Saturday, May 15, 2010

Statement from Anglican Mainstream following the consecration of Mary Glasspool as Suffragan Bishop of Los Angeles

May 15th, 2010

In her letter to the Primates, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC) Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, confirmed that the consecration of the openly gay Mary Glasspool is not a random event but comes from the settled mind of her church. Sadly, this shows that TEC has now explicitly decided to walk apart from most of the rest of the Communion.

Since that decision by TEC has to be respected, it should result in three consequences. First, TEC withdrawing, or being excluded from the Anglican Communion's representative bodies. Second, a way must be found to enable those orthodox Anglicans who remain within TEC to continue in fellowship with the Churches of the worldwide Communion. Third, the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) should now be recognized an authentic Anglican Church within the Communion.

Dr Philip Giddings, Convenor,

Canon Dr Chris Sugden
Executive Secretary
Anglican Mainstream

Friday, May 14, 2010

Noted Christian Artist Part of New ACNA Church in New Mexico

When Christ the King Anglican Church launched in Albuquerque, N.M. in October, they brought their artist-in-residence with them, contemporary Christian recording artist and worship leader, Fernando Ortega.
May 14, 2010
By Ralinda Gregor

When Christ the King Anglican Church launched in Albuquerque, N.M. in October, the new AC-NA parish started out with some unique resources. Not only were they able to lease an empty church building and move in immediately, but they also brought their artist-in-residence with them, contemporary Christian recording artist and worship leader, Fernando Ortega.

Ortega and his wife Margee, newcomers to Anglicanism, joined St. Mark’s on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church three years ago and made the move to Christ the King with the Revs. Roger and Libbie Weber and the majority of the congregation. Ortega had been on the church staff less than three months when the parish realigned with AC-NA. the rest

What is the Law?

May 13, 2010
By Cal Thomas

We are told by no less than President Obama and supporters of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, that she "loves the law."

I love my cat, but what does loving the law mean for the court, for the law and for the public?

What is the law? Is it a game played by insiders who went to Harvard (or Yale) law schools and the intellectual equivalent of theological debates over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Or is it something else, and if something else, what? the rest

In other words, if the law is a kind of judicial floating crap game, no one can say at any given moment where the "game" is being played or what the outcome might be. But law that is fixed and conforms people to a recognized standard promotes the general welfare -- as opposed to political interests -- and even increases civil liberties.

That's the kind of law I want and the kind of law the public should desire if it fully understood what is at stake in these debates about the Supreme Court. But Elena Kagan appears not to embrace this type of law. Neither is it how the progressive President Obama views the law. The president believes the law should serve his political goals.

Costa Rica: Bishop fined for urging faithful to vote according to Catholic teachings

San José, Costa Rica
May 10, 2010

(CNA) Costa Rica’s Electoral Supreme Court has ordered Bishop Jose Francisco Ulloa to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to cast their votes in manner consistent with Catholic teachings.

The bishop made his comments during a Mass on September 6, 2009, amidst the presidential campaign season and the debate over abortion and homosexual rights. the rest

During the Mass last September, Bishop Ulloa told the faithful, “We are facing a political campaign in which we must carefully choose who is going to govern us. We are now finding out which candidates deny God and defend principles that go against life, marriage, and the family. Therefore, we must be coherent with our faith and cannot give them our vote in good conscience.”

New British government includes first Muslim woman minister

CNN Wire Staff
May 13, 2010

(CNN) -- Chalk up another "first" for the new British government. Not only does it have the youngest prime minister in almost 200 years and the first peacetime coalition government in nearly 70, it has the first Muslim woman to be a full member of the Cabinet.

She's Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative who was named minister without portfolio.

It's not immediately clear what her responsibilities will be, a spokesman for the government said.

In opposition, she was the Conservatives' point person on "community cohesion and social action." the rest

Out loud

Written by Andrée Seu
May 14, 2010

The main thing I have to say about speaking out loud to God is that I need to do it somehow.

Partly it’s as basic as being able to disentangle my prayers from the stream of random thoughts in my mind: When you pray out loud you know you’ve prayed. Also, prayer that percolates up to the lips, even if in barely a whisper, packs a force that stands a fighting chance against the screaming banshees of desire and mutiny. I pray out loud because the battle in me is fierce and so prayer must be fierce.

That’s just for openers. But the Bible hints at a greater mystery. Romans 10:9-10 links our very salvation to what we confess out loud as well as to what we believe. It is a very strong statement:

“. . . if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

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House Members: New Obama Admin. Rule Tramples Law, Enables Sex-Traffickers

Thursday May 13, 2010

( – A group of U.S. representatives are claiming that a new rule regarding HIV funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which becomes effective Thursday, undermines U.S. anti-sex trafficking and prostitution efforts.

The representatives argue that the rule will open the floodgates of U.S. taxpayer money to organizations which participate in or deliberately ignore sex trafficking and prostitution.

At a Thursday press conference, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), the author of a landmark U.S. anti-trafficking law and two subsequent anti-trafficking laws, and Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16), who is also a human rights leader in Congress, spoke out against the new administrative rule, saying it weakens current federal law. the rest

Debate on the 9/11 Mosque

Pamela Geller debates the 9/11 Mosque on Hannity radio show

Eric Holder refuses to say "Radical Islam"

Holder admits: No, I haven’t read the Arizona law I’ve been dumping on

Plan to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero Riles Families of 9/11 Victims

Autistic Boy Charged With Making Terrorist Threats Over Stick-Figure Sketch

Thursday, 13 May 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A fourteen-year-old autistic boy is facing terrorist charges after a sketch he made in school.

The sketch shows two stick-figures. One of them is labeled ‘Me’ and is shown shooting a gun at another with a teacher’s name above it.

Karen Finn says that her son, 8th grader Shane Finn, doesn’t understand why he is in trouble. She says the boy is autistic and has the mental capacity of a 3rd grader.


Outrage Spreads Over Decision Not to Send Girls' Basketball Team to Arizona

May 13, 2010

The outrage over an Illinois school administrator's decision to cancel a girls' basketball team's trip to Arizona has caught fire on the Internet, where a Facebook group has been set up to call for her to be fired.

"You send kids to China but your beliefs and values dont align with Arizona? That just proves you have no business working at a school," reads the Facebook group's description. the rest

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Children Killed in Brutal Attack at Chinese School

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Grantees and Nonprofit Clients May Be in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

Hundreds of thousands of exempt nonprofits will lose federal tax exemptions beginning in May
May 7, 2010

Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information, encourages grantmakers and businesses that work with exempt organizations to remind their grantees and clients that the first legally mandated revocations of tax-exempt status are imminent.

"Once the IRS begins issuing revocation notices in 2011, the sector will change dramatically," noted Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of GuideStar. "It will be important for grantmakers, businesses that provide nonprofit discounts, and others who need to verify nonprofit status to know which organizations are still exempt and which are not. As the IRS announces its procedures and as information on the revocations becomes available, we will incorporate them into GuideStar Charity Check, our due-diligence tool for verifying charitable status and researching supporting organizations." the rest

Voters Shifting to GOP, Poll Finds

MAY 13, 2010

Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections, putting the GOP in position for a strong comeback in November's mid-term campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The findings suggest that public opinion has hardened in advance of the 2010 elections, making it tougher for Democrats to translate their legislative successes, or a tentatively improving U.S. economy, into gains among voters.

Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress. the rest

The Ascension: Sing we triumphant hymns of praise!

Sing we triumphant hymns of praise,
New hymns to Heaven exulting raise:
Christ, by a road before untrod,
Ascendeth to the throne of God.

Be Thou our joy and strong defense,
Who art our future recompense:
So shall the light that springs from Thee
Be ours through all eternity.
...The Venerable Bede

"The meaning of Christ's Ascension," writes Pope Benedict ," expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God."It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as temporary absence of Christ in the world." Rather we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him. Heaven is a person: Jesus himself is what we call heaven .' " image

The Wrong Man

by William Kilpatrick
May 13th, 2010

It’s a standard plot device in thrillers and spy movies: the police arrest or detain the wrong man—in fact, the only man who can stop the real murderer or foil the spies. Think of the Thirty Nine-Steps, one of Hitchcock’s first masterpieces. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) has information that could prevent an international ring of spies from securing vital military secrets. Do the police believe him? No, instead they aggressively pursue him across England and Scotland for a murder he didn’t commit.

The same formula is a staple in science fiction and monster movies. The authorities—police, military or CIA—detain the one person who has the code or the formula or the knowledge that will destroy the monster or prevent the aliens from conquering the planet. And, invariably, the authorities are portrayed as obtuse, unimaginative types, who can’t seem to grasp the big picture.

What brings such movies to mind is the recently hatched high-brow plan to arrest the Pope. In April, Geoffrey Robertson, a high-ranking United Nations jurist, called on the British government to detain Pope Benedict XVI when he visits England in September. Robertson wants the UK to send the pope to the International Criminal Court to be tried for “crimes against humanity.” Robertson is backed up by celebrity atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. According to the London Times, Dawkins and Hitchens have commissioned Robertson and Mark Stephens, a solicitor, to draw up a justification for legal action.

Let’s see…Islamic religious leaders in the UK and around the world are spewing hatred at Christians and Jews, and are calling for the destruction of Israel, the murder of homosexuals, the imposition of Sharia law in Europe, and the defeat of “the Great Satan” (the U.S.). Oh, and they want the right to marry twelve-year-olds—maybe as many as four per man. But according to the twisted logic of the West’s self-appointed virtue police, it’s time to lock up the Pope. the rest image

Ardor and Order

The charismatic renewal has disappeared like yeast into bread dough.
David Neff

April 3 marked exactly 50 years since Episcopal priest Dennis Bennett resigned from his post as rector of St. Mark's Church in Van Nuys, California. He knew that his glowing talk about baptism in the Holy Spirit had provoked fear and resentment among some members of his congregation. He didn't know that he was about to become the central character in a new movement—the charismatic renewal of the mainline denominations. Soon, Bennett and his message were the subjects of stories in Newsweek and Time and the objects of international attention.

In April 1960, I was a seventh grader in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, culturally and religiously as distant from Southern California Episcopalians as an American could be. But by 1974, I had a newly minted M.Div. and became pastor of a church near San Diego. There I became friends with Frank Maguire, an Episcopal priest who featured prominently in Dennis Bennett's autobiographical Nine O'Clock in the Morning.

In 1959, Maguire had invited Bennett to meet members of his parish who were experiencing unusual spiritual phenomena. These folk weren't doing anything wild and crazy, Maguire told Bennett. They just glowed "like little light bulbs" and were "so loving and ready to help whenever I asked them." When I met Maguire almost 15 years later, the charismatics I met in his parish still weren't wild or crazy. And they still had the glow and the love Maguire had told Bennett about. the rest

The Depopulation of Greenland

Will the last one to leave turn out the Northern lights?
BY Jonathan V. Last
May 17, 2010

A few weeks ago, Palle Christiansen, Greenland’s minister of finance warned that his country was facing an existential threat from immigration. Yet unlike the far-right politicians of Europe who take up this theme, Christiansen was not fretting over foreigners coming to his country’s shores, but about fellow citizens leaving.

For the past three decades, Greenland has been growing increasingly prosperous and inching away from its colonial sovereign, Denmark, toward full independence. But prosperity has also led more and more educated young Greenlanders to take up opportunities elsewhere. Greenland’s encounter with globalization is a case study in how unpredictable the forces of modernity can be. On the one hand, globalization offers the tantalizing prospect that Greenland will soon be able to afford independence. On the other hand, it presents the unsettling possibility that Greenland as it has existed for the last century will simply cease to be. the rest image by Nick Russill

UK: Catholic school girl who refused headscarf for mosque trip labelled a truant

By James Tozer
13th May 2010

A Roman Catholic schoolgirl has been labelled a truant after she refused to wear a headscarf during a compulsory trip to a mosque.

Amy Owen, 14, and fellow girl pupils at a Catholic secondary school were told to cover their heads and wear trousers or leggings out of respect for their Muslim hosts.

But when her mother objected, saying she did not want her daughter to 'dress as a Muslim', she received a sternly worded warning letter from the headmaster saying she had no choice. the rest

White House slashes NY anti-terrorism funds amid buzz Obama will meet with NYPD Times Square heroes

By Michael Mcauliff

Eleven days after the botched plot to bomb Times Square, the Obama administration on Wednesday slashed some $53 million from the city's terror-fighting budget.

"For the administration to announce these cuts two weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing shows they just don't get it and are not doing right by New York City," fumed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

To top it off, the news arrives as President Obama comes to town today amid buzz he will meet with the very cops who helped thwart the bombing. the rest

Mysterious Blight Destroys Afghan Poppy Harvest

May 12, 2010

Up to one-third of Afghanistan’s poppy harvest this spring has been destroyed by a mysterious disease, according to estimates revealed Wednesday by United Nations officials, potentially complicating the American and NATO military offensives this summer in the country’s opium-producing heartland.

The Taliban’s public relations strategy against the offensives includes trying to convince local residents that Western troops will destroy their poppy crops, and in recent weeks Afghan farmers have started blaming the American and NATO militaries for spreading the disease, United Nations officials say. In many places, the blight has wiped out more than half of individual poppy fields. the rest

Weird Clouds Look Even Better From Space

By Betsy Mason
May 12, 2010

Clouds are fascinating because they take on so many different, beautiful shapes and are constantly changing. Cloud-watching from Earth can be endlessly entertaining, but some of the most amazing cloud patterns can only be properly appreciated from space.

Satellites can take in thousands of miles of the Earth’s surface in one shot, revealing complicated and intriguing cloud patterns we could never see from below. We’ve gathered here some of the best cloud formations to see from above. More!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Devotional: Who is the most useful Christian?

These--lowliness, meekness, long-suffering, loving forbearance--quiet, unpretending, unshowy virtues, are amongst the best means for promoting true unity in the church of God. Who is the most useful Christian? Not as a rule he who has the most transcendent genius, brilliant talents, and commanding eloquence, but he who has the most of this quiet, loving, forbearing spirit. The world may do without its Niagara, whose thundering roar and majestic rush excite the highest amazement of mankind, but it cannot spare the thousand rivulets that glide unseen and unheard every moment through the earth, imparting life, and verdure, and beauty wherever they go. And so the church may do without its men of splendid abilities, but it cannot do without its men of tender, loving, forbearing souls.
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One of Jupiter's belts disappears

Emma Woollacott
Wed 12th May 2010

It seems to be a day for carelessness. First Apple loses another iPhone prototype, and now Jupiter's lost a belt.

One of the first to spot the change was blogger Astrobob.

"That bad boy south equatorial belt (SEB) has completely faded away. Point your scope at the planet any morning soon and you'll see only one obvious dark stripe, the North Equatorial Belt," he says on his blog.

"Jupiter with only one belt is almost like seeing Saturn when its rings are edge-on and invisible for a time - it just doesn't look right."

The belts are composed of ammonia ice, with a little sulfur and phosphorus thrown in. Scientists aren't quite sure how to account for them - one theory is that they are simply gaps in higher, paler clouds that allow the darker, deeper levels to show through. the rest-image

Kagan Argued to prohibit political speech by corporations

Monday, May 10, 2010
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief - Solicitor General Elena Kagan, nominated Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, told that court in September that Congress could constitutionally prohibit corporations from engaging in political speech such as publishing pamphlets that advocate the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office.

Kagan’s argument that the government could prohibit political speech by corporations was rejected by a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in that case, and in a scathing concurrence Chief Justice John Roberts took direct aim at Kagan’s argument that the government could ban political pamphlets. the rest

Pope blames church's sins for scandal

May 11,2010
By Nicole Winfield

LISBON (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday blamed the church's own sins for the clerical abuse scandal -- not a campaign mounted by outsiders -- and called for profound purification to end what he called the "greatest persecution" the church has endured.

His strong comments placed the blame for the crisis squarely on the sins of pedophile priests, repudiating the Vatican's initial response to the scandal, in which it blamed the media as well as pro-choice and pro-gay marriage advocates for mounting a campaign against the church and the pope. the rest

Growing church opts for tele-communion

Mon, May 10, 2010

GARNER -- A new church was born Sunday morning, but, like an increasing number of congregations, it has no preaching pastor.

In what has become one of the most popular church growth methods across the country, a large white screen unfurled in front of the stage with the preacher's image projected on it, preempting the live sermon and the pastor's physical presence.

Welcome to the satellite church, a 21st century phenomenon that owes its success to advances in technology. These days, instead of starting new congregations, churches are reproducing the successful ones, franchise-style. the rest

Church Should Give 'More Consideration' to 'Quality' of Homosexual Relationships: Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna

May 10, 2010

( – The Church should "give more consideration" to "the quality" of homosexual relationships, the cardinal archbishop of Vienna said this weekend. Christoph Schönborn told the far-left British Catholic magazine the Tablet that the Church should also consider allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion since “many people don’t even marry at all any longer.”

“We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships. A stable relationship is certainly better than if someone chooses to be promiscuous,” Schönborn said.

He also declined to comment when asked if the discipline of clerical celibacy is one of the causes of clerical sexual abuse, saying only that psychotherapists are divided on the issue. the rest

“For It”: MSA Student Confesses She Wants a Second Holocaust


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Devotional: Meditate upon the love of Christ to you...

Meditate upon the love of Christ to you. It is a love ancient and venerable, tried and proved. He loved you when you were not; he loved you when you were, but were not what you should be. He has loved you into spiritual being; he has loved you so as to keep you in that being. He loved you so as to suffer and to die, and he loves you so as to permit you to suffer for his sake. He has loved you so well as to bear with your ill manners, your shortcomings, and your transgressions, your coldness, your backsliding, your lack of prayer, your hardness of heart your little love to your brethren, and all the other sins of which I will not now accuse you, for it is a time of love. He has loved you right on without pausing or slackening. Some of you have known his love these twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years; yes, some of you even more than that. It is no new thing with us to sing, “Jesus loves me.” All this while he has never failed us once, nor done us an ill turn. ...CH Spurgeon image by esperales

Thieves take controversial Mojave Desert cross

Associated Press Writer
May 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Thieves have stolen a cross in the Mojave Desert that was built to honor Americans who died in war, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the religious symbol to remain on federal land.

The 7-foot-high cross was stolen late Sunday or early Monday by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the sprawling desert preserve, National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater said.

Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but Slater said possible suspects range from scrap metal scavengers to people "with an interest in the case," Slater said.

The U.S. Justice Department was looking into the case, and a veterans group planned to offer a $25,000 reward to help catch the thieves.
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Home-school is so popular some getting suspicious

May 10, 2010

More than 22,620 Texas secondary students who stopped showing up for class in 2008 were excluded from the state's dropout statistics because administrators said they were being home-schooled, according to Texas Education Agency figures.

But that's where the scrutiny of this growing population seems to end, leaving some experts convinced that schools are disguising thousands of middle and high school dropouts in this hands-off category.

While home-schooling's popularity has increased, the rate of growth concentrated in Texas' high school population is off the chart: It's nearly tripled in the last decade, including a 24 percent jump in a single year. the rest

Resurrection Sunday Dance, Budapest, Hungary

On April 4, 2010, over 1,300 young people, all of them members of Faith Church celebrated Resurrection Sunday in Budapest, Hungary.

Church of England Prepares for Heated Women Bishops Debate

Mon, May. 10 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

The Church of England on Saturday released draft legislation that would open up the way for women to become bishops.

The new set of proposals is expected to be divisive and cause some to even leave the body as most provisions accommodating opponents to female bishops were thrown out.

In a 142-page report, the revision committee acknowledged "the fact" that they "have not been able to come up with a set or proposals that everyone now says that they can live with." But the committee went on to state that the conclusions they reached reflect what the majority of them believe to be "both principled and pragmatic." the rest

Same Sex, Different Marriage

Many of those who want marriage equality do not want fidelity.
Mollie Hemingway

Same-sex marriage advocates frequently ask, "How would gay marriage affect your marriage?" The question is posed rhetorically, as if marriage is a private institution with no social consequences.

But The New York Times, of all papers, argues that gay unions could significantly alter marriage norms. A new study of gay couples in San Francisco shows that half are "open," meaning that partners consent to each other having sex with other people. The Times says that the prevalence of such relationships could "rewrite the traditional rules of matrimony" by showing straight couples that monogamy need not be a "central feature" of marriage and that sexually open relationships might "point the way for the survival of the institution."

In the gay community, open relationships are neither news nor controversial. Many of my partnered, gay male friends are in open relationships, some of which have lasted for decades. But the Times reporter, Scott James, who is himself gay, notes that nobody in an open relationship agreed to give their full name for the story, worrying that "discussing the subject could undermine the legal fight for same-sex marriage." the rest

A 'Duty To Die' In An Advanced Civilization?


One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.

This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government. the rest

New York State Opens a Door to Vote Fraud

May 11, 2010
By David Pietrusza

Card check -- the scheme that violates the traditional American freedom of the secret ballot in labor union organizing elections -- has just captured a beachhead in New York State general election law, arguably opening the floodgates to massive ACORN-style voter fraud and intimidation.

The event at hand involves absentee ballot "reforms" hurriedly signed into law by New York's hapless accidental governor David A. Paterson.

In the era before the Australian "secret ballot" came to America, voting could be a tricky -- and often violent -- proposition. Goons from such big-city machines as Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall knew how you voted, and if you knew what was good for you, you voted the right way.

All that changed with the secret ballot. What you did behind the curtain stayed behind the curtain. American elections got a lot cleaner and fairer.

But with an absentee ballot, party activists can "assist" you in filling out those ballots as they cannot "assist" you at your local polling place.

The possibility for intimidation increases exponentially once those in power -- or those who lust for power -- know how you are voting.

So, of course, does the possibility of fraud. the rest

Prayers Answered: Seniors Can Pray Before Meals at Georgia Center

May 10, 2010

Their prayers have been answered. The Georgia senior center that barred elderly citizens from saying a communal prayer before meals has changed its policy after inquiries from and other news organizations.

Residents at the Ed Young Senior Citizens Center in Port Wentworth, Ga., were told last week that instead of participating in a prayer, they should observe a moment of silence before their federally-funded meal. the rest

Abortion could be sleeper issue in Supreme Court confirmation process

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

In the hours after President Obama introduced Elena Kagan as his choice for the Supreme Court, there was little talk about her position on abortion, an issue that has faded from the political forefront during the past year's economic crises.

But Kagan's take on Roe V. Wade could become a sleeper issue during the next six weeks, as activists on both the left and the right seek to better understand how the Solicitor General might rule on a right to privacy if she is confirmed to the court. the rest

Fr. Pavone: Abortion advocates do not belong on Supreme Court

Kagan's Chicago ties

Elena Kagan's Achilles' Heel
Were Kagan to be passed over for the Supreme Court because of her views on military recruitment, many liberals would likely consider it unfair. But it would make ambitious Ivy League administrators think twice because succumbing to the left-wing mindlessness that sometimes prevails on campus.

An Anti-Military Justice?
Do ask, don't confirm

The Diversity Scam and the Supreme Court
Our obsession with diversity has produced a governing class of monolithic sameness

Judicial Experts: Elena Kagan Has Little Experience, Backs Using Foreign Law
The initial insight from leading conservative judicial experts is that pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has little experience. They also say she has promoted the use of foreign law in court decisions, which could further entrench the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Devotional: And he who searches hearts knows...

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8: 27

It is not necessary to be always speaking to God or alw
ays hearing from God, to have communion with Him; there is an inarticulate fellowship more sweet than words. The little child can sit all day long beside its busy mother and, although few words are spoken on either side, and both are busy, the one at his absorbing play, the other at her engrossing work, yet both are in perfect fellowship. He knows that she is there, and she knows that he is all right. So the saint and the Saviour can go on for hours in the silent fellowship of love, and he be busy about the most common things, and yet conscious that every little thing he does is touched with the complexion of His presence, and the sense of His approval and blessing.

And then, when pressed with burdens and troubles too complicated to put into words and too mysterious to tell or understand, how sweet it is to fall back into His blessed arms, and just sob out the sorrow that we cannot speak!
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Rev. Phil Ashey on Singapore

AAC email newsletter
By The Rev. Phil Ashey, J.D.
Chief Operating and Development Officer, American Anglican Council

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Upon my return from Singapore I had to plunge immediately into the organizational Synod of the newly forming Anglican Diocese of the South - a new diocese in the AC-NA that the AAC has helped to launch through our organizational work and our conference on "Sharing our Faith." I hope that the following observations are neither untimely nor redundant of what others have written and observed of the Fourth Anglican Global South to South Encounter at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore. My observations come from a time of reflection and distance from the events and conversations in which I participated, and can be summed up in three words: Gratitude, caution and hope.

Gratitude: I am grateful for the privilege and honor of representing the AC-NA with Archbishop Duncan, Bishop Guernsey and Mr. Hugo Blankingship, chancellor of the ACNA. I am grateful for the opportunities to fellowship with Communion Partner Bishops Mark Lawrence and John Howe. I am grateful for the exceptional organization and hospitality extended by Archbishop John Chew, the clergy and the people of the Diocese of Singapore. I am grateful for the anointed Bible studies by Bishop Rennis Ponniah, assisting Bishop of Singapore, from Isaiah on a new vision for God, the Church and leadership. The Bible studies and prayer times brought us daily into the presence of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit! I am grateful for the special meeting called by the primates to hear the concerns of the AC-NA and Communion Partners and better understand the situation we face in North America. I am grateful for the mutually supporting words offered by Archbishop Duncan and Bishop Howe in response to their questions. I am grateful that the primates recognized the flaws in the current version of the Anglican Covenant, insisted upon compliance with Lambeth Resolution 1.10 as a precondition for signing the Covenant, called for the primates to review and enforce the Covenant rather than the ersatz "Standing Committee," and thereby reaffirmed the authority and responsibility of the primates regarding faith and order in the Anglican Communion.

Caution: The Global South is not a monolithic entity. As someone in my small group remarked, it is made up of many voices and many interests. During the debate over the language of the final communique, some of those voices echoed the same refrains we heard 20 years ago when The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) placed sexual freedom above the authority of scripture. Even in my small group someone remarked, "And how can one define orthodoxy?" Fortunately, those voices were not able to stop the strong language of the communique condemning the innovations of TEC and the ACoC, reaffirming the authority of Holy Scripture and its call to corporate and personal holiness, and encouraging every (orthodox) province to declare full communion with AC-NA and Communion Partners. But the question remains: how will the Global South choose to order itself in the years ahead? Up to now, the Global South has enjoyed congruence between geography, history and theology. When TEC and the ACoC ignore the communique and show up at the next meetings of the instruments of unity, who will stand with Archbishops Anis, Ernest and Orombi in boycotting those meetings? As Archbishop Duncan wisely observed in his closing remarks, building an association based on geography or history, rather than the "faith once delivered to the saints" is the same trajectory TEC and the ACoC followed in the 20th century. If the association rests on nothing more than common prayer and common mission, it will suffer the same "glorious failure" that the Archbishop of Canterbury declared in his closing address at ACC-14. If the Global South chooses to build on such foundations, what future does the Communion have?

Hope: In view of the trajectories that TEC and the ACoC have followed, it is evident that the "gathering power" in the Communion must shift from institutional mandates and history to theological agreement. In the words of Archbishop Peter Jensen, we are no longer in a time of crisis. The crisis has passed; the Archbishop of Canterbury's video plea for restraint and further dialogue fell on deaf ears. We are living in a time of consequences. The Communique used the strongest possible language to condemn "those who continue to claim the name Anglican but who pursue an agenda of their own desire in opposition to historic norms of faith, teaching and practice." (para. 20) The Global South cited the GAFCON gathering and the Anglican formularies contained in the Jerusalem Declaration as a point of theological clarity and agreement. In conversations with delegates, I heard time and again that it is a gathering like that around the Jerusalem Declaration which will pave the way for an Anglican future undeterred by false gospels - a Communion committed to fulfilling the Great Commission, and profoundly missional in reaching the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

The American Anglican Council will continue to work with our friends in GAFCON/FCA and the Global South to ensure such a future for the Anglican Communion. We give thanks for the recognition of faithful Episcopalians in the Communion Partner dioceses and congregations. I ask your prayers as we build upon the recognition by 80 percent of the Anglican Communion that the Anglican Church in North America is a faithful expression of Anglicanism!

Yours in Christ,

Abuse crisis is actually a hierarchy crisis

by An NCR Editorial
Apr. 30, 2010

The sex abuse crisis is not fundamentally about sex. The phrase is a convenient tag that has been applied to a deeper, ongoing problem that, at its core, has to do with power and authority and how it is used in the church.

The sex abuse crisis is actually a hierarchy crisis, it is a crisis of a culture that can no longer maintain its superiority by dint of office or by claim of some ontological difference from the rest of humankind. The overwhelming evidence shows that from parish priest to pope, those charged with protecting the community, on hearing that children were being sexually abused, acted first to protect the institutional church.

A central, sad truth runs through the story that has been unraveling for the past 25 years: When the community most needed its leaders to act as pastors they chose instead to act as princes, ignoring the problem all around them while employing every means available to spare the realm. the rest

Pope accepts resignation of German bishop in sex probe

A.S. Haley: The Silence Has Been Deafening, or, Shine, Perishing Communion (III)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We are now less than six days from ECUSA's "consecration" of a partnered lesbian to the (ECUSAn, at any rate) episcopacy. As I wrote in this earlier post, in so consecrating Canon Mary Glasspool, ECUSA will shoot itself in the foot. Even so, the silence from Lambeth Palace over the past weeks has been deafening.

Contrast to the present scenario the weeks following the confirmation of the election of V. Gene Robinson as bishop by both Houses at General Convention 2003. It was a very different ++Cantuar who summoned an emergency meeting of the Primates at Lambeth Palace three weeks before the date of the proposed consecration of a partnered gay man as bishop in the Episcopal Church (USA). The Primates, including ECUSA's own Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold III, assembled on short notice, and had no difficulty whatsoever in issuing the following communiqué, signed by everyone present -- including Bishop Griswold: the rest

You Can’t Say Grace, Granny, The Government Paid For That Meatloaf

Monday, May 10, 2010
Joe Carter

Visitors at a Senior Citizen Center in Georgia were told they couldn’t pray over their meals since the government mostly paid for them:

. . . Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.

On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence. . . . Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said. the rest image by daoro

4th state adopts abortion opt-out

Charlie Butts

A number of states are moving on legislation to opt out of abortion coverage in healthcare reform legislation.

Critics say one of the major problems with the new healthcare law is related to federal funding of abortion. But a provision allows states to make a decision.

Attorney Mary Harned of Americans United for Life (AUL) reports that four states have passed bills modeled after the organization's Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act."Three of the opt-outs -- Arizona, Mississippi and Tennessee -- would all prevent plans that cover abortion from participating in their exchanges," Harned Explains. "Florida would still allow plans that cover abortions to be in the exchanges but would prohibit any federal or state money from going to those plans." the rest

ELCA Bishop warns four congregations violate church law

By Mary Garrigan
Journal staff
Friday, May 7, 2010

A Lutheran pastor from Philip and the four Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations she leads have been told by their bishop that they are in violation of church law for affiliating with another Lutheran association and withholding funds from the South Dakota synod.

The Rev. Frezil Westerlund said Friday that she was notified of ELCA Bishop David Zellmer's "censure" on May 5. The four congregations she serves -- Philip, Long Valley, Midland and a rural church -- each voted to join the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. The LCMC opposes the new ELCA policies for homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage that were adopted last year. The LCMC churches also voted to withhold parish support from the synod and national church headquarters because of that decision and redirect it to charitable agencies of their choice.

The national church headquarters announced in January that the ELCA will not allow congregations to be members of more than one church body. Bishop Zellmer could choose to discipline a congregation for affiliating with an additional church body, and Zellmer announced in April that he would do so. the rest

ObamaCare's Phony Medicaid 'Deal'

The new health law unconstitutionally coerces the states.
May 10, 2010

The attorneys general of 13 states recently filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Medicaid portions of the new health law. Given the dismal track record states and individuals have had challenging New Deal social programs, many pundits have concluded their suit will be dismissed out of hand. I wouldn't be so sure.

The new health law gives states frontline responsibility for setting up an untried system of "exchanges" through which individuals will purchase health-care insurance. States receive partial federal support for running the exchanges up to 2015, after which they run them at their own considerable but uncertain expense. States can opt out of organizing these exchanges—but only if they extend Medicaid coverage to more of their residents, including all uninsured persons whose incomes are 133% to 200% of the poverty level.

This program is highly coercive and it raises a constitutional problem of the first magnitude. the rest

Anglican Patrimony from the Perspective of an Orthodox Priest

May 6, 2010

Fr. John Guy Winfrey, the parish priest of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and a former parishioner of the Anglo-Catholic St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Ft. Worth, has written to offer the following piece as a guest contribution to The Anglo-Catholic. While in his own personal journey, sensing a vocation to the priesthood, Fr. Winfrey (at least at the time) saw Orthodoxy as the only viable choice for the exercise of a Catholic ministry, it is obvious that he still draws strength from his Anglican Catholic formation in the Faith. He writes expressing his hope that the personal ordinariates to be erected under Anglicanorum Coetibus may be able to achieve in the Catholic Church what Orthodoxy has been able to accomplish (giving proper place to the Anglo-Catholic tradition) and he is hopeful that “[i]t may truly be, at the end of the day, that the Holy Father is indeed the principle of unity within the Church.”

And so I’ve been thinking about what I truly miss about the sort of Anglicanism that I knew and loved so deeply. It seems obvious that it no longer exists, but that’s not really the point… and I do think that there is a point somewhere that should reveal itself by the end of this post.

First I suppose I ought to say what sort of Anglican I was since there seem to be a multitude of varieties, especially nowadays. I was an old-fashioned Anglo-Catholic, or perhaps even more pointed, an Anglo-Papalist. I “read, marked, learned and inwardly digested” Rev. Dr. Francis Hall’s ten volume series on Dogmatic Theology (and I still treasure my copy of these volumes). I studied and mastered Ritual Notes, 8th and 11th editions, and later began to learn Fortescue’s Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described and other books that are referenced and footnoted in Ritual Notes. My heart treasured the 1940 Hymnal–which is arguably the best hymnal ever published. The simple Gregorian settings to the propers and ordinary of the Mass still give me great peace. It ought to be clear that I was not the ordinary sort of Episcopalian one finds in the U.S. It is true that as a child the parishes that I attended were certainly more from the mainstream of American Anglicanism, yet it was when I joined St. Timothy’s as a young adult that I was actually “formed” into my current spiritual shape.
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NZ Anglican Church will address the issue of same-sex relationships.

10 May 2010

The New Zealand Anglican Church is split by a proposed international policy, which will address the issue of same-sex relationships.

The proposed covenant aims to provide the church with an international direction on the issue of same-sex relationships.

Last year, the Anglican Church elected a second openly gay bishop in the United States, an issue which has caused deep division in the world-wide communion of 80 million.

Discussions taking place at a general synod of the church in Gisborne on Monday will form part of an international agreement where a number of issues will be addressed, one of which is same-sex relationships. the rest

Covenant section seen as 'punitive and unAnglican'

Sunday, May 09, 2010

New Study “Follows the Money” of Abortion

Friday May 7, 2010
By Peter J. Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2010 ( – Legal abortion in the United States is a billion-dollar industry, and one new study says that the tentacles of legal abortion have already reached deep into the commerce and culture of American life, and that motives for profit may be keeping it alive.

Vicki Evans, Respect Life coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco's Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns, is the author of the study, "Commercial Markets Created by Abortion: Profiting From the Fetal Distribution Chain." The study doubled as her thesis for the licentiate in bio-ethics she received from the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Evans told Catholic San Francisco, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of San Francisco that she wanted to use her training as a certified public accountant to “follow the money” between the abortion industry and commercial enterprise. the rest

Church of England paves way for women bishops

The Church of England has moved a step closer to the consecration of women bishops, setting up a possible showdown with traditionalists who back all-male clergy in the Anglican communion.
Sun May 9, 2010

Draft legislation introduced at the weekend said women should be consecrated as bishops on the same basis as men, disappointing the Anglo-Catholic and evangelical wings of the Church which had wanted a "two-tier" system.

Some are now likely to consider Pope Benedict's offer last October to make it easier for Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism.

The Pope is to visit Scotland and England in September on a trip already mired in controversy.
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