Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Coming Deficit Disaster

The president says he understands the urgency of our fiscal crisis, but his policies are the equivalent of steering the economy toward an iceberg.
NOVEMBER 20, 2009

President Barack Obama took office promising to lead from the center and solve big problems. He has exerted enormous political energy attempting to reform the nation's health-care system. But the biggest economic problem facing the nation is not health care. It's the deficit. Recently, the White House signaled that it will get serious about reducing the deficit next year—after it locks into place massive new health-care entitlements. This is a recipe for disaster, as it will create a new appetite for increased spending and yet another powerful interest group to oppose deficit-reduction measures.

Our fiscal situation has deteriorated rapidly in just the past few years. The federal government ran a 2009 deficit of $1.4 trillion—the highest since World War II—as spending reached nearly 25% of GDP and total revenues fell below 15% of GDP. Shortfalls like these have not been seen in more than 50 years.

Going forward, there is no relief in sight, as spending far outpaces revenues and the federal budget is projected to be in enormous deficit every year. Our national debt is projected to stand at $17.1 trillion 10 years from now, or over $50,000 per American. By 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis of the president's budget, the budget deficit will still be roughly $1 trillion, even though the economic situation will have improved and revenues will be above historical norms. the rest

Obamanomics 101
Presidents from Calvin Coolidge to John Kennedy to Ronald Reagan to George Bush understood that strong incentives are necessary to trigger rapid growth and hiring. Strong incentives, plus more investment in infrastructure, would no doubt have won the endorsement of Jim Owens of Caterpillar. He didn't get them from Obama, and my guess is he never will.

Pope and Anglican Primate meet for 20 minutes, say dialogue will continue

Vatican City
Nov 21, 2009

(CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI and the Anglican Primate Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, have agreed to maintain momentum in the ecumenical dialogue between the two churches despite the fact that the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus will imply the reception of some half a million Anglicans into the Catholic Church.

The Pope received Williams this Saturday morning, and according to a Vatican press release, "in the course of the cordial discussions attention turned to the challenges facing all Christian communities at the beginning of this millennium, and to the need to promote forms of collaboration and shared witness in facing these challenges."

The private meeting also “focused on recent events affecting relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, reiterating the shared will to continue and to consolidate the ecumenical relationship between Catholics and Anglicans," the press release said. the rest

Religious leaders vow civil disobedience on anti-life issues

Declaration opposes forced participation in any 'anti-life act'
Saturday, November 21, 2009
By Julia Duin

More than 150 leaders across a spectrum of conservative Christianity on Friday released a 4,700-word document vowing civil disobedience if they are forced to take part in "anti-life acts" or bless gay marriages.

Called the "Manhattan Declaration," the six-page, single-spaced document was drafted by Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, an evangelical, and Princeton University professor Robert P. George, a Roman Catholic, and included a bevy of Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox bishops, archbishops and cardinals as signatories along with dozens of clergy and laity. the rest

Britain: A Glimpse of America's Future?

By Dale Hurd
Thursday, November 19, 2009

LONDON, England - Former President Ronald Reagan said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'

Yet the size of America's government is exploding and if you want to see where big government will lead the U.S., take a look at Britain.

European Makeover

Wouldn't it be great if America was more like Europe? You might not think so, but someone in Washington, D.C. apparently does. Because a lot of the legislation going through Congress, if passed, could make America look a lot more like a European nation.

Such a scenario would include government-run health care, cap and trade energy rationing and a massive overall explosion of government, which means massive government spending, massive government debt, and massive government intrusion into your life. It sounds to some people like Britain. the rest

Friday, November 20, 2009

Devotional: It is not the distance...

It is not the distance of the earth from the sun, nor the sun's withdrawing itself, that makes a dark and gloomy day; but the interposition of clouds and vaporous exhalations. Neither is thy soul beyond the reach of the promise, nor does God withdraw Himself; but the vapours of thy carnal, unbelieving heart do cloud thee. ...John Owen image

Sen. Reid’s Government-Run Health Plan Requires a Monthly Abortion Fee

November 19th, 2009

Just like the original 2,032-page, government-run health care plan from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) massive, 2,074-page bill would levy a new “abortion premium” fee on Americans in the government-run plan.

Beginning on line 7, p. 118, section 1303 under “Voluntary Choice of Coverage of Abortion Services” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run health plan. Leader Reid’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions (line 13, p. 120).

What is even more alarming is that a monthly abortion premium will be charged of all enrollees in the government-run health plan. It’s right there beginning on line 11, page 122, section 1303, under “Actuarial Value of Optional Service Coverage.” The premium will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account – and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services. the rest

TEC litigation: “Handmaidens of Arbitrary Lawlessness”

A Critique and a Plea for Restraint
November 20, 2009
By Mike Watson

Reviewing litigation involving dioceses and parishes leaving the Episcopal Church (TEC) is not a joyous task, but a review of recent rulings suggests that current legal strategies are neither the best course nor necessary.

Essay at The Living Church

White House at odds with bishops over abortion

Nov 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is on a collision course with Catholic bishops in an intractable dispute over abortion that could blow up the fragile political coalition behind President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

A top Obama administration official on Thursday praised the new Senate health care bill's attempt to find a compromise on abortion coverage - even as an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Sen. Harry Reid's bill is the worst he's seen so far on the divisive issue.

The bishops were instrumental in getting tough anti-abortion language adopted by the House, forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to accept restrictions that outraged liberals as the price for passing the Democratic health care bill. Reid, D-Nev., now faces a similar choice: Ultimately, he will need the votes of Democratic senators who oppose abortion to get his bill through the Senate. the rest

Russian Priest Killed in Church

November 19, 2009

MOSCOW — The Rev. Daniil Sysoyev, a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church who was known for promoting missionary work among Muslims, was shot and killed in his parish church late Thursday night, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Father Sysoyev, 35, died at a Moscow hospital of gunshot wounds to the head and chest, RIA Novosti said. The Web site of the Moscow patriarchate confirmed his death. The parish’s choir director was wounded in the shootings at the Church of St. Thomas by the unidentified assailant.
A Moscow Patriarchate official called Father Sysoyev a “talented missionary” whose work among Muslims, including Tatars, might have been the motive for the shooting. the rest

Albert Mohler: The Blur of Gender

Is The New York Times Trying to Tell Us Something?
Friday, November 20, 2009

Is The New York Times trying to tell us something? Just eleven days after running a story on gender-bending teenagers on the front page of its "Style" section, the paper is back with yet another front page story in the same section, this time on gender-bending young adults. The articles even cite the same psychologist as authority. What's going on here?

On November 8, the paper ran an article, "Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?," that described cross-dressing among teenagers as a growing phenomenon. Reporter Jan Hoffman explained that "a growing number of teenagers have been dressing to articulate -- or to confound -- gender identity and sexual orientation." Hoffman's article focused on the challenge these teens present to public school officials, who must now deal with boys who want to wear makeup and skirts and girls who want to dress like male gang members.

Hoffman quoted Oakland, California psychologist Diane Ehrensaft, who said: "This generation is really challenging the gender norms we grew up with. . . . A lot of youths say they won't be bound by boys having to wear this or girls wearing that. For them, gender is a creative playing field." the rest

Lutherans second church to split over gays

By Julia Duin
November 19, 2009

Conservative members of America's largest Lutheran denomination announced that they are splitting from the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, making it the second mainline Protestant church to undergo a major schism over the issue of homosexuality and related matters of biblical authority.

The U.S. Episcopal Church has experienced a similar split, with whole dioceses attempting to leave, new Anglican churches formed and a series of property fights in the years since the 2003 consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, an 11-member steering committee of Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal), meeting in New Brighton, Minn., said it cannot remain inside the 4.7-million-member ELCA after the denomination agreed at its August churchwide assembly in Minneapolis to ordain partnered gay clergy.

That decision, CORE said in a statement, created "a biblical and theological crisis throughout the ELCA and conflict in local congregations." the rest

GetReligion: When Lutherans split

Fr. Nigel Update, Friday, 9:36 AM

Friday 11/20/09

Fr. Nigel Mumford continues in critical condition and will be considered critical until he is off the ventilator and is out of ICU, but he is stable which is very important. He is more alert every day and his sense of humor is evident even though he is hardly able to communicate. Lynn has become more adept at reading lips and although he doesn’t try to speak too often, when he does it is usually to express some pain that he is in or a physical need that he has, such as being cold or having an itch, etc. It’s hard to imagine, but he is still unable to reach up and scratch an itch on his nose, etc. He will be able to do that once he has regained his strength and the use of his muscles. I was told by a nurse that your muscles atrophy after one week of lying in bed without moving, and Fr. Nigel was lying there for 3 weeks without moving, so he has some real work to do to get his muscles back in shape.

All of his vital signs are normal, his fever is gone completely, and all of his organs are working well, with the exception of course of his lungs. Our Lord has certainly answered your prayers.

The doctor told Fr. Nigel yesterday that he had the Swine Flu and how close he was to death. After the shock of that, Fr. Nigel praised the Lord and thanked God for his recovery. He is more determined than ever to get better and get out of the hospital. Since yesterday was day 41, we likened his progress to his coming out of the desert. Fr. Nigel said that he realizes how "transforming" our God is. ( He actually mouthed that to Lynn!)

Please pray for:
The complete healing of Fr. Nigel’s lungs so that he can be removed from the ventilator

Regaining strength in his muscles

Freedom from any pain that Fr. Nigel is experiencing

Peace for Fr. Nigel during this difficult time of limited communication

Peace and strength for Lynn and the entire Mumford family

Thanks and Praise to our Lord for the healing that has taken place and for the healing that will take place in Fr. Nigel’s mind, body and soul. Thanks be to God for answering our prayers. Truly, our God is an awesome God!

From Elizabeth Strickland
Albany Intercessor

The Manhattan Declaration

Unprecedented coalition of religious leaders call Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom
November 2009
Washington D.C.,
Nov 20, 2009

(CNA).- An unprecedented coalition of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars has crafted a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. The declaration issues “a clarion call” to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not “under any circumstance” abandon their Christian consciences.

The statement, called “the Manhattan Declaration,” has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, and will be made fully public at a noon press conference in the National Press Club in Washington DC on Friday.

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right—and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation—to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” the statement says.
“We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral,” the signatories explain. the rest

The full document will be available Here following the press conference.

Signatories of the declaration include:
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia;
Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit;
Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver;
Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York;
Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.;
John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark;
John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis;
Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City;
Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville;
Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix;
Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs;
Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland;
Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Portland;
and David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh.

Other signatories include:
Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America;
Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria;
Jody Bottum, Editor of First Things;
Chuck Colson, Founder of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview;
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List;
Dr. James Dobson, Founder of Focus on the Family;
Dr. William Donohue, President of the Catholic League;
Most Rev. Robert Wm. Duncan, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America;
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, Founder and Editor of Ignatius Press;
Maggie Gallagher, President of Institute for Marriage and Public Policy;
Dr. Robert P. George;
Fr. Chad Hatfield, Archpriest of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary;
Jerry Jenkins, Chairman of the board of trustees for Moody Bible Institute;
Jim Kushiner, Editor of Touchstone;
Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC;
Rev. William Owens, Chairman of the Coalition of African-American Pastors;
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council;
Michael Timmis, Chairman of Prison Fellowship International;
Juan Valdes, Chaplain of Florida Christian School
and George Weigel, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Sign the Declaration

Added: Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues

Patriarch: JI Packer

In his ninth decade, J.I. Packer still points a distracted evangelicalism toward the right path
Warren Cole Smith
posted November 20, 2009

When theologian, teacher, and writer Dr. J.I. Packer reached his 80th birthday on July 22, 2006, his home church in Vancouver, British Columbia—St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church—honored him with a special celebration.

One after the other, friends from church and colleagues from nearby Regent College, where he has taught for three decades, spoke of Packer's impact on the evangelical movement and themselves. Several, referring to the great mentor in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, called Packer their own Gandalf.

But Packer, when it came his time to speak, gently protested. "I am no Gandalf," he said, his normally strong and clear voice choked with emotion. "I'm much closer to the lowly Sam." the rest

Archbishop: Women Clergy Need Not Divide Anglicans, Catholics

Fri, Nov. 20 2009
By Joshua Goldberg
Christian Post Reporter

The head of the worldwide Anglican Communion said Thursday that the issue of women priests and bishops need not divide Anglicans and Catholics.

In a candid speech at the Gregorian University in Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams said the Catholic Church’s historic prohibition against women in holy orders had become a “clear obstacle” to Catholic-Anglican unity.

And while he didn’t want to go through the arguments for and against the ordination of women, the Anglican leader challenged the Roman Catholic Church to consider how the prohibition against ordaining women enhances the life of communion and how its breach would compromise the purposes of the Church. the rest

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Devotional: The Servant Messiah...

The Servant Messiah carries out his ministry in the lives of his ministers. His life is reproduced in their lives, so they also are servants. But this ministry is exercised in and towards the Church, so as to enable the Church itself to carry out the ministry of the Servant. The Messiah came as a Servant; his ministers are servants; and the Church he created is a Servant-Church. ...Anthony T. Hanson image

Anglican leader urges 'convergence' with Catholics

Posted November 19, 2009

ROME — Church of England leader Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, said Thursday the "glass is half-full" in relations with the Catholic Church despite strains over a Vatican overture to disaffected Anglicans.

Speaking ahead of a meeting Saturday with Pope Benedict XVI, who last month approved a new structure for allowing groups of Anglicans into the Catholic fold, Williams said the two churches had "unfinished business" to resolve, but that "the ecumenical glass is genuinely half-full."

"The strong convergence... about what the Church of God really is, is very striking," he said in a lecture at Rome's Gregorian University, questioning "whether this unfinished business is as fundamentally church-dividing as our Roman Catholic friends generally assume and maintain." the rest

Islamic Terrorist Nidal Hasan on Presidential Task Force

November 18, 2009
Lance Fairchok

The news that Dr. Nidal Hasan served on a Presidential Transition task force and helped set national security priorities continues to be ignored by the media. It reveals the extent to which political ideology has crippled common sense in the conduct of national security affairs, leaving us vulnerable to our sworn enemies.

In the proceedings report for the Presidential Transition Task Force entitled, "Thinking Anew -- Security Priorities for the Next Administration," in APPENDIX C Task Force Event Participants, on page 29, we find the name of Nidal Hasan, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. This is the same Nidal Hasan, Major, US Army, who murdered and maimed fellow soldiers at Ft Hood. This is the same Nidal Hasan who had been spouting Jihadist rhetoric and defending radical Islam for years without disciplinary action or censure. This is the same Nidal Hasan who communicated with Islamic radicals and was tracked by the FBI.

Political correctness and group exceptionalism let him, and probably others, skip by. Fear of the never materializing "backlash" against Muslims just because a few radicals kill people results in de-facto blinders. If he were a member of a militia however, he would have been out. The DOD's security clearance questionnaire asks about militia membership, but not a peep about radical or violent Islamic groups. the rest

How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas

By Mail Foreign Service
18th November 2009

Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, 'Germanic' cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.

The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler's Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition.

Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German Christmas ornaments.
She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration. the rest

British Government Sues Itself to Hide Number of Abortions on Disabled Babies

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 16, 2009

London, England ( -- In a bizarre move that will cost British taxpayers thousands of dollars, the government has sued itself in order to hide the number of abortions done on babies with very mild physical disabilities. The pro-life movement in England has been trying to force the government to reveal the number of those abortions.

Last month, the Information Tribunal issued a landmark Freedom of Information Act ruling upholding a previous ruling by the Information Commissioner in favor of the Pro-Life Alliance's bid to disclose the abortion figures.

Now, the Department of Health is taking the Information Tribunal to court in an attempt to prevent the publication of stats on babies who are aborted, such as those who merely have a cleft palate. the rest

AP Turns Heads for Devoting 11 Reporters to Palin Book 'Fact Check'

Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the Associated Press' treatment of Palin's book seems an unprecedented move at the wire service
by Robert Shaffer
November 18, 2009

Sarah Palin is no normal politician, and at the Associated Press, apparently "Going Rogue" is no normal book.

When the former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages.

The AP claims Palin misstated her record with regard to travel expenses and taxpayer-funded bailouts, using statements widely reported elsewhere. But it also speculated into Palin's motives for writing "Going Rogue: An American Life," stating as fact that the book "has all the characteristics of a pre-campaign manifesto."

Palin quickly hit back on a Facebook post titled "Really? Still Making Things Up?" the rest

A Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life
First Things
November 2009

In 1994, after intense study, discussion, and prayer, we issued a statement titled “Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium.” In 1997, we bore common witness to “The Gift of Salvation,” underscoring God’s unmerited justification of sinners because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and our only hope of salvation. In our third statement, “Your Word is Truth” (2002), we affirmed a convergence in our understanding of the transmission of God’s saving Word through Holy Scripture and tradition, which is the lived experience of the community of faith under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In 2003, we addressed “The Communion of Saints,” in which we confessed that our communion with Christ means that we are in a certain, albeit imperfect, communion with one another in his body, the Church. “The Call to Holiness” in 2005 lifted up our common participation in the life-transforming love of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The statement “That They May Have Life” (2006) set forth the Christian mandate, based on biblical authority and clear reason, for the protection of innocent human life from conception to natural death.

In the present statement we turn our attention to the Virgin Mary as an example of God’s saving grace, the divinely chosen mother of our Lord and a model of discipleship. As in previous statements, we wish to emphasize that we speak from and to, not for, our several communities, and that we are determined honestly to engage differences between our communities, recognizing that the only unity pleasing to God, and therefore the only unity we may seek, is unity in the truth.


The Right of Conscience in the Age of Obama

By Daniel Allott & Matt Bowman
November 2009

"Conscience is the most sacred of all property." --James Madison

Nurse Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo winced as the doctor inserted forceps into his patient's dilated cervix and pushed them deep into her uterus. Then she stood shocked as he carefully plucked, piece by piece, parts of the patient's unborn child, pulling them back through the cervix and vagina, and ultimately placed them in a specimen cup. DeCarlo then was required to pour saline into the cup and deliver the bloody body parts to the specimen room.

On May 24, DeCarlo, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was forced to participate in the killing of a 22-week-old unborn child by dismemberment. As she began her shift that morning, a superior informed her that she needed to assist in the late second-term abortion. DeCarlo protested that as a practicing Catholic, she had strongly held religious beliefs against killing unborn children.

Though she had repeatedly and in writing made her belief known to hospital administrators since she was hired five years earlier, DeCarlo was told on that day that if she did not participate, she would be charged with "insubordination and patient abandonment." That meant she might lose her job or her nursing license or both. Despite repeated tearful pleas, DeCarlo was refused. The next day, DeCarlo called the Alliance Defense Fund, which has filed a federal lawsuit on her behalf. the rest

Called to the Holy Mountain: The Monks of Mount Athos

By Robert Draper
December 2009

The holy peninsula of Mount Athos reaches 31 miles out into the Aegean Sea like an appendage struggling to dislocate itself from the secular corpus of northeastern Greece. For the past thousand years or so, a community of Eastern Orthodox monks has dwelled here, purposefully removed from everything except God. They live only to become one with Jesus Christ. Their enclave—crashing waves, dense chestnut forests, the specter of snowy-veined Mount Athos, 6,670 feet high—is the very essence of isolation.

Living in one of the peninsula's 20 monasteries, dozen cloisters, or hundreds of cells, the monks are detached even from each other, reserving most of their time for prayer and solitude. In their heavy beards and black garb—worn to signify their death to the world—the monks seem to recede into a Byzantine fresco, an ageless brotherhood of ritual, acute simplicity, and constant worship, but also imperfection. There is an awareness, as one elder puts it, that "even on Mount Athos we are humans walking every day on the razor's edge." the rest image

Australia: Church of Scientology accused of torture and forced abortions

From The Times
November 19, 2009

The Church of Scientology faces the prospect of a police investigation in Australia after being accused of torture and embezzlement and of forcing employees to have abortions.

Nick Xenophon, an independent senator, presented letters to the Australian Parliament from seven former Scientologists which he said showed that the secretive church was a front for physical violence, intimidation and blackmail.

“I am deeply concerned about this organisation and the devastating impact it can have on its followers,” he told the Australian Senate in Canberra. He called for a Senate inquiry. the rest

Man arrested for 'anti-Christian' mall disturbance

Kiosk employee allegedly tore a crucifix from someone's neck
by Emily West
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Police arrested 22-year-old Abdul Walid Hamid of Hayward on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4, after he reportedly tore a crucifix from a person's neck and scared others at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Hamid, an employee at a mall kiosk near Starbucks, has been charged with battery, terrorist threats and grand theft.

According to reports, Hamid was yelling "Allah is power" and "Islam is great" while holding a pen in a fist over his head. Witnesses said he shouted anti-Christian comments, said police. the rest

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Devotional: Communion with God...

Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other need: prayer is the beginning of that communion, and some need is the motive of that prayer...So begins a communion, a talking with God, a coming-to-one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer, yea, of existence itself in its infinite phases. We must ask that we may receive; but that we should receive what we ask in respect of our lower needs, is not God's end in making us pray, for He could give us everything without that: to bring His child to His knee, God withholds that man may ask. ...George Macdonald image by The Wandering Angel

Theologian J.I. Packer shares thoughts on "Knowing God"

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009
McClatchy Newspapers

It's been a good year for J.I. Packer, one of the world's best-known theologians. In March, the Anglican pastor and Regent College professor won Bible of the Year and Book of the Year honors for editing the English Standard Version Study Bible. He also released two of his own books - "Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight," in June, and a yearlong devotional using his seminal work, "Knowing God," due out later this month.

Packer, listed as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, sat down with The (Modesto) Bee at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas earlier this year to talk on a wide range of subjects, from growing up in England to C.S. Lewis' impact on his life to becoming embroiled in the Anglican/Episcopal dispute. Here's what he had to say:

Q: How old are you?

A: 82. You know, the Bible doesn't have the word "retirement" and it doesn't even have the words "slow down."

Q: When you were a young lad in England, what did you think you would be when you grew up?

A: A teacher. Not because I knew anything about the various professional possibilities, but because my mother had been a teacher and a very good one. I know now that if I'd been properly assessed in terms of potential - none of that was done in the 1930s and the early 1940s - I'm sure I should have been a lawyer. I think I could have practiced law quite efficiently and with sufficient interest to guarantee competence. But at age 18, I became a believer, and the Lord said something different that I had never thought about before.

the rest

New Lutheran body to form after gay pastor vote

posted November 18,2009

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. — The split over gay clergy within the country's largest Lutheran denomination has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Leaders of Lutheran CORE said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by next August.

"There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened," said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa.

At its annual convention in Minneapolis in August, ELCA delegates voted to lift a ban that had prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian pastors from serving as clergy. The new policy, expected to take effect in April, will allow such individuals to lead ELCA churches as long as they can show that they are in committed, lifelong relationships.

Opponents, led by Lutheran CORE, said that decision is in direct contradiction to Scripture. the rest

A.S. Haley: Appellate Court Stays Proceedings in Ft. Worth

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Court of Appeals for the Second District in Fort Worth, Texas has issued an order staying all further proceedings in the trial court in Tarrant County between Bishop Edward Gulick's rump "diocese" of Fort Worth and ECUSA, on the one side, and Bishop Jack L. Iker and his co-trustees of the Diocesan Corporation of Fort Worth on the other side. The order (which has been posted at the Diocese's Website) comes in response to a petition for writ of mandate filed by Bishop Iker's attorneys (copy also downloadable from the previous link), following the order signed by Judge Chupp after the oral arguments I described in this post, followed by this post, and then this one. Although by no means a definitive indication of the Court of Appeal's sentiments in this matter, the order recites the following basis for its issuance:

The court has considered relators' [Bishop Iker et al.] petition for writ of mandamus and motion for stay and is of the tentative opinion that relators are entitled to relief or that a serious question concerning the relief requires further consideration.

This cannot be good news for the ECUSA forces. If you recall, they have been trying the "Potemkin Plan" strategy in the trial court, with only moderate success thus far. the rest

Appellate Court order (pdf)
Petition for Writ of Mandamus (pdf)

New Hampshire committee rejects assisted suicide bill

November 10, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to legalize assisted suicide in New Hampshire lost key backing Tuesday from a legislative committee when both supporters and opponents joined forces to reject it.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 14-3 against the bill that would let terminally ill patients over age 18 obtain lethal prescriptions, with safeguards to prevent abuses.

Supporters of assisted suicide said the bill was flawed and teamed up with opponents to vote against recommending the measure to the full House. The committee has been working on the bill since September. the rest

GQ Names Obama ‘Leader of the Year’

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

GQ will name Barack Obama
leader of the year in their December issue.

Most Americans Against Abortion Coverage in Health Care Bill

By Nathan Black
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Nov. 18 2009

Recent polls reveal that the majority of Americans oppose federal funding for health care plans that pay for abortions.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Wednesday, found that 61 percent of the public is against the use of federal money for abortions for women who can not afford the procedure. Also, 51 percent say women who get abortions should pay the full costs out of their own pocket, even if they have private health insurance and no federal funds are involved.

On Tuesday, a CBS News poll showed 56 percent of Americans think federal subsidies for health care plans should not be allowed to pay for abortions.

Both polls were conducted over the weekend with more than 1,000 adult Americans. the rest

Prayer for Fr. Nigel Mumford

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It is apparent to a number of our intercessors that there are serious spiritual warfare issues in Fr. Nigel's prolonged illness. Fr. Nigel's ministry has taken him onto many battlefields with "principalities and powers". Because of this I ask you to pray this blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:

May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with Nigel in his going out and his coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.

May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver Nigel from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver Nigel.

And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with Nigel this day and always. Amen.

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Finding religion at the truck stop

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
By Karen Goldberg Goff
Carlisle, Pa.

There are no church bells ringing at Truckstop Ministries near Carlisle, Pa. The call to worship is chaplain Dave Hershey walking through the parking lot of a Pilot truck stop on a Sunday morning, inviting any trucker he sees to join the group for the 11 a.m. service.

"As an evangelist, that is what I do," says Mr. Hershey, whose enthusiasm, bordering on frenetic energy, is at least piquing the interest of some who otherwise might have slept in on the traditional day of rest. "A trucker in the window to me is an open door. Everyone's welcome, but I don't want to force anything. I want to show I can help them." the rest

Mammography outcry points to trouble for healthcare reform

Some Republicans say the new recommendations are an example of 'rationing' that would take place under Obama's plan to save money by basing treatment on experts' advice.
By Noam N. Levey
November 18, 2009
Reporting from Washington

A core tenet of the healthcare overhaul President Obama is pushing through Congress is that medical care can be improved -- and costs contained -- if the country relies more on experts to determine which procedures and treatments work best.

But Monday's mammography report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force delivered a swift and stark reminder that few ideas are more explosive in healthcare. the rest

Swiss Government Tries to Stop 'Suicide Tourists'

By Helena Bachmann
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

As a maxillofacial surgeon, Jerome Sobel has brought a smile — literally — to hundreds of patients' faces. But the Lausanne physician has a second job that is far more somber: helping terminally ill people end their lives. Sobel is president for French-speaking Switzerland's chapter of EXIT, an assisted-suicide organization that provides a lethal dose of barbiturates to terminally ill patients who want to end their life.

But Sobel may soon have less to do in that second job. The Swiss government, concerned that Switzerland is becoming a destination for "suicide tourism," wants to tighten its decades-old assisted-suicide law, considered to be the most liberal of its kind in the world. As it stands, the legislation permits assisted suicide if a physician is convinced that the patient has no chance of recovery, that he or she is mentally and physically capable of making the decision to die and that the patient administers the drug — about 10 grams of sodium pentobarbital mixed with a fruit juice — in a private residence. (If a third party administers the drug, the act is considered active euthanasia, which remains illegal in Switzerland, though not in the Netherlands or Belgium.)
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Carrie Prejean, Sexting and a Lost Generation

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
by Rebecca Hagelin

Carrie Prejean is, in many ways, representative of today's young women.

Her generation is "star struck", into all-things Hollywood, and programmed to use their bodies and sexual power to get ahead.

In other ways, Carrie is remarkably different from her peers: She is "coming of age" in front of the entire world, with an army of enemies determined to seize upon her every error in order to destroy her. Young, beautiful "stars" are not allowed to challenge the status-quo and speak their own minds. If you want the fame and fortune that Tinseltown offers, you must play their game. Or else. the rest image

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PA: Bethlehem Bishop Approves Same-Sex Blessings

November 17, 2009
The Living Church

Priests in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Pa.) may now provide church blessings of same-sex couples. The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop of Bethlehem, announced his decision in a Nov. 16 email message to clergy.

Without mentioning Resolution C056 specifically, the bishop wrote that General Convention “empowered bishops to make ‘Generous Provision’ regarding pastoral and liturgical ministry to same-sex couples.”

Bishop Marshall wrote that such blessings should occur in church and that the Holy Eucharist should be celebrated when that’s appropriate. Other requirements are similar to those for couples preparing for marriage: One person must be a baptized Christian and the couple should receive counseling.

The bishop cautioned his priests not to confuse blessings and marriage rites. the rest

Update on Fr. Nigel, Tuesday 11/17/09, 9:51 AM

From Elizabeth Strickland
Albany Intercessor

Fr. Nigel Mumford continues to be in critical condition but he also continues to be stable. Although there are only a few of his family and clergy who are able to visit Fr. Nigel because he is still in ICU and he is “isolated” to prevent any further infection, he recognizes them readily.

His oxygen numbers are slowly being reduced (which means he is becoming less dependent on the machine) – Our God hears our prayers- Thank you God.

He is getting physical therapy (PT) each day to help initiate movement in his arms and legs, which of course have lost their muscle since he has been immobile for such a long period of time. This will take some time and a lot of PT to get him built up again. The PT takes a lot of energy and saps his strength. Since Fr. Nigel is still not able to talk because of the ventilator, he is quite frustrated when trying to get a point across. So please pray for his patience with that and with his inability to move his arms or legs on his own. I find that imagining what that must be like helps in my prayers.

Please pray for:
-Immediate healing for his lungs so that he can be removed from the ventilator
-Stamina and strength so that Fr. Nigel can start to rebuild his muscles
-God’s Peace to ward off frustration
-Fr. Nigel to focus on Christ and His healing touch

Blessings to you all for your perseverance in prayer! Our Lord is listening- Thanks and Praise to our Lord!

Jobs 'Saved or Created' in Congressional Districts That Don't Exist

Human Error Blamed for Crediting New Stimulus Jobs to Nonexistent Places
Nov. 16, 2009

Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified. the rest

No room for compromise in the Anglicans' divided flock

Michael Brown
17 November 2009

THE Church of England was born in compromise. Or so it says in the preface to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Its ability to compromise is its "wisdom", say the preface's compilers.

But where is that wisdom now? Has it fled through the stained glass windows?

It emerged this weekend that the Church of England's traditionalist clergy and lay people have been snubbed after a compromise – that word again – deal over women bishops was jettisoned. the rest

Government slammed for trying to stifle free speech

Monday, 16 November 2009

A national newspaper columnist has welcomed the retention of a free speech protection in the ‘homophobic hatred’ offence, and criticised the Government for trying to remove it.

Philip Johnston, writing in The Daily Telegraph, said that Lord Waddington’s free speech clause, which makes clear that criticising homosexual conduct is not, in itself, a crime, is a “basic restatement of freedom of expression”.

On Wednesday the House of Lords voted in supoport of the clause by 179 votes to 135. In the House of Commons the next day Justice Secretary Jack Straw accepted the Lords vote.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said the Government was “very disappointed” at this outcome, but Mr Johnston praised it as an “important blow for free speech”. the rest

The genesis of the Anglican Ordinariate

Tuesday, 17th November 2009
By Ruth Gledhill

When it became clear, despite denials from some in Rome and London, that the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission was dead, a new body, the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission was set up.

Two years ago, its first report, Growing Together, came out. In the light of what has happened now, I've been re-reading the Church Society analysis, and it is fascinating. Is it fanciful to suggest that the Apostolic Constitution and Anglican Ordinariate were prefigured here in the IARCCUM report in some respects?

In their paper of the time, the Church Society wrote: “It appears that the report was leaked and Ruth Gledhill reported in The Times that Anglicans were preparing to accept the primacy of the pope. This is a typical piece of over-reporting since even amongst liberals there are still major problems with the papacy but the report does make grim reading. As a result of the news stories the full report has been released.
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"Fool for Christ" Michele Bachmann: The new wave of female firebrands striking fear into liberal America

Right-wing radicals are already pinning presidential ambitions on a mother-of-five from Minnesota who calls herself a 'fool for Christ' and condemns Obama as a socialist at the head of a gangster regime
Paul Harris in New York
Sunday 15 November 2009

She is a striking brunette with a decidedly outspoken attitude. She lambasts President Barack Obama as a socialist and has become the darling of America's right-wing activists who flock to her appearances. She is hated by liberals and loved by conservatives.

Sarah Palin? Not quite. Meet Michele Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota who is being hailed as a new and increasingly powerful voice in American politics.

Bachmann, at 53, is a darling of the so-called Tea Party movement, which has campaigned vociferously against healthcare reform, the economic stimulus package and legislation to combat climate change. Her followers have been behind mass rallies in Washington and smaller ones all over the country. She has emerged as one of the most visible politicians in America, frequently appearing on the conservative Fox News channel, whose hosts often champion her causes.

She is part of an increasingly visible "female brand" of conservatism that is rising in America in the wake of the election of Obama. They include notable syndicated commentators such as Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, whose dislike for liberals has grown ever more shrill in recent months. And, of course, Palin herself. She is still a giant of the political and media landscape and next week embarks on a book tour to sell her autobiography. It has already sparked a media frenzy, with a heavily hyped appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show, and become a huge bestseller on pre-orders alone. the rest image

Ireland’s Catholic Church down to one priest per parish

Monday, November 16, 2009

There are barely enough priests to preach in Dublin's 199 parishes.

According to Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who spoke about the challenges the Church faces at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral on Saturday, “We have 46 priests over 80 and only two less than 35 years of age. In a very short time we will just have the bare number of priests required to have one active priest for each of our 199 parishes."

Highlighting that an aging clergy was the biggest challenge the Church faced, he said that priests over 70 years of age outnumbered priests under 40 by 10 to one. the rest

Abortion Rates and Voting Behavior

By Michael Barone
November 16, 2009

One of the consequences of the deep recession of 2007–2009, and of the high unemployment rate which threatens to become semi-permanent, is the eclipse of abortion as a political issue. Over a period of three decades abortion was a staple of political discourse, often to the discomfort of politicians. The irony is that it need not have been a national political issue at all. When the Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade in January 1973, 16 states with 41 percent of the nation’s population had in the previous five years liberalized their abortion laws, including California (where the legislation was signed by Governor Ronald Reagan) and New York. Three-quarters of Americans lived within 100 miles of a state where abortion was generally available. At that moment in 1973, legislatures in almost every state were beginning their sessions; some of them in other states would surely have liberalized their abortion laws. We would have ended up with an abortion regime like that in Europe, where abortion is widely available but subject to certain restrictions of the sort that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.

The abortion issue was nettlesome to many politicians in the 1970s because it split both party’s coalitions. In my home state of Michigan, the leading proponent of abortion rights was Governor William Milliken, a Republican of considerable personal wealth and a graduate of Yale. The leading opponent of abortion rights was state House Speaker William Ryan, a Catholic and supporter of labor unions whose home in Detroit was next door to a nunnery. In a state like Iowa, where Catholics were a major source of Democratic support, the abortion issue caused many of them to vote Republican, which led to the defeat of Democratic Senator Dick Clark in 1978 and his Democratic colleague John Culver in 1980. the rest

Dems may lose Catholics over abortion


By teeing up a public battle over abortion in the health care bill now before the Senate, congressional Democrats could be risking more than just the fate of the legislation.

Hanging in the balance are millions of Catholic swing voters who moved decisively to the Democrats in 2008 and who could shift away just as readily in 2010.

According to exit polls, President Barack Obama won the support of 53 percent of Catholic voters, a seven-point increase over the showing of the Democrats’ 2004 nominee, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a Catholic. Among Latino Catholics, who are often more conservative than their white counterparts on social issues, Obama did even better, winning more than two-thirds of their support, a 14-point improvement over Kerry’s totals, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. the rest

Abortion clause raises problems for Obama

ELCA Churchwide Budget Reduced, Staff Positions Eliminated

November 16, 2009

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) acted Nov. 15 to reduce the 2010 churchwide current fund spending authorization by nearly $7.7 million, 10 percent less than the budget authorized by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly. The council's action eliminated 40.75 full-time equivalent positions, of which six were vacant.

The Church Council is the ELCA's board of directors and serves as the legislative authority of the church between churchwide assemblies. It met here Nov. 13-15.

The action reduced the current fund spending authorization for 2010 to $69,022,800. The 2009 assembly authorized $18.7 million in World Hunger spending for 2010, which was unchanged.

Nearly all churchwide units were affected by staff reductions or reassignments of staff, said the Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for administration, in a report to the council. She said 23 executive staff positions and 18 support staff positions were eliminated. To respect their privacy, the names of people affected by the reductions will not be made public by the churchwide organization, Bullock said. the rest

Former Gay Youth Leader Re-Emerges to Tell His Dramatic Conversion Story

By Patrick B. Craine
November 11, 2009

( - Two years ago Michael Glatze sent shockwaves through the homosexualist establishment when he declared publicly that he had left his life as a prominent homosexual activist, become Christian, and embraced "normal human sexuality."

However, after being subjected to intense criticism and ridicule following his conversion, Glatze decided to "go inside," "be silent," and "process" for a time, but now says he feels compelled to share his story anew. In an interview with (LSN), Glatze said that, far from reverting back to his old lifestyle (as many of his critics in the homosexual community said he would) he is "extremely happy, and able to have a very good, normal, healthy life."

Glatze started identifying as homosexual at 20. After that he went on to found a popular homosexualist youth magazine - Young Gay America - in his early 20s, and had become a nationally-recognized media source on homosexual issues by 30. the rest

Muslims attack Christian worship service in Uganda


According to a November 10 report from Compass Direct, approximately 40 Muslims armed with machetes and clubs attacked the World Possessor's Church International in Namasuba, just outside the capital city of Kampala, Uganda, on November 1 while believers were holding a worship service, reports Voice of the Martyrs Canada. When the church members heard the Muslims outside, they gathered at the front door to try to prevent them from entering.

Some Christians were able to escape through the church's rear door. When the Muslims noticed one of the Christians taking photographs of them, they beat him severely. Nearby residents eventually arrived on scene and helped the Christians ward off their attackers. When police arrived, they assisted in stopping the assault but made no arrests.
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French Judge Finds Hospital Guilty of "Unreasonable Obstinacy" in Saving Newborn's Life

Monday November 16, 2009
By Patrick B. Craine
ORANGE, France

( - A hospital in the south of France has been found guilty of taking excessive measures when they successfully revived a newborn baby that had been declared stillborn. The case was brought by the parents, who are seeking 500,000 euros in damages.

The baby was born in an Orange hospital on December 14, 2002. The baby's heartbeat had dropped during delivery, and the baby seemed to be dead upon birth. After twenty-five minutes of attempted resuscitation, the gynecologist informed the parents that the baby was dead, but staff continued their efforts and the heartbeat returned. The baby has since suffered severe mental and physical disabilities due to the trauma.

The parents' lawyer, Alexandre Berteigne, told that he was pleased with the decision, which he says is unprecedented in France. "For the first time, a tribunal recognizes that a life without consciousness is not a life," he said. He accused the hospital of having "forced to revive a child." the rest

Monday, November 16, 2009

Devotional: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper...

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. Isaiah 54:17

There is great clatter in the forges and smithies of the enemy. They are making weapons wherewith to smite the saints. They could not even do as much as this if the Lord of saints did not allow them; for He has created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. But see how busily they labor! How many swords and spears they fashion! It matters nothing, for on the blade of every weapon you may read this inscription: It shall not Prosper.

But now listen to another noise: it is the strife of tongues. Tongues are more terrible instruments than can be made with hammers and anvils, and the evil which they inflict cuts deeper and spreads wider. What will become of us now? Slander, falsehood, insinuation, ridicule-these are poisoned arrows; how can we meet them? The Lord God promises us that, if we cannot silence them, we shall, at least, escape from being ruined by them. They condemn us for the moment, but we shall condemn them at last and forever. The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped, and their falsehoods shall be turned to the honor of those good men who suffered by them. ...CH Spurgeon
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Canada: General Synod management explains impact of 2010 budget to staff

Leigh Anne Williams
Staff writer
Nov 16, 2009

Following the Council of General Synod’s approval of the 2010 budget, which included a $450,000 reduction in operating costs, staff at the General Synod’s offices in Toronto met with management to hear about the impact, including staffing cuts.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, explained that costs such as meetings, travel and some programs have been reduced “across the board.” However, in order to meet the commitment of reducing the deficit to $500,000 in 2010, staffing cuts -- the equivalent of 6.5 full time positions – will also be made.

(The budget goal is to completely eliminate deficits by 2012. Last year, the management team, advised by the Financial Management and Development Committee, unveiled a plan to steadily reduce deficits to $800,000 in 2009, to $500,000 in 2010, to $100,000 in 2011, then down to zero in 2012.) the rest

Israel displays coins from ancient Jewish revolt

Nov 11, 2009

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel displayed for the first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago.

About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of the exhibition.

The Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire and took over Jerusalem in A.D. 66. After laying siege to Jerusalem, the Romans breached the city walls and wiped out the rebellion, demolishing the Jewish Temple, the holiest site in Judaism. the rest

Nation's largest gay newspaper publisher closes

Monday November 16, 2009
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation's largest publisher of newspapers serving the gay and lesbian community has shut down.

Laura Douglas-Brown, editor of Southern Voice newspaper in Atlanta, said she arrived at work Monday to find the locks changed and a note saying parent company Window Media LLC had closed down.

She said the company's other publications - including the Washington Blade, Houston Voice and South Florida Blade - were also being closed.

"From my understanding, there was just no more money to keep these companies running," she said in a telephone interview as she sat with her former employees outside their locked Atlanta office. "We had all been told that the companies would be sold. The fact that we were shut down was a complete shock." the rest

AS Haley: A Deal That ECUSA Cannot Refuse

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The law must mean nothing any more. Up is down; black is white; and all property of Episcopal parishes everywhere is now the "property of the Episcopal Church." Consider this quote, taken word for word from a press statement issued by the Diocese of San Diego after yet one more California trial court judge ruled that he was not interested in the facts or considering the parties' different versions of them, and that he would give the victory to the Episcopal Church (USA) as a matter of law (emphasis added):

“This decision reaffirms the principle that the property of an Episcopal congregation must be used to further the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church,” said Baker & McKenzie partner, Charles H. Dick, Chancellor of the Diocese and its attorney in the property litigations. “People should be free to leave the Episcopal Church if they wish, but they cannot take the property of the Episcopal Church with them when they depart.”

Consider the anomaly behind the words "the property of the Episcopal Church." It is like speaking of "the property of the association of all people on Facebook" -- the expression is utterly and totally meaningless. There is no property of any kind which belongs to the Episcopal Church (USA). The Episcopal Church (USA) has never owned any property since it was first established in 1789. As an unincorporated association of individual dioceses which was organized at common law, and not under the law of any one State, it cannot hold title to any property of any kind, because the common law does not recognize an association as a separate legal entity. Like the collection of people who have joined Facebook, it is just a group (of other groups called "dioceses"), and is not any one person in the eyes of the law. the rest

Cardinal Kasper says provision for Anglicans is not anti-ecumenical

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The establishment of special structures for Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church absolutely is not a signal of the end of ecumenical dialogue with the Anglican Communion, said the Vatican's chief ecumenist.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the visit Nov. 19-22 of Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, primate of the Anglican Communion, to the Vatican "demonstrates that there has been no rupture and reaffirms our common desire to talk to one another at a historically important moment."

Archbishop Williams was scheduled to speak at a conference sponsored by Cardinal Kasper's office and to meet privately Nov. 21 with Pope Benedict. the rest

Update on Fr. Nigel Mumford, Monday 07:43 a.m.

16 Nov 2009
From: Elizabeth Strickland

Fr. Nigel Mumford is stable- thank you LORD! -- but he continues on the critical list because he is still on the ventilator. He is receiving brief sessions of physical therapy to help him regain use of his arms and legs and his general mobility. He is unable to communicate, so that is extremely frustrating for him, so please keep that in your prayers.

* Please pray for healing and rejuvenation of his lungs so that he can be removed from the ventilator.
* Please pray for the sedation to leave his muscles and tissues so that he can regain use of his body.
* Please pray for God's peace to be with Fr. Nigel as he struggles to understand his situation.
* Please pray for strength for Lynn as she travels this long road.
* We praise you and thank you Lord for the immense healing that has taken place and for the healing that will take place. May Your Will be done.

The following is a message from Fr. Nigel's parents in England:

If somehow there is a chance of you saying an ENORMOUSE Thank you from David and me and our family and so many concerned friends over here for their devotion to prayer. We are absolutely sure that every word is used and put into action by The Father, through His Son Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. and that none of this suffering will be wasted, but when it is handed back to Him He will recycle it to His greater Glory... with very much love and thanks, David and Jean.

Blessings on all of you for your continued prayers. Fr. Nigel continues to need them and will need them for the long recovery ahead.

Albany Intercessor

UK: Islamists 'promote jihad in jail'

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Radical Muslims are spreading extremist propaganda and promoting jihad from inside UK jails, a report has claimed.

Counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation said radicals were also being allowed to lead prayers.

And its report said extremist cleric Abu Qatada had issued fatwas from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire where he is awaiting deportation.

The Ministry of Justice said it had a dedicated unit to tackle the risk of extremism and radicalisation in prison. the rest

In A Sane World, This Report Would Kill Obamacare

Monday, November 16, 2009
Hugh Hewitt

The chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services --a non-partisan oversight agency of the federal government-- has analyzed the Obamacare bill passed by the House. The Hill links to the full report and you should wade through it.

Key takeaways from the auditor's report:

*After 10 years under the new regime, 23 million Americans would still be without insurance;

*The bill cuts $570 billion from Medicare; and

*The bill does not stop the exploding cost of health care.

In a nutshell, Obamacare uses massive new tax hikes and massive cuts to Medicare to give health benefits to some of the currently uninsured, but does nothing to contain health costs. The Democrats spin on this devastating report cannot conceal that Obamacare fails every test of genuine "reform." It is being pushed solely for political reasons, primarily to expand the size and reach of government and with it the public sector employee unions that power so much of the Democratic Party machinery. link

Bill would reduce senior care
Medicare cuts approved by House may affect access to providers

The reality of abortion - YouTube-style

Charlie Butts

A video describing a first-trimester abortion -- produced by Priests for Life and published on YouTube -- has reached a milestone.

The YouTube video has been viewed more than a million times. Spokeswoman Janet Morana tells OneNewsNow that Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life plays host as he describes in direct but delicate terms just exactly what happens during an abortion.

Using a fetal model and actual tools of abortion, Pavone says "this instrument I have in my hands was actually used to kill babies in the way that I'm about to describe" -- adding that "this is the gruesome reality of what abortion is."

Morana says the frequency of the viewing of the three-minute video makes her group hopeful -- because the problem in society, she feels, is that the words "abortion" and "choice" have lost their meaning and people are not sure about what happens during an abortion. the rest

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Devotional: Even now, the compassionate gaze of Christ continues to fall...

Even now, the compassionate “gaze” of Christ continues to fall upon individuals and peoples. He watches them, knowing that the divine “plan” includes their call to salvation. Jesus knows the perils that put this plan at risk, and He is moved with pity for the crowds. He chooses to defend them from the wolves even at the cost of His own life. The gaze of Jesus embraces individuals and multitudes, and he brings them all before the Father, offering Himself as a sacrifice of expiation.
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Update on Fr. Nigel Mumford, Sun, 15 Nov 2009

From: Elizabeth Strickland
09:01 a.m.

Fr. Nigel Mumford continues on the critical list but he is stable, which is a huge blessing. The ups and downs of the past 37 days have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, so the stability of the past week or so is truly a blessing. His ventilator settings have been reduced a smidgeon, so that is heading in the right direction in order to get him off of the ventilator. Thank you Lord for the healing that is taking place.

* Please continue your prayers for a rejuvenation of his lungs that they may be healed so that he may be removed from the ventilator.

* Please give Praise and Thanksgiving to our Lord who hears our prayers and answers them and that His will may be done.

The Mumfords have sent a message that they would like to pass on to all of you faithful in your prayers:
“If somehow there is a chance of you saying an ENORMOUSE Thank you from David and I and our family and so many concerned friends over here for their devotion to prayer. We are absolutely sure that every word is used and put into action by The Father, through His Son Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. and that none of this suffering will be wasted, but when it is handed back to Him He will recycle it to His greater Glory... with very much love and thanks, David and Jean.”

Albany Intercessor

The Church of England washes its hands of traditional Anglo-Catholics

By Damian Thompson
November 15th, 2009

Conservative Anglo-Catholics, your time is up. As my colleague Jonathan Wynne-Jones reports, the General Synod committee charged with looking after opponents of women bishops has ruled out the idea of dedicated male bishops to safeguard traditionalists.

The logic of the decision makes perfect sense to me. The C of E has the legal authority to decide whether to ordain women priests and bishops. Having acquired that authority, it voted to ordain women priests in 1992 and will now take the obvious step of raising women to the episcopate. Anglo-Catholics lost the battle to stop this happening 18 years ago; for a time they were allowed to cover their eyes and pretend that women priests had nothing to do with them, but with the arrival of the first women bishops they will have to take their hands away from their faces, look around, and make up their minds whether to go or stay. Actually, many Anglo-Catholics have quietly decided that they can accept ordained women, and have tiptoed out of Forward in Faith and into Affirming Catholicism. The C of E certainly need not worry about the disappearance of bells and smells: women are just as adept at swinging a thurible as men. the rest

Archbishop Duncan of the Anglican Church of North America on the Anglican schism

November 15, 2009
by Scott Maniquet
By Charles Lewis, National Post

St. Catharines, Ont. — Archbishop Robert Duncan rejects the term “breakaway” to describe the faction of orthodox Anglicans he now leads.

He argues, instead, that the more than 700 orthodox Anglican parishes in Canada and the United States that have left their national churches behind represent where the vast majority of Anglicans in the world are — and where the rest of the Anglicans will soon be.

Archbishop Duncan, visiting Canada last week for the first time since he became head of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), the first Anglican jurisdiction that crosses national boundaries, earlier this year, says it is the national churches in Canada and the United States — the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church USA — that are the real schismatics, trading in the Bible and orthodoxy for a trendy form of Christianity that is trying to be popular instead of faithful.

Those institutions have “turned so far to the left” they are now on the road to virtual oblivion, he said, pointing to such innovations as the blessing of same-sex marriage.

“They’ll become irrelevancies,” he said during an interview with the National Post. “People who are looking for a saviour who can save.
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Bishop warns dissenting Anglicans they won’t take property with them

Friday, 13th November 2009
By Judy West

The Anglican Bishop of Southwark, in south London, has warned traditionalist Anglicans that if they convert to Roman Catholicism they won’t be able to take church properties with them.

Giving his Presidential Address to his Diocesan Synod last weekend, the Rt Rev Tom Butler admitted that the Vatican’s offer ‘had put the cat among the pigeons.’

But he went on to say: “What matters in Southwark is that we seek to maintain the excellent relationships which we have with our Roman Catholic friends at every level of church life, Diocesan, Area, Deanery and Parish.” the rest

Convictions Few for Anti-Christian Violence in Orissa, India

Sun, Nov. 15 2009
By Shireen Bhatia
Compass Direct News

NEW DELHI (Compass Direct News) – Following six acquittals last week in trials for those accused of the 2008 anti-Christian violence in India’s Orissa state and the release on bail of a key suspect, Christians are losing heart to strive for justice, according to a prosecuting attorney.

The acquittal of six suspects last week raises the total to 121, with just 27 convicted in the Orissa violence by Hindu extremists.

“The victims are so discouraged due to the increasing number of acquittals that they neither have hope nor motivation for the criminal revision of their cases in the higher court,” attorney Bibhu Dutta Das of the Orissa High Court told Compass. the rest

Church is called to meet people in need, says Archbishop

by Maria Mackay
Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Archbishop of York has exhorted Christians to obey God's command to go out onto the streets and meet people in need.

Speaking at the end of the inaugural Street Pastors conference on Saturday, Dr John Sentamu said there were many people in the UK's towns and cities in need of a safe place where they could "shelter from life and all it's problems".

He praised Street Pastors, who patrol town and city centres across the UK and Ireland on Friday and Saturday nights, for "touching the lives of many people who are directionless, aimless, sometimes faithless and often hopeless".

"Your love and service are a wonderful example of God at work in the world," he said. the rest

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

Madrid, Spain
Nov 5, 2009

(CNA).- A 43 year-old prioresses has revolutionized an old Poor Clares convent in Spain, turning it onto a magnet for dozens of young professional women.

Sister Veronica joined the Poor Clares Convent of the Ascension founded in 1604 in Lerma (Spain) at at time when it was going through a vocations crisis. It was January 22, 1984, and Marijose Berzosa - Sr. Veronica's name prior to entering the convent - decided, at age 18, to leave behind a career in medicine, friends, nightlife and baketball. the rest

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