Saturday, October 15, 2011

US Bishop Charged for Not Bringing Porn to Police

 October 15, 2011

The first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman has been indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer, authorities said.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese have pleaded not guilty on one count each of failing to report suspected child abuse, officials said Friday.

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and the diocese were required under state law to report the discovery to police because the images gave them reason to believe a child had been abused. the rest

AAC: Message from Bishop David Anderson

posted October 15, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

I want to continue my comments on the dire state of affairs in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and draw upon some expert legal and procedural analysis by the "Anglican Curmudgeon," which we have included in this Update.

I would like for you to stop here at this point, and read the Curmudgeon article titled "Bishop Henderson: It's 'business as usual' in the church." When you are finished, come back to this analysis of what happens next.

Note: throughout my article, the acronym TEC stands for The Episcopal Church, meaning the one which now claims it is multinational, but has executive offices at 815 2nd Avenue, in New York City.

With Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori now in possession of almost unchecked power in TEC, and with her judgment clouded by her animus toward Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina, it appears that even sober advice from those around her and the Executive Council will not stop her from drawing first blood.

The Curmudgeon suggests that the likely course of action for her to take will be Title IV.16 which allows her to slap a restriction on Bishop Lawrence. From there, he has sixty days to retract or deny his acts "of abandonment," and if Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori decides they aren't adequate or in "good faith," then she formally presents Bishop Mark to the TEC House of Bishops for deposition and disposal. No appeal under this section is allowed.  the rest

A.S. Haley: Why Would Any Disciplinary Board Choose Ms. Hicks?

(UPDATED -- See End of Post)
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Your Curmudgeon takes pride in his attention to details -- and he does not like being misled. He is always happy to correct his mistakes, once they are pointed out to him, because no one should have a vested interest in spreading untruth. Thus when somebody feeds him wrong information, he cannot refrain from asking why they would have done so.

Consider the latest snafu over the "mistaken" listing of Ms. Josephine Hicks, the Church Attorney to the Disciplinary Board of Bishops, on the Official Roster of that Board as published on ECUSA's Website. She was still shown as a "Member" (i.e., a participant with a vote) as late as October 12, and yet on the previous September 30, she authored a letter to the President of South Carolina's Standing Committee, which she signed as "Church Attorney to the Board".

Now the Rt. Rev. Dorsey Henderson, former (resigned) Bishop of Upper South Carolina, is a canon lawyer. He has served on the predecessor to the Disciplinary Board (the former "Title IV Review Committee"). As such, he participated in the proceedings against Bishops Schofield and Duncan for so-called "abandonment of communion", which resulted in their faux "deposition" by a tiny minority of the full membership of the House of Bishops who are actually entitled to vote under ECUSA's Constitution, notwithstanding what the vindictive Presiding Bishop or her financially very interested Chancellor chooses to opine. So he is no stranger to the canonical process, especially in so-called cases of "abandonment."  Full analysis

There are none so blind as those who will not see. ECUSA, its leadership, and its entire disciplinary machinery, are so incapable of seeing their bias that they should require all further proceedings in this kangaroo court to be conducted in Braille.

Stand Firm: So Who Is The Church Attorney, Josephine Hicks?

Friday, October 14, 2011

House OKs Legislation Stopping Abortion Funding in Obamacare

by Steven Ertelt

The House approved legislation, the Protect Life Act, to stop abortion funding in Obamacare. Senate Democrats are not expected to approve the bill and, pro-abortion President Barack Obama is expected to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.

Members voted 251-172 for the pro-life legislation, with 236 Republicans and 15 Democrats supporting the bill and 170 Democrats and two Republicans voting against it. (See how your member voted here).

H.R. 358, Protect Life Act, makes it clear that no funds authorized or appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It specifies that individual people or state or local governments must purchase a separate elective abortion rider or insurance coverage that includes elective abortion but only as long as that is done with private funds and not monies authorized by Obamacare. the rest

English Mastiff vs. Chihuahua

Costs of the occupiers

Michelle Malkin

The trash generated by the "Occupy Wall Street" protests keeps piling up. So do the bills. Liberal media outlets claim the anarchic, anti-capitalist movement is more popular than the tea party. But wait until Americans across the country get a full picture of the costs of the aimless occupiers.

In New York City, government officials estimate the month-long siege of Zuccotti Park has now imposed $3.2 million in overtime police costs on the public. On Thursday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office pressured left-wing activists to vacate the park for cleaning, Occupy Wall Street urged sympathizers to flood the city's customer services lines: "Call 311 and tell Bloomberg not to evict us!"

In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter told the press that demonstrators outside city hall have incurred $164,000 in overtime public employee costs and $237,000 in regular time. "At the current rate, if Occupy Philly continues to the end of the month, the city would spend another nearly $690,000 on police overtime alone," the local NBC affiliate reported. "Besides the extra police presence being dedicated to the Occupy Philly protests, other city departments have also incurred costs." the rest

Long-Term Care Program Gets the Ax

White House Decides One Part of Health-Overhaul Law Would Prove Too Costly
OCTOBER 14, 2011

The Obama administration said Friday it wouldn't implement a long-term care insurance program that is part of the 2010 health overhaul, its first major reversal on its signature domestic achievement.

The program, known as the Class Act, was included in the law to help Americans cover the cost of aid for daily living needs such as bathing and using the toilet if they became unable to care for themselves. Mounting concerns that the program was too costly over the long run prompted officials at the Department of Health and Human Services to re-examine the program in recent months.
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The program was projected to generate tens of billions of dollars of revenue in its early years, when it was taking in premiums and paying out little in claims. But over time, its obligation to pay out claims was projected to exceed that revenue.

Yuck! Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

Playing Angry Birds on the loo: There are consequences
By Brid-Aine Parnell
14th October 2011

One in every six mobiles in the UK has got traces of poo on it, according to a new study.

Scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Queen Mary, University of London, found that mobes were typically contaminated with faecal matter because people still didn't wash their hands properly with soap after going to the loo. (Or it could also be because people can't resist tweeting and playing Angry Birds while they're in the middle of a particularly stubborn bowel movement.)

The study, released ahead of Global Handwashing Day held on 15 October, also showed that the British tend to lie about their hygiene habits.

"Although 95 per cent of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, 92 per cent of phones and 82 per cent of hands had bacteria on them. Worryingly, 16 per cent of hands and 16 per cent of phones were found to harbour E coli – bacteria of a faecal origin," the study's canned statement said. the rest image

Coptic Church Condemns Attack, Muslims Pelt Funeral Procession With Bricks


(AINA) -- The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt issued a statement on October 10, expressing horror at the events of yesterday in Maspero, where 24 Copts were killed and over 200 and wounded. The church stressed that the Christian faith rejects violence. The church blasted the government for failing to find solutions to "problems that occur repeatedly and go unpunished." The Church asked all Copts to fast continuously for three days starting tomorrow "in order to have peace in Egypt."

Some interpreted this demand, which the church has made only three times in its long history, as a way to implore "God's help for the Copts," commented Coptic activist and writer Nader Shoukry.

In Cairo, thousands of Copts marched to attend the funeral of the victims of what they termed the "October 9 Military Massacre." They congregated in front of the Coptic hospital where most of the dead and injured were transported, and which was attacked the night before by Muslims, who hurled bricks and Molotov Cocktails at the victims' families. the rest
On their way back after the burial the mourners were attacked by armed thugs who blocked the way and hurled Molotov cocktails at them; gun shots were heard. They sought shelter and called the army emergency phone line for help, they waited until the morning but no one came.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Devotional: We may have the vision of God...

We may have the vision of God and a very clear understanding of what God wants, and we start to do the thing, then comes something equivalent to the forty years in the wilderness, as if God had ignored the whole thing, and when we are thoroughly discouraged God comes back and revives the call, and we get the quaver in and say - "Oh, who am I?" We have to learn the first great stride of God - "I AM THAT I AM hath sent thee." We have to learn that our individual effort for God is an impertinence; our individuality is to be rendered incandescent by a personal relationship to God (see Matthew 3:17). We fix on the individual aspect of things; we have the vision - "This is what God wants me to do;" but we have not got into God's stride. If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a big personal enlargement ahead. ...Oswald Chambers image

London Diocese votes against Women Bishops Draft Legislation

October 13th, 2011
Anglican Mainstream

Report from Diocesan Synod

The London Diocesan Synod met tonight to debate the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure, which was referred to the dioceses by the General Synod last September.

Following a constructive debate which saw a number of contributors speaking from differing viewpoints, the Synod voted against the legislation.

The next stage is that, if a majority of diocesan synods approve the draft legislation, it returns to the General Synod for the debate on the final approval of the Measure. The results of the voting in the Diocesan Synods from around the country are reported to General Synod at this stage. the rest

Undercover Call: Medicaid Would Pay 9K for Late-Term Abortion

by Steven Ertelt

An investigation conducted by two pro-life organizations has resulted in the release of an undercover call revealing how an abortion facility uses taxpayer funds via Medicaid to pay for late-term abortions.

Operation Rescue and Project Defending Life today released a short video containing excerpts from an undercover recording showing that Medicaid pays not only for abortions, but completely covers third-trimester abortions for no medical reason. The caller identified herself as having a healthy pregnancy in the 26th week of gestation to a an employee named Sue working at the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The calls says the reason she wanted an abortion was because her husband had just lost his job, saying it was a “personal thing” as to why she wanted the abortion and confirming to the employee that there is no medical problem with the unborn baby at the time.

“Our clinic will actually do an elective procedure up until about 28 weeks,” he abortion facility employee tells the caller. the rest

History Of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics

SC diocese: Bishop probe could mean parish attacks

By Bruce Smith
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

Bishop Mark Lawrence was recently contacted by the national church’s Disciplinary Board for Bishops. The panel informed him, based on information from churchgoers in the diocese, he is alleged to have abandoned the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church.

About 100 clergy from the diocese in the lower and eastern parts of the state met Tuesday behind closed doors the discuss the allegations and procedures to investigate.

“Based on what has happened in other dioceses, a deposition of the bishop would be followed by attacks on the diocese and the parishes. The picture painted was an ugly one of expensive litigation, confrontation and acrimony in which all involved significantly lost,” the clergy said in a statement after.

The Associated Press left a message at the national Episcopal Church offices in New York seeking comment.

The diocesan statement said the Episcopal Church “is in a constitutional crisis” and has no structure for resolving fundamental differences. the rest

Titusonenine: S.C. Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese Meet on “Serious Charges” Made Against Bishop Lawrence

S.C. Diocese: Bishop’s accusers mystery
The conservative Diocese of South Carolina said Wednesday its bishop, Mark Lawrence, is being accused of abandoning the Episcopal Church in a process that doesn’t allow him to know his accusers...

DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

By Terence P. Jeffrey
October 12, 2011

In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be.

The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. the rest

Scotland: Episcopal Church considers changing stance on gay marriages

Thursday 13 October 2011

THE head of Scotland’s Episcopal Church has launched a veiled attack on the opposition from senior Catholics to same-sex marriage, claiming it raises “significant issues” about the “relationship between church and state”.

In an intervention that shows the deepening split in Scotland’s faith communities over the issue, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, defends the SNP government’s “right” to give full legal status to gay wedding ceremonies.

Writing in The Scotsman today, Rev Chillingworth, who is also the Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, hints that his church may “consider changing our canonical definition of marriage”. the rest

Sweden: Homeschool Parents to Lose Children Permanently

Government Officials Seek to Terminate Johansson Parenthood over Homeschooling
Oct. 12, 2011

 Swedish officials on the Island of Gotland are seeking to terminate the parental rights of homeschool parents Christer and Annie Johansson. The latest development in this monumental homeschool rights case started when the state seized the parents seven year old son in June 2009. Domenic, now 9 years old, has been held in state foster care for more than 24 months.

News of these developments does not sit well in the homeschool community. "The United States Supreme Court has called the termination of parental rights the family court equivalent of the death penalty," notes Michael Donnelly, Director of International Relations at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).  the rest

"The government shouldn't abduct and imprison children simply because it doesn't like homeschooling.  That's bad enough. But now the state is going even further by attempting to get the parents out of the way altogether," said ADF Legal Counsel Roger Kiska. "This simply cannot stand.  We will do everything in our power to help reunite this family."

Anglican Perspective: Steve Jobs

October 12, 2011

This week, Canon Ashey discusses the passing of Steve Jobs and something we can learn from his life. Key scripture: Psalm 139:13-14

Not a Single Christian Church Left in Afghanistan, Says State Department

By Edwin Mora
October 10, 2011

( -- There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.

This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.

In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan's new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country. the rest
The last public Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in March 2010, according to the State Department's latest International Religious Freedom Report. The report, which was released last month and covers the period of July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, also states that “there were no Christian schools in the country.”

Obama’s Christian problem

White House overlooks Christian persecution while pandering to Islam
The Washington Times
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Obama administration has been obsessed with Muslim outreach and recently tried to mend fences with the Jewish community. Given the state of the world, however, the White House ought to be focused on helping the world’s oppressed Christians.

The United States has been wary to intervene in matters affecting Christians in the Middle East for fear of validating terrorist narratives that the West is engaged in a new crusade against Islam. The result of this passive policy has been to allow Islamic extremists increasingly to dominate the debate, often with tragic consequences.

On Sunday in Egypt, a clash between Coptic Christians and the military left at least 25 dead. Copts are the largest religious minority in Egypt, representing about 10 percent of the population. Attacks on the Copts have increased since former President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. That the military was involved in this incident was a signal that matters are taking a turn for the worse. The White House issued a lukewarm condemnation noting that President Obama is “deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt” and that “as the Egyptian people shape their future, the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities - including Copts - must be respected.” In other words, the U.S. government will do nothing about the massacre of Christians. the rest

Payback? Obama drops grant to Catholic bishops

Movie: The Mighty Macs

Movie recounts title run of a groundbreaking Philadelphia-area hoops team
By Mike Jensen
October 13, 2011

Tim Chambers uses the word uncomfortable to describe his first meeting with former Immaculata University women's basketball coach Cathy Rush. Chambers wanted to make a movie about her Mighty Macs, about her life.

So what was the problem?

"She was guarded. That's the best way to describe it," Chambers said this week. "Once she explained to me why, it made sense. She said to me, 'I've been through this now for 35 years. I've had people come to me saying I want to do a movie about the Mighty Macs. Every time, it ended up in disappointment.' "  the rest

Sunday, October 09, 2011

US Supreme Court discusses all-male Catholic priesthood

October 07, 2011

In argument before the Supreme Court on an anti-discrimination case, the solicitor general—representing the Obama administration—said that the government would uphold the right of the Catholic Church to preserve an all-male priesthood, but only “because the balance of relative public and private interests is different in each case.”

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, in which a woman charged that she was wrongfully dismissed from a teaching position at a Lutheran school. School officials countered that the teacher had been dismissed because she did not accept the teachings of the church. The case turned on the “ministerial exception” that is traditionally according to religious bodies, allowing them to set the standards for their own religious personnel.

Leodra Kruger, making the case for the solicitor general, questioned the “ministerial exception” directly. When questioned by Chief Justice John Roberts on whether religious groups should have the right to judge the qualifications of their own key employees, she replied: “We don't see that line of church autonomy principles in the religion clause jurisprudence as such.” the rest
When Justice Stephen Breyer pressed the issue, asking specifically whether the Catholic Church should be allowed to bar women from the priesthood, Kruger replied: “The government's general interest in eradicating discrimination in the workplace is simply not sufficient to justify changing the way that the Catholic Church chooses its priests, based on gender roles that are rooted in religious doctrine.”

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