The Kigali Communiqué is an action plan attesting to the Global South’s visionary leadership in a time of chaos and crisis in our beloved Communion,” said the Rev. Canon David C. Anderson, American Anglican Council (AAC) President and CEO. “It is sure to inspire and encourage biblically faithful Anglicans in North America—this is what we have hoped and prayed for since 2003.”

The Kigali gathering, representing over 70 percent of the Anglican Communion’s active membership, affirmed its commitment to the “abiding truth” of Scripture, to proclamation of the Gospel, and to the Anglican Communion as “part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” In addition, the Primates pledged to celebrate and protect Anglican identity as well as support an Anglican Covenant.

Canon Anderson commended the Global South for these components of the communiqué: “The Primates are moving beyond temporary intervention to create long-term solutions such as a covenant and a new ecclesiastical structure, while consistently affirming the authority of Scripture and apostolic faith,” he said.

The Global South meeting was hosted by Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini and the Anglican Province of Rwanda, whose Christian witness has contributed to the post-genocide healing of that nation. Noting that Rwanda was “abandoned by the world” as genocide raged, Global South Primates pledged, “Never Again.” The Primates also emphasized the devastating results of political unrest, particularly in Darfur, Sudan, and urged the Anglican Communion and the international community to “stand in solidarity with the men, women and children” in Darfur.

“The primary focus of the Kigali meeting was the ongoing work of Christ’s mission and ministry in the midst of enormous challenges, including HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty, and dangerous conflicts in the Global South,” Canon Anderson said. “It is humbling that they have chosen to offer their unwavering support for us as they gathered to discuss such critical issues in their own provinces.”

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Episcopal bishops meeting in Texas send letter to House of Bishops

Twenty-one bishops sent a letter September 22 to their colleagues in the House of Bishops following a meeting held by the letter’s signatories at the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ Camp Allen Conference and Retreat Center. The text of the letter is reprinted in full below.
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A Letter to the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

St. Matthew’s Day, 2006

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

We, the undersigned bishops, have met together at Camp Allen in the Diocese of Texas from September 19-22. We understand ourselves to be catholic bishops within the Anglican Communion and have met to contribute to our future life within this Communion. We are writing to you as fellow bishops in The Episcopal Church, in the knowledge that many others in our Province and around the world have expressed an interest in this meeting.

We have gathered with a common desire to work for the unity of the Church, as well as for the integrity and vitality of our own Province and the Anglican Communion as a whole.

We are grateful for the helpful briefing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, brought to us through the Bishops of Durham and Winchester. We have corresponded in turn with the Archbishop and communicated our hopes with respect to continuing in full constituent Communion membership. It is our intention to offer a faithful and dynamic witness within the Episcopal Church.

We confess our faith in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life – the faith that is uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures, set forth in the catholic Creeds, and to which the historic Anglican formularies bear witness.

We are committed to the conciliar character of our Communion. Consistent with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Holy Cross Day letter to the Primates, it is our clear sense that General Convention of 2006 did not adequately respond to the request made of The Episcopal Church by the Communion through the Windsor Report and the Primates at Dromantine. These requests include explicit moratoria regarding church discipline and order. We express our regret, on behalf of ourselves, for those actions with which the Windsor Report was concerned.

We accept and affirm the Windsor Report and view adherence to it as furthering the vocation to heal the breaches within our own Communion and in our ecumenical relationships. Furthermore, we endorse the recommendation of the Windsor Report, as supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for the development of an Anglican Covenant.

The Windsor Report properly belongs within the larger framework of Anglican teaching, as expressed, not least, in successive Lambeth Conferences, including the resolutions of Lambeth 1998 (among which is Resolution 1.10). We understand this to be the mind of the Communion for teaching and discipline.

We recognize that many congregations within The Episcopal Church need a safe space within which to live out the integrity of their faith in compliance with the Windsor Report. We also recognize that there are some congregations that do not accept the provisions of the Windsor Report. We pledge ourselves to work with our Episcopal colleagues to care for all God’s people in our dioceses.

Within our group are needs for various levels of response to the conflicts in the church. While here we have worked diligently to achieve unity across these lines. We recognize the need of some among us for an alternative primatial relationship. This recognition does not weaken our fundamental theological and ecclesial commitments. Rather, our unity has strengthened them, and for this we thank God.

It is our hope and prayer that through our fellowship we can contribute to the renewal of our Province’s life within the Communion. We invite others who share our concern and position to join us in our common work on behalf of the church, and we plan to meet again early in the new year. We hope that those of you who share our commitments will find yourselves able to join us then, as we continue our work.

We ask for your prayers and assure you of ours.

In the name of Christ Jesus,

The Rt. Rev. Mark L. MacDonald

Diocese of Alaska

The Rt. Rev. William H. Love
Diocese of Albany

The Rt. Rev. John W. Howe
Diocese of Central Florida

The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton
Diocese of Dallas

The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker
Diocese of Forth Worth

The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith
Diocese of North Dakota

The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little
Diocese of Northern Indiana

The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr.
Diocese of Northwest Texas

The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan
Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman
Diocese of Quincy

The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf
Diocese of Rhode Island

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey N. Steenson
Diocese of Rio Grande

The Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield
Diocese of San Joaquin

The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon
Diocese of South Carolina

The Rt. Rev. John B. Lipscomb
Diocese of Southwest Florida

The Rt. Rev. Peter H. Beckwith
Diocese of Springfield

The Rt. Rev. Bertram N. Herlong;
Diocese of Tennessee

The Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly
Diocese of Texas

The Rt. Rev. James M. Adams
Diocese of Western Kansas

The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson
Diocese of Western Louisiana

The Rt. Rev. Gary R. Lillibridge
Diocese of West Texas

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Kigali Communiqué, September 2006

Global South Primates’ Meeting The Anglican Communion
Kigali, Rwanda
September 2006


7. We recognize that because of the ongoing conflict in the Communion many people have lost hope that we will come to any resolution in the foreseeable future. We are grateful therefore, that one sign of promise is the widespread support for the development of an Anglican Covenant. We are delighted to affirm the extraordinary progress made by the Global South task group on developing an Anglican Covenant. For the past year they have labored on this important task and we look forward to submitting the result of their labor to the rest of the Communion. We are pleased that the Archbishop of Canterbury has recognized the exemplary scholarship and leadership of Archbishop Drexel Gomez in asking him to chair the Covenant Design Group and look forward with anticipation to the crucial next steps of this historic venture. We believe that an Anglican Covenant will demonstrate to the world that it is possible to be a truly global communion where differences are not affirmed at the expense of faith and truth but within the framework of a common confession of faith and mutual accountability.

8. We have come together as Anglicans and we celebrate the gift of Anglican identity that is ours today because of the sacrifice made by those who have gone before us. We grieve that, because of the doctrinal conflict in parts of our Communion, there is now a growing number of congregations and dioceses in the USA and Canada who believe that their Anglican identity is at risk and are appealing to us so that they might remain faithful members of the Communion. As leaders of that Communion we will work together to recognize the Anglican identity of all who receive, hold and maintain the Scriptures as the Word of God written and who seek to live in godly fellowship within our historic ordering.

9. We deeply regret that, at its most recent General Convention, The Episcopal Church gave no clear embrace of the minimal recommendations of the Windsor Report. We observe that a number of the resolutions adopted by the Convention were actually contrary to the Windsor Report. We are further dismayed to note that their newly elected Presiding Bishop also holds to a position on human sexuality – not to mention other controversial views – in direct contradiction of Lambeth 1.10 and the historic teaching of the Church. The actions and decisions of the General Convention raise profound questions on the nature of Anglican identity across the entire Communion.

10. We are, however, greatly encouraged by the continued faithfulness of the Network Dioceses and all of the other congregations and communities of faithful Anglicans in North America. In addition, we commend the members of the Anglican Network in Canada for their commitment to historic, biblical faith and practice. We value their courage and consistent witness. We are also pleased by the emergence of a wider circle of ‘Windsor Dioceses’ and urge all of them to walk more closely together and deliberately work towards the unity that Christ enjoins. We are aware that a growing number of congregations are receiving oversight from dioceses in the Global South and in recent days we have received requests to provide Alternative Primatial Oversight for a number of dioceses. This is an unprecedented situation in our Communion that has not been helped by the slow response from the Panel of Reference. After a great deal of prayer and deliberation, and in order to support these faithful Anglican dioceses and parishes, we have come to agreement on the following actions:

a. We have asked the Global South Steering Committee to meet with the leadership of the dioceses requesting Alternative Primatial Oversight, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Network and the ‘Windsor Dioceses’, to investigate their appeal in greater detail and to develop a proposal identifying the ways by which the requested Primatial oversight can be adequately provided.

b. At the next meeting of the Primates in February 2007 some of us will not be able to recognize Katharine Jefferts Schori as a Primate at the table with us. Others will be in impaired communion with her as a representative of The Episcopal Church. Since she cannot represent those dioceses and congregations who are abiding by the teaching of the Communion we propose that another bishop, chosen by these dioceses, be present at the meeting so that we might listen to their voices during our deliberations.

c. We are convinced that the time has now come to take initial steps towards the formation of what will be recognized as a separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the USA. We have asked the Global South Steering Committee to develop such a proposal in consultation with the appropriate instruments of unity of the Communion. We understand the serious implications of this determination. We believe that we would be failing in our apostolic witness if we do not make this provision for those who hold firmly to a commitment to historic Anglican faith. The rest

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Benedict the Brave
WSJ editorial
The pope said things Muslims need to hear about faith and reason.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It's a familiar spectacle: furious demands for an apology, threats, riots, violence. Anything can trigger so-called Muslim fury: a novel by a British-Indian writer, newspaper cartoons in a small Nordic country or, this past week, a talk on theology by the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In a lecture on "Faith and Reason" at the University of Regensburg in Germany, Benedict XVI cited one of the last emperors of Byzantium, Manuel II Paleologus. Stressing the 14th-century emperor's "startling brusqueness," the pope quoted him as saying: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Taken alone, these are strong words. However, the pope didn't endorse the comment that he twice emphasized was not his own. No matter. As with Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses," which millions of outraged Muslims didn't bother to read (including Ayatollah Khomeini, who put the bounty on the novelist's life), what Benedict XVI meant or even said isn't the issue. Once again, many Muslim leaders are inciting their faithful against perceived slights and trying to proscribe how free societies discuss one of the world's major religions.
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Also, Christianity Today has put together dozens and dozens of links about this issue: Here

NBC accused of double standard for Madonna crucifixion & ‘VeggieTales’
Sep 21, 2006
By Erin Roach
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--NBC is sending a mixed message to Christians across the nation by planning to show an offensive Madonna concert in its entirety while requiring biblical messages to be edited out of the popular “VeggieTales” children’s show, Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council, said in a letter to an NBC executive Sept. 20.

A centerpiece of Madonna’s global “Confessions” tour has been a stunt where she performs a song called “Live to Tell” while suspended on a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns, and NBC plans to air the concert in November. The mock crucifixion has drawn protests from church leaders in Rome and Moscow, according to Reuters.
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Will Georgetown Univ. Reinstate Evangelical Campus Ministries?
By Jim Brown
September 21, 2006

(AgapePress) - An attorney representing some of the evangelical ministries kicked off the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC, is hoping to persuade the Catholic school to have a change of heart.

An official with Georgetown's Office of Campus Ministry (OCM) recently notified six evangelical groups that they would no longer be allowed to reserve rooms for weekly meetings or to use the university's name. The groups were informed that Georgetown now wants to focus its ministry efforts through the school rather than through outside groups and has decided "not to renew any covenant agreements with any of the Affiliated Ministries."
(See earlier article)

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Murder verdict returned
September 21, 2006
Jerae James

Darrell Todd MaurinaProsecutors ask jurors to give death penalty to Luther Martin for death of Waynesville High School student Jerae James

Guilty of murdering a Waynesville High School student.

Guilty of murdering her unborn baby.

Those were the dual verdicts handed down Tuesday evening by a Pulaski County jury after about three hours of deliberation in a case that has been repeatedly delayed since October 2001 when Jerae James, then 17 and a student at Waynesville High School, was found dead inside the trunk of her burned-out car in a field near the St. Robert sewage treatment plant.
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A Time to Reflect on Spiritual Journeys
In Embracing Islam, Ex-Catholic Seeks to Strengthen Cultural Ties
Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 22, 2006

Chris Moore was an aspiring rock musician with earrings and a shaved head when he walked into a Northern Virginia mosque a dozen years ago and began asking questions about Islam.

A month later, the Christian-raised son of a U.S. Navy man became a Muslim. His conversion initiated a spiritual odyssey that took him to several Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, where he adopted and then rejected the ultraconservative Wahhabi approach to Islam.
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Mexico is haven for U.S. pedophile priests
Wed Sep 20, 2006

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Weak law enforcement and compliant Church authorities make Mexico a haven for U.S. pedophile priests fleeing justice, a victims' group said on Wednesday.

The Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, which helped bring a lawsuit this week against two of North America's top cardinals, said it knows of 46 mostly U.S. priests hiding out south of the border.

"Mexico has really become a secure place because here judicial authorities don't track them down and nothing happens," said group spokesman Eric Barragan.

The U.S. Catholic Church has been tarnished by a pedophile priest scandal that erupted in Boston in 2002 and spread to almost every diocese in the nation.
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Evangelical Voters More Jaded in 2006
Sep 22nd
By ROSE FRENCH Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Christian conservatives, traditionally a reliable Republican constituency, aren't necessarily a GOP gimme this time around. There is an undercurrent of concern that some evangelicals, unhappy that the GOP-led Congress and President Bush haven't paid more attention to gay marriage and other "values" issues, may stay home on Election Day or even vote Democratic.

"Conservative Christians are somewhat disenchanted with Republicans," said Kenyn Cureton, vice president for convention relations with the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination with nearly 16 million members.

Religious conservatives are unhappy the Republican-led Congress hasn't paid enough attention to "values issues," he said, noting that even a push this summer against same-sex marriage came too late.

"It has not escaped our notice that they waited until just a few months from the November elections to address our agenda," Cureton said.
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Executions spark Indonesia unrest

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of eastern Indonesia after three Christian militants were executed in religiously divided Sulawesi.

Protesters torched cars, looted shops and set prisoners free from a jail.

But Palu, where the executions took place, remained calm. Mourners attended church services to pray for the men.

The three men were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in central Sulawesi in 2000 that killed at least 70 people.

A spokesman for the Vatican, which had appealed for clemency, described the executions as a defeat for humanity.
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Anglican conservatives urge U.S. break away
Fri Sep 22, 2006
By Arthur Asiimwe

KIGALI (Reuters) - Conservative American Anglicans opposed to the ordination of gay clergy must break away from their liberal colleagues in order to be recognized by traditionalists in the developing world, a bishops group said.

Bishops from Latin America, Africa and Asia, in a grouping known as the Global South, said on Friday conservative American Anglicans should start forming church structures that were different from those linked to liberals.

The 77 million-strong Anglican church has been divided since the U.S. Episcopal Church ordained a gay bishop in 2003 in a move that outraged Global South traditionalists.

"We are convinced that time has now come to take initial steps toward the formation of what will be recognized as separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican communion in the USA," said a statement released at the end of a Global South meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
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All Saints Episcopal Church Won't Comply With IRS Probe
Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal parish board challenges a request to turn over documents in a case over a 2004 antiwar sermon.
By Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
September 22, 2006

A liberal Pasadena church on Thursday declared that it will refuse to comply with an IRS investigation into its tax-exemption status launched after a guest speaker was critical of President Bush in a sermon.

At a news conference attended by 50 cheering supporters gathered before the marble altar at All Saints Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ed Bacon said his 3,500-member congregation did not violate tax regulations barring tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates when a former rector, George F. Regas, criticized the Bush administration two days before the 2004 presidential election.
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Church to Fight IRS Over Anti-Bush Sermon
September 22, 2006

PASADENA, Calif. -- A liberal California Episcopal church plans to fight an Internal Revenue Service investigation into whether the church violated its tax-exempt status with an anti-Bush sermon during the 2004 campaign, church leaders said Thursday.

The IRS began investigating All Saints Church after a retired pastor gave a sermon the Sunday before Election Day in which he said if Jesus were to debate George W. Bush and John F. Kerry, he would condemn Bush's support for the war in Iraq.
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Pope calls Muslim summit to allay anger
By Jenny Booth and agencies

Pope Benedict XVI has invited the ambassadors of Muslim countries at the Vatican to a meeting at his summer palace of Castel Gandolfo on Monday, a senior Vatican official confirmed today.

Muslim religious leaders are also expected to take part in the audience, as is a Muslim council that advised the Italian government on integration issues, according to Ansa, the Italian news agency.

The Vatican has sought such a meeting as part of diplomatic efforts to explain to offended Muslims that a speech made by the Pope in Germany about Islam's relationship with violence has been misunderstood.
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Tutu expresses shame at Anglican church
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in the first authorized biography of the Nobel peace laureate, said he was ashamed of his Anglican Church's conservative position that rejected gay priests.

In the book "Rabble-Rouser for Peace," by his former press secretary, John Allen, Tutu also criticized the last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, for not accepting accountability for apartheid atrocities. He said the failure caused him to regret having nominated de Klerk, along with Nelson Mandela, for their 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

Excerpts from the book were scheduled to be appear in South Africa on Friday and the biography was scheduled for release in time for Tutu's 75th birthday on Oct. 7.

The retired archbishop was critical of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams for bowing on the gay priest issue to conservative elements, particularly African bishops, in the 77-million member Anglican Church that includes Episcopalians in the United States.
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

"Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: Follow me." Jesus saw Matthew, not merely in the usual sense, but more significantly with his merciful understanding of men."

He saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: "Follow me." This following meant imitating the pattern of his life - not just walking after him. Saint John tells us: "Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked."

"And he rose and followed him." There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew's assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift.

from a homily by Saint Bede the Venerable
Art from Book of the Hours

The Sermon at the Consecration this past Saturday (Sept. 16, 2006) of the New Bishop of Albany

Sitting in the Tree of Life
by the Rev. Mike Flynn
(inspired by a sermon by Ted Haggard)
at the Consecration of Rev. Bill Love

[Note to readers: Comments inserted during the presentation are here added in brackets. Footnotes are also added to provide background for the comments.]

[Introduction: comments re my association with Albany and Uganda. Archbishop’s chaplain’s greetings to Bill Love.]

Someone asked me: are you targeting anyone in your sermon? Yes: everyone!

Greetings, first to children. Please stand. Jesus said the first shall be last and the last first. So I greet the children first. If the rest of us aren’t just like you, we won’t even see the kingdom of God, much less enter it.

Then lay members. When you were confirmed you entered the principal order of ministry in the church. I greet and honor you as the ministers of the church.
Then deacons and sisters. I honor your heart to serve.
Then priests. I greet you brothers and sisters, whose principal role is equipping the laity for their ministries.
Next bishops. I pray for you. Scripture says that few should be teachers because they will receive the weightier judgment. So I pray that you teach what is true.
Warm greetings to Bps. Dan Herzog and Dave Bena.
Finally, our presiding bishop. I wouldn’t have your job for all the world. I greet and honor you. May you be consoled in the arms of Jesus. And happy almost birthday, Sir.

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus.

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Man who shot Pope warns Benedict

Pope John Paul was shot and wounded by Agca in RomeThe man who tried to kill the late Pope John Paul II in 1981 has warned Pope Benedict XVI not to visit Turkey, saying his life could be in danger.

The warning from imprisoned Turkish national Mehmet Ali Agca came amid a furore in the Muslim world over the Pope's recent comments on Islam.

Pope Benedict is planning to visit Turkey in November.
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Christians executed for 2000 massacre of Muslims

PALU, Central Sulawesi (JP): Three Christian militants convicted for the massacre of hundreds of Muslims in 2000 were executed in the early hours on Friday, a senior police officer said.
The officer, who declined to be identified, confirmed that the execution of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu, was carried out at 1.20 am local time.

Their bodies were then taken to the Bhayangkara police hospital for autopsy, he said.
No further details were available, including the location of the execution, usually by a firing squad.

The three men had exhausted all legal channels for reprieve, including a request for clemency which was rejected by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Their last ditch attempt, for a case review, by citing new evidence -- that they had the names of the masterminds of the massacre -- was ignored, though it bought them time of about one month.

Officials: Test All Americans For HIV
CDC Hopes To Catch Infections Earlier And Stop Spread Of Virus
Sept. 21, 2006

(CBS/AP) All Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 should be routinely tested for HIV to help catch infections earlier and stop the spread of the deadly virus, federal health officials recommended Thursday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans should have an AIDS test during their annual doctor's visit, along with other procedures they might normally have, reported CBS News' Cami McCormick.

"We know that many HIV infected people seek health care and they don't get tested. And many people are not diagnosed until late in the course of their illness, when they're already sick with HIV-related conditions," said Dr. Timothy Mastro, acting director of the CDC's division of HIV/AIDS prevention.
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Cathedral burned and Bishop’s Office attacked in a riot

The Bishop of Dutse (Jigawa State, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Yesufu Lumu, has told ACNS in a telephone interview that a local conflict between a Christian and Muslim woman escalated into a full blown riot on the streets of the city. The end result was St Peter's Anglican Cathedral was burned to the ground and the Bishop's office and car port destroyed."It was calm during the night," the bishop said, but was very concerned as the "police would not respond to the calls for protection from the Christians."According to one report the anger was said to have been "sparked off by an alleged blasphemous comment on Prophet Muhammed by a Christian woman, who reportedly spoke in reaction to a similarly irreverent statement about Jesus Christ by a male Muslim."

The Provincial Communications Officer, the Revd Canon AkinTunde Popoola, told ACNS, "All vehicles belonging to the Diocese were also burnt as well as business premises of some church members" during the rioting on 19th September.

The bishop said, "No one was hurt, we are simply praying that the conflict does not spread."


Bush Tells Group He Sees a 'Third Awakening'
Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 13, 2006

President Bush said yesterday that he senses a "Third Awakening" of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation's struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as "a confrontation between good and evil."

Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln's strongest supporters were religious people "who saw life in terms of good and evil" and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms.
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Teens say suspect their pimp
Expert says up to 600 children work city streets nightly
Houston Chronicle
Sept. 21, 2006

Two teenagers testifying in a child sex-trafficking trial are like hundreds of child prostitutes working the Houston streets in a struggle for survival, an expert on child prostitution said Wednesday.

The children often willingly become prostitutes because they are fending for themselves on the streets, are abandoned by adults, and have no other way to feed themselves, said Sam Quattrochi, superintendent of the Letot Center in Dallas.
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Channel 4 crucifies human corpse
21st September 2006

Channel 4 is to broadcast a documentary showing a human corpse being hung on a cross to depict Christ's suffering.

Anatomist Gunther von Hagens will use a real body to show how people died when crucified in the 90-minute film.

The programme, Crucifixion, is already causing controversy, with Christians condemning it as blasphemous and one group threatening prosecution.

Although Channel 4 insists the body will not represent Christ specifically, a memo leaked to the Evening Standard states that it would indeed portray Jesus.

Von Hagens, who created the Body Worlds exhibits using his preservation technique of plastination, has been widely criticised for his work, which included an autopsy on TV in 2002. This is the first time he has touched on religion.
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Children in crisis: The infant adults
21 September 2006

Children are heading towards a crisis as they struggle to cope with mounting pressures they face in everyday life.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, issued the warning earlier this week as the Children's Society launched an inquiry into the “state of childhood” after becoming concerned about rising levels of childhood depression. Areas of concern have been raised by the charity and the Archbishop including poor diet, constant testing and examinations in schools placing too much pressure on children, social and commercial pressures and family separations.

Now an independent inquiry will look at all aspects of childhood to try to improve the health and quality of children's lives.

In Norwich, as the Evening News has revealed, the number of children who self harm has risen in the past few years, obesity is on the increase and more children are developing diabetes than ever before.

Theresa Belton, research associate in the school of education and lifelong learning at UEA said: “I agree with the Archbishop about a childhood crisis.

“There are people living in poverty and they shouldn't be but we are also talking about emotional impoverishment. What happens to a person in their early life affects them and then they pass this on to their children. We need, as a society, to break this cycle and help parents deal with deficits of their own childhoods to enable them to give their own children better lives.”
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America's pro-homosexual giants: 2006
List of companies scoring perfect 100 percent from 'gay'-rights group


First Things: Theocracy, Theocracy, Theocracy
Ross Douthat

This is a paranoid moment in American politics. A host of conspiracies haunt our national imagination, and apparent incompetence is assumed to be the consequence of a dark design: President Bush knew about the attacks of September 11 in advance, or else the Israelis did; the Straussians took us to war in Iraq, unless the oil companies did; the federal government let the levees break in New Orleans, unless it dynamited them itself.

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(hat tip to Fr. Bob)

Apostate 'Church' Spreads AIDS
by Grant Swank
September 21, 2006

Homosexual activity spreads disease. Oral and anal sex are exceptionally popular in homosexual practice. This kind of physical interplay fosters all sorts of sickness, especially AIDS.

Yet such denominations as the Episcopal Church state that God smiles upon homosexual behavior. The United Church of Christ (Congregational) does likewise. The Lutheran Church in America just voted not to ordain practicing homosexuals. The United Methodist Church is being plagued by practicing homosexuals, the latter demanding total acceptance in that denomination. Various segments of Presbyterianism are dealing with the same threats. The Unitarian-Universalist Society has long endorsed homosexual activity as blessed by the divine.

These church bodies that endorse practicing homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle are lying to their people. Therefore, they add to their sin of condoning that which is abhorrent to God their deceit messages in furthering sodomy.
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Study: Prisons Used to Recruit Terrorists
Sept. 20, 2006

U.S. prisons are becoming major breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists, but state and local authorities are too cash-strapped to prevent or track recruiting, a new report concludes.

The report found there aren't enough legitimately trained Muslim religious leaders to counsel an estimated 9,000 U.S. prison inmates who want Islamic services. That allows Islamist extremists to target their vulnerable prison-mates with distorted versions of the Quran and other Muslim readings that urge radicalization and violence.

"Radicalized prisoners are a potential pool of recruits by terrorist groups," concludes the joint study by George Washington University and the University of Virginia. "The U.S., with its large prison population, is at risk of facing the sort of homegrown terrorism currently plaguing other countries."

Additionally, state and local prison officials struggle to track radical behavior changes of inmates or religious counselors. And staff and funding shortages limit preventative programs, the report found, noting that California officials "report that every investigation into radical groups in their prisons uncovers new leads, but they simply do not have enough investigators to follow every case of radicalization."

An estimated 2 million people are imprisoned in the United States; 6 percent of them are Muslim, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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Madge & NBC star-crossed?
September 21, 2006

The material girl may have a falling out with the Peacock network.

It seems that creative differences over a controversial crucifixion scene in Madonna's current tour could spell the end for NBC's long-planned special on her concert.

NBC programming officials are expected to ask Madonna's camp to cut the scene in which she's hung on a cross wearing a crown of thorns while singing "Live to Tell."

Madonna's camp is expected to reject the change and then pull the show from NBC completely.
A spokeswoman for Madonna said yesterday she would issue a statement, perhaps as early as today, about the special and the cross scene.
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Many U.S. Couples Seek Embryo Screening
Sep 20, 2006

Boy or girl? Almost half of U.S. fertility clinics that offer embryo screening say they allow couples to choose the sex of their child, the most extensive survey of the practice suggests.
Sex selection without any medical reason to warrant it was performed in about 9 percent of all embryo screenings last year, the survey found.

Another controversial procedure - helping parents conceive a child who could supply compatible cord blood to treat an older sibling with a grave illness - was offered by 23 percent of clinics, although only 1 percent of screenings were for that purpose in 2005.

For the most part, couples are screening embryos for the right reasons - to avoid passing on dreadful diseases, said Dr. William Gibbons, who runs a fertility clinic in Baton Rouge, La., and is president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, which assisted with the survey.
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Misleading by Misreading
By Suzanne Fields
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI did the right thing, twice. In his talk to scholars in Germany, he correctly put Islam in historical perspective, describing how Islam was perceived as "evil and inhuman" by a 14th-century Christian emperor desperate for the help of other Christians to defend his country against Islamic conquest. (His fellow Christians didn't help.)

He was correct this week as well, to say he was "deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages." He clearly wanted to put a lid on the violence without contradicting his earlier remarks. Benedict, reasonably enough, called for reflection to seek the "true sense of his words" about how violence is the wrong approach to faith. Who among us could disagree with that? (A lot of Muslims, to be sure.)

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Depressed 'could get help to die'

Assisted suicide could be offered to Britons who are chronically depressed rather than terminally ill, says the head of a controversial Swiss group.

Ludwig Minelli says his organisation, Dignitas, is asking the Swiss Supreme court to allow a change in the law.

Existing laws have already allowed Dignitas to help 54 Britons to die and Mr Ludwig said another British man was due to follow next week.
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Christian middle seeking a turn at bully pulpit
By Lisa Anderson
Tribune national correspondent
Published September 21, 2006

NEW YORK -- Determined to break the links binding partisan politics and faith, growing numbers of religious moderates are uniting and organizing in an unprecedented bid to challenge the Christian right and broaden the values agenda beyond the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.

The November midterm elections serve as a kind of dress rehearsal for the more prominent role that these moderates, many without any political party alignment, hope to play in the 2008 presidential election and other political contests.
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Church to keep conservative path
Bishop likely to extend Episcopal church's traditions

Sep. 21, 2006
By Johanna D. Wilson
The Sun News

Local believers feel the recent election of its newest bishop will continue to move the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina forward on its conservative path.

The Very Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., was elected the 14th bishop of South Carolina Saturday at St. Philip's Church in Charleston. His consecration will be Feb. 24.
"He is the sort of man that most of us wanted as bishop," said Marcia McKenna, a member for nearly nine years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach.

Lawrence, 56, is what locals of the faith call a man of tradition who believes in the Bible as the word of God used as the authority of The Church.

His biblical take on faith mirrors that of Bishop Edward L. Salmon, Jr., 72, who is retiring.
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Bishop embodies split in Anglican Communion sects
By Russell Working
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO - Wearing a scarlet miter and colorful vestments, Anglican Bishop Frank Lyons of Bolivia stood before an Evanston, Ill., church last Sunday and called the faithful to kneel at the altar.

"If there is anyone in the congregation of the Church of Christ the King ... who would like to come forward and reaffirm their faith, we invite you now," he said.

Lyons, 51, is not simply a visiting missionary, however. He is overseeing this and 28 other congregations from Virginia to San Diego that have broken with the Episcopal Church over their interpretations of the Bible, a dispute that was spurred by the election of an openly gay bishop in 2003.

Lyonsis emerging as a rallying figure for conservatives in the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church. Saying the leadership has turned its back on these people, he is offering a haven to grateful parishes but angering church leaders who accuse him of using the denomination's divisions to promote himself.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Phos Hilaron
(Song of the Light)

O joyful light,
from the pure glory of the eternal heavenly Father,
O holy, blessed Jesus Christ.

As we come to the setting of the sun
and see the evening light,
we give thanks and praise to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit of God.

Worthy are you at all times
to be sung with holy voices,
O Son of God, O giver of life,
and to be glorified through all creation.

Africa: Anglican Prelates Focus On Poverty Eradication
September 20, 2006

A conference of Anglican prelates, which opened on Wednesday in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, is due to deliberate ways of overcoming poverty in the South, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria said.

"In the past we went to the North, cup in hand, asking for donations to enable us to do our work; this can't continue," said Akinola, who is chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa representing some 37 million believers.

Twenty-five archbishops from North, South and Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are attending the conference, which runs until 22 September.
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Fair and Balanced?
Al Jazeera is planning to bring English-language news to an American audience.
by Abigail Lavin

SINCE IT FIRST BEGAN BROADCASTING 10 years ago, Qatari satellite network Al Jazeera has become the Arab world's media juggernaut, claiming 50 million viewers across 137 countries. A 2005 survey by ranked Al Jazeera as the world's fifth most influential brand, just behind Starbucks, and plans are in the works to extend the network's reach even further with the launch of an English-language version, Al Jazeera International. High-profile personalities such as Riz Khan and ABC's David Marash have signed on as the network's news anchors. But AJI representatives have declined to comment on whether the network has secured a cable distribution deal in the United States, and the consensus among outside sources was that they had not. While it has been picked up by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB channel in Europe, it remains to be seen whether Americans will get the chance to see what English-language news from a Middle Eastern perspective looks like.
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Carey backs Pope and issues warning on 'violent' Islam
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent,
and Richard Owen, in Rome

THE former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton has issued his own challenge to “violent” Islam in a lecture in which he defends the Pope’s “extraordinarily effective and lucid” speech.

Lord Carey said that Muslims must address “with great urgency” their religion’s association with violence. He made it clear that he believed the “clash of civilisations” endangering the world was not between Islamist extremists and the West, but with Islam as a whole.

“We are living in dangerous and potentially cataclysmic times,” he said. “There will be no significant material and economic progress [in Muslim communities] until the Muslim mind is allowed to challenge the status quo of Muslim conventions and even their most cherished shibboleths.”

Lord Carey’s address came as the man who shot and wounded the last Pope wrote to Pope Benedict XVI to warn him that he was in danger. Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to murder John Paul II in 1981 and is now in prison in Turkey, urged the Pope not to visit the country in November.
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Albany Consecrates a Coadjutor

Three years ago, the Rev. William Love was so moved by the Ugandan healing ministry of the Rev. Mike Flynn, a non-stipendiary priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Los Angeles, that last year he accompanied Fr. Flynn on a return trip. He also asked the director of Fresh Wind Ministries to preach at his Sept. 16 consecration as Bishop Coadjutor of Albany.

During his sermon Fr. Flynn compared and contrasted the tree of knowledge and the tree of life described in the Book of Genesis. He gave three pieces of advice to liberals, including an exhortation to read, ponder and follow the “red print” (words in the gospels attributed to Jesus). He also gave three pieces of advice to conservatives, urging them to face themselves honestly and not to judge others. He closed urging both sides to find love and unity, the best witness of all to an unbelieving world, in the tree of life.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold was the consecrator for the liturgy at the Empire State Plaza convention center. Co-consecrators were the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Bishop of Albany; the Rt. Rev. David Bena, Bishop Suffragan of Albany, and the Rt. Rev. David S. Ball, retired Bishop of Albany. Among the approximately 1,200 persons gathered to share in the three-hour celebration were all seven of the Albany priests who had been candidates, along with Bishop Love, for the election that took place March 25.

Bishop Love will automatically assume the episcopal office of diocesan upon the resignation of Bishop Herzog, who is 65. He has not announced a retirement date, but according to canon law, a diocesan bishop must step down no later than three years after a bishop coadjutor is consecrated.
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Another Look at Lust: A Christian View
Albert Mohler

President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Joshua Harris takes lust very seriously – so seriously in fact that he has written a new book that takes the issue head-on. In
"Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust," Harris provides a candid appraisal of lust as a challenge for the Christian believer.

According to Harris, lust is wrongly directed desire. "To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have," he explains. "Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex – it makes these desires more important than God. Lust wants to go outside God's guidelines to find satisfaction."
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Embrace Your Inner Pentecostal
"Holy Spirit religion" is quietly infiltrating the church, revitalizing us all.
by Chris Armstrong

I recently attended a Midwestern Baptist church in which the pastor directed his congregation to pray with hands extended toward a "pray-ee"—a man standing at the front. Since I'd worshiped in a Pentecostal church for ten years after my conversion as a young adult, I immediately recognized the gesture as a mark of Pentecostal spirituality. Indeed, I discovered later that the Baptist pastor had once been a Pentecostal pastor.

Two thoughts sprang to mind that Sunday morning. First, I realized there are dozens of visible clues associated with Pentecostal churches. People fall "under the power." Congregants stand to prophesy, speak in tongues, or interpret. Arms are raised during prayer and worship. People dance in the Spirit. Pentecostalism is nothing if not physical and active.

Second, while most of these practices remain confined to Pentecostal churches, many non-Pentecostal (and non-charismatic) congregations have become "Pentecostalized" in other ways. Contemporary worship style is an oft-noted influence of Pentecostalism, with congregations of all stripes now singing choruses and praise music, even raising their hands in adoration. But "Holy Spirit religion" is leaving its deepest mark in less visible, more significant ways.
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Conservative Anglican bishops to sign anti-gay pact
Wed Sep 20, 2006

KIGALI (Reuters) - Conservative Anglican bishops largely drawn from developing countries are expected to agree on a pact condemning the ordination of gay clergy, Nigeria's archbishop said on Wednesday.

The agreement, expected to be signed later this week by clerics from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia meeting in Rwanda, is likely to deepen rifts between the conservatives mainly from the "Global South" and liberals in the United States and Europe.

"In order to put to rest this issue of homosexuality, we are working on an Anglican covenant with provisions that very clearly say what it means to be an Anglican," Nigeria's Archbishop Peter Akinola, told reporters.

"Who ever subscribes to this covenant must abide by it and those who are unable to subscribe to it will walk out."
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DOJ: Betraying aborted-alive babies?
Posted: September 20, 2006

In April 2004, a nurse named Abby* made an appointment with Richard Collier of the Legal Center for Defense to tell him of an incident she thought violated the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

Abby worked in the labor and delivery department of a major regional hospital in New Jersey. Abby told Collier about a baby boy who was aborted alive there earlier that year and placed in the "dirty room" until he died several hours later.
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Old Testament a big draw in name game
Katherine Dedyna, with Gayle White, Times Colonist; with Cox News
Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Both big screen stars and B.C. parents are bequeathing the same legacy on their new babies, and it doesn't cost a cent: names that originated in the Old Testament.

While Mackenzie and Connor are all very well for some parents, the Hollywood A-list likes to go way back.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Moses Paltrow-Martin are among the latest additions to the rolls of Scripture-based baby monikers that date back thousands of years.
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Benedict is right
By Terence Jeffrey
Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A telling proof of the argument Pope Benedict XVI made at Regensburg University last week is that prominent Muslim critics claimed to embrace his basic point even as they strove to disprove the words of the 14th century Byzantine emperor the pope quoted.

The pope's point was not to critique Islam, but to make an observation about religious truth: It is consistent with reason.

"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached," the pope quoted Paleologus.

But then the pope said: "The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. 'God,' he says, 'is not pleased by blood -- and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats. ... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death ... ."

Having presented the emperor's analysis, the pope asks: "Is the conviction that acting unreasonably contradicts God's nature merely a Greek idea, or is it always and intrinsically true?" The pope's answer: Always true.
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