Saturday, March 06, 2010

Boulder Catholic school denies preschooler with lesbian parents

By Kevin Torres

A preschool student at a Catholic school in Boulder will not be allowed to return next school year because the student's parents are two women and the Denver Archdiocese says their homosexual relationship violates the school's beliefs and policy.

According to teachers at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, a meeting was held Tuesday to discuss the issue. The staff was told a student would not be allowed to re-enroll because of his or her parents' sexual orientation. The staff members were also told not to talk to the media. the rest

Dallas Affirms Anglican Covenant

March 6, 2010

DALLAS — Delegates to a special convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas voted Saturday to adopt and enter into the Anglican Covenant.

Texas diocese among the first dioceses (Central Florida is another) to affirm the Covenant’s call for mutual accountability among worldwide Anglicans.

Delegates also voted 185–101 to disassociate the diocese from General Convention actions last summer that have led to more public blessings of same-sex couples.

The votes followed a call by the chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council to renounce the notion that the Gospel “is all about us.”

“The hour is getting late,” said the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi. “Time for our games is running out. In fact, I believe it has run out already. It is time to focus on Jesus. … It is not about you but about Jesus Christ and him crucified.” the rest

Church bows to gays seeking communion

5 March 2010

Homosexuals can now attend communion in all parishes in the diocese of Den Bosch.

This is the outcome of a meeting between the church council of the main Roman Catholic church in the Netherlands, St. John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch, priest Geertjan Van Rossum, Vera Bergkamp of the gay organisation COC and editor-in-chief of the gay peridocial Gaykrant.

"People should decide for themselves whether or not to attend communion whatever their sexuality and should do so with a clean conscience," said a spokesperson for the diocese.
The openly gay Prince of the Carnival who was recently refused communion in the provincial town of Reusel therefore should have received it. The church's refusal to give him communion sparked protests at Roman Catholic church services up and down the Netherlands on Sunday.

During the protest, gay rights demonstrators dressed in pink and wearing wigs of the same colour walked out of the service at St. John’s after priest Geertjan van Rossum said "the correct experience of sexuality is part of the ten commandments". the rest

UK: Bishop of Liverpool calls for end to battle over sexuality

Leading evangelical bishop calls for Anglicans to ‘accept a diversity of ethical convictions’ to prevent schism
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
March 6, 2010

A leading evangelical bishop will today call for Anglicans to “accept a diversity of ethical convictions” gay sex in order to prevent schism.

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Rev James Jones, will use his presidential address to his diocesan synod today to argue that for an end to the battles over sexuality in the Anglican Communion so the Church can focus on mission.

In his address, seen by The Times, he compares the debate over homosexuality to that over going to war, in spite of the commandment “Thou Shalt not Kill.”

Just as the Just War doctrine evolved to allow Christians to reconcile their faith with their civic duty to fight for their country, so those on the conservative side of the gay sex debate should accept those on the liberal side for the sake of Anglican peace. the rest

Friday, March 05, 2010

Hologram Preachers Slated to Appear in Churches

Fri, Mar. 05 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

While the dust over beaming preachers on a video screen on multi-site campuses has somewhat settled, the new 3D tool is raising more questions and concerns among some believers.

"Since so many of us in the west are convinced that entertaining pew fodder is critical to advancing 'the gospel' and that only a very few have the necessary gifts to preachertain – this will become the 'perfect' solution," Bill Kinnon, author of A Networked Conspiracy, Social Networks, The Church & the Power of Collective Intelligence, wrote in a recent blog post.

What has Kinnon and many other Christians talking is the holographic technology that music artist Madonna famously used at the Grammy Awards in 2006 and that one company wants to promote in churches. the rest

Episcopal Clergy Permitted to Wed Gay Couples in D.C.

Fri, Mar. 05 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

Episcopal clergy in Washington, D.C. have been given the green light to preside at same-sex marriages.

Bishop John Bryson Chane of the Diocese of Washington made the announcement Thursday, a day after gay and lesbian couples began applying for marriage licenses.

"Through the grace of Holy Baptism, there are no second class members of the Body of Christ, " Chane said in a statement. "We are of equal value in the eyes of God, and any one of us may be called by the Holy Spirit into holy relationships as well as Holy Orders." the rest

More abuse allegations against Legionaries' founder surface in Mexico

Friday, March 5, 2010
By Catholic News Service
By David Agren, Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Many in Mexico -- and beyond -- know Father Marcial Maciel as the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, an influential Catholic order famed for its elite schools and well-heeled followers.

Blanca Estela Lara Gutierrez came to know him in Tijuana by the alias "Raul Rivas," who, she said, "wanted to have a family" and, at various times, masqueraded as either a private detective or a CIA agent.

Her three sons, Jose Raul, Omar and Cristian, came to know Father Maciel as "Dad." the rest

Sexually Indulgent Now, Marriage Ruined Later?

By Paul Strand
CBN News Washington Sr. Correspondent
Friday, March 05, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas -- Oftentimes those who preach sexual abstinence have been told to stop trying to impose their beliefs on others. But what if science could prove sexual permissiveness does great damage to future sexual happiness?

That's what Dr. Joe McIlhaney of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin says. New research shows that sleeping around now could ruin your chances of having a happy, fulfilling marriage later.

"Neuroscientists have produced a lot of information in just the last few years. This is new," he told CBN News. the rest

Virginia Supreme Court to Hear Church Property Case in April

ADV press release
via email

FAIRFAX , Va. (March 5, 2010) - On Wednesday, March 3, the Anglican District of Virginia was notified that oral arguments in the church property case brought by The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Virginia will be heard by the Virginia Supreme Court sometime during the week of April 12-16, 2010.

“Our parishioners have exercised their religious freedom by staying true to the Gospel, and have tried to do so in a way that avoided the need for government interference in our affairs. We continue to regret the necessity for defending ourselves in secular court, but remain fully prepared to do so and are confident in our legal position,” said Jim Oakes, Chairman of the Anglican District of Virginia.

“In the meantime, our doors continue to be open wide to all who want to worship with us. We are ready to put this litigation behind us so we can focus our time, money and effort on the work of the Gospel,” Oakes said.

All in ADV are encouraged to continue to be in prayer for the members of the Virginia Supreme Court as they review the briefs that have been filed in advance of the oral arguments.

“The Lord has blessed us time and time again throughout the litigation, but we must remain faithful in prayer not only for the members of the state Supreme Court, but for our own legal team while resting in the knowledge that ultimately He is in control and is ruling over the entire situation,” Oakes concluded.

A Muslim Preacher Converts to Orthodoxy

February 26, 2010
by Fr. Johannes Jacobse

We’re speaking in London with a new Orthodox Christian who was baptized today with the name Daniel. Daniel is not a Muslim name, far from it [actually, it does exist as a Muslim name, but it’s quite rare]. Although information about his conversion will inevitably circulate among the Muslims of London, for reasons of security we will not deliberately give details about this subject because there are very often cases of threats and violence and sometimes even murders perpetrated by fanatics. That said, Daniel’s experience is very precious for the Orthodox. Fr. Nicholas Savtchenko, interim rector of the Church of the Dormition (ROCOR) in London speaks with him.


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Devotional: The Christian faith is meant to be lived...

The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn't some broad, general outline -- it's a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins. ...Joni Eareckson Tada image by Juho Holmi

Traditional Anglican community requests to join Catholic Church

Orlando, Fla.
Mar 4, 2010

(CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, leaders of the U.S. branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion formally requested to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

In a statement released yesterday from a meeting of the House of Bishops in Orlando, the Church announced, “We, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America of the Traditional Anglican Communion have met in Orlando, Florida, together with our Primate and the Reverend Christopher Phillips of the 'Anglican Use' Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) and others.” the rest

2 Pentagon police officers shot

March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — A gunman coolly drew a weapon from his pocket and opened fire at the teeming subway entrance to the Pentagon complex Thursday evening, wounding two police officers before being shot and critically wounded, officials said.

Authorities said all three were taken to a hospital. Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, said the two officers suffered grazing wounds that were not life-threatening.

The suspect, believed to be a U.S. citizen, walked up to a security checkpoint at the Pentagon in an apparent attempt to get inside the Defense Department headquarters, at about 6:40 p.m. "He just reached in his pocket, pulled out a gun and started shooting," Keevill said. "He walked up very cool. He had no real emotion on his face." The Pentagon officers returned fire with semiautomatic weapons.

Of the suspect, the chief said, "His injury is pretty critical." the rest

Papal aide linked to Vatican gay prostitution ring

Thursday, March 4, 2010

“AT WHAT time does he have to be back in the seminary?” The question might seem innocent enough, were it not for the fact that the man asking it is a Papal Gentleman, Angelo Balducci, and the man of whom he is asking it is his pimp, Vatican chorister and Nigerian, Chinediu Thiomas Ehiem.

If Italian media sources are to be believed, then the compromising shadow of a highly active gay prostitution ring currently hangs over both the Holy See and unnamed Rome seminary colleges. the rest

The Basement Boys: The making of modern immaturity.

George F. Will
Mar. 8, 2010

Current economic hardships have had what is called in constitutional law a "disparate impact": The crisis has not afflicted everyone equally. Although women are a majority of the workforce, perhaps as many as 80 percent of jobs lost were held by men. This injury to men is particularly unfortunate because it may exacerbate, and be exacerbated by, a culture of immaturity among the many young men who are reluctant to grow up.

Increasingly, they are defecting from the meritocracy. Women now receive almost 58 percent of bachelor's degrees. This is why many colleges admit men with qualifications inferior to those of women applicants—which is one reason men have higher dropout rates. The Pew Research Center reports that 28 percent of wives between ages 30 and 44 have more education than their husbands, whereas only 19 percent of husbands in the same age group have more education than their wives. Twenty-three percent of men with some college education earn less than their wives. In law, medical, and doctoral programs, women are majorities or, if trends continue, will be. the rest

New York gone wild


Once a source of national leaders of both political parties, New York state has descended into a bizarre, riveting spectacle of corruption and political debasement, with its governor facing calls to resign as well as new charges of accepting illicit perks and lying under oath, the dean of its congressional delegation giving up his gavel over corruption charges, and another House member announcing he won’t run again amid allegations of sexual harassment.

And that’s just yesterday.

The latest, dizzying episodes of political disgrace in New York follow a half-decade of disaster during which three top state politicians were forced out amid allegations of everything from large-scale theft to small-scale sexual indiscretions. the rest

POLITICO: Rangel an awkward issue for Maffei

Bishop David Bena: And So We Descend Into Lent

By Bishop David Bena
posted March 4, 2010

In a world where events and dates are flying by us, it’s often hard for Western Christians to seriously contemplate the Lenten Season. We like to reason that when Lent was invented, we lived in an agricultural society where life was much slower and more geared toward the changing of the seasons. Today, we say, life is fast; we simply don’t have time for all that spiritual breathing and stuff like that. Maybe for you and me, it will be different this year. Is there a chance that, we might slow down spiritually and find time to observe a holy Lent?

So let’s s-l-o-w down a minute and review just what Lent is. It is a church season of preparation, a time to prepare for the liturgical remembrance of the double colossal events of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The name “Lent” is from the German “long” or “length,” the time of year when the days are lengthening. SO – I give you “LENT.” Many years ago, our Christian forebears determined that the number 40 was an important one, since Moses and his troops were in the Sinai 40 years, it rained 40 days and 40 nights while Noah bounced around in the ark, Jesus was tempted in the wilderness 40 days, etc, etc. So, they determined, the preparation season of Lent would be 40 days – PLUS six Sundays. The Sundays, being mini-resurrection observances, would not be fast days but would be celebration days. Count back 40 days and six Sundays and you arrive at a Wednesday which is called Ash Wednesday.

All right. We’ve got the name. And we’ve got the inclusive days. Now what do we do with them? Four practices are suggested for us in order that we might do the proper holy preparation for Jesus’ sacrificial death and mighty victory: Prayer, Penitence, Self-denial, and Giving. YUK! That doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? But as my mother used to say, “It doesn’t have to be fun to be good for you.” Special prayer and Bible reading bring us closer to our Lord, something we always need to do but especially if we are to understand what Jesus went through FOR US. Penitence is important in that by being sorry for our sins of omission and commission and confessing them to God, we clear out the “junk on the runway” which keeps us from taking off. Self-denial is really important in that it helps us walk with Jesus in His major self-denial of the cross and passion. And special giving is important in our materially-oriented society so that we can take the focus off what we have and focus in on what Jesus gave for our souls rather than for our portfolios.

Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) this year is Wednesday, February 17. Let’s all try to go to church that day or night. Let’s dedicate ourselves to drawing close to Jesus this Lent. Let’s slow down spiritually each day and walk with Jesus in those last days of his earthly life, a life given for you and me, a life which reconciles us to our Father God and opens for us the door to eternal life.

When Animals Sue

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

I have a piece in today’s NRO that tees off on Switzerland’s upcoming vote to give animals a legal right to a lawyer in abuse cases. But as I point out in A Rat is a Pig,etc., granting animals standing may be the most desired goal of the animal rights movement. From my column:

But animals suing? For most people, the very idea is a surreal fantasy out of a Far Side cartoon. But from the viewpoint of animal-rights ideologues, nothing could be more logical. The dogma of animal liberation demands the obliteration of all animal industries and, eventually, the eradication by attrition of all domesticated animals…
the rest image by Chi King

Professor’s Views Too Catholic for Notre Dame Newspaper

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Joe Carter

Charles Rice, a professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School, writes a regular column that appears in the Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer. Recently, Rice submitted a column on the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding homosexuality that was rejected by the paper’s new editor for failing to provide a balanced view of the issue:

In the future, if you would like to examine this topic, we thought it might be beneficial to do so in a point-counterpoint format, perhaps with an author of an opposing or differing viewpoint. That way, each “side,” to speak, would have the opportunity to present relevant facts, evidence and analysis to define its position.
The Curt Jester blog has the email to Dr. Rice, his response, and the text of his rejected column.

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'In the Land of Believers' by Gina Welch

A writer goes undercover as a 'church lady' to write an account of being a member of an evangelical church. The book becomes a melodrama, with the author in the role of villain.
By Laura Collins-Hughes
March 2, 2010

In May 2007, deep into her time as a stealth member of Jerry Falwell's Lynchburg, Va., congregation, Gina Welch had become unsettled about her comfort level there. The most recent alarming development: Falwell -- fundamentalist preacher, Moral Majority founder, bête noire of the American left -- had just died, and Welch, a Berkeley native and lifelong atheist, was sad about it.

Grief, however, was not the reason she stood a few days later in the crowd of mourners near the entrance to Falwell's mega-church, a "Jesus first" pin adorning her chest. She was "undercover," as she puts it, "posing as a church lady" to gather material for her first book.
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"One can't help but wonder what kind of book Welch might have written had she decided against her elaborate masquerade. As Daniel Radosh points out in "Rapture Ready!," his incisive 2008 exploration of Christian pop culture: "By definition, evangelicals engage with the culture at large." With honesty, Welch might have earned the trust of the people at Thomas Road, or at least their cooperation.

Instead, with a youthful blend of cynicism and naïveté, she approached Falwell's flock as if they were the enemy -- thereby setting herself up to be totally disarmed by their humanity. In this minor skirmish of the culture wars, score one for the evangelicals.

Dallas Housing Authority halts church services at complex for seniors

Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Dallas Morning News

For 14 years, Lake Highlands United Methodist Church has brought Sunday morning worship to elderly residents of Audelia Manor, a public housing apartment complex in northeast Dallas.

But now the Dallas Housing Authority has ordered the church to stop, arguing that the services violate church-state separation required by the U.S. Constitution.

Residents aren't exactly saying amen. the rest

Lutherans riven over gay clergy

Pastor policy spurs move by dissidents to split off
Thursday, March 4, 2010

Until a few weeks ago, the Rev. Gail Sowell was pastor at two Lutheran churches in the small Wisconsin town of Edgar. That was before members of both congregations jumped headfirst into the simmering debate over gay clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

"It was pretty gruesome," Ms. Sowell said, recalling shouting matches inside the sanctuary; the mass resignation of one church's council, except for one member; even whispers around town that she was a lesbian. "For the record, I'm not," she said.

When the smoke cleared, the congregation at St. John Lutheran Church narrowly voted to not leave the ELCA. Across town at Peace Lutheran, they voted to leave and fired Ms. Sowell. "Fortunately, I'm thick-skinned," she said. the rest

Divorced Before Puberty

March 3, 2010

It’s hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées — or braver ones — than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali.

Nujood is a Yemeni girl, and it’s no coincidence that Yemen abounds both in child brides and in terrorists (and now, thanks to Nujood, children who have been divorced). Societies that repress women tend to be prone to violence.

For Nujood, the nightmare began at age 10 when her family told her that she would be marrying a deliveryman in his 30s. Although Nujood’s mother was unhappy, she did not protest. “In our country it’s the men who give the orders, and the women who follow them,” Nujood writes in a powerful new autobiography just published in the United States this week, “I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.” the rest

Pelosi Again Denies Abortion Funding in Health Care Bill: I Talked With the Bishops

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 3, 2010

Washington, DC ( -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misled participants last week at the White House health care summit when she said the Senate health care bill doesn't fund abortions. Now, comments from a late Friday press conference are surfacing where Pelosi exploits the Catholic bishops to justify her claim.

As reported last week, Pelosi covered up the clear abortion funding and other pro-abortion problems found in the Senate legislation.

"The law of the land is there is no public funding of abortion and there is no public funding of abortion in these bills and I don't want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression from what you said," Pelosi asserted.

Following up on the health care summit comments, a transcript provided to by the Family Research Council shows a reporter asked Pelosi on Friday whether she thought pro-life Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak was wrong in his assessment that the Senate bill funds abortions. the rest

Game Changer? Not in the Way Intended
The day-long Obamathon on Health Care needs to be analyzed with care. No sooner did we hear in the State of the Union Address about the need to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, than we found ourselves back on health care. As if we haven’t talked enough about health care in the last year. Jobs--Joe Biden’s “three-letter word”--ought to be the focus on domestic policy, but it isn’t. And voters are not happy about that.

ObamaCare: Twenty-One Key Democrats — and Three Things for Them to Consider

Dutch anti-Islamists makes key gains in local elections

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Preliminary results in Dutch local polls suggest an anti-Islam party has made major gains and may pose a serious challenge in June parliamentary polls.

The Freedom Party (or PVV), led by Geert Wilders, is opposed to what it calls the country's "Islamisation".

General elections have been called following the collapse of the Dutch government in a dispute over the deployment of troops in Afghanistan. the rest

Dutch far-right leader Wilders in poll breakthrough

UK: Clergy could be sued if they refuse to carry out ‘gay marriages’, traditionalists fear

Clergy could be sued if they refuse to carry out “gay marriages” in church, leading figures have warned.
By Martin Beckford and Heidi Blake
03 Mar 2010

Traditionalist bishops and peers fear that vicars could be taken to court and accused of discrimination if they turn down requests to hold civil partnerships on religious premises.

Their concerns have been raised following a landmark vote by peers that will allow the ceremonies for same-sex couples to be held in places of worship for the first time.

It is also feared that the changes would blur the line further between marriage - which churches say must be between a man and a woman - and civil partnerships.

It comes after a Government drive to outlaw bias against minority groups such as homosexuals in the Equality Bill. the rest

"I've Already Had 4 Abortions!"

Wednesday March 3, 2010
Commentary by David Bereit,
National Coordinator, 40 Days for Life

( - A young woman walked up to the 40 Days for Life vigil outside an abortion center in Austin, Texas recently. She signed up to join the others in prayer ... and then immediately sat down on the sidewalk and started to cry.

One of the volunteers stopped praying for a moment to approach the young woman, whom she had never met before, and asked her if she needed a hug. This volunteer assumed that the thought of what was going on inside the abortion facility had simply overcome this woman and brought her to tears.

But that wasn't the case. To her surprise, she found out this young woman was crying for another reason.

"I'm pregnant right now and don't want to be," she said. "I've already had four abortions. the rest

Walk the Plank

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Devotional: When we know that the way of love...

Pain is part of being human. Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain.

When we know that the way of love–this exodus, this going out of oneself–is the true way by which man becomes human, then we also understand that suffering is the process through which we mature. Anyone who has inwardly accepted suffering becomes more mature and more understanding of others, becomes more human. Anyone who has consistently avoided suffering does not understand other people; he becomes hard and selfish...

...If we say that suffering is the inner side of love, we then also understand it is so important to learn how to suffer–and why, conversely, the avoidance of suffering renders someone unfit to cope with life. He would be left with an existential emptiness, which could then only be combined with bitterness, with rejection and no longer with any inner acceptance or progress toward maturity. ...Benedict XVI

Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth Staff
Tue Mar 2, 2010

The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.

The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.

The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds). the rest image by pablo/T

Update on Fr. Nigel Mumford

Albany Intercessor
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: 2nd day back, healing service report

Ello and God-morrow to you all, Well, today we had our weekly healing service. I have not led one for 6 months! It was so good to be back. About 225 people came, standing room only! Lynn spoke so well and thanked people for the prayers, food, get well cards etc. I spoke on the dreams I had and the overall experience of being so ill and close to death and on being temporally disabled. I mentioned Psalm 23, "The valley of the shadow of death" and many other bible verses that touched and sustained me while in the hospitals. My OT from rehab, Julie, came... it was good to see her without the mask! What a blessed day. I came home and immediately went to sleep for the afternoon. I do thank all who came and for the love, prayers and best wishes that were palpable in church today.

It is so good to be back.

Someone from Tupper Lake gave me an amazing prophetic painting of me being upheld by angels as the hand of God touched my heart to heal me. I just had tears coming down my face when I saw it. Especially as I had just asked one of my prayer team to help me up after prayer by placing a hand under my head, just as the angel had her hand on my head... it was all very moving.

Lynn and I feel very loved today as the outpouring of humanity and care fell over us from caring Christians.

The bishop even gave a dispensation to say the 'A" word and the "H" word today.... BRILLIANT...


Please keep my lungs in your prayers as I slowly return to work 2 to 4 hrs a day, per doctors orders.

Be well.
God bless you,
Fr. Nigel+

Rev. Phil Ashey: Introduction to "Communion Governance"

An introduction to "Communion Governance: The Role and Future of the Historic Episcopate and the Anglican Communion Covenant"
March 2, 2010
By the Rev. Phil Ashey,
Chief Operating and Development Officer, American Anglican Council

The American Anglican Council is pleased to release "Communion Governance: The Role and Future of the Historic Episcopate and the Anglican Communion Covenant," by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, Vice-Chancellor of Uganda Christian University. His essay is characterized by meticulous research into the history of Communion Governance, the history of the role of bishops meeting in council together at Lambeth and through the Primates' Meetings, the history of other Instruments of governance (such as the Anglican Consultative Council), and the relative merits of three different models of governance: pure autonomy, executive bureaucracy (with an enhanced role for the See of Canterbury), and the conciliar authority of bishops. Noll reaches the following conclusions with regard to the Anglican Communion Covenant:

The conclusion of this essay is that the one matter of principle that cannot be abandoned without abandoning our particular catholic and Anglican heritage is the responsibility of the ordained and bishops in council in particular, to rule and adjudicate matters of Communion doctrine and discipline.

If this is true, then the Lambeth Conference and the Primates' Meeting (with the Archbishop of Canterbury presiding as primus inter pares) must be seen as the primary organs to deal with articulation of the faith, as happened at Lambeth 1998, and with breaches of the faith, as has not happened since then.

There must be only one track: those who adopt the Covenant are members of the Communion; those who do not adopt it are not. Bp. Mouneer Anis is right: when a sufficient number of Provinces have adopted the Covenant, the ACC and its Standing Committee should stand down and be constituted solely from Covenant-keeping Provinces. (pp. 48-49)

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Wiccan altar puts teacher, officials at odds

March 2, 2010

Guthrie Center, Ia. - A high school senior's desire to build a Wiccan altar in shop class has forced a community debate about free expression.Dale Halferty, who has taught industrial arts at Guthrie Center High School for three years, was placed on paid leave Monday after he acknowledged to district officials that he told the student he could not build the altar in class.

"This is not a beef that I have with the district. It's not me against them," said Halferty, who has been an educator for much of the past 20 years. "But this kid was practicing his religion during class time, and I don't agree." the rest

WSJ: Abuse of Power

'An undemocratic disservice to our people and to the Senate's institutional role.'
MARCH 3, 2010

A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can't stop Democrats from their self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny—ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass a bill merely because they think it's good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to build a European welfare state may never come again. the rest

Palin Does Standup on Leno

Albert Mohler: Black Children Are an Endangered Species?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Catherine Davis is a woman with a message, and that message is getting harder to ignore. "Black children are an endangered species."

The Director of Minority Outreach for Georgia Right to Life, Davis is taking that message to the public, along with a massive public awareness campaign that has captured national and international attention. Drivers in the metro Atlanta area are seeing billboards that demand attention -- and are changing minds. the rest

Pro-Abort Garrison Keillor to Deliver Catholic Teachers Assoc. Keynote Address

Monday March 1, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert

( - The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has invited Garrison Keillor, a pro-abortion, pro-gay "marriage" Episcopalian, as a keynote speaker at the group's annual convention. Keillor, well-known as a humorist and host of A Prairie Home Companion, has repeatedly published his pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" views - and has labeled pro-life, pro-family, and anti-pornography activists "shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards."

On the issue of abortion, Keillor has been quoted as saying it should be decided "case by case," and that disabled embryonic children should be destroyed.

"The use of abortion as birth control is one thing, the use of it to end pregnancy caused by incest or rape is another, and then there is the decision to destroy an embryo that shows signs of debilitating disease or severe retardation," said Keillor in an interview with Nathan Callahan in 2004. the rest

What Will Replace Behemoth State University?

by Robert C. Koons
March 2, 2010

New technological developments and pressing national needs suggest that the future of higher education may be one friendlier to the classical tradition of liberal education.
When Russell Kirk wrote about his experiences as a junior professor at Michigan State University, he invariably referred to it as Behemoth State University. Michigan State, my alma mater, was a decent agricultural college grown into a massive research university by a politically adept poultry scientist, John Hannah. Today, I work at a similar institution, the University of Texas at Austin, which recently gave its head football coach a $2 million raise while cutting $8 million from its budget for foreign language instruction. The research university, whether public (like Texas or Michigan State) or private (like Stanford, Duke or Johns Hopkins), represents 20th-century gigantism at its apogee, combining all the virtues of Stalinist central planning, progressivist-utopian fantasy, and industrial mass-production.

On the surface, the Behemoth State Universities appear to be a smashing success, realizing all of the ardent hopes of the egalitarian architects of the G. I. Bill of the 1940’s and the scientific boosters of the Sputnik era. Millions of Americans have dutifully jumped through the hoops and claimed their credentials. Promoters of the system are quick to point out that college graduates earn an additional 60% in income, amounting to a college-education premium of over $1 million on average during the course of a lifetime. However, skeptics have a ready and cogent response: that such an argument is guilty of a crude post hoc fallacy, confusing causation and correlation in a way that would earn no more than an A- in even the most grade-inflated college statistics course. College graduates earn more than those who have not graduated primarily because bright, literate people are more likely to succeed both in college and in life. There is virtually no evidence that success in college yields tangible benefits later in life, in contrast to the very tangible debt typically acquired. the rest image

How Bad Is the Indoctrination in our Colleges?

Archbishop Chaput says Catholic medical workers should face hostility with courage

Houston, Texas
Mar 2, 2010

(CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered an address to health care professionals in Houston on Tuesday, inciting them to “have courage” and “speak up” in defending their Catholic faith within the workplace, especially as governments encroach on the rights of religious believers. The Denver archbishop challenged all Catholics to live the faith, saying, “there's no room in American life for tepid and easy faith." the rest

Nasa reveals mesmerising 'blue marble' images of Earth

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Doctrine of the Catholic Kennedy? Worthless

In 1960, he theorized the most rigid separation between Church and state, in order to be acceptable as president. Half a century later, Archbishop Chaput is accusing him of causing serious damage. An essay by Professor Diotallevi on the limits and shortcomings of secularism
by Sandro Magister

ROME, March 2, 2010 – Precisely fifty years after the memorable speech, preserved in the anthologies, that John F. Kennedy gave to the Protestant pastors of Houston in order to convince them and the entire nation that as a Catholic he could be a good president (see photo), the archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, has returned to the scene of the crime, in Houston, for a Baptist conference on the role of Christians in public life.

The "crime" was precisely the one committed by Kennedy with that speech, Chaput maintained in his talk, given yesterday evening at Houston Baptist University and reproduced in its entirety further below.

"Today, half a century later, we’re paying for the damage," said Chaput, who of all the bishops of the United States is the one most active in the area of relations between the Church and political leadership. He has also written a book on this topic, "Render Unto Caesar," the central thesis of which is that Caesar must be given his due, but that a Christian serves his nation by living his faith in political life in complete consistency and visibility, without hiding or diluting it. the rest

Same-sex marriage leads Catholic Charities to adjust benefits

By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers -- the latest fallout from a bitter debate between District officials trying to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District. the rest

Court allows Washington, DC, same-sex marriages

Tue Mar 2, 2010

(Reuters) - Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a request from opponents of gay marriage to put on hold a new law that allows same-sex couples to wed in Washington, D.C.

Roberts acted right before the law takes effect on Wednesday. In December, the city council adopted a measure which adds the nation's capital to the five states that already allow same-sex marriage.

Opponents of gay marriage argued there should be a public referendum on the law, which expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, before it takes effect.

Roberts refused to put the law on hold and said the local Board of Elections, the city's superior court and its court of appeals all had rejected the request for a referendum. the rest

3 abortion doctors face legal problems

Mar 1, 2010
by Tom Strode

WASHINGTON (BP)--Abortion doctors and their clinics continue to be the targets of legal investigations.

The following accounts were reported by major newspapers in recent days: the rest

Delaware To Speak With Abortion Doctor

Blessing Civil Partnerships in Church

February 23, 2010

To begin with there is the issue as to whether allowing Civil Partnerships in churches would change the nature of that institution. When the Government introduced Civil Partnerships it assured faith communities that these were not “gay marriages” but rather an altogether different type of union. The authors of the letter however base their arguments on the similarities of the nature of the vows in Civil Partnerships and marriage, which means that they are working from the basis that the two are just different forms of the same institution. The only way that the argument that “Straight couples have the choice between civil marriage and religious marriage. Gay couples are denied a similar choice” works is if Civil Partnership and civil marriage are analogous. If Civil Partnership is a different institution to civil marriage then one cannot apply a justice argument on the basis that one would expect to do exactly the same thing when registering both of them. the rest

ADF seeks to appeal conviction of NY Christian arrested while praying

N.Y. court exonerated three other Christians wrongly convicted of ‘disorderly conduct’ at 2007 ‘gay pride’ event
Monday, March 01, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys have submitted an application to appeal the state’s conviction of a Christian arrested while praying in an Elmira public park during a 2007 ‘gay pride’ event. The status of the appeal is now in the hands of state’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, a New York county court dismissed the convictions of three other Christians arrested and charged after praying at the same event.

“Christians shouldn’t be punished for expressing their religious beliefs. It’s ridiculous to consider the act of peacefully exercising one’s faith in a public park to be ‘disorderly conduct,’” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster. “The county court was correct in dismissing three of the convictions. They never should have happened. We are hopeful that the New York Court of Appeals will dismiss the fourth.” the rest

Monday, March 01, 2010

Devotional: That which makes the men of God so great...

That which makes the men of God so great and impressive is not, first and foremost, what they have accom- plished. It is rather how they are able, by God's help, to pass through the greatest difficulties and the darkest hours; when, like Abraham, they give God the dearest they have; when, like Daniel, they brave the greatest dangers; and when like Moses, they endure that which is well nigh impossible. Thus they glorify God. ...G. Steinberger image

Will Circumcision Soon be Illegal in Massachusetts?

Nechemia Schusterman and Samuel Silver
Fri, February 26, 2010

A group has filed the “Male Genital Mutilation Bill” with the Massachusetts Legislature. It calls for a ban on circumcision for males under 18, unless medically necessary, and with no religious exemptions. There will be a public hearing for the bill, S. 1777, at the State House in Boston on Tuesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in Hearing Room 1A.

Of course, there have been anti-circumcision movements before, but most Jews historically have continued the religious practice of circumcision even under the threat of death. The leader of this current initiative, Matthew Hess, president of the group called the Bill to End Male Genital Mutilation, was quoted in the Boston Herald (February 21, 2010) as saying “circumcision is painful and unnecessary, violates a baby’s human rights and decreases sexual sensation in mature males.”

Because we see the proposed ban as a violation of religious freedom, we feel it will undoubtedly not pass into law. But these types of claims need to be answered. the rest

Los Angeles: St. Luke’s Petition Denied

Stand Firm
Monday, March 1, 2010

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. - March 1, 2010 - St. Luke’s Anglican Church has learned today that the Supreme Court of the United States has denied its petition for writ of certiorari filed in December of last year.

St. Luke’s asked the Court to decide whether California courts violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution by conferring on The Episcopal Church and its Diocese in Los Angeles a special power - not available to nonreligious persons or nondenominational churches - to seize St. Luke’s property and take over its corporation based on its religious affiliation.

Since its founding, the members of St. Luke’s have remained steadfast and loyal in their commitment to the Holy Scripture and to the historic teachings of Christianity as affirmed throughout the world-wide Anglican Communion. The increasing expression of non-orthodox belief and practices found in The Episcopal Church demonstrated to the members of St. Luke’s that The Episcopal Church has chosen a path that no longer reflects these cherished principles. Therefore in February of 2006, after prayerful and well-considered deliberation, over ninety percent of St. Luke’s members voted to disaffiliate from The Episcopal Church and realign themselves with another province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. St. Luke’s felt it had a legal right to make this choice as it had owned its property "free of any trust" for decades, and is a California nonprofit religious corporation governed by a board of directors and its members. the rest

Survey: 26 pct of Americans get news via phone

Mar 1 2010
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Just over a quarter of American adults now read news on their cell phones, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The survey results being released by the group Monday offer another sign of how people are changing they way they get information. Technology has been reshaping the news business and the way consumers relate to it for more than a decade. The latest shift is being driven by the exploding popularity of phones that can easily access the Internet.

The new study found that 26 percent of Americans get news on their phones. Pew doesn't have comparable data for say, two or three years ago. But evidence of the shift in habits can be seen in this finding: Younger cell phone owners are more likely to look for news on their phones. About 43 percent of those under 50 said they are mobile news consumers, compared with 15 percent of older respondents. the rest

Quake Toll in Chile Rises

Deaths Pass 700 as Looting Breaks Out in Country's Hard-Hit Southern Region
FEBRUARY 28, 2010
and MATT MOFFETT in Santiago

Chile scrambled to dig out survivors and contain looting as the death toll from one of history's most powerful earthquakes mounted to more than 700 people.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet dispatched 10,000 troops to restore order and help rescue efforts in hard-hit southern towns. Ms. Bachelet predicted the number of dead would grow. Two million people were displaced, she said.

"We're facing an unthinkable catastrophe that will require an enormous effort in resources," Ms. Bachelet said in a nationally televised address. the rest

Chile troops, police attack post-quake looting

Iraqi Christians protest over killings

Monday, 1 March 2010

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians have taken part in protests calling for government action after a spate of killings.

At least eight Christians have been killed in the past two weeks in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

The killings prompted an appeal by Pope Benedict on Sunday for Iraqi authorities to protect vulnerable religious minorities.

The UN says more than 680 Christian families have fled Mosul since the recent attacks. the rest

Judge Grants Asylum to German Home Schoolers

February 28, 2010

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — On a quiet street in this little town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains lives a family of refugees who were granted asylum in the United States because they feared persecution in their home country...

...Among European countries, Germany is nearly alone in requiring, and enforcing, attendance of children at an officially recognized school. The school can be private or religious, but it must be a school. Exceptions can be made for health reasons but not for principled objections.
the rest
The stories in German readers, in which devils, witches and disobedient children are often portrayed as heroes, set bad examples, he said.

“I don’t expect the school to teach about the Bible,” he said, but part of education should be character-building.”

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Devotional: He has held me when I have had no more strength...

He has held me when I have had no more strength and have wondered how I would ever make it. He has held me when I have felt defeated by all that I had to do. When I have run to my El Shaddai, I have never come away wanting. He is my all-sufficient One. O Beloved, do you understand? Have you experienced Him as your El Shaddai? If not, He is waiting - arms opened wide - for you. ...Kay Arthur image

Former President George W. Bush speaks at Fort Worth Christian School

Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Dallas Morning News

He read 92 history books in one year while in office, was awed by soldiers and military families, and was comforted and sustained by the power of prayer.

Former President George W. Bush provided a glimpse of life in the Oval Office on Saturday evening in front of a packed ballroom at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, revisiting the most tumultuous days of the Sept. 11 attacks, the country's financial meltdown, and the joys of celebrating the Fourth of July and Christmas in the nation's capital.

"Every day," he said, "I tried to bring honor and dignity to the office," Bush told the crowd of more than 1,100, all from families of the Fort Worth Christian School community.

In a self-effacing way, Bush described his transition from U.S. president to resident of Texas, saying it was like going from 100 mph to zero. One day while resting on the couch, he said he exclaimed, "Free at last." He said his wife, Laura, responded: You are free to take out the garbage. the rest

Episcopalians told they must ignore conservatives

February 28th, 2010
By George Conger CEN

EPISCOPALIANS should pay no heed to the views of conservative scholars and bishops, but should place their trust in her, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said this week.

Her remarks came as a new front opened in the Episcopal Church’s civil war over homosexuality, with the national Church sending out skirmishers for an impending legal assault against the traditionalist Bishop of South Carolina, the Rt. Rev Mark Lawrence.

On Feb 9 Bishop Lawrence announced he was postponing the diocese’s annual synod from March 4 to March 26 to permit him time to respond to the “unjust intrusion into the spiritual and jurisdictional affairs of this sovereign diocese of the Episcopal Church” by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. the rest

Two years after World Youth Day, Sydney sees upsurge in vocations and ordinations

Sydney, Australia
Feb 28, 2010

(CNA).- A record number of men are entering seminary for the Archdiocese of Sydney and up to six men will be ordained to the priesthood this coming June, a rise that observers partly attribute to the influence of World Youth Day 2008.

On June 11, between four and six men will be ordained priests by the Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell. This is the largest number of men ordained into the Archdiocese of Sydney since 1988, the archdiocese reports.

Two Uganda-born men who studied at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, Australia will be ordained in their home country and will return to serve in Australian parishes. the rest

ELCA Bishop stresses conversation in time of division over gay clergy

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two families have left Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church in rural Chaseburg after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s national assembly vote last August to allow gay clergy.

“It’s been a hard year, and I say that coming from a congregation that hasn’t had an intense split,” said Middle Coon Valley Pastor Daniel Wollman.

Pastors across the La Crosse Area Synod see anger and separation in their churches and have the difficult task of explaining to their congregations that they can be together despite their different opinions, he said. the rest

Christian Communicators Mobilized to Engage, Transcend Secular Culture

Sun, Feb. 28 2010
By Kenneth Chan
Christian Post Correspondent

NASHVILLE – Though critics of the long opposed, recently passed Matthew Shepard Act say the legislation could be used to prosecute broadcasters and pastors who preach homosexuality as sin, the world’s largest network of Christian communicators was impelled Saturday to stand firm, speak with a “holy boldness,” and proclaim with great confidence the message they’ve been called to deliver.

“It will be a matter of great concern if our government can successfully force us to stop proclaiming the full counsel of God,” acknowledged Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, at the opening session of the 67th NRB Convention & Exposition in Nashville. the rest

Chile earthquake: more than 700 dead, 2 million displaced

Santiago, Chile

Rescuers searched for survivors Sunday a day after one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history rocked Chile, killing more than 700 people while leaving untold numbers missing and 2 million displaced, wounded or otherwise affected.

The death toll jumped Sunday to 708, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said, nearly doubling as rescue crews reached remote and badly damaged towns. the rest


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