Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Vatican Connection - Pedophilia & Celibacy

March 18, 2010

In 1992 Chicago hosted the first national gathering in of Catholic clergy abuse victims.[1] Three hundred men and women attended. My remarks included a statement to the effect ‘that the current revelations of abuse are the tip of an iceberg; and if the problem is traced to its foundations the path will lead to the highest halls of the Vatican.’

That time has come. Revelations of sexual abuse of minors that have been common and frequent in the United States especially since January 6, 2002 when the Boston Globe began a series of 1,200 documented reports of Catholic clergy abuse; similar reports are now pouring out of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland. Revelations will continue because sexual abuse of minors is part and parcel of the Roman Catholic clerical culture. I predict that when sexual activity of priests and bishops in Africa and South America become public those reports will overshadow all current records of clerical behavior. The Vatican already knows. the rest

Stopping Big Porno

Friday, 19 March 2010
By Austin Ruse

Last month, with little or no fanfare, the American Psychiatric Association announced that it may add sex and pornography addiction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used by psychiatrists to recognize disease and treat patients. This is welcome news to the exploding number of those who suffer from such maladies, but also for those looking for a legal strategy to bring down Big Pornography.

The DSM would define what it calls “hypersexual disorder” as recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, and sexual behavior. The definition includes spending a great deal of time planning and engaging in sexual behavior, repetitively engaging in these sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors, attempting and failing to control the urges, and disregarding physical or emotional harm to self and others in seeking such gratification. Masturbation, use of pornography, cybersex, telephone sex, and going to strip clubs among other things fall into this category. the rest

Friday, March 19, 2010

St. Joseph

O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect image
(It is also the anniversary of my mother's death 13 years ago-PD)

Communion Partners on Bishop-elect Glasspool

The Living Church
March 19, 2010

Received by email:

Communion Partner Response to the Consent for Consecration in Los Angeles

It is with profound sorrow that we, the Communion Partner Bishops and Rectors, express our deepest regret to our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion for the action of the majority of the diocesan bishops and standing committees of the dioceses of The Episcopal Church in voting to consent to the consecration as a bishop of a woman living in a sexual relationship outside Christian marriage. Unfortunately, where restraint was respectfully requested by the leadership of the Communion, it has been ignored. Where the General Convention has counseled study of the Anglican Covenant, this action has rendered that counsel moot.

Therefore, we disassociate ourselves from this action and grieve the state of separation that exists in The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. This separation is a witness to the need for the Anglican Covenant as the means through which dioceses and congregations in The Episcopal Church can affirm their commitment to the Anglican Communion.

The Communion Partner Advisory Committee

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

The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop, the Diocese of Western Louisiana

The Rev. Dr. Charles D. Alley
Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Richmond, Va.

The Rt. Rev. Anthony Burton
Rector, The Church of the Incarnation
Dallas, Texas

The Very Rev. Anthony Clark
Dean, Cathedral Church of St. Luke
Orlando, Fla.

The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr.
Rector, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Houston, Texas

The Rev. Brooks Keith
Rector, Church of the Transfiguration
Vail, Colo.

The Rev. Leigh Spruill Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church
Nashville, Tenn.

ENS: CONNECTICUT: Judge says Groton church property belongs to diocese, Episcopal Church

By Mary Frances Schjonberg, March 18, 2010

[Episcopal News Service] A state superior court judge ruled March 15 that the real and personal property of Bishop Seabury Episcopal Church in Groton, Connecticut, is held in trust for the Diocese of Connecticut and the Episcopal Church.

Judge Barry Stevens granted a request for such a ruling from the diocese and the Episcopal Church in a lawsuit against the former rector and vestry members of the parish, which is named for the first Episcopal bishop and Groton native Samuel Seabury (1729-1796).

Former rector the Rev. Ronald S. Gauss and some former members of the parish, including then-vestry members, affiliated with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) in November 2007. Gauss has since refused to relinquish control of the church property, including the keys to the buildings and parish records. the rest

Anglican Head Mulls Consequences of Lesbian Bishop Approval

Fri, Mar. 19 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion called the approval of an openly lesbian bishop in the United States "regrettable."

"It is regrettable that the appeals from Anglican Communion bodies for continuing gracious restraint have not been heeded," reads a statement released Thursday by Lambeth Palace, the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury,

The Episcopal Church – the U.S. arm of Anglicanism – gave the green light this week for the consecration of the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool, who has been with her lesbian partner since 1988. the rest

Noonan: Now for the Slaughter

On the road to Demon Pass, our leader encounters a Baier.
by Peggy Noonan
MARCH 18, 2010

Excuse me, but it is embarrassing—really, embarrassing to our country—that the president of the United States has again put off a state visit to Australia and Indonesia because he's having trouble passing a piece of domestic legislation he's been promising for a year will be passed next week. What an air of chaos this signals to the world. And to do this to Australia of all countries, a nation that has always had America's back and been America's friend.

How bush league, how undisciplined, how kid's stuff.

You could see the startled looks on the faces of reporters as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who had the grace to look embarrassed, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. The president "regrets the delay"—the trip is rescheduled for June—but "passage of the health insurance reform is of paramount importance." Indonesia must be glad to know it's not. the rest image




Dem Congressman - "If You Don't Tie Our Hands, We Will Keep Stealing"

Why Obamacare Would Fail

CBO: Obamacare Would Cost Over $2 Trillion

Read the Bill: Senate Plan Would Pay for Abortions at Community Health Centers




Coburn: Senate Republicans Will Watch for Sweetheart Deals in Health Care

Canadian Anglican parishes ask Vatican for Personal Ordinariate

By Simon Caldwell
19 March 2010

More than 40 breakaway Anglican parishes in Canada have decided to convert en masse to the Catholic Church, it emerged this week.

They have voted to take up the offer made by Pope Benedict XVI in November that permits vicars and their entire congregations to cross the Tiber while keeping many of their Anglican traditions, including married priests.

The leaders of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada - a member of the breakaway Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) - have sent a petition to the Vatican requesting full communion with Rome through the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

In their petition to Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, three Canadian bishops expressed their desire to "seek a communal and ecclesial way of being Anglican Catholics in communion with the Holy See, at once treasuring the full expression of Catholic faith and treasuring our tradition within which we have come to this moment". the rest

The gathering storm

The scandal of sexual abuse by priests in Europe is distracting us from an even bigger scandal in the future, one which the media helped to create.
Thursday, 18 March 2010

Excerpt:
The scandal of clergy who sexually abused children is diabolically real. It has to be confronted humbly and courageously by the bishops who run the Catholic Church. Clergy who are found guilty should be punished. Higher-ups who shielded them should resign.

There is no doubt that Pope Benedict is ready to take a tough line on this. After all – contrary to what Hitchens claims – it was he who established clear guidelines and he has enforced them sternly. On several occasions he has spoken of the “deep shame” he feels at revelations that some priests had betrayed their calling and preyed upon innocent children. When he addressed American bishops in 2008 he spoke with a hint of sarcasm, quoting their own words to say that the crisis had been “sometimes very badly handled”.

But it’s important to remember that these scandals relate to priests who offended decades ago. Wannabee Woodwards and Bernsteins are deflecting attention from the crisis that is happening right now, a crisis from which the media is averting its eyes, just as the bishops did 30 years ago, a crisis in which they play an active role. the rest

Annual Women's Meeting Closes With Delegations Saying No to Abortion

March 18, 2010
By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Last week, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) closed its annual session with delegations defining abortion out of a resolution on maternal mortality. Over the course of this year's two-week commission, United Nations (UN) member states were embroiled in heated negotiations over "reproductive rights" language which some delegations believe would be used to promote abortion.

The United States (US) delegation introduced the resolution calling for increased political will to tackle maternal mortality. The US delegate argued that their resolution underscored the importance of guaranteeing all of women’s human rights, "including sexual and reproductive health rights." the rest

Suspended Episcopal bishop to have last chance in May

Fri, Mar. 19, 2010
By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

Suspended Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. will get his last chance to make a case for reinstatement as head of the Diocese of Pennsylvania when he goes before a church appeals court in May.

In September 2008, a lower church court found Bennison guilty on two counts of failing to respond adequately when, as a new rector decades ago, he learned that his younger brother was having sexual relations with a minor.

John Bennison had been youth minister at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upland, Calif. The abuse began when the girl, a member of the parish, was 14. the rest

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Devotional: God of our life...

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory. ...Augustine image by Darcy McCarty

Lambeth Regrets Consents for Canon Glasspool

March 18, 2010

A March 18 statement from Lambeth Palace has expressed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s concern about the confirmation of the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool as a bishop suffragan for the Diocese of Los Angeles.

The statement notes that the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion affirmed the call by the Anglican Consultative Council and Archbishop Rowan Williams for continued restraint regarding partnered gay and lesbian bishops; public blessings of same-sex couples; and cross-jurisdiction border crossings.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Ian Douglas, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Connecticut, attended the December meeting of the standing committee, which was formerly known as the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council. the rest

Bachmann: Conservative Women Face Bias from Media

Minnesota congresswoman explains the uphill press battle she faces on a state and national level
By Jeff Poor Business & Media Institute
March 18, 2010

Is there a conscious effort to give female conservatives a rough time in the mainstream media, especially in this highly politicized environment? Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says there is.

Bachmann, in an interview with the White House Brief Channel, was asked if conservative women have a tougher go at it when comes to dealing with the press. the rest

Nuns Backstab Bishops on Health Care, Demand Bill's Passage

Catholic Leadership Conference of Women Religious urge Congress to caste "a life-affirming"yes" vote for pro-abortion Senate bill
Wednesday March 17, 2010
By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The health care reform controversy appears to have brought serious disagreements within the U.S. Catholic Church out into the open. Just days after the Catholic Health Association endorsed the Senate health-care bill, the Catholic Leadership Conference of Women Religious has also now publicly broken ranks with the US Catholic Bishops, demanding that the House of Representatives pass the abortion-promoting legislation.

The LCWR claims to represent 59,000 US Catholic nuns, and its letter delivered to Members of Congress on Wednesday urges them "to cast a life-affirming "yes" vote when the Senate health care bill (H.R. 3590) comes to the floor of the House for a vote as early as this week."

"We join the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), which represents 1,200 Catholic sponsors, systems, facilities and related organizations, in saying: the time is now for health reform AND the Senate bill is a good way forward," says the letter. the rest

A.S Haley: TEC Files in Supreme Court Pawley’s Island Appeal

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Excerpt:
What is even more significant than the news that ECUSA filed a brief in support of the petition is that the Diocese of South Carolina did not. As I analyzed that possibility in this previous post, the case would now be fraught with legal complexities as to who can properly argue against the lower court's decision, should the Court grant the petition for review. Fortunately, however, given that the Court has denied review without comment in all the other church cases it has recently been asked to look at, the odds are more than 99-1 that it will deny review here, as well.

Denial of review will not remove the current bone of contention between the Presiding Bishop and the Bishop of South Carolina, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence. She and her Chancellor will undoubtedly see the Diocese's refusal to join in support of the petition as a betrayal of the dissident parishioners at Waccamaw. No doubt the failure to join (even though, technically speaking, it would not be the Bishop's decision alone to make, but would require the consent of the diocesan standing committee) will be added to the growing dossier of evidence to be submitted by Chancellor Beers to the Title IV Review Committee in the near future, as grounds for first the inhibition and then the deposition of Bishop Lawrence without a trial, for alleged "abandonment of the Communion of this Church." (Bishop Lawrence's failure to attend the upcoming meeting of the House of Bishops that starts in Texas at the end of this week will of course be regarded as yet another such piece of evidence.) the rest


There will be no neutral or middle ground; it will be like being in the middle of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. As far as the Presiding Bishop will be concerned, one will be "either with her, or against her."

CANA: Episcopal Church Consent to Glasspool Election is Distorting the Gospel Message

HERNDON, Va.
March 18, 2010
via email

The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) said the actions of The Episcopal Church on March 17, which effectively cleared the way for the election of the Church’s second non-celibate homosexual bishop, are distorting the Gospel message. Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop-Elect Mary Douglas Glasspool is scheduled to be ordained and consecrated on May 15.

“The leadership of The Episcopal Church continues to demonstrate its disregard for the authority of Scripture. This action does not merely defy those within the wider Anglican Communion, it also contradicts basic Christian theology on marriage and human sexuality by promoting a pattern of life which is contrary to Scripture. Furthermore, the actions of The Episcopal Church are sanctifying sin and distorting the truth of the Gospel,” said CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns.

“The good news of Jesus is about God’s radical inclusion that profoundly transforms every aspect of our being. This is the gospel for which Christians around the world are giving their lives in the face of ongoing persecution,” Minns continued.

“CANA and the Anglican Church in North America will continue to stand firm for the truth of the Word of God and the historic teachings of the church and continue to provide a gracious welcome for all God’s people,” Minns concluded.

CANA website

Nigerian Muslims Slaughter More Christians

First Things
Mar 18, 2010
Joe Carter

A group of Muslim raiders with machetes attacked another Christian village in Nigeria on Wednesday morning. The attackers killed twelve villagers—seven women, four children, and one man—and cut their tongues out.

Attackers killed 12 people Wednesday morning in a small Christian village in central Nigeria, officials said, cutting out most of the victims’ tongues in the latest violence in a region where religious fighting already has killed hundreds this year. the rest
In order to bring attention to the murderous consequences of the failure of Nigeria to defend its own people, First Things is organizing a protest rally, to be held at 5:00 p.m. on April 7 at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, 828 Second Avenue in New York City.

Albert Mohler: Preachers Who Don’t Believe — The Scandal of Apostate Pastors

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Are there clergy who don't believe in God? That is the question posed by a new report that is certain to receive considerable attention -- and rightly so. Few church members are likely to be disinterested in whether their pastor believes in God.

The study was conducted by the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, under the direction of Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola. Dennett, of course, is one of the primary figures in the "New Atheism" -- the newly aggressive and influential atheist movement that has gained a considerable hearing among the intellectual elites and the media.
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New Video Shows Radical Islamic Network in New England

BOSTON, March 17, 2010

Christian Newswire -- Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) today released an 8-minute online video clip describing a network of Islamic radicals operating in New England. The video focuses on the October arrest - and the response to that arrest - of a Sudbury, Massachusetts resident who the FBI charged with planning to machine gun shoppers in a New England mall.

"The arrest of Tarek Mehanna was shocking," said APT President, Dr. Charles Jacobs. "It occurred just two weeks before the murder of 13 Americans at Fort Hood. the rest

Video can be viewed at: www.peaceandtolerance.org

Briton is recognised as world's first officially genderless person

A British expat who claims to have no gender is thought to have become the first person to be officially recognised as neither male or female.
By Heidi Blake
15 Mar 2010

Norrie May-Welby, 48, was born a man but had a sex change operation in 1990, at the age of 28.
After becoming unhappy as a woman, May-Welby decided to become a “neuter”. The 48-year-old is now officially recognised as a person of no specific gender. the rest

US clinic sparks debate with UK human egg raffle

Mar 17, 2010
By MARIA CHENG
AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) -- An American infertility clinic seeking business in Britain prompted fierce criticism by offering free eggs from a U.S. woman to one participant in a promotional seminar in London on Wednesday.

The event has sparked a debate in Britain about the ethics of an event that many said violated the spirit, if not the letter, of a European Union law forbidding fertile women from being paid for their eggs. the rest image

The clinic's prize is worth more than $10,000 - a $6,000 fee for the donor and $4000 in medical costs associated with the hormone treatment and egg retrieval.

UK: Catholics win fight to refuse gay adoption

By Steve Doughty
18th March 2010

A Roman Catholic adoption agency yesterday won a legal fight to keep its Christian rules saying children should not be sent to live with gay couples.

The ruling by a High Court judge was seen as landmark victory for freedom of religious conscience over the demands of equality legislation. the rest

Churches Suffer Losses Under New FCC Rule

Wed, Mar. 17 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

Excerpt:
The plan comes just as the FCC is enforcing its new rule that requires anyone using a wireless microphone that operates in the 700 MHz band – including both licensed users (under Part 74) and unlicensed users – to stop operating the device no later than June 12. The band was sold to companies like Verizon and AT&T for billions of dollars.

Thousands of churches have been forced to replace their equipment or otherwise experience interference or face the possibility of heavy fines. Replacing thousands of dollars worth of gear hasn't come easy for some churches especially in a slow economy. the rest

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Devotional: Whenever fear comes in and makes us falter...

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee,
saith the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8

Whenever fear comes in and makes us falter, we are in danger of falling into sin. Conceit is to be dreaded, but so is cowardice. "Dare to be a Daniel." Our great Captain should be served by brave soldiers.

What a reason for bravery is here! God is with those who are with Him. God will never be away when the hour of struggle comes. Do they threaten you? Who are you that you should be afraid of a man that shall die? Will you lose your situation? Your God whom you serve will find bread and water for His servants. Can you not trust Him? Do they pour ridicule upon you? Will this break your bones or your heart? Bear it for Christ's sake, and even rejoice because of it.

God is with the true, the just, the holy, to deliver them; and He will deliver you. Remember how Daniel came out of the lions' den and the three holy children out of the furnace. Yours is not so desperate a case as theirs; but if it were, the Lord would bear you through and make you more than a conqueror. Fear to fear. Be afraid to be afraid. Your worst enemy is within your own bosom. Get to your knees and cry for help, and then rise up saying, "I will trust, and not be afraid." ...CH Spurgeon image

Idaho first to sign law that would sue federal government over health care reform

By John Miller
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
17/03/2010

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's governor on Wednesday became the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue the federal government if the U.S. Congress passes health care reform that forces Americans to buy insurance.

"What the Idaho Health Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won't be subject to another federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control," Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said.

constitutional law experts say Otter's action is mostly symbolic because federal laws supersede those of the states. But the movement reflects a growing national frustration with President President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. the rest

Virginia will sue over health care

CNY Bp. Skip Adams puts Muslims in the former Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Binghamton

From a post at Tony Seel+'s DCNY blog here and a picture here.

The Curmudgeon weighs in:
In court the Diocese's complaint alleged that the parish was no longer using the property for the purposes for which its Episcopal ancestors had acquired and built it, and had spent money to maintain it over the years. But as we see, this was the hypocrisy of the dog in the manger. The Diocese could not put the property to any such use; it lacked sufficient parishioners to support the property. So under the twisted and hypocritical logic of the Dennis Canon, the Diocese is seen as upholding the purposes of the original donors better by letting the property become -- what, a mosque? -- rather than allowing it to be used by those who were more faithful to that tradition than was Bishop Adams. (The hypocrisy in central and western New York does not seem to be confined just to Episcopalians.)

MCJ: Rock Bottom

Bishops Give Consent to the Election of Mary Glasspool

Lesbian Bishop-elect Mary Glasspool

ENS: Los Angeles Bishop-elect Glasspool receives church's consent to ordination

Story at Stand Firm

TitusOneNine: Statements from the Diocese of Los Angeles on Today’s News

AAC Statement on TEC Approval of Partnered Lesbian Bishop

Added:

AP: Episcopal church approves 2nd gay bishop

Mary Glasspool Is Second Gay Bishop Elected At LA Episcopal Church

NYT: Episcopal Church Approves 2nd Openly Gay Bishop

CNY Rep. Dan Maffei says he will vote for health care reform

By Mark Weiner
The Post-Standard
March 16, 2010

Rep. Dan Maffei said today he will vote for the health care reform bill that is likely to face a historic vote in the House of Representative by Saturday.

Maffei, D-DeWitt, after weeks of weighing the most important vote of his young career in Congress, said he ultimately decided it was more important to vote for the reforms than simply do nothing.

“I’m proud to support this legislation, because it is going to expand coverage, lower costs and finally stop so many of the unfair practices insurance companies have been using for too long," Maffei said. "While reform process isn’t pretty, we’ve debated this bill long enough. In fact, we’ve talked about reforming health care for decades. Doing nothing is no longer an option.”
Maffei made his announcement at the American Cancer Society's local headquarters in East Syracuse. the rest
Comments overwhelmingly negative!

Politico: Rangel an awkward issue for Maffei
Few House Democrats have a closer relationship with embattled House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) than freshman Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.)

Maffei worked as Rangel’s press secretary on the Ways and Means Committee before running for Congress himself, and still maintains a close relationship with the longtime Harlem congressman. But that association puts him in a complicated position when it comes to dealing with the ethical entanglements of his old boss...

UK: Care Quality Commission finds blood spattered walls and filthy ambulances

Quarter of NHS trusts failing hygiene tests
Randeep Ramesh
Tuesday 16 March 2010

A quarter of health trusts failed to meet standards over hospital infections while five were warned over blood-spattered walls and mouldy instruments under a toughened regulatory regime, the Guardian has learned.

Of particular concern was the state of ambulances, which were inspected for the first time. Investigators found dirty forceps stored in some vehicles as well as bloodstains.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) used its sweeping powers last year to assess how well NHS trusts were coping with hospital infections – which affect 300,000 patients a year. the rest

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11 dead in fresh Muslim-Christian violence in Nigeria

By Christian Purefoy, CNN
March 17, 2010

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Attackers killed at least 11 people Wednesday in a region of Nigeria that has been convulsed by violence between Muslims and Christians, an official said.

Muslim herdsmen, some dressed in military uniforms, attacked a predominantly Christian village at about 1 a.m. Wednesday near the city of Jos, close to where a machete-wielding Muslim group killed hundreds in a mostly Christian town this month, said Choji Gyang, special adviser on religious affairs to the governor of the Nigerian state of Plateau. the rest

Court Sets Date for Bishop Bennison’s Appeal

March 17, 2010

The Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop has scheduled a one-day session to hear the appeal of the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr.

The review court will convene at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Cathedral of St. John, Wilmington, Del. The bishops who serve on the court will hear two hours of oral arguments.

In June 2008, the Court for the Trial of a Bishop ruled that Bennison, Bishop of Pennsylvania since 1998, should be deposed for conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. the rest

Australian bishops lead crossing to Rome

Tess Livingstone
The Australian
March 18, 2010

FOUR bishops, 40 priests and thousands of parishioners from the Traditional Anglican Communion will petition the Vatican by Easter to be received into the Catholic Church.

Archbishop John Hepworth of Adelaide, primate of the TAC, said 26 parishes in Western Australia, Tasmania, NSW, Victoria, far north Queensland and South Australia hoped to be united with Rome by the end of the year.

The move comes as 100 Anglican parishes in the US and some in Canada have announced their decisions to convert to Catholicism en masse, voting to take up an offer made by Pope Benedict XVI in November in his apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus (On Groups of Anglicans). The initiative allows Anglican bishops, priests and entire congregations, if they wish, to join Rome.

Archbishop Hepworth, 65, who is married with three children, said the Pope had allowed for a continuation of Anglican practices, including a married clergy. the rest

Albert Mohler: “This is Life We’re Talking About” — Abortion and the Health Care Bill

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ground Zero for the sanctity of human life is now the U.S. House of Representatives, where the Democratic leadership is pulling all the levers to come up with the 216 votes necessary to pass the Obama health care bill. While most of the nation seems preoccupied with the politics of the issue and the political machinations of the frenzied legislative process, the preeminent issue is abortion and the sanctity of human life.

While President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders have insisted that the current bill is "abortion neutral," it is not. As Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life argues, the bill represents "the single greatest expansion of abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision." the rest

Pro-Lifers Take Final Stand Ahead of Health Care Vote

Muslim Teacher Sexually Abuses Christian Children In An Upper Egyptian School

Cairo
March 14, 2010
By Mary Abdelmassih for PCP

A scandal was uncovered this week at an Upper Egyptian elementary girl's school, where a Muslim teacher has been sexually assaulting Christian Coptic children. Copts are enraged due to the impunity with which the State Security authorities have dealt with these crimes.

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Canadian Anglican Church move toward Rome part of 'worldwide movement,' says bishop

Vancouver, Canada
Mar 16, 2010

(CNA/EWTN News).- On March 12, leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) in Canada sent a letter to the Holy Father formally requesting to become unified with the Catholic Church. This initiative, says a leading bishop, is what he believes to be part of a “worldwide movement.”

Bishop Peter Wilkinson of the TAC Diocese of British Columbia, who authored the March 12 letter, discussed Pope Benedict XVI's publication of the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus” with CNA in a phone interview on Monday. The document was released last year and addressed measures planned by the Vatican to allow Anglican communities to enter into communion with the Catholic Church. the rest

Massachusetts candidate says universal health care bankrupting state

Calls national plan repeat of a mistake
By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / March 17, 2010

State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent candidate for governor making a play for fiscally conservative voters, said yesterday that the state’s universal health care law is bankrupting Massachusetts and will do the same nationally if Congress passes a similar plan.

“If President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistake of the health insurance reform here in Massachusetts on a national level, they will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years,’’ Cahill said at a press conference. the rest

Related: The failure of RomneyCare
The former Massachusetts governor enacted something very similar to the Obama health plan. It isn't working well.

Obama's New Partner: Al Sharpton
Rev. Al Sharpton has found a new role: telling black leaders to quiet their criticisms and give the government a chance.

Turning America Into a Banana Republic
Exhibit A is President Obama's frenzied government takeover of health care, which fevered Democrats insist they will "pass" by any means necessary, even illegal, unconstitutional means.

Stanford Law School professor Michael McConnell on the Constitutional challenge to the Slaughter solution on Obamacare.
Interview with Hugh Hewitt

Health Care Reform Meets the Chicago Way
But now, with the Chicago Way White House twisting arms for its federal health care legislation, Democrats in Congress and Chicago aldermen are beginning to share a remarkable resemblance.

Dead Congress Walking
The Democrats are afraid of the voters and mad at each other. Their vaunted health care reform is going to do them in.

What Democrats Think of the American People
Democratic leaders in the House are apparently moving towards the "Slaughter Solution" of avoiding a direct vote on the health care legislation and instead passing the Senate health care bill by voting to "deem" it passed. As they do so, they keep reassuring the media--and each other--that the American people don't care.

Study: Health Care Legislation Will Cost up to 700,000 Jobs by 2019
Americans for Tax Reform Foundation today released a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute on the job losses that will result from the passage of President Obama’s healthcare plan.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Internet Video: Muslims Must Rise Up in Nigeria

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 16, 2010

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A video posted on a militant Web site calls for Muslims in Nigeria to use ''the sword and the spear'' to rise up against Christians in Africa's most populous nation, according to a translation released Tuesday by a U.S. group that monitors militant sites.

The video on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum, a Web site sympathetic to al-Qaida, comes in the wake of a series of religious massacres and riots in central Nigeria. the rest

Monday, March 15, 2010

Devotional: Other refuge have I none...

Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high!
Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
Till the storm of life be past;
Safe into the haven guide,
Oh, receive my soul at last!

Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me!
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
More than all in Thee I find:
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name;
I am all unrighteousness:
False and full of sin I am;
Thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound,
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art
Freely let me take of Thee:
Spring Thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity!

...Charles Wesley image by visulogik

Nancy Pelosi lines up baby human shields

Here: Michelle Malkin and here: Jill Stanek

Slaughter House Rules
How Democrats may 'deem' ObamaCare into law, without voting.

ObamaCare and Eugenics

How abortion subsidies threaten reproductive liberty.
MARCH 15, 2010
By JAMES TARANTO

Excerpt:
In order to be effective, a policy of using abortion as a cost-cutting measure would have to aim at preventing the birth of babies with such pre-existing conditions. The goal would be not a reduction in the number of babies, but an "improvement" in the "quality" (narrowly defined in economic terms) of the babies who are born. This is known as eugenics.

Getting government into the eugenics business would have disturbing implications for reproductive liberty. What would happen to a woman who received, say, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome? She would be free (as she is today) to exercise her right to have an abortion. But would she be free to exercise her right not to have an abortion?

Presumably the government could not directly force her to abort, as this would provoke political outrage and run afoul of Roe v. Wade and subsequent rulings. But one can easily imagine softer forms of coercion coming into play. A government-run insurance plan, for instance, could deny or limit coverage for the treatment of certain conditions if diagnosed before fetal viability, on the ground that the taxpayer should not be forced to pay the costs of the woman's choice to carry her child to term. Perhaps the courts would find this an "undue burden" on a woman's right to choose, but that does not strike us as an open-and-shut case. the rest

Archbishop Chaput: Catholics, Health Care, and the Senate’s Bad Bill

Mar 15, 2010
Charles J. Chaput

The Senate version of health care reform currently being forced ahead by congressional leaders and the White House is a bad bill that will result in bad law. It does not deserve, nor does it have, the support of the Catholic bishops of our country. Nor does the American public want it. As I write this column on March 14, the Senate bill remains gravely flawed. It does not meet minimum moral standards in at least three important areas: the exclusion of abortion funding and services; adequate conscience protections for health care professionals and institutions; and the inclusion of immigrants.

Groups, trade associations, and publications describing themselves as “Catholic” or “prolife” that endorse the Senate version—whatever their intentions—are doing a serious disservice to the nation and to the Church, undermining the witness of the Catholic community and ensuring the failure of genuine, ethical health care reform. By their public actions, they create confusion at exactly the moment Catholics need to think clearly about the remaining issues in the health care debate. They also provide the illusion of moral cover for an unethical piece of legislation. the rest

Practically Theological

How churches are teaching doctrine—and finding eager participants.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey
3/15/2010

Before he started talking, Solomon Wilken was singing from his crib—and not children's hymns, either. Like the rest of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, he learned "Glory to God in the Highest" from the church hymnal.

His father, Todd, an assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran, bypassed children's church and took Solomon to the sanctuary with the adults. As churches look for innovative ways to teach their members about Christian doctrine, Todd Wilken urges leaders to start with baby steps. the rest

Poll: Few Plan to Invite Unchurched to Easter Service

Mon, Mar. 15 2010
By Jennifer Riley
Christian Post Reporter

Less than half of American churchgoers plan to invite unchurched people to Easter worship service this year, a new survey found.

Only one out of three active churchgoers (31 percent) said they would definitely invite someone they know who does not usually attend church to join them for Easter service, according to a Barna Group survey that examines Americans’ view on Easter.

The survey also found that though a solid majority of Americans would describe Easter as a religious celebration (67 percent), only a minority (42 percent) connected Easter with the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. the rest image by phoebe photo

Indiana court rejects PCUSA property claim

By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman
Friday, March 12, 2010

Citing conflicting interpretations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order, and affirming that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits civil court interpretations of ecclesiastical documents, Indiana Judge Carl Heldt of the Vanderburgh Circuit Court has rejected PCUSA claims to a local church’s property.

At issue was an attempt by the Presbytery of Ohio Valley and the Synod of Lincoln Trails to seize property belonging to the Olivet Presbyterian Church, a former PCUSA congregation in Evansville, Ind., that left the denomination in order to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Heldt rejected claims based on a “trust clause” in the PCUSA constitution and based his ruling in favor of the local church on “neutral principles of law.” the rest

New York state government is a den of thieves

BY Fred Siegel
March 22, 2010

New York governor David Paterson, beset by charges of witness tampering in the case of a close aide accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend, has spoken of legalizing ultimate fighting as a revenue raiser to help close the state’s $8 billion plus budget gap. But New Yorkers looking for brawling entertainment need look no further than the Democratic caucus of the state senate where Paterson had been a member for 20 years.

During a debate on whether to expel Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate, who was convicted of a misdemeanor for trying to slash his girlfriend’s throat with a piece of broken glass, State Senator Kevin Parker rose to the occasion. Parker, under indictment for attacking a news photographer, has a personal stake in defending Monserrate. Sent to anger-management counseling for punching a female traffic agent, the solidly built 5′11″ Parker could also be expelled if he’s convicted in the photographer assault case. the rest

Obamacare: The Anti-Jobs Bill

Obamacare would badly undermine America’s economic prospects.
BY James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin
March 22, 2010

After a year of debate and legislative scheming, President Obama and congressional Democrats are making one last push for their ill-conceived health care plan. Fittingly, the endgame is as unseemly as the various maneuvers and backroom deals that got them this far.

The procedural machinations are outrageous and embarrassing. But they are not nearly as bad as the substance of what the Democrats are pushing. Obama-care (like the public’s distaste for it) has not changed—and the sordid details of the desperate struggle to pass the bill must not cause us to forget its ruinous implications for the country. It is a sweeping and expensive plan to put the federal government in the driver’s seat of American health care. But no less important than the dangers it poses for American medicine are the ways it threatens to undermine the nation’s prosperity. the rest

Swing Districts Oppose Health Reform

Why our kids don't go to kindergarten

Like many home-schooling families, we saw an educational system plagued by tests, drills, busywork and flawed ideas
By Andrew O'Hehir
March 15, 2010

This is the third in a series. (Read the first installment here and the second installment here.)

About a year ago, a friend of my wife's was touring the kindergarten classroom at her local school, in a middle-class, racially mixed New York neighborhood. She noticed the lack of blocks, craft supplies, sand or water tables, a puppet theater -- things she remembered from her own year in kindergarten, long ago. The teacher shook his head firmly. "They played with that stuff in pre-K," he said. "In kindergarten, they're here to work."

I have no doubt that the teacher thought that was the right answer, and for some parents it might have been. Our friend ended up deciding to home-school her son, which is how Leslie, my wife, met her in the first place. But that isn't the moral of the story. One isolated anecdote has no larger social relevance, and, believe it or not, I don't mean to use it as an evangelical tool. the rest image

Health insurance: few employers choose abortion coverage

by Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 14, 2010

CHICAGO -- In North Dakota, where insurers can cover abortions if customers pay a separate premium, the state's largest provider says it sells no abortion policies because no one has asked to buy one.

Amid a high-stakes debate over abortion that could determine the fate of President Obama's health-care initiative, North Dakota's law offers a test because it is much like the language favored by antiabortion lawmakers on Capitol Hill, notably Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

"There's not a lot to tell. We have no member who elected to have abortion riders," said Denise Kolpack, vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, which covers about 80 percent of the North Dakota market. "We would be legally bound to provide an offering, but we have no groups that have requested it." the rest

Sunday, March 14, 2010

BART STUPAK: OBAMACARE IS A DEATH PANEL FOR CHILDREN

Gary P.
03/13/2010

Excerpt:
Sitting in an airport, on his way home to Michigan, Rep. Bart Stupak, a pro-life Democrat, is chagrined. “They’re ignoring me,” he says, in a phone interview with National Review Online. “That’s their strategy now. The House Democratic leaders think they have the votes to pass the Senate’s health-care bill without us. At this point, there is no doubt that they’ve been able to peel off one or two of my twelve. And even if they don’t have the votes, it’s been made clear to us that they won’t insert our language on the abortion issue.”

According to Stupak, that group of twelve pro-life House Democrats — the “Stupak dozen” — has privately agreed for months to vote ‘no’ on the Senate’s health-care bill if federal funding for abortion is included in the final legislative language. Now, in the debate’s final hours, Stupak says the other eleven are coming under “enormous” political pressure from both the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). “I am a definite ‘no’ vote,” he says. “I didn’t cave. The others are having both of their arms twisted, and we’re all getting pounded by our traditional Democratic supporters, like unions.”

Read it all here.

The sanctity of life, the protection of the innocent, is what sets us apart from the lower species. It should alarm all people, worldwide, that this President and his Congress not only want to promote the destruction of human life, in a crass attempt to save money for a health care overhaul that the American people don’t even want, but want the American people to pay for it too!

It’s fantastically evil. the rest

A 'Back-Door' public option?

On Satan’s trail with Don Gabriele, the world’s most famous exorcist

From The Times
March 13, 2010
Richard Owen, Rome

"Are you afraid of the Devil?” The world’s most famous exorcist levels his gaze at me and then smiles.

“No, it is he who is afraid of me. I work in the name of the Lord. Poor Satan.”

Poor Satan?

“Oh yes. The Evil One shouts and makes noises, but we are made in God’s image, we have the Holy Trinity on our side. There is no need to be afraid of the Devil unless we give in to his temptations. the rest

Child abuse claims sweep Catholic Church in Europe

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
Associated Press Writer
Sat Mar 13, 2010

DUBLIN – It often starts as a voice in the wilderness, but can swell into an entire nation's demand for truth. From Ireland to Germany, Europe's many victims of child abuse in the Roman Catholic church are finally breaking social taboos and confronting the clergy to face its demons.

Ireland was the first in Europe to confront the church's worldwide custom of shielding pedophile priests from the law and public scandal. Now that legacy of suppressed childhood horror is being confronted in other parts of the Continent — nowhere more poignantly than in Germany, the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI.

The recent spread of claims into the Netherlands, Austria and Italy has analysts and churchmen wondering how deep the scandal runs, which nation will be touched next, and whether a tide of lawsuits will force European dioceses to declare bankruptcy like their American cousins. the rest