Saturday, June 13, 2009

Devotional: The purest joy in the world...

The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus. When the Spirit is poured down, His people get very near and clear views of the Lord Jesus. They eat His flesh and drink His blood. They come to a personal cleaving to the Lord. They taste that the Lord is gracious. His blood and righteousness appear infinitely perfect, full, and free to their souls. They sit under His shadow with great delight. They rest in the cleft of the rock. Their defense is the munitions of rocks. They lean on the Beloved. They find infinite strength in Him for the use of their soul - grace for grace - all they can need in any hour of trial and suffering to the very end. ...Robert Murray M'Cheyne image

New Westminster diocese court case hearings end

Jun 13, 2009

Supreme Court of British Columbia hearings have concluded in a case that will decide whether the Anglican diocese of New Westminister or parishes that have split away from the Anglican Church of Canada own disputed church buildings and resources. Judge Stephen Kelleher reserved his judgment and did not say when he might announce a decision.

Two lawsuits were filed against the diocese of New Westminster and its bishop, Michael Ingham, by clergy who cut ties with the Anglican Church of Canada and individuals who say they are the lawful trustees of church properties and resources for several congregations that also voted to leave the church. Other hearings have resulted in decisions about interim possession and sharing of Anglican church buildings in British Columbia as well as in Ontario, but this trial will be the first in Canada to rule on which side owns the buildings and resources. the rest

Congregants make better citizens, says new study

June 16, 2009

First, the silver lining: people of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and the U.S. is "amazingly" religious compared to other countries, says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam.

Now, the cloud: young Americans are "vastly more secular" than their older counterparts, according to Putnam.

"That is a stunning development," Putnam said. "The youth are the future. Some of them are going to get religious over time, but most of them are not."

A celebrated political scientist, Putnam has long been concerned with declining participation in American civic life, as described in his best-selling book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. When Elks clubs and parent-teacher associations lose members, the ties that bind civil society unravel, Putnam argues.

But religious people may be God's gift to civic engagement, Putnam and Uni versity of Notre Dame scholar David Campbell contend in their book Amer ican Grace: How Religion Is Reshaping Our Civic and Political Lives, which is scheduled to be released next year. the rest

Newman Beatification Expected

by Edward Pentin
Friday, June 12, 2009

A papal decree announcing the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman is imminent and will most likely be made before the Vatican closes for its summer break in August, the Register has learned.

Last month, the Vatican’s medical board concluded a miracle attributed to Cardinal Newman’s intercession was due to inexplicable causes. Deacon John Sullivan, 70, of Marshfield, Mass., was healed of severe back pain in 2001 after praying to the 19th-century English theologian. Deacon Sullivan was prompted to ask for Cardinal Newman’s intercession after watching an EWTN program on Cardinal Newman’s beatification process. the rest image

Hackers seize Mormon Church News Twitter account

By Lynn Arave
Deseret News
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hackers hijacked the Church News Twitter account last weekend, and Twitter staffers took down the site early Thursday because the infiltrators had gained total control over the Web site.
Charlie Craine, director of interactive media for the Deseret News, said he realized Sunday night that the Church News account had been compromised.

"We tried to get it back," he said, but he soon realized that the hacker had even been able to change the password and lock him out.

"I don't know how they got the password," Craine said. "I'm very skeptical (ofTwitter) now." He expressed concern for other Twitter accounts the Deseret News operates. the rest

DIO-N. MICHIGAN: Defeat appears inevitable

by Frank Lockwood
posted June 13, 2009

In interviews with national religion journalists, Bishop-elect Kevin G. Thew Forrester and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Northern Michigan aren’t conceding defeat. They’re declining to confirm or deny reports that a majority of the standing committees have decided to withhold consent and they’re vowing to “respect the process” until the entire 120-day voting period wraps up in mid-July.

But in the Upper Peninsula, they’re spreading the word that defeat appears certain.A summary of the last Episcopal Ministry Support Team (EMST) Meeting, distributed to members of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. says:

“Working through the lunch break period, we discussed the consent process and want to let everyone know that it does NOT appear likely that the majority of the Standing Committees and Bishops having jurisdiction will consent to the election of Kevin Thew Forrester as bishop of the Diocese of Norther Michigan,” writes EMST member Susan Harries, in the church’s June newsletter. the rest

Seminary president says smaller families hurting baptism totals

6/10/2009
By Bob Allen

WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- A seminary president calling for a "Great Commission Resurgence" in the Southern Baptist Convention says reversing the denomination's declining baptism totals is a matter not merely of evangelism, but also birthrates.

Most attention to a Great Commission Resurgence petition that has collected more than 3,000 online signatures leading up to the June 23-24 SBC annual meeting has focused on an article suggesting streamlining the denomination's bureaucracy. Another less-discussed section, however, hits closer to home for Baptist families. the rest

Indian Government: Sex Education “Has Absolutely No Place” in Our Schools - It “Promotes Promiscuity”

By Hilary White
NEW DELHI
June 12, 2009

(LifeSiteNews.com) – The Indian government has rejected western-style sex education programs, saying they do nothing to solve the problem of teenage pregnancy but only exacerbate the problem by promoting sexual promiscuity.

A government report on the matter was issued in response to a citizen-launched petition against a decision by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to start sex-education in schools. The program had been touted as a means of preventing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Materials for teachers and facilitators in India included explicit details about “alternative methods” of sex, including anal and oral sex, presented as a means of avoiding AIDS.

According to the government, the curriculum prepared with material from UNICEF, had “shocked the consciences” of the country and was described as “quite frightening.” If implemented, the report said, it would “promote promiscuity of the worst kind.” The report was issued in March by a committee of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, and says that the introduction of sex education in India’s schools should at least be delayed until the issue has been fully debated in public. the rest

Albert Mohler: Adventures Among the Twitterati -- Why Use Twitter?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some would argue that Twitter hit the big leagues long ago, but the cover of TIME magazine is the ultimate sign that Twitter has arrived at the forefront of our cultural conversation. As TIME managing editor Richard Stengel commented, Twitter and other social networks "are changing the way we communicate and live."

According to recent reports, Twitter may have over 12 million users by year-end. Facebook, by contrast, has almost 200 million users. But, like some earlier technologies and platforms, Twitter seems to have reached a transformational moment. The question seems to have shifted from "Why do you use Twitter?" to "Why not?."

Most commentary about social media looks like cheerleading. There is no shortage of voices ready to predict that this or that technology will rule the world and that those who opt out will be -- to use a phrase evangelicals will recognize -- left behind. the rest

John Piper: "Why and How I am Tweeting."

Josh Harris: "Should We Use Twitter During Church?"

Pakistan: Christian Man Raped, Murdered for Refusing to Convert to Islam, Family Says

Saturday, June 13, 2009
By Nora Zimmett

A young Christian man was raped and brutally murdered in Pakistan for refusing to convert to Islam, and police are doing nothing about it, the victim's brother and minister told FOXNews.com.

Pakistani police reportedly found the body of Tariq "Litto" Mashi Ghauri — a 28-year-old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan — lying dead in a canal outside a rural village in Punjab Province on May 15. He had been raped and stabbed at least five times. the rest

New Primus for the Scottish Episcopal Church

Saturday 13 June 2009

The Rt Rev David Chillingworth was today elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church - at an Episcopal Synod held during the annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Bishop David was the single nomination and his election was supported by all other six bishops.

Bishop David has been Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane since 2005 and succeeds the Most Rev Dr Idris Jones, Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway who stepped down as Primus last night following his recent announcement to retire from the office of diocesan bishop. the rest

Balloon Festival, Jamesville NY June 13, 2009

Raymond got up at 5:00 am to get his kayak on the water in time to catch the morning launch of the balloons at the Jamesville NY 2009 Balloon Festival. Website: Here














Photos by Raymond Dague

Friday, June 12, 2009

"It's missionary work turned into a business"

Friday, June 12, 2009
by Deacon Greg Kandra

If you've ever had a missionary ring your doorbell, you might be surprised to learn that some Mormons are now turning that skill into a second career during these tough economic times:

Six days a week, in fair weather and foul, two-dozen door-to-door salesmen, all of whom live clustered together in an apartment complex in this suburb west of Chicago, pile into S.U.V.’s and cars and head into the big city, bent on sales of home security systems.

And on Sunday, their one day off, they drive together to the nearest house of worship of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The salesmen are mostly former Mormon missionaries from Utah who cut their teeth — and learned their people-skill chops — cold-calling for their faith. In Chicago and in its suburbs where their employer, Pinnacle Security of Orem, Utah, has shipped them for the summer sales season, they are doing much the same thing, but as a job.

“It’s missionary work turned into a business,” said Cameron Treu, 30, who served his mission in Chile and was recruited into D2D (that is door-to-door in sales lingo) by another former missionary.
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Not for Lightweights

Mon, 06/01/2009
Gordon Atkinson

Last Sunday was the 4th of 13 in my sabbatical time. Each of them is precious to me. Each week I am choosing a place and a way to worship. I’m not a church tourist, hoping to see new things. I’m seeking spiritual experiences. I want to worship. Saturday night Jeanene and I still hadn’t decided where to go. I experienced something common to our culture but new to me. The “Where do you want to go to church - I don’t know where do YOU want to go to church” conversation. I found the Saint Anthony the Great website. It's an Orthodox church that has beautiful Byzantine art in the sanctuary. We decided to go there.

Shelby and Lillian went with us. On the way we warned them that this was going to be different. “They might not have changed their worship service much in a thousand years or so,” I told the girls.

That was an understatement.

Saint Anthony the Great isn't just old school. It's "styli and wax tablets" old school. We arrived ten minutes early for worship and the room was already filled with people lighting candles and praying. There was one greeter. I said, “We don’t know what to do.” She handed me a liturgy book and waved us inside.

Pews? We don’t need no stinking pews! Providing seats for worshipers is SO 14th century. Gorgeous Byzantine art, commissioned from a famous artist in Bulgaria. Fully robed priests with censors (those swinging incense thingies). Long, complex readings and chants that went on and on and on. And every one of them packed full of complex, theological ideas. It was like they were ripping raw chunks of theology out of ancient creeds and throwing them by the handfuls into the congregation. And just to make sure it wasn't too easy for us, everything was read in a monotone voice and at the speed of an auctioneer. the rest

Drop the comic altar ego, clergy told

Linda Morris
June 9, 2009

LAUGHTER may be the best medicine, but God is no joke, according to an Anglican bishop who has chided Christian church leaders who think of themselves as stand-up comedians and resort to making jokes during sermons.

The Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, says there is nothing funny in "lame-fisted attempts" to crack jokes and be funny during services and church meetings. Humour has its place, but God and church, he says, is no laughing matter.

"I am frankly sick of 'leaders' ruining the atmosphere of the meeting/service and disrupting the focus on God with half-baked comic lines," he wrote for a Sydney Anglican online ministry resource guide. "Or they detract from my reflection upon some important point made in the sermon with smart cracks or attempts to make funny comments about the preacher or the sermon."

This, he said, interfered with the congregation's relationship with God. the rest

14-year-old hit by 30,000 mph space meteorite

A schoolboy has survived a direct hit by a meteorite after it fell to earth at 30,000 mph.
12 Jun 2009

Gerrit Blank, 14, was on his way to school when he saw "ball of light" heading straight towards him from the sky.

A red hot, pea-sized piece of rock then hit his hand before bouncing off and causing a foot wide crater in the ground.

The teenager survived the strike, the chances of which are just 1 in a million - but with a nasty three-inch long scar on his hand. the rest

1,000 Protesters Greet Obama In Green Bay


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The broad perspective on the growing outrage in America

Nepal: Hindus say Christians must leave

Hindu extremists are demanding that the 1 million Christians of Nepal should leave the country. This comes a week after a bombing at the Catholic cathedral in Kathmandu.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
By Spero News

Barely a week after several people were killed when militants bombed the Kathmandu Catholic Cathedral, Hindu extremists now want all the one million Christians out of the South Asian country.

But local churches who make up 2.4 per cent of the population have defied the threats saying they will continue with their mission despite the persecution. There are nearly 7,000 Catholics in Nepal. the rest

UN Comes One Step Closer to Creating New Women’s Super Agency

June 11, 2009
By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) At United Nations (UN) headquarters this week, member states moved another step closer to setting up a new women's "super-agency." Last month, nations had pushed back when UN staff insisted governments approve a new office without providing details on its budget, structure, staffing, or mandate. At this week’s meeting, Member States were presented with a "consolidated response" paper from the UN Secretariat which detailed the staffing and cost projections of a new UN "gender entity."

For almost three years, the UN has discussed reforming its "gender architecture" by creating a centralized office which would be "the leader and voice on gender equality and the empowerment of women" and which would be "adequately resourced and with authority and capacity to drive and hold the United Nations system accountable." In her presentation to UN delegates on the new gender office, UN Secretary General's Advisor on Gender Issues Rachel Mayanja stated that the aim of the new gender office was to have "global coverage." the rest

Edith M. Humphrey: When to Be Naïve

It's not a virtue just for children.
6/12/2009

Excerpt:
To be Christian is to allow the Holy Spirit to foster those elements of our nature that are unshakable and that are meant to grow: awe, wonder, dependence on God and, in appropriate measure, on each other, and thankfulness! It is to read the Bible, even those passages that we have heard before, with hungry hearts, open minds, and lively imaginations.

It is also to be attuned to the subtle interconnections in the Scriptures, and to care about how brothers and sisters of the past have read these passages—for family members should not be ignorant of the ways of God's family. It is to "read" the world and the writings of others with both welcome and care, aware of our own frailty and that of others.

The examples with which I began suggest that in some respects—especially politics—we will continue to argue about whether a stance or action is naïve or a sign of maturity. Still, if naïveté means to trust in God who will defend us, to live without affectation and without hidden agendas or dishonest motives, then it is a godly thing. If it means to ignore God's warnings, to miss the signs of the times, to neglect the weapons of the Spirit against the "many works" of the Enemy, to think that we do not need training or discipline in handling the Word and the world, to remain blind to the weakness of fallen humanity, and to think that things will take care of themselves—then it is time to grow up. the rest

We're a Church, Not a Lobby, Catholic Bishop Tells Ethics Probers

Thursday, June 11, 2009
By Joshua Rhett Miller

The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., says he's a man of God, not a lobbyist. But state officials say he's both.

According to the Connecticut Office of State Ethics, the diocese acted as a lobbying organization in March when it rented buses to transport people to a rally in Hartford — the state capital — to protest a bill that would have granted more power to parishioners regarding church finances.

Officials also are investigating whether the church acted as a lobbying organization on its Web site when it urged parishioners to contact lawmakers about the bill, which eventually was withdrawn amid public outcry, and about a another bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which was signed into law in April. the rest

Episcopal Church History Made with 'Buddhist Bishop' Vote?

"The apparent rejection of ordained lay Zen Buddhist Kevin Thew Forrester as Bishop is the first time the Episcopal Church has rejected a bishop candidate on theological grounds in over a century." -- Jeff Walton, Director of IRD's Anglican Action Program

WASHINGTON June 11

Christian Newswire- The apparent rejection of a controversial candidate for bishop in the Episcopal Church could be a historic move. As reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester has not received the necessary consent of the majority of diocesan standing committees. Unless some of the votes are re-cast before the July deadline, Forrester's election will be denied.

The Episcopal Church has not denied consent to a candidate for bishop since 1936, when the house of Bishops declined to consent to the seating of John Torok, nominated for Bishop Suffragan of Eau Claire (Wisconsin) on procedural grounds. The last candidate rejected on purely theological grounds was James de Koven, denied consent as bishop of Illinois in 1875. the rest

Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles wins another property battle

A California appellate court upholds a ruling that the property at St. Luke's Anglican Church in La Crescenta, which broke away from the national church, no longer belongs to the parish.
By Duke Helfand
June 12, 2009

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has scored its second legal victory this year in a battle with conservative churches that have sought to take their property with them as they break away to affiliate with overseas Anglican leaders.

A California appellate court this week affirmed a lower court ruling that said the property at St. Luke's Anglican Church in La Crescenta is held in trust for the diocese and the national Episcopal Church.

St. Luke's broke with the Episcopal Church in 2006 and aligned itself with Anglican leaders in Uganda. St. Luke's leaders said at the time that the U.S. church had strayed from its "historic faith." the rest

Overview of the work of the Governance Task Force on the Constitution and Canons for the Anglican Church in North America

6/12/2009

The work of the Governance Task Force (GTF) began last October and concluded in April when the Common Cause Council, meeting in Texas, adopted the final version of the Constitution and Canons which are being submitted to the Assembly for adoption. The GTF is quick to admit that its work is not perfect. Undoubtedly some of the provisions when adopted in June will, in time, be changed as the Province gains experience in its common life.

The Constitution and Canons bring together the past experiences of its many separate constituent jurisdictions, our earlier disappointments and our hopes for a vital and effective future together. Compromises in some places were necessary as were the acknowledgment that time may produce a more comprehensive set of documents. What is most remarkable, however, is the unanimity found in setting forth the fundamental declarations of faith and belief.

It is important to note that we had visiting intercessors at our meetings and their quiet but effective presence was a blessing to all of us. From the outset the GTF was guided by certain principles which can be found in the work produced. The first was to apply a minimalist approach to governance by providing only what seemed truly necessary to launch the new Province on its mission. the rest at Virtueonline

Mrs. Cheryl Chang, Esq., Chancellor for the Anglican Network in Canada

THE GOVERNANCE TASK FORCE OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Hugo Blankingship, Esq., Anglican District of Virginia (CANA), Chair
Rev. J. Philip Ashey, Esq., American Anglican Council, Secretary and Chaplain
The Rev. Larry Bausch, Forward in Faith North America (FiFNA)
The Rev. Travis Boline, Anglican Church of Kenya in the US
Mrs. Cheryl Chang, Esq., Anglican Network in Canada
The Rev. Jerry Cimijotti, The Diocese of Recife (Southern Cone)
The Rev. Dr. Kevin Donlon, Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA)
The Right Rev. Robert Duncan, Diocese of Pittsburgh (Southern Cone) and Moderator of the Common Cause Partnership
The Rev. Bill Gandenberger, Diocese of San Joaquin (Southern Cone)
The Right Rev. Royal U. Grote Jr., The Reformed Episcopal Church
The Right Rev. John Guernsey, The Church of Uganda in the US
The Rev. Matt Kennedy, Anglican Church of Kenya in the US
The Rev. Barclay Mayo, Anglican Coalition in Canada (AMiA)
The Rev. Jim McCaslin, Church of Uganda in the US
The Right Rev. Martyn Minns, Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA)
The Right Rev. Bill Murdoch, Anglican Church of Kenya in the US
The Right Rev. Chuck Murphy, Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA)
Mr. Ron Speers, Esq., Church of Uganda in the US and Western Anglicans
Mr. Wick Stephens, Esq., Diocese of Pittsburgh (Southern Cone)
Mr. Scott Ward., Esq., Anglican District of Virginia (CANA)
Mr. R. David Weaver., Esq., Diocese of Ft. Worth (Southern Cone)
Mr. Robert Tong, LL.M., Esq., Sydney Australia, Consultant

How George Tiller Drove his Own Employee to Join Operation Rescue

Thursday June 11, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert
ENID, Oklahoma

(LifeSiteNews.com) - A former employee of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller has shared how her gruesome experiences at Tiller's abortion facility drove her away from her pro-choice views and into a life of activism for the rights of the unborn.

Luhra Tivis, who was hired as a temp worker for Tiller and eventually became a full employee for one year, discussed her story Tuesday with the Enid News & Eagle in the wake of Tiller's death May 31. Tiller was shot and killed while serving as an usher in his Lutheran church. His family has stated that Tiller's Wichita abortion facility, Women's Health Care Services, will not reopen.

In addition to normal secretarial work, Tivis told the Eagle that she "underwent some sales training" when she began work in 1988. In a separate testimony, published on the Pro-Life Action League's website, Tivis explained: "I thought they were going to tell me how they want the information sheet filled out and how to keep the phone record and this and that. the rest

Religious freedom is under attack in Britain

By Neil Addison
12 June 2009

I begin by referring to a story that some of you may have heard. A couple of years ago a crematorium in Devon removed its crosses on the basis that they did not "want to cause offence" to non-Christians and in particular Muslims. The subject of this crematorium was subsequently discussed in the House of Lords during the debate on the 2006 Equality Bill, when various speakers discussed ways of making crematoriums "Muslim-friendly".

Two points are worthy of note during this debate. First, hardly anyone discussed the offence caused to Christians by the removal of the crosses. Second, absolutely nobody in the debate was aware or bothered to find out that Muslims do not use crematoriums because cremation is against their religion.

The moral of this story is that one should never underestimate the ignorance of public officials when dealing with religious issues. When actions are taken against Christianity and Christian symbols in the name of a multi-faith society, invariably these actions are taken in the name of minority religions, but they are not actually done at the request of those religions. the rest-don't miss this!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Devotional: Thou hast given so much to me...

Thou hast given so much to me
Give one thing more-a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
But such a heart whose pulse may be
Thy praise.
...George Herbert image

Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican) Syracuse NY

Rev. Brian E. Smith, Rector

Church of the Holy Trinity

3538 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214
(Chapel at the Slavic Full Gospel Church)
315-313-5697

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Website:
HolyTrinitySyracuse.org

Service of Holy Eucharist: Sundays at 10:30 AM
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 AM
 
Church of the Holy Trinity is an Anglican Church and a member of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and the Anglican Church in North America. 

Biblical + Liturgical + Spirit-filled

Sunday service at 10:30 AM
 
(updated June 24, 2013)

Dio. of New Westminster: No more parishes may bless same sex couples for forseeable future

Thursday, June 11, 2009

For the foreseeable future, the blessing of the union of gay and lesbian Anglicans will continue to be limited to eight parishes in the diocese.

By a vote closer than expected, 142 to 123, Diocesan Synod decided to continue to affirm its decision in 2005 to ask the bishop to impose a moratorium on allowing additional parishes to have the rite performed in their churches.

The moratorium on allowing additional parishes to use the rite came as the national General Synod was considering the issue, and the Windsor Report, done by a group appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, had called for a moratorium on all such public rites. the rest

Swedish humanists: 'God probably doesn't exist'

David Landes
10 Jun 09

The role of religion in public life in Sweden has been brought into sharp relief by a provocative ad campaign questioning the existence of God.

Earlier this week, billboards went up in several Stockholm subway stations and elsewhere around the city proclaiming, “God probably doesn’t exist” (Gud finns nog inte).

Accompanying the proclamation are images of three flags featuring symbols from Judaism, Islam, and Christianity fashioned in the same shades of blue and yellow found on the Swedish flag.

The ads come from the Swedish Humanist Association (Humanisterna), and are part of a campaign to further debate about the impact of religion on public life and recruit new members to the organization. the rest

The party on the right is now parting on the left

Steven Andrew
June 11, 2009

Over the years I’ve been a harsh critic of elements in the larger conservative movement and by proxy the modern Republican Party who pay lip service to various forms of pseudoscience, creationism being a prime example. But here we look at the other side of the coin with an incomplete survey of some of the bizarre anti-science beliefs, medical quackery, pseudoscience, and full blown conspiracy theories with questionable roots in science, some of which are sadly gaining considerable traction due to recent political shifts. They’re by no means held exclusively by the left, but nevertheless readers are far more likely to encounter them on progressive websites and liberal leaning celebrity talk shows and networks. the rest image

$2.5B spent, no alternative med cures

Anglicans need to “Repent and Refocus on mission” — Bishop of Rochester to say at launch of FCA

Press Release
11th June 2009

ANGLICANS NEED TO “REPENT AND REFOCUS ON MISSION” – Bishop of Rochester to say at launch of Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (UK)

ANGLICAN clergy and laity attending the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in the UK and Ireland in London on July 6 will hear the Bishop of Rochester call for ‘repentance and a renewed commitment to evangelism and mission’.

The launch of FCA in the UK and Ireland comes less than a year after the GAFCON conference in Jerusalem, leading to a Declaration of Orthodox beliefs to which Anglicans throughout the community have rallied as a sign of fellowship and solidarity. At a time when the Anglican church in North America and Canada is facing major splits between liberals and orthodox members, the FCA is providing a home, focus and support for orthodox churches in diocese and provinces which they believe they can no longer be aligned with, or have been excluded from over their beliefs.

Delegates gathering at Westminster Central Hall will hear from a wide range of international speakers, including Bishop Keith Ackerman, president of Forward in Faith (North America), Archbishop Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney, and Baroness Caroline Cox. The morning sessions will focus on the global Anglican Communion, with welcome messages from the Archbishops of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, before looking in detail at the key issues of unity, orthodoxy, the uniqueness of Christ and holiness of life. The Bishops of Chichester, the Rt Revd John Hind, and Fulham, the Rt Revd John Broadhurst will also speak. the rest

Swine flu pandemic declared by World Health Organization

The H1N1 virus is spreading in distinct regions of the globe. But the WHO says the pandemic is only 'moderate in severity' and cautions against overreaction by the public.
By Thomas H. Maugh II
June 11, 2009

The World Health Organization this morning acknowledged what many health experts have been saying for weeks: The outbreak of novel H1N1 virus is now a pandemic.

In a letter sent to its member countries, the WHO said it is officially raising its infectious diseases alert to Phase 6, its highest level, in recognition of the fact that the virus is now undergoing communitywide transmission in Australia as well as in North America. Such spread in two distinct regions of the world is the primary criterion for raising the alert level.

But the agency said that the pandemic is only "moderate in severity" and cautioned against overreactions to the increased alert level. the rest

WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

Swine Flu Fans First Pandemic Since 1968, WHO Says

At 81, he fights church over abuse allegations

Thu, Jun. 11, 2009
By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

At 81 and in poor health, Ralph White Jr. is not confident he will live to see a dime from the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

But White voiced relief yesterday that a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court had ordered the church to respond to his lawsuit alleging his pastor sexually abused him in the 1940s, when he was a boy, and later took his inheritance.

White, of West Philadelphia, is seeking unspecified damages from the five-county diocese and All Saints parish in Wynnewood, and the return of his modest inheritance. the rest

Growing Organs in the Lab


June 8, 2009
by Drew Halley

Why transplant an organ when you can grow yourself a new one?

This research isn’t something that might happen in the distant future. It’s being used today to grow fresh organs, open up new ways to study disease and the immune system, and reduce the need for organ transplants. Organ-farming laboratories are popping up across the planet, and showing impressive results. Here we look at the state of the union of a rapidly advancing field called tissue engineering: what’s been accomplished so far, and what’s right around the corner.

Patients who undergo organ transplants require loads of toxic drugs to suppress their immune systems; otherwise their body might reject the organ. But tissue engineering could make organ transplants a thing of the past. By using a patient’s cells to grow new types of tissue in the lab, researchers are finding new ways to custom-engineer you new body parts by using your own cells. the rest

Abortion Business in Philadelphia Gives Away Free Abortions Honoring George Tiller

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 10, 2009

Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- An abortion business in Pennsylvania is drawing criticism or giving away free abortions on Tuesday in honor of slain late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. The Philadelphia Women's Center said the free abortions were meant to show appreciation for Tiller, who was allegedly killed by extremist gunman Scott Roeder.

Town Hall columnist Jillian Bandes said a staff member at the abortion center said an unspecified number of free abortions were done yesterday for Tiller's “memory and legacy.”

However, by the end of the day, the center stopped doing free abortions and indicated it wouldn't likely do it again. the rest image

Suicide as a “Gift”

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wesley J. Smith

The media are suicide promoters–in the way some journalists report stories about assisted suicide, and especially among the punditry, so many of whom extol suicide in their columns.

Case in point, St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan, who extols an elderly man’s suicide as a “gift” because of the serious discussion about mortality it promoted. the rest

Sotomayor, Roman Catholic Supremacy, and Protestant Approaches to Law

First Things
Jun 11, 2009
Jordan Ballor

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court raises the prospect that for the first time in history there will be a supermajority of justices on the same court affiliated to one degree or another with the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, if her nomination is successful—as most experts believe it will be—half of the Roman Catholics who have ever been on the Supreme Court will be serving simultaneously.

At the same time the number of Protestants on the court will fall to a historic low—with David Souter’s retirement, John Paul Stevens will be the lone Protestant. With Roman Catholic representation on the land’s highest court at its apex, and Protestant representation at its nadir, the question must be asked whether this reflects a shift in the balance of legal influence reflective of underlying deficiencies in American Protestantism. the rest

John Piper: Rethinking Retirement

So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
Psalm 71:18

An excerpt from:
Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ
by John Piper (Crossway)

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Albert Mohler: "Where Do All the Colors Go at Night?" -- Children and the Need for Silence

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Excerpt:
Our culture now assumes noise and the constant availability of music, electronic chatter, and entertainment. In many homes, there is virtually no silence -- at least during waking hours. In some homes, family members live in isolated environments of independent sound, with iPods, televisions, radios, and any number of other technologies providing a customized experience of noise.

All this takes a toll upon the soul. Psychologists argue that the development of individual identity requires extended periods of solitude, reflection, and silence. The Christian tradition has honored silence as a matter of spiritual discipline and an intentional effort to flee the noise of everyday life in order to hear what that noise cannot supply.

If this is true for adults, it is perhaps even more true for children. But today's children are often subjected to a constant barrage of noise. Many are raised as to the soundtrack of the television or other form of entertainment. Some parents seem to fear silence and do their best to make certain that children are never without some form of sound.
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If children do not learn to focus and concentrate in a pool of quietness, their minds become fragmented and their temperaments irritable, their ability to absorb knowledge and sift it, grade it and evaluate it do not develop fully. Reading a book quietly, watching a raindrop slide slowly down a windowpane or a ladybird crawl up a leaf, trying to hear the sound of a cat breathing when it is asleep, asking strange questions, such as, "Where do all the colors go at night?" and speculating about the possible answers — all of these are best done in silence where the imagination can flourish and the intricate minutiae of the world around us can be examined with the greatest concentration.-Susan Hill

Not in my classroom: Dutch schools may ban gay teachers

A leaked recommendation by the government's highest advisory council says state-funded schools should be allowed to exclude teachers for being homosexual.
11 June 2009

Overall, the Netherlands is a good place to be homosexual. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001, gay couples can adopt children, and despite some violent incidents against homosexuals in Amsterdam, the city is still widely known for its gay-friendly atmosphere.

Being an openly gay teacher, however, is still a sensitive subject, especially in schools that use the bible as their foundation. Although private schools do exist in the Netherlands, the overwhelming majority of religious schools are state-funded in the same way as non-denominational schools. the rest

Debate Erupts Over Muslim School in Virginia

By THEO EMERY
June 10, 2009

FAIRFAX, Va. — For years, children’s voices rang out from the playground at the Islamic Saudi Academy in this heavily wooded community about 20 miles west of Washington. But for the last year the campus has been silent as academy officials seek county permission to erect a new classroom building and move hundreds of students from a sister campus on the other end of Fairfax County.

The proposal from the academy, which a school spokeswoman said was the only school financed by the Saudi government in the United States, has ignited a noisy debate and exposed anew the school’s uneasy relationship with its neighbors. the rest

Scottish Episcopal Church to elect new Primus

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church opens today in Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh.

Representatives from Episcopal churches across Scotland will attend the three day meeting where matters ranging from church policy to social issues will be debated.

Highlights of this year’s Synod agenda include a debate on what the mission of the Scottish Episcopal Church is in 2009 and the approval of a partnership statement to work together with the Methodist and United Reformed Churches in Scotland.

For the first time in the history of General Synod, members will witness the election of a new Primus. This will take place during an Episcopal Synod on Saturday morning, where all seven bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church will elect a new Primus following the retirement of the Most Rev Dr Idris Jones. the rest

Primus’ Charge to General Synod 2009

General Synod 2009 Agenda and Papers-pdf

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Roses

Some of the roses and rhododendron in our garden....

Et Tutu?

By: Mark D. Tooley
FrontPageMagazine.com
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Retired Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu won his 1984 Nobel for boldly opposing the racist government of South Africa But his interest in human rights has been selective, and Israel often enters his sights as the supposed successor to Afrikaner Apartheid. Most recently, the Archbishop let loose at a British literary convention, implying that Israel was worse than Boer rule, winning standing ovations from 1,000 self-styled sophisticates, including Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican communion.

Tutu’s visits to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, passing through Israeli checkpoints, “brought back memories of what things had been like at home” in South Africa under apartheid, he recalled, as reported by The (UK) Guardian. “The arrogance of the police or the soldiers, you depend on their whim whether they'll allow you through or not.” But some Israeli misdeeds are even worse than old South Africa’s, citing the “collective punishment” that Israel ostensibly wages against Palestinians suspected of terrorism, such as home demolitions.

He believes the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the linchpin of world peace. “You can give up on all other problems,” Tutu warned his British audience. “You can give up on nuclear disarmament; you can give up on ever winning a war against terror, you can give it up. You can give up any hope of our faiths ever working really amicably and in a friendly way together.” the rest

Gunman, guards exchange fire in Holocaust Museum

Jun 10, 2009
By NAFEESA SYEED
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, gravely wounding a security guard before being shot. Authorities said they were investigating a white supremacist as the possible shooter.

The assailant was in critical condition, said Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty.

D.C. Police Chief Kathy Lanier said the gunman appeared to have acted alone. He was "engaged by security guards immediately after entering the door" with a rifle, she said. the rest

White supremacist James W Von Brunn opens fire at Holocaust museum

COMMON CAUSE PARTNERSHIP Committee and Task Force Appointments

June 10, 2009
Here-pdf

These rosters are proposed for continuation as initial committees of the Anglican Church in North America under Title 1, Canon 4.

Canon 4
Of Committees

Concerning Initial Committees

At the time of the adoption of the Constitution the following Task Forces and Committees were operating: the Prayer Book and Common Liturgy Task Force, the Governance Task Force, the Admissions Committee, the Ecumenical Relations Task Force, the Education Committee, the Episcopate Task Force, the Finance, Budget and Stewardship Committee, the Mediation Panel and the Mission Committee. These Task Forces and Committees shall continue, as constituted, as Committees of the Church until further action of the Council, which shall have authority to end or alter the same and to appoint such other committees and task forces as deemed necessary.

Governance Task Force
Hugo Blankingship, Chair - CANA

Philip Ashey+, Esq. AAC
Larry Bausch+ FIFNA
Travis Boline+ KENYA
Jerry Cimijotti+ S. CONE
Kevin Donlon+ ANGLICAN MISSION
+Robert Duncan S. CONE
Cheryl Chang, Esq. ANIC
Bill Gandenberger+ S. CONE
+Royal Grote REC
+John Guernsey UGANDA
Matt Kennedy+ AAC
+Martyn Minns CANA
+Bill Murdoch KENYA
+Chuck Murphy ANGLICAN MISSION
Jim McCaslin+ KENYA
Ron Speers, Esq. UGANDA
Scott Ward, Esq. CANA
Barclay Mayo+ ACiC
Wick Stephens, Esq. S. CONE
Scott Ward, Esq.CANA
Robert Weaver, Esq. S. CONE

Admissions Committee
+Leonard Riches, Chair REC
+Keith Ackerman
FIFNA Lynne Ashmeade+ ACN
Alex Farmer+ KENYA
+Don Harvey ANIC

Ecumenical Relations Task Force
+Ray Sutton, Chair REC

+Roger Ames CANA
+Bill Atwood KENYA
Michael Howell FIFNA
+Peter Beckwith ACN
Barbara Brown KENYA
Ron Gauss+ CANA
+Paul Hewett FACA
Theresa Newell ACN
Chris Schutte+ ACN
Briane Turley+ S. CONE
John Yates+ CANA

Education Committee (1 or 2 from each Partner)
Mary Hays+, Chair ACN

Jon Abboud+ REC
Tony Barron+ AAC
Curtis Crenshaw+ REC
Brian Foos+ FACA
Jack Gabig+ ACN
Ken Haggerty CANA
Rick Wright+ CANA
Chuck Hough+ FIFNA
Guy Lytle+ AAC
Cris Fouse FIFNA
Allen Hughes+ ANGLICAN MISSION
Archie Pell+ ANIC
Mark Quay+ ANGLICAN MISSION
David Short+ ANIC
Kathy King ACiC

Episcopate Task Force
+Bill Atwood, Chair KENYA
To be undertaken by CCP Executive Committee

Financial Vision and Stewardship Task Force
+David Anderson, Chair AAC

John Abboud+ REC
Ellis Brust+ ANGLICAN MISSION
+John Guernsey UGANDA
Daryl Fenton+ ACN
Charlie Masters+ ANIC
Brad Root ACNA CCP Treasurer, ex officio
Patience Oruh CANA

Mediation Panel (standing members)
Trevor Walters+, Chair ANIC

Tony Baron+ S. CONE
Virginia Bowers REC
Tad Brenner ACN
Patience Oruh CANA
Jim Sissison ANGLICAN MISSION
Wick Stephens ACN

Mission Committee (2 from each Partner)
Doc Loomis+, Chair ANGLICAN MISSION

Rick Wright+ CANA
Alison Barfoot+ UGANDA
Mike Murphy+ ANGLICAN MISSION
Christopher Culpepper+ FIFNA
+Alphonza Gadsden REC
Tom Herrick+ ACN
Ed Hird+ ACiC
Wayne McNamara+ REC
Phil Varcoe ANIC
Harris Wilman AAC

Prayer Book and Common Worship

Bill Thompson+, Chair UGANDA

+Keith Ackerman FIFNA
Ken Bell+ ACiC
Marshall Brown+ CANA
Eric Dudley+ KENYA
Martha Giltinan+ ACN
+David Hicks REC
Arnold Klukas+ ACN
+Martyn Minns CANA
Jim Packer+ ANIC
Andy Piercy ANGLICAN MISSION
Ryan Reed+ ACN

This is the roster of the Executive Committee of the Provincial Council, as specified by Article VII, Section 10 of the Constitution


Executive Committee (Lead Bishops Roundtable)
+Bob Duncan, Moderator ACN
Charlie Masters+, General Secretary ANIC
Patience Oruh, Treasurer CANA

+Keith Ackerman FIFNA +
David Anderson AAC
+Don Harvey ANIC
+Martyn Minns CANA
+Chuck Murphy ANGLICAN MISSION
+Leonard Riches REC
+John Guernsey UGANDA
+Bill Atwood KENYA
+Jack Iker S. CONE

If Only We Had Done Nothing


June 08, 2009

We have added at least a trillion dollars to our national debt and the accomplishments for that spending are worse than if we had done nothing. Where is the Do Nothing Congress and the Do Nothing Presidency when you need them? If only they had put the effort into raising the price of electricity while lowering the reliability of supplies. Well they are doing that. And what else are they doing? They are going to spiff up Public housing. the rest

Gag order on former Bishop Bennison

Wednesday, 10th June 2009
By George Conger

A gag order has been issued against the former Bishop of Pennsylvania forbidding him to make public evidence he believes will exonerate him from charges of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse.

On April 17, attorneys for the Rt Rev Charles E Bennison, Jr, filed a motion with the Episcopal Church’s Court for the Trial of a Bishop asking that it set aside its guilty verdict. The court found that the bishop, when he was a parish rector in California, had committed of two counts of conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy for conspiring to cover up the 1973 affair between his brother John Bennison, his parish youth minister, and a 14-year-old member of the congregation.

In 2006, John Bennison was deposed from the ordained ministry, and on June 26, 2008 the court held Bishop Bennison was guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy and recommended that he be defrocked. Bishop Bennison appealed the finding and remains suspended from office pending the case’s final disposition. the rest

US comedy shows demean Sarah Palin as Barack Obama lauds them

By: Toby Harnden
Jun 10, 2009

American late night comedy shows are immensely influential - part of the country's zeitgeist. So it's no surprise that President Barack Obama should be keen to be portrayed favourably by them.

Whether it's wise or dignified for the US commander-in-chief to yuk it up on the Colbert Show or allow himself to do a plug for the Conan O'Brien Show, however, is another matter - never mind doing both in the same week.

Sarah Palin, who was torn to shreds by Saturday Night Live during the campaign, on the other hand, is probably never going to get a fair shake from the late-night comedians. the rest

Letterman ‘Jokes’ About the Statutory Rape of 14-Year Old Willow Palin

Connecticut Seeks to Silence Church. Again!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The state government of Connecticut might just be the epicenter of state sponsored anti-Catholicism in the country right now. The state is seeking to silence the Catholic Church. Again.

Ever since the Church's stance supporting traditional marriage or at least for a conscience clause for religious organizations, many in state government have sought to punish the Church or at least silence it.

If you'll recall a few months ago two Democrat state legislators proposed a bill targeting Catholic parishes by instituting elected boards to oversee parishes. This, of course, caused an outrage as the government had no right to intervene in the Church's affairs. the rest

Australia flu 'may tip pandemic'

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A sharp increase in swine flu cases in Australia may mean the infection has become a pandemic, the World Health Organization says.

For that to happen, officials would have to verify that the disease had become established outside North America, where the crisis began.

"Once I get indisputable evidence, I will make the announcement," said WHO director general, Margaret Chan.

More than 1,200 people have contracted the virus in Australia - none fatally. the rest

FDA Warns of 'High Levels' of Disease-Causing Bacteria Found in Certain Hand Sanitizers

A.S. Haley: The Proper Treatment of Arrogance

Monday, June 8, 2009

It is not required of us as Christians that we be silent in the face of injustice. In commanding us to "turn the other cheek", Jesus asked that we not give tit for tat, but never required that we meekly accept the wrong thereby done. Our Lord was, to the contrary, outspoken against the moneychangers and dove-sellers in the Temple, and rebuked even His own disciple for resorting rashly to the sword. Paul also requires Christians to challenge their brother when he is in the wrong, and to call on him to mend his ways.

So it is that I give you today a striking example of a richly deserved upbraiding of Bishop Jerry A. Lamb, whose uncanonical acts now bid fair to equal or surpass those of the Presiding Bishop. I wrote some time ago about his folly in presuming to "depose" clergy in the Diocese of San Joaquin. I warned that the only result of such an act would be to confirm that those very same clergy were needed to establish a lawful quorum so that the Special Convention held at Lodi on March 29, 2008 could transact business---including the business of confirming the Rt. Rev. Lamb, resigned, as "Provisional Bishop". And after he followed through just last week, by signing sentences of deposition for 61 clergy, I confirmed the end result of what he had accomplished: a demonstration, for any and all to discern, that he was not lawfully confirmed in the office he now claims to occupy. The emperor had no clothes, and Bishop Lamb has no see. the rest

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Devotional: Oneness with Christ...

Oneness with Christ must, in the very nature of things, consist in a Christ-like life and character. It is not what we feel, but what we are that settles the question. No matter how exalted or intense our emotions on the subject may be, if there is not a likeness of character with Christ, a unity of aim and purpose, a similarity of thought and of action, there can be no real oneness. ...Hannah Whitall Smith image

Survey Examines America's Megachurchgoers

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Jun. 09 2009

Compared to attendees of a typical Protestant church, people who attend megachurches are more likely to be young, single, more educated and wealthier, a new survey reveals.

The majority of megachurch attendees (62 percent) are under the age of 45 whereas less than half (35 percent) of those in a typical congregation fall in the 18-44 age group, according to a megachurch report by Scott Thumma of Hartford Institute for Religion Research and Warren Bird of Leadership Network.

The report – "Not Who You Think They Are: The Real Story of People Who Attend America's Megachurches" – is based on data from a national survey that drew 24,900 responses from 12 carefully selected megachurches across the country. It is claimed to be the largest national representative study of megachurch attendees conducted by any researchers to date. the rest

Day 8 Vancouver Churches Trial: ANiC Churches Closing Argument

June 8, 2009

The morning began with counsel for the parishes, Geoff Cowper, QC, explaining to Mr Justice Kelleher that he expected presentation of his argument to be two full days. Two volumes of a “Statement of Facts” and “Written Argument of the Plaintiffs”, together with a two volume “Book of Authorities” were handed to the judge, who last week, jokingly remarked he had enough material before him and he didn’t want anymore.

The issues to be addressed by the judge were outlined by Mr Cowper. I will highlight the issues briefly and mention some of the facts or evidence used to support the parishes’ case, although Cowper went into much more extensive discussion on each point. the rest

NY: Chaos Rules The Day In The Capital District

Democrats Furious Over GOP Coup, Vow To Take Back Locked Senate Chamber; Republicans Push For Work To Resume
Reporting Marcia Kramer
Jun 9, 2009 5:00 pm

ALBANY (CBS) ― Aftershocks of the New York State Senate shake up were rippling through the state capital Tuesday. With all the chaos, confusion and hard feelings, many in Albany are wondering who's in charge and what happens next?

Less than a month ago, Democrats and Republicans posed like one big happy family for their class picture, but a dramatic coup to depose Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has left everybody in Albany with a lot of hard feelings.

"I think it's absolutely disgusting, a side show," Smith spokesman Austin Shaffran said. "Senate Republicans should be ashamed." Smith didn't show his face Tuesday, but sources said legal action is being considered to stop Republican Dean Skelos from becoming majority leader and renegade Democrat Pedro Espada from becoming speaker pro tem, one step away from being governor. the rest

Control of NYS senate in dispute, deadline looms

Catholics, Anglicans Meet on Debt Relief, Contraception

June 9, 2009
WASHINGTON DC

(MetroCatholic) - The second meeting of the new round of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States (ARC-USA) took place in Cincinnati, May 25-26. It was hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and co-chaired by Episcopal Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of Southern, Ohio, and Catholic Bishop Ronald P. Herzog of Alexandria, Louisiana. Following the theme of this round of dialogue, “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Common Ground and Divergences,” members examined two moral theology issues: debt relief and contraception.

Debt relief was addressed on the Catholic side by M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., of Marquette University in a paper entitled, “Reconciling All Things: An Analysis of the Roman Catholic Position on International Debt.” The question was analyzed from an Anglican perspective by Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D., of the Virginia Theological Seminary in his paper, “A Case Study on Poverty: On Moral Teaching in the Episcopal and Anglican Church.” Members noted that even though they differ on sources and methodologies, the two churches have reached nearly identical conclusions on this question.

The moral aspects of contraception in the Anglican tradition were presented by Rev. Matthew S. C. Olver , Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, in his paper, “Anglican Moral Reasoning about Contraception.” The Catholic teaching on this question was expounded by Theresa Notare, Ph.D., assistant director of the Natural Family Planning Program at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a study entitled, “The Moral Regulation of Birth: Roman Catholic Teaching on Conjugal Love and Responsible Parenthood.” Members said that in this case, the different methodologies and sources appear to explain a substantial divergence regarding the morality of the use of contraception. the rest

Pro-Homosexual Researchers Conceal Findings: Children Raised by Openly Homosexual Parents More Likely to Engage in Homosexuality

By Trayce Hansen, Ph.D.
posted June 9, 2009

Research by social scientists, although not definitive, suggests that children reared by openly homosexual parents are far more likely to engage in homosexual behavior than children raised by others. Studies thus far find between 8% and 21% of homosexually parented children ultimately identify as non-heterosexual. For comparison purposes, approximately 2% of the general population are non-heterosexual. Therefore, if these percentages continue to hold true, children of homosexuals have a 4 to 10 times greater likelihood of developing a non-heterosexual preference than other children.

Some researchers who uncovered sexual preference differences between homosexually and heterosexually parented children, nonetheless declared in their research summaries that no differences were found. Many believe they concealed their findings so as not to harm their own pro-homosexual, sociopolitical agendas. the rest

BREAKING: Tiller's Abortion Facility to Close Forever

"Operation Rescue was just 2 months away from getting Tiller's medical license revoked and that would have accomplished the same goal."
Tuesday June 9, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert
WICHITA, Kansas

(LifeSiteNews.com) - In a statement released today, the attorneys of late-term abortionist George Tiller confirmed that his Wichita abortion facility would shut its doors permanently, following Tiller's murder last month.

"The family of Dr. George Tiller announces that effective immediately, Women's Health Care Services, Inc., will be permanently closed," stated attorneys Lee Thompson and Dan Monnat today. "Notice is being given today to all concerned that the Tiller family is ceasing operation of the clinic and any involvement by family members in any other similar clinic."

The statement went on to praise Tiller's "service and courage" and asserted that Tiller's family would honor his memory through "private charitable activities." the rest

Top Episcopalian returns to Oregon to listen, learn, hang out

by Nancy Haught, The Oregonian
Tuesday June 09, 2009

The national leader of 2.4 million Episcopalians -- including 20,600 in Oregon -- hung out Sunday at a Northeast Portland church, participating in what she defines as old-school conversation.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who's been at the center of an often-tense conversation about the ordination of gay clergy, told a full house on Sunday at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church that the word "conversation" slipped into English usage in the 1300s.

"From the Latin, conversatio, it meant 'to turn about with,'" she said, "'to live with, to spend time with.' We'd say, 'to hang out with.' It didn't mean to talk." And so the first woman elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States shared some impressions of the church in the 21st century and then hung out as audience members reflected on interfaith partnerships, support for the military and the role of religious schools. the rest

Albert Mohler: A Matter of Pride?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Excerpt:
In signing this proclamation, President Obama put the issue right before us all. During the 1980s the gay rights movement began using the "pride" language in an effort to defy negative moral judgments about homosexuality. Calls for gay liberation became calls for gay pride. The new theme brought political, strategic, and psychological advantages. The assertion of homosexual pride is the ultimate rejection of normative heterosexuality.

Those citizens who believe that morality is mere social construction can go along with this. Those who believe that homosexuality is morally positive will champion the call for gay pride. Most Americans will probably give passing attention to the President's call. But Christians committed to the authority of the Bible as the Word of God cannot find pride in sin. To do so is not only to confuse sin, but to undermine the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Morally serious persons must take the President's proclamation as a morally serious act. As such, it demands a response. Evangelical Christians dare not respond with a claim of moral superiority as if we are not ourselves sinners. But we must be clear that we cannot find pride in sin, whether these are our own sins or those of others. The Gospel of Christ simply does not allow us to see sin -- any sin -- as a matter of pride. the rest

Government option health care: Another Warning From Another MD

Monday, June 08, 2009
Hugh Hewitt

Doctors --get in the game via contacts with these key "moderate" Democrats.

From Dr. R.W.:

I am a physician in Southern California. In the 1990’s, the world was telling us that we were all headed into managed care. Rather than being an employee of a large corporation, I put together an a group of 300 physicians (IPA) to allow us to be in control of our own destiny. After a couple of years, we saw that this was a simply horrid form of medicine and we, as physicians, could no longer tolerate this form of care. We closed our doors and returned the initial investments to each and every physician. I continue to be a full-time patient care physician to this day.
Today, another health care calamity is taking hold in America…government run healthcare. The government will run healthcare about as good as it will run GM and the banking industry. In my opinion, the only way to end this threat is for the physicians to form a guild or union for the following reasons.

a. The proposed system will simply fail, if the physicians choose not to participate. We are one of the only irreplaceable components. If even a plurality of physicians said no, the system would fail. If even a large enough minority of internal medicine physicians balked, it would fail.

b. President Obama, seems to love unions. Please note his favor of the Autoworkers Union in his determinations at Chrysler and GM. How could he treat a physicians union differently.

I have nothing against electronic medical records, as I use them daily. The governments interest in electronic medical records is not noble though. There is no money saving in electronic medical records on their own. The reason the government wants them is to ration care. If you need an MRI, your doctor will make check boxes in an electronic form. If you meet the criteria you will be allowed to have the test. If there is no money, the criteria will be made harder on the electronic approval form. Maybe the age will be lowered from 70 to 65 on the electronic form and you will no longer be allowed the examination. Pretty soon, in order to control the excessive costs of the new bureaucracy, all your care will be rationed this way with no recourse.

We are simply heading for a healthcare disaster an a scale that you have never seen and at a cost you would never dream. Unfortunately, my inquires and discussions with my colleagues have been met with apathy and disbelief. There is a famous saying that getting doctors together is like herding cats and so far this appears to be the case. They are either too tired from so many years of being beaten down, are too busy attempting to keep their head above water or don’t believe it can possibly happen this year so choose to delay their concerns.

This plays into the hands of those who have no knowledge of the day-to-day care of individuals. When apathy and disbelief tread freely, disaster is sure to follow. I agree the AMA is useless in this endeavor. The individual medical societies are only looking out for their specialties best interest. We, as physicians, need to speak out on behalf of our patients. With whom else would America entrust their healthcare needs. It is my belief that only with a Physicians Guild can this be accomplished. Here

Another doctor writes: Obama Care: Robbing From Peter to Pay Paul