Saturday, November 14, 2009

Devotional: Life will bring us questions without answers...

Life will bring us questions without answers;
To live is to encounter silent seasons of the soul,
When every prayer will seem to go unanswered
As we face events beyond our understanding or control.

Yet in the quiet darkness, Christ is working.
His silence in the shadows doesn't mean He doesn't care;
A part of faith is trusting without reason,
Believing, when He can't be seen or heard, that He's still there...

So when answers fail to come, don't be discouraged.
Keep leaning on His steadfast love and trusting in His will,
For knowing why won't really make a difference -
But growing close and knowing Jesus will.
...BJ Hoff
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Suicide Culture: The Netherlands Shows That It’s’ Never Enough

Friday, November 13, 2009
Wesley J. Smith

The Netherlands has the world’s most liberal euthanasia law, which is even more radical in practice. Its doctors assist the suicides of the depressed and the grieving, a practice long since approved by the country’s Supreme Court. Some “terminate” patients “without request or consent.” Babies born with serious disabilities are subjected to eugenic infanticide. Doctors whose patients may not qualify for euthanasia refer patients to an on line “auto euthanasia” how-to-commit suicide” site. Doctors who decide it is too difficult to kill patients directly, put them into terminal sedation so they don’t do the deed directly and in person.

And now: Suicide tips for only 17.50 Euros! the rest

Greek Orthodox Church opposes EU crucifix ban

by Jenna Lyle
Saturday, November 14, 2009

(AP) The Greek Orthodox Church has come out in opposition to a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.

It wants to see Christians across Europe unite in opposition to the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights last week which stated that the presence of crucifixes in the classroom violates religious and educational freedoms.

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos, echoed the outcry from the Catholic Church in Italy when he said that the EHCR had ignored the role of Christianity in Europe’s history and development, reports the BBC. He argued that majorities, not only minorities, had rights. the rest

Fr. Nigel Update: Saturday, 11:28 AM

Sat, 14 Nov 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland

Fr. Nigel continues on the critical list but he is stable and improving -- Thank you Lord! Although he is still on the ventilator, he is much more awake and recognizes his family and the different nurses and doctors. Even though he cannot talk, he has shown his sense of humor by making some very funny faces in response to questions. Although it is frustrating for him because he isn't able to communicate (he is such a huge communicator) he is able to express a lot through his facial expressions. He is beginning to move his fingers, feet and shoulders so your prayers for the cleansing of his body of the sedation are working so well -- please keep them coming. The difference of just one day is truly a result of your prayers and God's everlasting presence.

All of his other vital signs are normal. His temperature went up briefly but went back to normal. All of his organs are functioning properly.

Please pray for a rejuvenation of his lungs that they may heal and the ventilator can be removed.

Please continue to pray for the washing of the sedation from his body.

Praise be to our God who has healed Fr. Nigel and continues to heal him every day.

Praise be to our God for Lynn's continued strength -- may He continue to give her His peace.

Thanks be to God for all of you prayer warriors -- from your lips to God's ears!

Albany Intercessor

Eric Holder's decision to move a trial on war crimes to American soil is morally confused, dangerous and political to a fault.

November 14, 2009

Coming soon to a civilian courtroom blocks from Ground Zero: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other al Qaeda planners of 9/11. Be sure to get your tickets early, and don't forget to watch out for the truck-bomb barricades and rooftop snipers.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who dropped this legal bomb on New York yesterday, called his decision to move their trial on war crimes from a military courtroom at Guantanamo Bay to American soil "the toughest" he has had to make. Other words come to mind. For starters, intellectually and morally confused, dangerous and political to a fault.

This decision befits President Obama's rushed and misguided announcement on his second day in office that he would close Gitmo within a year. This was before the Administration had thought through what to do with the 215 prisoners there, though it did win him applause in Europe and on the American left. Yesterday's decision rids Gitmo of these meddlesome detainee cases in order to speed up this entirely political shutdown. the rest

Holder in the dock as critics focus on New York 9/11 terror trial

'Gay' Jihad

Friday, November 13, 2009
by Matt Barber

It never ceases to amaze me the degree to which liberals – the self-styled proponents of “tolerance” and “diversity”… the mind-numbingly sanctimonious arbiters of “hate” – consistently prove to be the most intolerant and hateful among us. But regrettably, since the recent passage of “Question 1” – the voter initiative that threw out counterfeit “gay marriage” in Maine – the level of hate-filled bile we’ve come to expect from the left has morphed from malicious to menacing.

In the wake of the horrific act of Islamic domestic terrorism at Fort Hood Texas, it’s been learned that militant homosexual activists recently made similar online postings to those of Nidal Malik Hasan, threatening additional acts of terrorism against Christians.

A number of pro-marriage advocates have also received death threats directly. the rest

Obama gives Japan's Emperor Akihito a bow

November 14, 2009

How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?

This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in its downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior.

To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better. Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America's royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.

Obama could receive some frowns back home as he did for his not-quite-this-low-or-maybe-about-the-same-bow to the Saudi king not so long ago. the rest

Why is this man bowing?

Revision Committee on Women in the Episcopate

14 November 2009

The Revision Committee met for its third scheduled meeting yesterday (13 November) since 8 October (see earlier statement). It concluded a substantial exploration of ways in which the draft legislation could be amended to enable certain functions to be vested by statute in bishops who would provide oversight for those unable to receive the episcopal and/or priestly ministry of women.

After much discussion, the members of the Committee were unable to identify a basis for specifying particular functions for vesting which commanded sufficient support both from those in favour of the ordination of women as bishops and those unable to support that development. As a result all of the proposals for vesting particular functions by statute were defeated.

The effect of the Committee’s decision is therefore that such arrangements as are made for those unable to receive the episcopal ministry of women will need to be by way of delegation from the diocesan bishop rather than vesting. the rest

Friday, November 13, 2009

Former PP clinic director now feels unwelcome among Episcopalians

November 13, 2009
By Julia Duin

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose about-face on abortion prompted her to resign her job, says she's gotten flack for her decision from an unexpected quarter: her own church.

Her Oct. 6 decision to leave Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas - after viewing an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus two weeks earlier - made headlines, especially when she ended up volunteering at the Coalition for Life center a few doors away. Her former employer filed a restraining order to silence Mrs. Johnson, but a judge threw out the case on Tuesday.

Now she is facing a different kind of music at her parish, St. Francis Episcopal in nearby College Station, the home of Texas A&M University.

Whereas clergy and parishioners welcomed her as a Planned Parenthood employee, now they are buttonholing her after Sunday services. the rest

ANIC Consecration

Consecration of William Thompson (part I)

Consecration of William Thompson (Part II)


Fr.Nigel Update: Friday, 11:06 AM

Friday, November 13, 2009
Albany Intercessor

Fr. Nigel Mumford continues in critical but stable condition. He continues to be on a ventilator and his oxygen levels are stable. As he is moved around by the nurses, oxygen is used so his numbers go up and down in relation to that, but generally his numbers are stable.

He is awake and responding to questions with a slight nod, although the sedative is still lingering in his system. He is aware that Lynn is there and he even smiles at her. As the sedative works its way out of his body he will be able to concentrate more and begin to move. So prayer for the sedative to be flushed out of his muscles and tissues would be great.

He had a slight fever yesterday, which is not uncommon for pneumonia, but for two previous days his fever had been normal. The rest of his vital signs are good.

So let’s pray for:
-His lungs to be healed expeditiously by the Breath of our Lord so that he can be removed from the ventilator
-The sedative be rinsed from his body by the Living Water of our Lord

We praise you Lord that Fr. Nigel’s vital signs are all stable and that his organs are all working through Your healing touch

We praise and thank you Lord for all your prayer warriors who continue to pray for Fr. Nigel and all your children who need healing

Please keep Lynn in your prayers for strength and stamina for the long road ahead.

Blessings to you all.
Elizabeth Strickland

Anglican and Catholic Heads to Meet in Rome

By Francis X. Rocca
Thursday, November 12, 2009

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams meets with Pope Benedict XVI here on Nov. 21, the two men will be making the latest gesture in a four-decade-long effort to achieve unity between their churches.

But some Catholics and Anglicans fear the future of that endeavor could be jeopardized by the Vatican’s plans, announced last month (Oct.), to make it easier for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism. Former Anglicans, many of whom are upset by their church’s growing acceptance of female clergy and homosexuality, will be allowed to join special Catholic dioceses while retaining many of their traditional prayers and hymns, and to a limited extent a married priesthood.

Williams, spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, will visit Rome for five days (Nov. 18-22) of meetings and events aimed at “keeping alive the ecumenical endeavor,” said his Vatican envoy, the Very Rev. David Richardson. the rest

Italian mayors respond to Strasbourg ruling by hanging more crucifixes in schools

Rome, Italy
Nov 12, 2009

(CNA).- A number of Italian officials have responded to the ruling by the European Human Rights Court that ordered schools in Italy to remove crucifixes from the classrooms by taking unprecedented measures to preserve the Christian symbol.

According to the Italian daily “Avvenire,” the mayor of Sezzadio, Pier Luigi Arnera, has leveled a fine of 500 euros against anyone who removes a crucifix from a public place.

Arnera explained that the displaying of the crucifix in “places other than churches does not affect the dignity of anyone, because it is one of our cultural references.” the rest

Explaining Away Mass Murder

November 13, 2009
Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- What a surprise -- that someone who shouts "Allahu Akbar" (the "God is great" jihadist battle cry) as he is shooting up a room of American soldiers might have Islamist motives. It certainly was a surprise to the mainstream media, which spent the weekend after the Fort Hood massacre downplaying Nidal Hasan's religious beliefs.

"I cringe that he's a Muslim. ... I think he's probably just a nut case," said Newsweek's Evan Thomas. Some were more adamant. Time's Joe Klein decried "odious attempts by Jewish extremists ... to argue that the massacre perpetrated by Nidal Hasan was somehow a direct consequence of his Islamic beliefs." While none could match Klein's peculiar cherchez-le-juif motif, the popular story line was of an Army psychiatrist driven over the edge by terrible stories he had heard from soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

They suffered. He listened. He snapped.

Really? What about the doctors and nurses, the counselors and physical therapists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who every day hear and live with the pain and the suffering of returning soldiers? How many of them then picked up a gun and shot 51 innocents? the rest

Military Charges Hasan With 13 Counts of Murder, Excludes Unborn Baby's Death

The Fort Hood double standard

UK: Outlawing 'gay hate' would create a thought crime

By Janet Daley
November 12th, 2009

The government is trying to pass a law on “homophobic hatred” by the end of this parliamentary session which would make it a crime to criticise homosexual conduct or practice. They are determined to overturn repeated attempts by the House of Lords to insert a “free speech” clause into the Bill which would distinguish between acts of discrimination or victimisation, and the mere utterance of disapproval or condemnation.

The distinction between words and acts is absolutely fundamental to a free society. There is no question that the persecution of minority groups can and should be unlawful: to make it illegal to carry out actions of this kind is the prerogative of a democratic legislature. But to declare the expression of thoughts or feelings illegal is something else altogether. Of course, there is an area where language and action overlap: we already outlaw speech when it is incitement to violence whether against groups or individuals. No additional legislation would be needed to prosecute someone who called for the murder of gays – or Jews or Muslims. (Indeed, precisely this question arose when the law against “religious hatred” was going through Parliament. The Lords did succeed in introducing a “free speech” clause to that Bill but there seems to be more resistance, perhaps surprisingly, to such an addition in the case of “homophobia”.) the rest

Canada: Catholic priest heads to the altar

Same-sex marriage 'a human right'
12th November 2009

Canada's first openly gay Catholic priest wants another milestone under his robe.
Father Karl Clemens is getting married Saturday to his partner, Nick.

Clemens says he'll be the first man of the Catholic cloth to enter into a same-sex marriage in Canada, and maybe even in North America.

"I'm not doing it to start a revolution, but if people want to exercise their right, and so forth, that's terrific," he told Sun Media yesterday. "I feel very strongly about it. the rest

RNC to opt out of abortion coverage


The Republican National Committee will no longer offer employees an insurance plan that covers abortion after POLITICO reported Thursday that the anti-abortion RNC's policy has covered the procedure since 1991.

"Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose," Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "I don't know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled."

Steele has told the committee's director of administration to opt out of coverage for elective abortion in the policy it uses from Cigna.

Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna, and two sales agents for the company said that the RNC’s policy covers elective abortion. the rest

More girls in India are refusing to become child brides

By Mark Magnier
November 13, 2009

Reporting from Mohammad Nagar Dhani, India - Her fate was all but sealed, the wedding bells ringing in her relatives' heads. Then the bride-to-be, a little girl playing in the dirt in this impoverished village, plucked up her courage and said, "I do not."

Roshan Bairwa, then 14, joined a growing number of girls defying the centuries-old tradition of child marriage in a country where nearly half of all women are married before their 18th birthday.

The British Raj tried to stamp it out. Mohandas Gandhi, himself a child groom, campaigned against it. The United Nations has condemned it. And in 2006, the Indian government explicitly banned it. the rest

Bush outlines vision for SMU institute

Nov. 12, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK — Education will be the first of four areas former President George W. Bush said his Dallas-based think tank will address.

Global health, human freedom and economic growth are the other focus areas, Bush said during a Thursday speech at Southern Methodist University.

The George W. Bush Institute will include an ongoing women's initiative that his wife will lead.

“I'm especially excited about the women's initiative,” Laura Bush said. “The women's initiative will focus on advancing social and economic opportunities for women and girls around the world. It will be integrated into every part of the institute's focus.”

The institute is set to begin in spring 2010 at SMU, Laura Bush's alma mater. the rest

Bush warns against federal control of private sector

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Devotional: My people shall be satisfied with my goodness...

My people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 31:14

Note the "my" which comes twice: "My people shall be satisfied with my goodness."

The kind of people who are satisfied with God are marked out as God's own. He is pleased with them, for they are pleased with Him. They call Him their God, and He calls them His people; He is satisfied to take them for a portion, and they are satisfied with Him for their portion. There is a mutual communion of delight between God's Israel and Israel's God.

These people are satisfied. This is a grand thing. Very few of the sons of men are ever satisfied, let their lot be what it may; they have swallowed the horse-leech, and it continually cries, "Give! give!" Only sanctified souls are satisfied souls. God Himself must both convert us and content us.

It is no wonder that the Lord's people should be satisfied with the goodness of their Lord. Here is goodness without mixture, bounty without stint, mercy without chiding, love without change, favor without reserve. If God's goodness does not satisfy us, what will? What! Are we still groaning? Surely there is a wrong desire within if it be one which God's goodness does not satisfy.

Lord, I am satisfied. Blessed be Thy name.
...CH Spurgeon

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Anglicans focus on home, and Rome

Friday, 13 November 2009
By Trevor Timpson BBC News

New rules on admission to the Roman Catholic Church have been hailed by some discontented Anglicans as an answer to their prayers. But not by all.

Anglicans in Sevenoaks, Kent, have given mixed reactions to the Apostolic Constitution published by the Vatican.

Since the Church of England first ordained women priests in the 1980s several hundred Anglicans have taken the road to Rome; many married Anglican priests have been ordained in the Roman Catholic church.

The Apostolic Constitution, holding out to Anglicans the prospect of their own hierarchies - "ordinariates" - within the Roman Catholic system, has led to predictions that whole congregations opposed to plans for women priests will leave the Church of England. the rest

U.K. Homosexualist Group: Public Sex is an Important Part of Gay Community

Monday November 9, 2009
By Patrick B. Craine

( - OutRage!, a militant U.K. homosexual 'rights' group, is insisting that homosexual sex in public places, a practice known as 'cruising,' should be tolerated by police. According to, a U.K. homosexual news source, the group has said that cruising is "an important part of the gay community and cannot be ignored," in the words of the reporter.

The canal area in Manchester has long been a popular spot for cruising, but PinkNews reports that the area has been built up, resulting in more complaints from local people. In response, the Manchester police have begun patrolling the area more diligently, and potential 'cruisers' are being warned that they could face arrest.

OutRage! is calling for a "sensible, long-term and fair approach" to the issue, recommending tolerated 'cruising areas.' the rest

Maine churches threatened with IRS complaints for supporting marriage

Question 1 opponents encourage frivolous attempts to revoke tax-exempt status; ADF standing ready with free legal assistance
Alliance Defense Fund
Thursday, November 12, 2009

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund are offering free legal assistance to Maine churches that become the targets of Internal Revenue Service complaints in the wake of Question 1. Question 1 opponents are actively encouraging their followers to report churches to the IRS in the wake of their unsuccessful effort to block voter approval of the measure, which restored the legal definition of marriage in the state to one man and one woman.

“Pastors and churches have a right to speak about biblical truths from the pulpit without fear of punishment. They can encourage their congregations to take a stand for marriage and can directly support legislative issues like Question 1 without running afoul of IRS rules,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “Groups that want to redefine marriage are intentionally threatening the tax-exempt status of churches through fear, intimidation, and disinformation to silence their voice. ADF will stand with these churches to defend their right to free speech and religious expression against these baseless scare tactics.” the rest

Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens even as Rep. Bill Owens is sworn into House seat

By Mark Weiner
The Post-Standard
November 12, 2009

Washington -- Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race in the 23rd Congressional District last week after receiving two pieces of grim news for his campaign: He was down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night, and he had barely won his stronghold in Oswego County.

As it turns out, neither was true.

But Hoffman’s concession -- based on snafus in Oswego County and elsewhere that left his vote undercounted -- set off a chain of events that echoed all the way to Washington, D.C., and helped secure passage of a historic health care reform bill. the rest

Fr. Nigel Update: Thursday, 8:38 AM

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Albany Intercessor

Fr. Nigel continues to make progress in amounts equal to a “mustard seed”. He is awake off and on and recognizes Lynn and is able to nod when asked a question. Because the sedation is still in the muscles and tissues and organs of his body, he has limited movement of his body but is able to squeeze Lynn’s hand. The nurses are moving his arms and legs to stimulate his limbs and get the oxygen and blood moving. His vitals are all steady and his temperature is normal – Praise the Lord!!

Please continue to pray for:

-Complete healing of his lungs so that the ventilator can be removed
-Flushing out of the sedation from his body so that he can regain movement and clear-headedness
-Strength for Fr. Nigel as he begins processing all that is happening around him
-Peace and strength for Lynn as she tends to Fr. Nigel, and for all of the Mumford family

Thank you all so much for your ever present prayers. It is through God’s Grace as He listens to your prayers that Fr. Nigel is where he is today.

Elizabeth Strickland

Archbishop Rowan: 'God knows what the future holds.'

Ruth Gledhill
November 12, 2009

The Archbishop of Canterbury has pleaded with the Church of England's Catholic Anglicans to remain in communion with Canterbury and resist joining the Pope's new Anglican Ordinariate. He referred to the 'chaotic and uncertain' future of the Anglican Communion but insisted that it was still possible to be holy, Catholic and Anglican.

Preaching at All Saints Margaret Street on All Saints' Day in a sermon just released to me today [family commitments meant I couldn't attend the service, to my great regret], Dr Rowan Williams made reverent reference to the relics of St Therese.

He said it was possible 'to lead lives of Catholic holiness even in the Communion of the See of Canterbury.' the rest

Archbishop Rowan Williams admits future of Anglicanism is 'chaotic'

Responses Varied as Vatican Offers Plan Details

Albert Mohler: Boys Wearing Skirts to School? What’s Going On?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Clothes are never a frivolity -- they always mean something." Thus spoke James Laver, a famous costume designer and interpreter of fashion. He is right, of course. Clothes always mean something, which is why The New York Times gave major attention to an issue facing many schools: "Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?"

The article, right on the front of the "Sunday Styles" section of the paper, announced, "When gender bends the dress code, high schools struggle to respond." The story reveals a confusion over gender that goes far beyond the dress code.

As Jan Hoffman reports, high schools generally have very specific rules about clothing these days. Boys are forbidden to wear muscle shirts and saggy pants, and girls cannot wear midriff-exposing tops or skirts that are too short. But what happens when a boy wants to wear a skirt? the rest

Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush

November 10, 2009

As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.


The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people. Read the whole story! image

Missing George W. Bush

Obama's muddled message at Fort Hood

Britons have more abortions than anywhere else in Europe as teen pregnancies drive rise

Britain has the highest number of abortions carried out than anywhere else in Europe, with teenage pregnancies driving the figures upwards.
12 Nov 2009

The country has for the first time overtaken France as the abortion capital of Europe - even though France has a population of 65m compared to Britain's approximate 59m - and now ranks fifth in the world behind Russia, the US, India and Japan.

Teenage pregnancy rates in Britain have increased by almost a third over the past decade with half of all pregnancies among girls who are under 18 now ending in a termination. the rest

Bacteria in intestines play role key role in weight gain, study finds

A high-fat, high-sugar diet alters the composition of bacteria in the gut, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it.
By Thomas H. Maugh II
November 12, 2009

A high-fat, high-sugar diet does more than pump calories into your body. It also alters the composition of bacteria in your intestines, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it, research in mice suggests. And the changeover can happen in as little as 24 hours, according to a report Wednesday in the new journal Science Translational Medicine.

Many factors play a role in the propensity to gain weight, including genetics, physical activity and the environment, as well as food choices. But a growing body of evidence, much of it accumulated by Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon of Washington University in St. Louis, shows that bacteria in the gut also play a key role.

Humans need such bacteria to help convert otherwise indigestible foods into digestible form. the rest

Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum

Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts
By Tim Craig and Michelle Boorstein
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city. the rest

R.I.’s Catholic Bishop Tobin welcomes tussles with politicians
Christians aren't supposed to be nice all the time

Anglican groups back Covenant draft

Thursday, 12th November 2009
By George Conger

The Church of Ireland, the American dioceses of Western Louisiana and South Carolina and the New Zealand dioceses of Christchurch and Nelson have endorsed the Ridley-Cambridge draft of the Anglican Covenant, joining Central Florida in backing the Archbishop of Canterbury’s plan for creating a structure to manage the divisions over doctrine and discipline dividing the Anglican Communion.

On Oct 24, a special convention of the Diocese of South Carolina approved a resolution by a margin of 88 to 12 per cent that “endorses” the Anglican Covenant “as it presently stands, in all four sections, as an expression of our full commitment to mutual submission and accountability in communion, grounded in a common faith.”

Delegates to the Oct 9-10 annual convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana also affirmed their support for the Covenant and backed Bishop Bruce MacPherson’s endorsement of the Anaheim Statement, which reaffirmed his commitment to remain part of the Anglican Communion and the Anglican Covenant process. the rest

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NY Gay "Marriage" Vote Delayed, but Senate Will Vote Before Year's End

Wednesday November 11, 2009
By James Tillman

ALBANY, NY, November 11, 2009 ( - The New York state senate will vote on legalizing homosexual "marriage" before the year's end, according to Democratic Governor David Paterson. Originally Paterson had hoped to have the Senate vote on same-sex "marriage" legislation during a special legislative session earlier this week - but that session got bogged down dealing with the state's deficit problems.

Accompanied by Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of the homosexualist Empire State Pride Agenda, Paterson announced yesterday evening that Senate leaders had agreed to a debate and vote on the marriage issue at "a date not certain between now and the end of the year."

The New York state assembly voted in May of this year to legalize homosexual "marriage," but since then attempts to bring the issue to a vote in the Senate have repeatedly stalled. the rest

Attacking the Catholic Church

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Hugh Hewitt

So what do President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid think about Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey's idea of stripping the tax exempt status from Catholic bishops with opinions on abortion contrary to those of the Democratic Party?

Politico has an enormous scoop here as the Democrats declare war on the Catholics. It should be gathering reactions from every corner of the Democratic Party, but especially such high profile pro-life Democrats as PA Senator Bob Casey and DNC Chair Tim Kaine.

And a quote from Bishop Thomas Tobin who penned the impressive open letter to Congressman Kennedy would be interesting, as would Congressman Kennedy's reaction to the Woolsey demand and the bishop's letter.

Hewitt Blog

GAFCON Primates statement on Vatican offer

November 10, 2009


We have received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter informing us of the Pope’s offer of an ‘Apostolic Constitution’ for those Anglicans who wish to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. We believe that this offer is a gracious one and reflects the same commitment to the historic apostolic faith, moral teaching and global mission that we proclaimed in the Jerusalem Declaration on the Global Anglican Future and for this we are profoundly grateful.

We are, however, grieved that the current crisis within our beloved Anglican Communion has made necessary such an unprecedented offer. It represents a grave indictment of the Instruments of Communion whose very purpose is to strengthen and protect our unity in obedience to our Lord’s clear command. Their failure to fully address the abandonment of biblical faith and practice by The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada has now brought shame to the name of Christ and seriously impedes the cause of the Gospel. the rest

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Devotional: In the name of Jesus Christ...

In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live - time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time for each other. ...Peter Marshall image by Kyle and Kelly Adams

An Episcopal Flock Breaks -- and Heals -- Apart

Two Factions in a Texas Diocese Parted Ways Over Different Beliefs, Leading to Lawsuits Over Property, and Now, for Some, Relief
NOVEMBER 10, 2009
Hurst, Texas

There is still talk of pain and loss. But not much of it.

Last November, the Episcopal diocese here in northeast Texas fractured over issues such as the ordination of women and gays, and the theology of salvation. A year later, both sides express one emotion above all: Relief.

The Episcopal Church, about two million strong, is the U.S. branch of the world-wide Anglican communion, which has about 80 million members. In the past few years, scores of individual churches and several entire dioceses have rejected the leadership of the national church and formed their own Anglican Church in North America, aligned with more conservative bishops in Africa and South America.

Complicating matters, the Vatican last month reached out to the disaffected faction in the U.S., offering to welcome them into the Roman Catholic fold. It was a dramatic gesture that seemed to further strain the already-divided Episcopal Church.

But at least here in the Fort Worth diocese, the pope's overture appears to have so far fallen flat. The reason? Life apart has left both sides surprisingly content. the rest

Former PP Director Describes Watching Unborn Child Struggle Before Being Aborted

Monday November 9, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert

BRYAN, Texas, November 9, 2009 ( - Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director who quit her job during this recent 40 Days for Life Campaign, this past weekend described to FOX Network host Mike Huckabee her conversion experience, which took place after watching a tiny unborn child struggle to escape the vacuum abortion that ultimately took its life.

Johnson's story has received wide attention since her dramatic conversion last month at the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic - the birthplace of the popular 40 Days for Life prayer campaign five years ago.

Johnson says that she was given her first opportunity to witness an abortion when she assisted at a rare ultrasound-guided abortion. As she watched the ultrasound video, she says she recognized the side profile of the 13-week-old child's face.

"I saw a full side profile, so I saw face to feet on the ultrasound machine," said Johnson. "I saw the probe going into the woman's uterus, and at that moment I saw the baby moving and trying to get away from the probe." the rest

Anglicans welcome offer from Rome

By Robert Pigott
Religious Affairs Correspondent
BBC News

The Vatican has published details of its plan to ease conversion for Church of England clergy unhappy about the ordination of women bishops.

The proposal offers them what amounts to their own dioceses within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican also said they could continue with Anglican traditions, such as some church services. the rest

Fr. Nigel Update Tuesday, 7:48 AM

Albany Intercessor
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Your prayers are reaching our Lord’s ears and He is blessing Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Thank you Lord God and we praise you! Although Fr. Nigel continues to be in critical condition, he is stable and is improving ever so slightly. Although he is still immobile, he is now making eye contact with Lynn and reacting with expression to her soft words. He continues to be on the ventilator but his oxygen numbers are steady while his lungs continue to heal. All of his vital signs are stable. This is truly wonderful news and an answer to all of your prayers.

Please continue to pray for healing of his lungs, protection for all of his organs, a clearing of all the sedation from his muscles and tissues, and an elimination of his fever and healing of whatever is causing it. Please also keep Lynn and all the Mumford family in your prayers.

Praise be to God, and thank you for your continuous prayers.

Beth Strickland

Jihadists in the Military

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
by Cal Thomas

By now, the script should be disturbingly familiar. Whether in the Middle East, or increasingly in America, a fanatical Muslim blows up or goes on a shooting spree, killing many. This is quickly followed by "condemnations" from "Muslim civil rights groups," like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We are then warned by the president and some newspaper editorials not to jump to conclusions, or to stereotype. Yasser Arafat wrote this script, which he used with great success throughout his bloody career as a terrorist.

Suddenly, the issue of gays in the military doesn't seem as important as jihadists in the military.

If you were an enemy of America, not only would you fight overseas and develop nuclear weapons (Iran), you would also engage in an even more effective strategy by striking at America's underbelly. This is our most vulnerable region because we now tolerate virtually everything, indulge in political correctness and subscribe to a bogus belief that if radical Islamists can see we mean them no harm, they will mean us no harm.

The federal government at all levels has hired and promoted Muslims to influential positions. the rest

Barney Frank: More People Need "Protection From Criminals" Than al-Qaeda

The appeal of Palin's pro-life message

Kathy Banaszak
Nov. 9, 2009

"There's just something about Sarah Palin." That's all Charlie Sykes had to say before the crowd went wild. The Milwaukee talk radio personality hosted a Wisconsin Right to Life fund-raiser headlined by the former Alaskan governer and GOP vice presidential candidate before a packed house at State Fair Expo Center on Friday.

The price of admission included a T-shirt that says it all: "America's Conservative Conscience." Palin made news recently for putting "principle over party," a radical notion for some. But "Going Rogue" (the name of her new book) is part of Palin's signature appeal to middle America. And middle America is definitely paying attention.

As for Palin's very public life choices, Sykes got it exactly right: "We are defined by the choices we make. We are also defined by the enemies we make." Sykes reminded everyone that Palin "thoroughly annoys the mainstream media." Don't forget political elites, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, to name a few more.
the rest

Way to Go, Planned Parenthood

UK: Church without a parish

First of new kind of church launched in Exeter
09 November 2009

THE country's first ever 'network' church has been formally approved in Exeter.

Exeter Network Church (ENC) is part of the Church of England but will be the first church in the country not to belong to a parish, or have parish responsibilities.

A new order authorising the church was only given national approval last year, and Exeter is the first place in the country to use the order.

Run by Jon and Jo Soper, the ENC draws together people through networks of relationships which stretch right across the city. the rest

Church Schism Paves Way for Female Priests

NOVEMBER 10, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- For three decades, a succession of conservative bishops here barred women from being ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church.

But the conservatives went their own way last fall, forming the Anglican Church in North America. And so on Sunday, exactly one year after that schism, Susan Slaughter will become the first woman in the Episcopal Church's Forth Worth diocese to don a red stole for ordination to the priesthood. the rest

PC users framed by virus collecting child porn


Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen.

Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal websites.

Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer and might not realize it until police knock at your door.

An Associated Press investigation found cases in which innocent people have been branded as pedophiles after their co-workers or loved ones stumbled upon child porn placed on a PC through a virus. the rest

Fate of Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Albany Unclear

November 8, 2009

After a major setback in Maine last week, gay rights advocates and their opponents are shifting their focus to New York, where Gov. David A. Paterson has called legislators to Albany on Tuesday and asked them to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Advocates on both sides of the issue lobbied senators over the weekend, but it was still unclear on Sunday whether the measure could attract the 32 votes needed in the State Senate for approval. (The Assembly has already passed the bill.)

Only three state legislatures nationwide have voted, without the intervention of the courts, to approve same- sex marriage. the rest

Monday, November 09, 2009

Devotional: I had to learn to take from Him...

I had to learn to take from Him my spiritual life every second, to breathe Himself in as I breathed, and breathe myself out. So, moment by moment for the spirit, and moment by moment for the body, we must receive. You say, "Is not that a terrible bondage, to be always on the strain?" What, on the strain with one you love, your dearest Friend? Oh, no! It comes so naturally, so spontaneously, so like a fountain, without consciousness, without effort, for true life is always easy, and overflowing. ...AB Simpson image by lizjones112

Vatican holds line on celibacy for Anglican rebels

From The Times
November 10, 2009
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Pope has made it as easy as possible for traditional and “continuing” Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism while retaining key elements of their ecclesiastical heritage.

The eagerly awaited Apostolic Constitution, published by the Vatican yesterday, will enable hundreds of thousands of disaffected Anglicans to become Catholics.

Married Anglican clergy will be allowed to train for the priesthood in seminaries set up within the new Anglican Ordinariates — as long as their marital state is not “irregular”. The constitution states that the admission of married men will be considered “on a case-by-case basis”.

It even allows for married Anglican bishops to be granted the status of retired Catholic bishops, to become members of the local Catholic bishops’ conference and to be granted permission to use the “insignia” of episcopal office, such as the mitre, pectoral cross and staff, by the Holy See in Rome. the rest

Southern Ohio to Allow Same-Sex Blessings

November 9, 2009

Two resolutions of the Episcopal Church’s 76th General Convention have prompted another bishop to grant permission for blessing same-sex couples.

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, announced to his diocese’s annual convention Nov. 6 that such blessings will begin as of Easter 2010.

“It is my view that the recent General Convention resolutions D025 and C056 have altered the terrain, by reasserting the possibility of godly unions between persons of the same sex, and by inviting bishops who have jurisdiction in states that have offered some form of civil union to gay and lesbian couples to exercise ‘pastoral generosity’ in offering the church’s public ministrations to such couples,” Bishop Breidenthal said in his address to the convention.

“In so doing, the Episcopal Church has effectively acknowledged that the godly union of two persons of the same sex — by which I mean the union of two persons who have vowed lifelong fidelity to one another, and accept accountability to the faith community as a faithful household — can be blessed by the church,” the bishop added. “I am convinced that in fairness to our fellow Episcopalians who have entered into such unions or who desire to do so, we must move deliberately toward the implementation of a policy that will permit and govern the blessings of such unions in Southern Ohio.” the rest

Albert Mohler: Moral Clarity and the Fall of the Wall

Monday, November 09, 2009

The twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is an important landmark in human history. That wall, one of history's most heinous symbols of oppression, stood for as a physical reminder of Communism's essence. The Wall was not built to keep invaders out, but to imprison a people within. In the singular interest of avoiding its own evacuation, the Soviet-backed government of the German Democratic Republic erected that wall and murdered those who attempted to cross it.

The passage of time is so swift that today's younger Americans are only dimly aware of the Wall, if at all. Their historical horizons collapse anything before their birth into ancient history. As with all historical losses, this one is costly. We must remember the Wall in all of its ugliness and murderousness. We must remember the gun towers and barbed wire, the broken glass and mines, the sight of human beings shot dead simply for seeking to flee a regime that crushed the human spirit.

History is never uncomplicated. Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, several insights come into focus. We now know that the Communist regimes of the Eastern Bloc had for some time been losing confidence and the will to maintain order by any and all means. The epic economic and social failures of Marxism were impossible to deny. Too many eyes had seen over the Wall, and denial of the obvious grew ever more costly. the rest image by onlinehero

Rise of French evangelicals puts secularism in a spin

Belief in the gospel truth is spreading.
November 8, 2009

AS THE piano strikes up, the congregation sways, fists in the air, murmurs of hallelujah punctuating the music. Pastor Franck Lefillatre, bathed in the spotlight on his podium, intones into a microphone.

''Let out the words that are in your heart,'' he urges. His whispers crescendo to booming rhetoric. Behind him, emblazoned in gold lettering, are the words: ''Jesus Christ: the same yesterday, today, eternally.''

As evangelical services go, this gathering on a rainy Sunday is nothing unusual. In countless churches across the US and many countries, it would be a staple means of Christian worship. the rest

In current real estate market, even God's House is for sale


A veil of white dust covers the organ, the pulpit and the pews at the Grand Lutheran Church in Fort Lauderdale, a house of God bought by developers who planned to raze it for townhouses.

Three years later, the steeple and stained glass still stand, and the developers are desperate to sell the church at 1801 NE 13th St. In a last-ditch marketing bid, they recently pitched signs that say, more or less, ``buy this church or we'll bulldoze it in 29 days.''

``I don't want to say it was a mistake, but churches are very difficult deals to move,'' said Danny Koplowitz, an investor in the property now listed for $3.25 million. the rest

Apostolic Constitution: married ex-Anglican bishops may keep insignia of episcopal office

By Damian Thompson
November 9th, 2009

I’m going to analyse the Constitution in detail later, but let me draw your attention to an intriguing detail which demonstrates just how far Rome is prepared to go to make special provisions for ex-Anglicans. Married ex-Anglican bishops will not be ordained Catholic bishops – but, if they become Ordinaries, they will be able to join Bishops’ Conferences with the status of retired bishops, and may be allowed to use “the insignia of the episcopal office”. This is from the Norms:

§1. A married former Anglican Bishop is eligible to be appointed Ordinary. In such a case he is to be ordained a priest in the Catholic Church and then exercises pastoral and sacramental ministry within the Ordinariate with full jurisdictional authority. the rest

Apostolic Constitution: the full text

Update on Fr. Nigel, Monday 11/09/09, 10:12 p.m.

Albany Intercessor

Fr. Nigel Mumford remains in critical condition on his 31st day in the hospital, but the good news is that your prayers are working! Although he is critical, he has improved slightly. Since his sedative has been eliminated, he is starting to awaken very slowly and his eyes are opening. He has been able to focus on Lynn and has even given her a slight smile, but then drifts off again. He is aware of his surroundings but his body is extremely weak.

His fever has been up and down, but it is lower today so your prayers are working against whatever is causing it -- thank you Lord for this healing.

Please pray for:

* protection against blood clots

* his lungs that they may heal so that he can be removed from the ventilator

* that his fever be back to normal and that the cause of the fever be eliminated

* a clearing of the medications from his muscles and tissues so that he can start to move again

* rest and strength for Lynn and all the Mumford family

We praise God for the healing that has taken place thus far. Your prayers are working so please keep them coming. May God bless and reward you for your faithfulness.

Elizabeth Strickland

We the people...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

CNY: U.S. Reps. Maffei, Arcuri, Owens vote for historic health care reform bill

By Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard
November 07, 2009

Washington -- Central New York’s three Democratic congressmen stood with their party Saturday night and voted for the landmark health care reform legislation that narrowly passed the House of Representatives.

The bill was approved at 11:16 p.m. by a vote of 220 to 215, with only one Republican supporting the legislation. A total of 39 Democrats split with their party and opposed the bill. Democrats needed 218 votes for passage.

Reps. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, and Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, had been undecided until Saturday about whether to join their Democratic leaders and support the legislation. the rest

Did the Democrats Hide a $283 Million Dollar Bribe in the Health Care Bill?

Albert Mohler: The Hypersocialized Generation

November 06, 2009

Jeffery Zaslow of The Wall Street Journal opens his article with the story of a 17-year-old boy sent to the vice principal's office after being caught sending text messages in class. The vice principal, Steve Gallagher, told the boy to pay attention to the teacher, not to his cellphone. Even as the boy nodded politely, Gallagher noticed something amiss -- the boy was texting about his discipline for being caught texting.

"It was a subconscious act," said Gallagher. "Young people today are connected socially from the moment they open their eyes in the morning until they close their eyes at night. It's compulsive." the rest image by kiwanja

Health care reform bill passes House without abortion

November 8, 2009
Headlines Examiner
Charisse Van Horn

Last night, the health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives without the inclusion of abortion. During heavy last minute debating, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sacrificed abortion gaining the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and many moderate pro-life Democrats. The change means that insurance companies that participate in the Health Insurance Exchange program will be prevented from covering abortions. the rest

Abortion foes voting 'yes' on health care bill were played