Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Graduation Kevin!

May 12, 2012

Our son Kevin graduates from SUNY Cortland today. Here he is at the beginning of his academic journey-kindergarten.
 Way to go Kev!
love, Mom and Dad

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A Great Day!

Supermodel: Ignore your kids on ‘No Mother’s Day’ to support global abortion access

by Ben Johnson
Fri May 11, 2012

 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This Sunday, children of all ages will celebrate the role mothers play in their lives. But Vogue model Christy Turlington Burns and a host of female celebrities are encouraging mothers across the nation to ignore their children as part of “No Mother’s Day,” a sign of their support for reducing maternal mortality by supporting family planning and global access to abortion.

The campaign asks women to “disappear” on Mother’s Day to raise awareness of maternal mortality rates and underscore “just how much a mother is missed when she’s gone.” But amidst positive initiatives such as improved health care for complications such as hemorrhage and sepsis, the campaign promotes “safe” abortion, and the legalization of abortion in nations where the practice is currently illegal, as a means of lowering maternal deaths. the rest

Although the No Mother’s Day project’s support for abortion around the world – paid for by U.S. taxpayers and supported by the United Nations – has raised few eyebrows, controversy has surrounded its suggestion to separate mothers from children who have already been born.

Rev. John Yates: Congregation of The Falls Church must begin again

By the Rev. John Yates
May 11, 2012


Our Anglican church in Virginia, The Falls Church, faces a hard hour this month. A Virginia court has ruled that buildings and funds we believe to be ours actually belong to the Episcopal Church. Our congregation of 4,000 must begin again, finding a new home and place of worship.

As the rector of the church since 1979, I believe I speak for all in saying that we leave without resentment or acrimony; we pray only the best for those who will follow us in our old and historic church, and that the transforming good news of Christ will always be proclaimed on this spot.

In 2006, The Falls Church and six sister congregations in Northern Virginia voted (overwhelmingly) to pull out of the Episcopal Church because, in our view, it had drifted so far from orthodox Christianity that we could not remain in good conscience.

Reasons for the division have been mainly theological, particularly focused on how we interpret the Bible, and what doctrines of the Christian faith are essential for leaders to maintain. The doctrinal divides have been widening for several decades, and in 2003 when a practicing homosexual was consecrated as Episcopal bishop, many realized that the divisions in the church were unresolvable.

We will stay in the Anglican Communion under the Archbishop of Canterbury, but through a different branch. the rest


"The overwhelming scope of the ruling has caused me to conclude this is part of a larger plan."

Friday, May 11, 2012

What we need today is not anger but anguish...

What we need today is not anger but anguish, the kind of anguish that Moses displayed when he broke the two tablets of the law and then climbed the mountain to intercede for his people, or that Jesus displayed when He cleansed the temple and then wept over the city. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart. It's easy to get angry, especially at somebody else's sins; but it's not easy to look at sin, our own included, and weep over it. ...Warren W. Wiersbe image

Anglican Unscripted Episode 39


May 11, 2012

Kevin and George are at it again. This week they tackle the tough topic of people in purple, The Anglican Mission in America, Same Sex Marriage, and communication in in the church. Peter has breaking news from Ireland and AS Haley brings legal news from Orange Beach California. Comments to AnglicanUnscripted@gmail.com  and twitter #au39

Hollywood: Driving the Homosexual Agenda for 40 Years

By Paul Wilson
May 10, 2012

Hollywood celebrities exuberantly celebrated President Obama’s recent declaration of support for gay marriage. But Hollywood did not have to come out of the closet and support homosexuality – it has long used its influence to purposely swing public opinion in favor of homosexuality.

For several decades, Hollywood has shown its overt support for homosexuality. Brokeback Mountain was nominated for Best Picture for its unabashedly sympathetic portrayal of a doomed gay relationship. Newt Gingrich’s half-sister officiated at a gay wedding on “Friends” in the 1990s. More recently, late night talk show host Conan O’Brian officiated at an actual gay wedding.

Homosexual advocacy on television first began to manifest itself in the 1970’s. In 1972, made for TV movie “That Certain Summer” featured Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen as a gay couple. In 1973, “An American Family”was the first television show to feature an openly gay character (Lance Loud) “as an integral member of family life.” Billy Crystal played a gay character on the ABC sitcom “Soap”in 1977. Despite the fact that the show consistently lost money, ABC put on “Soap” for 4 seasons.  the rest

Obama touts gay marriage stance at Hollywood fundraiser

Pelosi: Her Catholic Faith 'Compels' Her to Support Same-Sex Marriage

“President Obama just ‘evolved’ himself into a one-term president”

YouVersion's Bible App Surpasses 50 Million Installs

Increases Bible Literacy with 'Google Era' Features
OKLAHOMA CITY,
May 10, 2012

Christian Newswire/ -Fifty million people around the globe have installed the Bible App by YouVersion on their mobile device, enabling them to read the best-selling book of all time, anywhere at any time. With features that allow users to share the Bible with their social networks, do daily devotions in line at the supermarket and have instant access to the Bible, The Bible App is moving God's Word from the Gutenberg to Google era.

A Pew Research study released yesterday found that 70 percent of all cell phone owners and 86 percent of smartphone owners have used their phones in the previous 30 days to perform "just in time" activities such as finding a sport's score, getting traffic information or coordinating a meeting. For the 50 million who have installed the Bible App, it is likely they will be using their smart phone for Bible engagement. Since its creation, the YouVersion community has spent more than 22 billion minutes on the Bible App, creating more than 100 million bookmarks, and highlighting more than 80 million verses. the rest

Franklin Graham: Obama shaking his fist at God

May 11, 2012
By Michael Gordon

In another provocative comment aimed at Barack Obama, evangelist Franklin Graham on Thursday accused the president of having “shaken his fist” at God by changing his position on same-sex marriage.

“It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more,” Graham said in a prepared statement.

“This is a sad day for America. May God help us.”  the rest

Obama's Spiritual Adviser Rebukes President On Golden Rule, Same-Sex Marriage

CA: Episcopal Church is rightful owner of properties, court rules

May 10, 2012

An Orange County Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled in favor of the Episcopal Church in its long-running legal dispute over the rightful ownership of the properties of two congregations that seceded from the church years ago.

Judge Kim Dunning granted a motion for summary judgment filed by the Episcopal Church in its cases against St. David's Anglican Church in North Hollywood and All Saints Anglican Church in Long Beach, declaring the church properties were held in trust for the diocese and national church.

St. David's and All Saints left the six-county Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the national church in 2004 because of differences over biblical interpretations and liberal views on homosexuality and other issues.

After the churches left, the diocese sued to retain its property. the rest

A.S. Haley: More Hollow Gains, Apparently
This story just broke in the Los Angeles Times: "Episcopal Church is rightful owner of properties, court rules". At this point, I have no more information than what the story conveys -- that an Orange County judge has granted summary judgment in favor of the Diocese of Los Angeles and ECUSA against St. David's Anglican parish, in North Hollywood, and against All Saints Anglican parish in Long Beach...

Brooklyn State Sen. Martin Golden sponsors bill to make watching child pornography a felony

Seeks to close loophole after appeals court ruled that simply viewing it was not a crime
By Kenneth Lovett
Thursday, May 10, 2012

ALBANY — Legislators are moving quickly to close a legal loophole permitting people to view kiddie porn on the Internet.

Two Brooklyn lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday to make viewing child pornography a felony crime.

The legislation comes just days after the state’s highest court unanimously ruled that viewing child porn on the Internet under current state law “is not enough to constitute their procurement or possession.”

The court found that printing, saving, downloading or other action is needed to prove someone “exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen.”

Senate bill sponsor Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican and former city cop, called kiddie porn “highly offensive in its very nature.” the rest
“It should not matter if you view it, read it, or download it,” Golden said. “Simply the fact that you are viewing it is a crime and New York should treat it as such.”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Humility is perfect quietness of heart...

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is for me to have no trouble; never to be fretted or vexed or irritated or sore or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea of calmness when all around is trouble. It is the fruit of the Lord Jesus Christ's redemptive work on Calvary's cross, manifested in those of His own who are definitely subject to the Holy Spirit. ...Andrew Murray  image by Dennis Tai

Is it Cannibalism Yet?

Steven Aden
May 10, 2012

There is an undeniable progression from bad to worse in the culture of death. Or, to paraphrase Dostoevsky, who was paraphrasing Jesus of Nazareth, “All things are possible to those who don’t believe.” Therefore, just when it seems we’ve seen man at his worst, a new example of his wickedness arises and reminds us that we haven’t seen anything yet.

Case in point—the news that certain citizens in China, no doubt numbed to the evil of abortion by their country’s one-child policy, have literally begun to place the corpses of aborted children in refrigerators in homes. From there, the bodies are “taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.”

In the microwaves, they are dried (cooked), and once their skin has become sufficiently dry it is ground into a powder which is used for quack “home remedies.”

And here’s the clincher: the powder—that is, the dried skin of an aborted human body—is poured into capsules which are then sold as energy supplements under the guise of “stamina boosters.”

The ploy was uncovered when couriers attempted to transport the pills through South Korea. In that country alone, 35 different smuggling attempts have been busted, with the South Korean Customs Service confiscating 17,000 pills. the rest

Anglican Church in North America Assembly to Draw Global Anglican Leaders

Gathering of Orthodox Anglicans to be Held June 7-9 in North Carolina

WHAT: The 2012 Assembly meeting of the Anglican Church in North America will draw clergy and lay leaders from its nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada, along with Anglican leaders from around the globe.

This meeting of the whole church is the first of its kind since the Anglican Church in North America’s inaugural gathering in June 2009. The theme is “Captivating Disciples, Multiplying Congregations and Transforming Communities.”

WHO: The event will include a “State of the Church” address from the head of the Anglican Church in North America, Archbishop Robert Duncan, along with speeches and presentations from Anglican leaders including the Archbishop of Kenya, Eliud Wabukala, and The Rt. Rev. Rennis Ponniah, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Singapore. There will also be a panel discussion featuring Anglican Primates.

Planting new churches will be a topic of particular focus with a keynote address from Dr. Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Christian Resources and a session featuring well-known author, church planter and speaker Bishop Todd Hunter.

The Baroness Caroline Cox, member of the British House of Lords and champion for human rights around the world will also be speaking.

Additional information: Here

WHEN: Thursday, June 7 – Saturday, June 9
--Archbishop Duncan’s “State of the Church” address will be delivered on Thursday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m.
--The Primates Panel on “Emerging Anglicanism” will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.

Full schedule: Here
WHERE: Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, NC
(1 Ridgecrest Drive, Ridgecrest, NC 28770)
CONTACT: Registration is required to attend. To register as a member of the media or for more information, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054.
The Anglican Church in North America (http://anglicanchurch.net) unites some 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada. The Anglican Church is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. Robert Duncan is the archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America and bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Falls Church Anglican Continues Ministries and Missions despite Leaving Long-Time Home

Press Release found here

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 10, 2012) - As the result of recent court action, The Falls Church Anglican, a congregation of 4,000 worshippers in Falls Church, Va., will soon move out of its historic home as it continues its ministry. Some in the congregation have worshipped on the church campus for more than 60 years, with the original property dating back almost 300 years. While the cost of leaving the property is great, members of The Falls Church Anglican are celebrating as they stand on their orthodox faith and continue to spread the transforming love of Jesus Christ beyond the church walls.

The Falls Church Anglican is being forced to leave its long-time home on May 15 as the result of a judicial ruling rejecting its request for a suspension (authorization to remain on its property during an appeal) of the January 2012 decision and March 2012 Final Order.

“While we are saddened by leaving this Christ-centered place of worship, we rejoice at the outpouring of encouragement and offers of assistance, including furnishings and building space from Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics and other friends. Through these many blessings, we are equipped with the knowledge that God has great plans in store for our congregation. Ultimately, our passion for spreading the Gospel and reaching the lost will not wane,” said The Rev. Dr. John Yates, rector of The Falls Church Anglican.

According to Rev. Yates, the challenge has not hindered the congregation in its ministries and missions. “In spite of the litigation since 2006, we have established thriving, independent ‘daughter’ churches in Alexandria, Arlington, Vienna and beyond. We hope to plant our seventh daughter church this year in the District of Colombia. Meanwhile, we have more than 2,000 people in worship and fellowship each Sunday. Also, more than 450 teenagers participate in one of the largest youth programs on the East Coast.”

Junior Warden Carol Jackson added, “For several years we have been experiencing the power of healing prayer in our own congregation and recently began a partnership to extend that ministry in the Baileys Crossroads area, with Columbia Baptist Church and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Together, we minister to the poor and the immigrants among us in the Culmore Clinic. People from all walks of life, all faiths, and all economic situations, now have a safe place to ask for and receive prayer and excellent medical treatment.”

Between 2005 and 2007, The Falls Church Anglican and 14 sister Virginia congregations voted by overwhelming majorities to separate from The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The move was taken because the congregations determined that The Episcopal Church had drifted so far from orthodox Christianity that they could not in good conscience remain under its spiritual authority.

“The cost to the congregation has been and will be huge. Locating available worship space for a church of our size and office space for over 100 staff and volunteer ministry leaders remains extremely challenging. In spite of this adversity, we remain steadfast in our decision to take a bold stand for the authority of Scripture,” said Senior Warden Sam Thomsen.

The Falls Church Anglican has remained at the forefront in the formation of orthodox Anglican institutions in North America. Members of the parish have been leaders in the creation of the Anglican Church in North America, the fast growing (nearly 1,000 congregations and 100,000 worshippers) national organization, and the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (38 congregations and nearly 6,000 worshippers each Sunday), in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

“We leave without resentment or acrimony; we pray only the best for those who will follow us in our historic church, that the transforming Good News of Christ will always be proclaimed in this place,” Rev. Yates concluded.

On Sunday, May 13, The Falls Church Anglican will hold services at its current location, 115 E. Fairfax Street in Falls Church, Va. Services of praise and thanksgiving will also be held later that evening. All are welcome to attend and are invited to future worship services as well. Please check the church website (www.TFCAnglican.org) for service times and locations.

The Falls Church Anglican is a member congregation of the newly established Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, a regional and growing diocese of the Anglican Church in North America dedicated to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. The Diocese consists of 38 member congregations.

The Original Stroll - February 1958


posted May 10, 2012

On a local television dance show in Idaho in February 1958, local teens dance to one of the biggest dance crazes out of the late-1950's called The Stroll, which originated from American Bandstand. This dance was performed in a line formed with boys on one side and girls on the other, creating an isle between them. The boy and girl in the front of the line would meet up in the middle, grab hands and stroll their way down the line, as the other kids in the line would move their way up to the front using the same dance steps that the couple moving down the line would use, but move from side to side instead. When the first couple made their way down the line, another couple would meet in the middle and stroll down the isle.

Today, a new version of The Stroll is done in the form of a group line dance, but this is how it was done originally.

Scranton priest and parish join new Catholic jurisdiction for former Anglicans

By laura Legere
May 10, 2012

A Scranton Roman Catholic priest who was previously an ordained Episcopalian has been named the first priest in a new national Catholic jurisdiction that incorporates elements of the Anglican faith.

The Rev. Eric Bergman was incardinated on Tuesday into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a jurisdiction of U.S. Catholics established by the Pope at the start of the year that welcomes Anglicans and some of their traditions into the Catholic Church.

The U.S. ordinariate is just the second such group established by the pope. The first, for England and Wales, was created in 2011.

"This is a significant moment in the young history of the ordinariate," Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the Houston, Texas-based ordinary of the jurisdiction, said in a statement Wednesday.

Father Bergman became the first priest of 60 preparing to join the ordinariate, about 30 of whom are expected to be ordained in the next few months. Unlike most of those current or former Anglican priests, Father Bergman was already ordained a Catholic priest in 2007. the rest

Lebanese priest who baptized Muslim is abducted, then released

May 10, 2012

The daughter of a Shiite cleric “said she was physically and psychologically tortured by her father for converting to Christianity three years ago, although she is a 24-year-old adult,” said Maronite Catholic Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek. “I have received an unconfirmed report that she had recently fled to an unknown destination after her father forced her to marry someone.”

The kidnappers thought that Father Walid Gharious knew the woman’s whereabouts and later released him. The nation’s president condemned the kidnapping.

According to the prelate, the kidnapped is part of an escalating pattern of violence against local Catholics. the rest

Fed clears China's first US bank takeover

By Veronica Smith (AFP)
posted May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday opened its banking market to ICBC, China's biggest bank, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.

Just days after high-level US-China economic talks in Beijing, the Federal Reserve approved an application from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy a majority stake in the US subsidiary of Bank of East Asia.

The transaction will make ICBC the first Chinese state-controlled bank to acquire retail bank branches in the United States.

ICBC has been the most aggressive of China's "big four" banks in expanding overseas. the rest

Looking at Child Porn Is Totally Legal in New York State

Adam Martin
 May 9, 2012

Logic takes us strange places sometimes, like when a judge found herself writing this little gem: "The purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York." That's a sentence you'd want to wash your hands after committing to paper (heck, or wash your eyes after reading), but it comes at the end of a line of reasoning in an appeals court decision that makes sense even if it appears to provide a loophole for kiddie porn lovers.

Essentially, the court ruled on Tuesday, you can't be held responsible for things you just see online, even kiddie porn, the viewing of which isn't actually illegal under New York law. As MSNBC.com's M. Alex Johnson reports, the majority opinion by New York Court of Appeals Senior Judge Carmen Ciparik:
"Rather, some affirmative act is required (printing, saving, downloading, etc.) to show that defendant in fact exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen," Ciparick wrote. "To hold otherwise, would extend the reach of (state law) to conduct — viewing — that our Legislature has not deemed criminal."
the rest

Viewing Child Porn on Web Not a Crime in New York, Court Rules

Do You "Possess" What You View Online?
The New York Court of Appeals just ruled that "viewing" child porn online is not the same as "possessing" it. But is the idea of "possessing" a digital file outdated?

Video from Pro-Life Wisconsin


posted May 10, 2012

This compelling new video just released by ProLifeWisconsin includes shocking statements about “savages,” the “manifestly unfit,” and the “benefit” of slavery to the “Negro,” all made by ignorant U.S. Supreme Courts past. Someday the ignorance of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized the slaughter of 55 million preborn children and counting, will also be recognized…

  Found at Jill Stanek's blog

Evolution’s End? President Obama Calls for Same-Sex Marriage

May 10, 2012

Excerpt:
In August of 2008, running for the White House, President Obama had said: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

In February of 1996, running for state office in Illinois, Obama signed a letter to a homosexual newspaper in Chicago that included the statement, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” So, his statement today puts him back where he was on the record as recently as 1996 — calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The President’s position since 2008 has been untenable. Having endorsed same-sex marriage when running for office in 1996, he evidently changed his position as he ran for the U. S. Senate in 2004 and for President in 2008. Since then, his language and his actions have been contradictory. He has said that he opposes same-sex marriage, but he ordered his Attorney General not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Officials in his administration openly advocated same-sex marriage, even as the President dropped hint after hint that he did as well. The President found himself facing the fact that he would have to declare himself one way or the other on the question as the 2012 election unfolded — so now we know.

Why now? The Washington Post reports that he was under intense pressure from many Democrats, including his major campaign fundraisers. According to the paper’s report, one in six of the President’s major “bundlers,” or fundraisers, is a self-identified homosexual. the rest

President's Evolution Is Over: Obama Commits to Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

House panel votes to ban same-sex marriages on US military bases

Hugh Hewitt: “Leading from Behind” On Same Sex Marriage
The President’s Foreign Policy Finds Its Domestic Policy Expression as Joe Biden Pushes Barack Obama To Flip Flop On Marriage, Again.

Obama: Teachings Of Jesus Christ Helped Change My Mind on Gay Marriage

Santorum on the ‘Tonight Show’



Santorum Gets Pro-ObamaCare Leno to Admit He Doesn’t Want Government Running the ‘Tonight Show’

The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali: Jesus, Lord of His Church and of the Church’s Mission

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali’s address to the Leaders’ Conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in London last month on 25 April 2012
posted May 10, 2012

Excerpt:
But then of course there is the will to discipline, which arises out of the common decision-making and the common teaching that the church is able to declare in the world. There was a big debate at the time of the Reformation about what place discipline should have in the church, and the Reformers were rightly wary of the excessive discipline of the medieval church. But the Anglican Reformers, as is well set out in the Second Book of Homilies [Book 2, Homily 16 for Whitsunday], make it quite clear that the Anglican tradition is for effective discipline in the Church. It is not that the church cannot exist without discipline, but that the church’s good, the church’s spiritual good, comes about through effective discipline in the Body. I mean this ought to be obvious: you know, any institution, even human institutions, cannot function without discipline. How do we expect the church of God, so diverse, with people from so many different backgrounds and issues and gifts, to function without discipline?

Well, if that’s the case, brothers and sisters, what could we be saying about our Anglican Communion today? It has been said already that the so-called Instruments of Communion that have developed over the last fifty years or so have all failed in one way or another. Even the Lambeth Conference that has existed for a much longer period than that, has been found not to be effective in setting forth the teaching of God’s Word as we understand it in the situation that men and women face in their particular context. Now in this I don’t think the Instruments can be given artificial respiration and somehow revived. I mean it’s been tried, and it may even be worth trying, but it hasn’t worked. I am sad about that, but I think we do need to find new ways of association, of coming together, not just to be warm and well-filled, but to do the essential tasks. It was successive Lambeth Conferences up to 2008, but excluding 2008, that said that the heads of the church, the Primates, have a particular role in maintaining the unity of the Church. Now both Lambeth 2008, the Anglican Consultative Council, and the progressive watering down of the Covenant have reduced, almost eliminated, the Primates from this particular role that other Lambeth Conferences were saying it was necessary for them to fulfill. I think that is a tragedy, because at one stroke it has made decision-making impossible. But I do feel that in addition to the Primates’ meeting – in a way the Primates’ meeting arises from what I am going to say next – I feel that what we need to be doing is to have a meeting of bishops, clergy and laypeople that comes together for consultation, for prayer, for identifying the issues and the opportunities that we have in our world, it comes together synodally – I’m not saying “synodically,” – synodally, let’s just say with the intention of walking together, walking in the way of the Lord. I hope that GAFCON 2 will be very much that, walking together in God’s way for God’s work according to God’s Word.

But within such a synodal and missional gathering, there must be a gathering of those who have oversight. I’m purposely avoiding the word bishops here, because it would be easy for me to say such a gathering should be a gathering of bishops. Bishops should certainly be included, but I think we’ve got to move beyond that to a gathering of people beside the bishop, in addition to the bishops, who also exercise one kind of oversight or another. That may be in the formation of people for Christian ministry; it may be people who are rectors of churches that are crucial to the future of our Communion. (I mean, rectors of churches like this one exercise enormous oversight and have very large staff which can be quite well compared to what happens in a diocese. Why should they be excluded from such a gathering?). It may be leaders in church planting ministries. This will certainly need a reform of, episcope in the Church, perhaps even of the episcopate. Now I know what I am saying is radical, and there will be natural Anglican resistance to it, even in my own mind some resistance, but I think in all fairness I must say it. I believe that in associating in these ways will make us more attuned to what actually God is saying to the churches - the local churches, the clusters of churches, you can call them if you want, not always that - and how God wants to glorify his church, the church as she is in his eternal plan and eternal sovereignty.

How do we go about it? I think it is here that the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans has a splendid opportunity to model this in our own life together as it emerges. That is to say, we do not to wait forever for non-existent Instruments of decision-making to make decisions that they will never make [applause]. You know, I’m tired of waiting. And you can’t say I haven’t had patience. But how long will this carry on? We have got to start doing this in our own life. So I’m hoping that the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans will begin to show us how the Church is to gather, how to pray together, how to decide together, what to teach and also how we include people and also sometimes sadly have to exclude people, for the sake of discipline. Exclusion, by the way, is real in the New Testament but always for the sake of restoration, always for the sake of restoration. Full address

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

From the tiny birds of the air...


From the tiny birds of the air and from the fragile lilies of the field, we learn the same truth...God takes care of His own.... At just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father. ...Chuck Swindoll image

A.S.Haley: IRS and Tax Fraud-Rotten to the Core


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Environmental groups collecting millions from federal agencies they sue, studies show

By Joshua Rhett Miller
May 08, 2012

Deep-pocketed environmental groups are collecting millions of dollars from the federal agencies they regularly sue under a little-known federal law, and the government is not even keeping track of the payouts, according to two new studies.

Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA — which was signed into law by President Carter in 1980 to help the little guy stand up to federal agencies — litigants with modest means who successfully show government agencies wronged them can get their legal fees back from the taxpayer.

But the act also covers 501(c)(3) nonprofits, including environmental groups that aggressively sue the feds to enforce land-use laws, the Clean Water and Clean Air acts and laws protecting endangered species. Their lawyers are getting reimbursed at rates as high as $750 an hour, sources tell FoxNews.com.

“It was intended for helping our nation's veterans, seniors and small business owners, but environmental groups have hijacked the so-called Equal Access to Justice Act and abused it to fund their own agenda,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told FoxNews.com. “Then you have small businesses and the American taxpayers left to foot the bill.” the rest

Planned Parenthood Appears OK With Sex-Selection Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
5/9/12

How would Americans react to find out that the nation’s biggest abortion business is fine with women coming through the doors of its clinics and arranging an abortion merely because the gender of their unborn children is not what the women preferred.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business believes it has become the subject of another undercover investigation spearheaded by Live Action, which has exposed its willingness to help sex traffickers arrange abortions for their victims. This time, Planned Parenthood thinks Live Action is sending undercover investigators to determine whether or not its staff would facilitate abortions as a means of determining the sex of a child.

When Planned Parenthood went to the liberal Huffington Post to try to do damage control before the results of any possible Live Action investigation are made public, Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney made it appear the abortion business would be fine with sex-selection abortions.

“Decisions about whether to choose adoption, end the pregnancy or to raise a child have to be left up to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor,” Cooney said. the rest

What a history lesson can do for an Occupier


May 9, 2012
by Ed Morrissey

The irony here, of course, is that the history lesson of democracy gets delivered by a former refugee from the former Soviet Union, but the history lesson doesn’t just end with the USA. One young man tried to pass an “Occupy Wall Street Journal” to two men observing the protests, and ended up gaining an education in history, politics, economics, and statecraft. Give the young Occupier credit, as Joe Schoffstall says — he was at least willing to listen. I’m not sure he was actually convinced, but he at least knew better than to keep arguing... more here.

Canadian officials considering genderless passports

May 09, 2012

OTTAWA – Canadian officials are considering genderless passports, aimed at those who do not identify with their birth gender but do not wish to have sex-change surgery.

The National Post cited a government briefing note obtained by La Presse newspaper as revealing, "Passport Canada policy in relation to the gender indicated on passports is the subject of a review." The move was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the agency.

The new policy might allow a gender of "x" where the passport holder feels neither "male" nor "female" represents them. Such a declaration could suit those who do not identify with the sex of their birth, but are unable to have surgery to change their sex, as well as "intersex" Canadians with ambiguous chromosomes or genitalia.

Such a move would follow Australia -- where last year it became allowed for a passport holder to list their sex as "indeterminate" -- and echoes a similar change being considered in the UK.

"There are people in transition from one sex to another. In my view I don't see why passports shouldn't reflect reality," Karen Selick, from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, said. the rest

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Irony: Obama admin requires visitors at White House to register unborn babies as separate guests

by Kathleen Gilbert
Tue May 08, 2012

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Despite being arguably the most pro-abortion administration in history, the Obama White House paradoxically requires unborn babies to be registered as separate guests when pregnant women visit the building, according to an official communiqué cited by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

NRLC cited a newsletter from Ellie Shafer, Director of the White House Visitor’s Office, which confirmed that, “crazy as it may sound,” a “baby that has not yet been born” must be included in the overall count of guests in a White House tour.

Shafer wrote that “the baby’s security information should be entered” into the White House system, including whether it is a boy or a girl, and which should be updated “once the baby is born.” the rest

Pro-Choice White House Requires Registration of Unborn Children for Tours

Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders


Mar 12, 2012
by TEDEducation

In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean -- from the deepest trenches to the remains of the Titanic -- marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life.

Economy: Blue States Worse Than Red Under Obama

By JOHN MERLINE
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
posted May 8, 2012

President Obama entered the national spotlight with a rousing 2004 Democratic convention speech that talked about how it was wrong "to slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states." Last week he reiterated the point in a tweet to his followers, saying that "there are no red states or blue states, just the United States."

But when it comes to the economic recovery, there has been a clear difference. It turns out, in fact, that blue states have done worse economically than have red states under Obama, according to an IBD analysis of various government economic data.

IBD compared average job growth, unemployment, changes in housing prices, per capita income and GDP growth and gas prices for the 22 states that voted for John McCain in 2008 and the 28 states that voted for Obama .

On every indicator but one, blue states have done worse, on average, than red states. the rest

Obama's Second Term Transformation Plans
...The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama's first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of "transforming America" in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress. That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders.

The most significant accomplishment of Obama's first term is to make Congress irrelevant. Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in a second term, a potential dictatorial presidency.

Obama would enable a nation of Julias
...No doubt, the creators of Julia — imagine a dour and featureless version of Dora the Explorer who grows old through the years — weren't seeking to make a major philosophical statement. But they inadvertently captured something important about the progressive vision...

Iowa judges ousted after legalizing same-sex marriage to receive Profiles in Courage Award

May 7, 2012

BOSTON - President John F. Kennedy's only surviving child is celebrating what would have been his 95th birthday this month by honoring three Iowa judges who were ousted after the court unanimously decided to legalize same-sex marriages.

Caroline Kennedy will also recognize the U.S. ambassador to Syria who risked his life to support opponents of President Basher Assad's regime.

Kennedy heads the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, which promotes the late president's memory and legacy. She is set to present the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Monday to former Iowa Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and justices David Baker and Michael Streit, all of whom were pushed off the bench in a 2010 retention vote that capped a contentious campaign.

The three judges will receive a sterling silver ship's lantern symbolizing a beacon of hope. The award, which was designed by Kennedy's husband, Edwin Schlossberg, and crafted by Tiffany & Co., resembles one belonging to the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution, or "Old Ironsides." the rest

Professors: Babies Don’t Know They’re Killed in Abortions

by Warner T. Huston
5/7/12

In February of 2012, a pair of left-wing “philosophers” wrote a paper that claimed that babies aren’t human until they can become cognizant of themselves, aware that if they were to be “aborted” or killed they’d be losing something valuable, their lives.

This, they claimed, justified abortion as well as post birth infanticide. Naturally they had elaborate justifications for their stance and what they wrote is chilling indeed, for it essentially states that only people that think like them are really worth the status of “human,” worth having their lives considered sacrosanct.

The pair, Alberto Giubilini of Milan, Italy, and Francesca Minerva of Australia, held as a central thesis that since abortion is so commonly accepted there had to be a more expansive use for it. That use, the pair decided, should be to cover killing babies born with developmental problems. After all, they said, neither fetuses or newborns “have the same moral status as actual persons,” so this certainly must mean that newborns with catastrophic birth defects could be killed without any moral reservations. the rest

(...and their powdered human flesh could be used to make pills that are a 'miracle cure' for all ailments-go to MCJ for a complete rundown....)

Maurice Sendak dies; author and illustrator wrote about children’s survival

File:Where The Wild Things Are (book) cover.jpg
By Becky Krystal
May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak, an author and illustrator whose dozens of works, notably “Where the Wild Things Are,” transformed children’s literature from a gentle playscape into a medium to address the psychological intensity of growing up, died early Tuesday at a hospital in Danbury, Conn. after a recent stroke. He was 83.

Mr. Sendak was shaped foremost by a sickly and homebound childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn, the deaths of family members in the Holocaust and vivid memories as a youngster reading about the kidnapping and murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son.
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Best use of a thurible?



posted May 8, 2012

Richard Collins picked up on my post about the clinking of chains and a possible duel and has written sagely on Techniques for Thurible Management. I particularly liked the video that he found, illustrating the use of the thurible as part of security management. Interestingly, it was a novus ordo style one chain thurible. I think that there would be further possibilities with a proper traditional four chain thurible. Perhaps some young clerics could be sent off by Mgr Marini for training in liturgical close protection.  Link

(I like this comment: This video is thurible.)

NY: Divorces Drag On Even After Reform

By SOPHIA HOLLANDER
May 6, 2012

In 2010, New York became the last state in the country to pass a no-fault divorce law and eliminate the need for one partner to be held responsible for the end of the marriage.

Supporters said the law would do away with lengthy trials—reducing acrimony, containing costs and sparing people additional emotional pain. For most divorcing couples in New York, the law has worked as intended.

But as no-fault cases proceed through the courts, a handful of judges have interpreted the law differently, calling for trials to determine whether the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

As a result, couples divorcing in different counties have been held to different standards, with some still undergoing trials despite the reform effort.

"I think everybody acknowledges there is a problem and a conflict in the ruling as it stands," said Republican Assemblyman Brian Curran, a Long Island lawyer who has drafted new legislation that would ban jury trials in no-fault divorce cases. "It can't be left unanswered for different venues to determine their own rules. It has to be addressed." the rest

A Teen with a Job Becomes a Rarity in U.S. Economy

May 7, 2012

With summer approaching and the job market showing signs of improvement, teens could have a better shot at getting hired than they have had in years. But it could take many more years for teens to resume working at pre-recession levels, says MSNBC.com.

•Only about 25 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds are currently working, a drop of 10 percentage points from just five years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
•The percentage of teenagers who have jobs, expressed as the ratio of employment to population, hovered between 40 and 50 percent for much of the 1980s and 1990s.
•The percentage began dropping about a decade ago, but the declines have been especially steep since the beginning of the Great Recession in late 2007.

Part of the issue is that fewer teens either want to work or think they can get a job. The labor force participation rate, which measures both teens who are working and those actively seeking work, also has fallen sharply since 2000.

The job market is unquestionably difficult for all teens, but experts say it's especially hard for those who may need the money most: Teens from poor families and families in which a parent is out of work. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, says the disparity is partly because many kids get jobs through family and community connections such as parents, neighbors or relatives. the rest

India: Women strap on bellies to keep surrogacy secret

by Jared Yee
5 May 2012

Many women in India who hire surrogates use fake tummies to keep the surrogacy a secret, the Times of India reports. Women from traditional communities hide the fact that they have employed surrogates, for fear that their in-laws and relatives will disapprove. Instead, they wear a strap-on belly for 9 months to simulate pregnancy. Surrogacy expert Dr Naina Patel, based in Anand, tells of a Chennai couple who opted for an artificial stomach to avoid disapproval from the woman's in-laws. "She did not have a uterus and her in-laws would never have accepted that the child was born through another's woman's womb," Patel told the Times of India.

Hema Inamdar, a maker of soft toys, specialises in fake stomachs. "A woman called from the UK saying she felt she was actually carrying a baby when she wore the tummy," says Inamdar. They come in sets of 3. One set simulates 3, 5 and 7 months' pregnancy. The other simulates 5, 7 and 9 months, with one set costing about 1,000 rupees (US$18). Fertility expert Dr Falguni Bavishi says Indian women who live abroad give in too often to familial pressures. the rest

Nova Scotia school backs down after suspending teen over ‘Jesus’ t-shirt

by Patrick B. Craine
Mon May 07, 2012

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A school board on the south shore of Nova Scotia has backed down after it sparked a nationwide controversy last week by suspending a grade 12 student for wearing a Christian t-shirt.

The South Shore Regional School Board allowed 19-year-old William Swinimer of Chester Basin to return to school on Monday morning with his bright yellow shirt stating “Life is Wasted Without Jesus.”

Swinimer had worn the shirt for months despite teachers’ complaints that it could be deemed offensive to non-Christians, and on April 27th his principal at Forest Heights Community School opted to suspend him for five days.

Swinimer, who attends a Pentecostal church in Bridgewater, had planned to wear the shirt when he returned to school on Monday even if it meant another suspension, which could have jeopardized the grade 12 student’s ability to graduate this year.  the rest/image

Time to Rename the Catholic Church

May 7, 2012
By Mark Judge

Excerpt:
There has been an uproar about Sebelius speaking at Georgetown, and a defense of the decision among other Catholics.

I am a part-time teacher at Georgetown University. It's a summer contract position teaching visiting high school kids, so I am far from being regular faculty or even that knowledgeable about the inner workings of the school (I also went to high school at Georgetown Prep). But in the three summers I've been there I have learned that Georgetown is not just one university, but several. There are conservative and liberal Catholics on campus, as well as all other kinds of people. Many conservative Catholics have insisted that Georgetown is no longer Catholic. In fact, Georgetown, a school in the Jesuit tradition, is Catholic -- that is, it represents the Catholic Church in America. And the Catholic Church, like Georgetown, is divided.

In fact the Church is so divided that it is now time to give the different factions their own names. I don't mean this sarcastically or with malice; as a journalist I simply believe that it will help us speak about Catholicism in the early 21st Century with clarity. It would also relieve tensions in the Church because each side, Reform and Orthodox, would know exactly what the other side believes in. When Catholics like the Kennedys or Andrew Sullivan or Kathleen Sebelius speak in favor of gay marriage or contraception, it would no longer be a shock or a scandal. Because giving each side their own designation beforehand would cut down on the outrage that often follows their individual pronouncements.

Forty years after Vatican II, the liberal philosophy of 1960s Catholicism has become a hardened orthodoxy. Liberal Catholics are as doctrinaire and dogmatic as the most reactionary medieval pope. They believe in peace (forgetting that the U.S. military allows said peace), social justice (except for the unborn), sexual freedom (poverty has nothing to do with broken families), and massive government spending (even if we can't afford it).

Is there a more predictable writer in America, particularly when it comes to Catholicism, than Maureen Dowd? When Chris Matthews addresses Catholicism on Hardball, is there any doubt what he will say? Has Andrew Sullivan read a single copy of any one of the dozens of books written by Pope Benedict? To ask the question is to answer it.

Conservative Catholics, on the other hand, are the real reformers.

A couple weeks ago I was at Georgetown to hear Representative Paul Ryan speak about his budget. The man stood there for more than an hour and presented fact after fact after fact about the economic catastrophe that is headed our way if the United States does not control its spending. The Catholic left, including both students and faculty at Georgetown, are protesting Ryan's budget. I should note that I disagree with Ryan slowing the rate of growth (not cutting) programs that serve the poor. But he is spot on when it comes to the absolute necessity of reforming social security and medicare. the rest image by Kyle Rush

Georgetown's In-Kind Obama Donations

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Anglican Unscripted Episode 38


05/06/2012

The Anglican Four have more news for you. Kevin and George bring you Today-in-History, More of The AMiA breakdown, Erastian Texans, picking Canterbury, and the weather for Ireland is spring. Peter breaks down behind-the-scenes GAFCON and AS Haley has breaking news from Christ Church, Savannah. Oh... and there is a surprise Guest this week.

AnglicanTV interviews Archbishop Duncan


posted May 6, 2012

Kevin Kallsen and Archbishop Robert Duncan discuss the GAFCON meeting and the fluid news surrounding The AMiA. Oh... and the big surprise for the next GAFCON.