Saturday, July 07, 2012

Article X rule may block gay marriage for Episcopalians

Supermajority voting rules raised in House of Bishops debate
July 7, 2012
By George Conger

Questions over Prayer Book revision and parliamentary procedure were raised by members of the House of Bishops on the morning of the 3rd legislative day at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting 5-12 July 2012 in Indianapolis.

On 7 July 2012 the Bishop of Arkansas raised the question of special voting procedures under Article X of the Constitution of the Episcopal Church in response to a resolution dealing with lectionary reform. However, his query as to what constitutes a majority in the House of Bishops under Article X of the Constitution has a direct bearing on the Resolution A049: “Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships”. The inability to muster a majority under the Article X voting rules, makes it likely that the trial rites for the blessing of same sex unions will fail to pass this General Convention.

At the close of the morning session, Resolution A059 came before the House. It seeks to cure an anomaly between the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) adopted by the 2009 General Convention and the readings for Holy Days given in the body of the Prayer Book. When Convention adopted the RCL it neglected to update the readings found in the Book of Common Prayer to conform to the new lectionary. the rest

Gender Identity and Expression Resolutions Pass HOB

A.S. Haley:+Iker’s Diocese Requests Expedited Hearing in TXSCt after Disciplinary Charges Filed

July 7, 2012

The lawyers for Bishop Iker’s Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth continue to stay several moves ahead of their ECUSA opponents. Bishop Ohl’s and Bishop Buchanan’s tactic of trying to lower the boom on the seven Bishops signing an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court in the Fort Worth case may be said to have backfired. Bishop Iker and his Diocese yesterday filed in that Court a Motion to expedite the hearing date (the Court has not set one yet) to October 16 or earlier. (October 16 is the date on which the Court has set the Masterson v. Diocese of Northwest Texas case for oral arguments.)

In the Motion to expedite, the attorneys give as one of the reasons for the filing the recent disciplinary complaints filed against the Bishops who signed the amicus brief in the Fort Worth case:

On April 23, 2012, an amicus brief was filed in this case by seven bishops and three priests of The Episcopal Church (TEC). The brief supported the Fort Worth Diocese’s arguments that, should Texas adopt the Deference approach rather Neutral Principles for church property disputes, the final authority in the Episcopalian tradition on such disputes is the local bishop, not TEC’s national administrative office. On July 2, 2012, the Episcopal News Service, the “officially sponsored online news source” of TEC, reported that disciplinary complaints have been filed against the seven amicus bishops for their actions in filing the amicus brief in this case. See Tab A. (TEC lacks jurisdiction over local priests). Petitioners respectfully request that this Court expedite resolution of this appeal to avoid further collateral repercussions.
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Six of the nine bishops accused of violating the church's canons have responded in an open letter to the House of Bishops and addressed to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Friday, July 06, 2012

General Convention 2012: Show trial set for 9 bishops

House of Bishops to hear complaints from Fort Worth and Quincy on 6 July 2012
July 6, 2012
By George Conger

A letter accusing nine bishops of disloyalty to the Episcopal Church and violation of its canons is scheduled for discussion on 6 July 2012 during a closed session of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meeting at the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis.

The letter has been described as “end run” around the Title IV canons, one bishop told Anglican Ink, that seeks a political solution to a judicial process.

On 5 July the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth, and the Rt. Rev. John C. Buchanan, Provisional Bishop of Quincy wrote to the presiding bishop asking the House of Bishops to “set the record straight regarding recent statements by certain bishops in our Church.” the rest

Scrolling around...July 6th, 2012

Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery
More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs, according to two new government reports, a clear indicator of how bleak the nation's jobs picture is after three full years of economic recovery...

Radical Islam Spreading in Spain
The report, which examines some of the main Islamist groups operating in Spain, shows that the common thread linking all the groups together is their mutual desire to establish an Islamic Caliphate.

Pro-life leader’s home vandalized in wake of Newsweek article
I wrote last week that a Newsweek article favorable to the personhood movement and personhood leaders Keith and Jennifer Mason had “riled abortion proponents.” Little did I know how much.
Someone posted Mason’s home address in a comment to the Newsweek article. Newsweek closed down comments, but it was too late.

Five major ObamaCare taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013
While the individual mandate tax gets most of the attention, the ObamaCare law actually contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people. These taxes are gradually phased in over the years 2010 (with its 10 percent “tanning tax”) to 2018 (when the tax on comprehensive health insurance plans kicks in.)

Restaurant Faces Investigation For Offering Church Discount
A family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania is under a state discrimination investigation for offering a ten percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays.

Toronto school board promotes curriculum encouraging students to cross-dress
The Toronto District School Board is promoting a new curriculum guide encouraging students to cross dress.

The Obama Derecho
The damage from Obama will be lasting.

ObamaCare Putting Squeeze on Health Savings Accounts
In anticipation that the Supreme Court might rule in favor of ObamaCare, Avik Roy wrote in Forbes magazine that Health Savings Plans (HSAs) would be negatively impacted and possibly forced out of existence...

Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Fertility rates of Muslim populations around the world have almost literally fallen off a cliff, so steep has been their decline. Policy makers at the UN and elsewhere have barely noticed this...

George W. Bush Focuses On Quiet Service After Presidency

Jul 4, 2012

Former President George W. Bush has kept a relatively low profile in the United States since leaving office. But in Africa this week he is publicly promoting his institute's initiative to prevent and treat cervical cancer. VOA's Brian Padden reports from Lusaka that while Bush is following a familiar post-presidential path in supporting humanitarian causes, he would prefer to focus on quiet service, to lead through example and hard work.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

The great heresies in the early Church...

The great heresies in the early Church arose not from the rapid expansion result of these unknown [and untrained] teachers; but in those churches which were longest established, and where the Christians were not so busily engaged in converting the heathen around them. The Church of that day was apparently quite fearless of any dangers that the influx of large numbers of what we should call illiterate converts might lower the standard of church doctrine. She held the tradition handed down by the apostles, and expected the new converts to grow up into it, to maintain it and to propagate it. And so in fact they did. The danger to doctrine lay not in these illiterate converts on the outskirts; but at home, in places like Ephesus and Alexandria, amongst the more highly educated and philosophically minded Christians. It was against them that she had to maintain the doctrine. ...Roland Allen image

Scrolling around...July 5th, 2012

Dave Miller: A stunning reminder: the darkness lives in me
I had a shocking conversation with an old friend recently. He told me that his wife, whom I had known as a vibrant, passionate, committed Christian, had abandoned her family, her faith and embraced a life of sin with wild abandon...

Estimated 30 million lives sacrificed for 5 million ‘test tube babies’
...“If 5 million babies have been born as a result of in vitro fertilization, then at least six times that many human lives have been aborted in the earliest and most vulnerable stages of development in the womb,” said Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers in a statement to LifeSiteNews...

Cern announces discovery of Higgs boson 'God particle'
It has taken nearly 50 years and cost £2.6bn. Now, at last, the Higgs boson particle has been found - and a new chapter in our understanding of the universe can begin...

Photoshopping a Fetus: Denying the Obvious
"… the more we treat fetuses like people-including them in our family photo shoots, tagging them on our Facebook walls, giving them their own Twitter accounts-the harder it will be to deny that they are people when the next, say, personhood amendment comes up, with legislators and activists arguing that 'the unborn child' inside a pregnant woman's womb should have the same rights as the living among us."...

The Few, the Proud…the Diverse
...I have no problem believing that homosexual Americans have sacrificed for their country. I’m equally certain that alcoholic Americans have also done so. It is their sacrifice as Americans that should be honored. What is the point of celebrating their behavior as homosexuals, or as alcoholics, if not to promote homosexual or alcoholic behavior? The one is as absurd as the other...

Woman, children beheaded in Afghan "honour killing"
A 30-year-old woman and two of her children were beheaded overnight in Afghanistan's east, police said, in what appeared to be the latest in a rapidly growing trend of so-called honour killings...

More than 1 million in U.S. still without power 5 days after storm
More than 1 million homes and businesses in a swath from Indiana to Virginia remained without power on Wednesday, five days after deadly storms tore through the region...

General Convention 2012

July 5, 2012

I will be adding links to news on GenCon77 as I can...

Presiding bishop's sermon at General Convention’s Opening Eucharist

Prayer for GC2012

Sexuality among key issues Episcopalians will confront at General Convention

A.S. Haley: Ships Passing in the Night: Opening Remarks at GC77
If I were a Deputy attending the 77th General Convention this week, I might be tempted to leave right after hearing the opening remarks of the Presiding Bishop, Dr. [of oceanography] Katharine Jefferts Schori, followed thereafter by the opening remarks of the HoD President, Dr. [of divinity, hon. causa] Bonnie Anderson. Comparing the two speeches side-by-side is a deadly exercise, and listening to them back-to-back must have been dispiriting....

Gay fingernails

Tweets and Twitters out in full force at GC2012
The first clue that the two big guns of General Convention were about to speak was when Rick P tweeted: ‏"The House of Deputies is gathering for the presentations by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies."

Follow the thread of the tweets to see how the thoughts flowed and unfold as Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bonnie Anderson's HOD make their respective opening remarks to the House of Deputies. See how the Convention's chief officers' words are received and interpreted by the live as-it-is-happening tweeters and witness what is happening around them...

Twitter hashtag if you want to follow there: #gc77

A lot of info at TitusOneNine

Episcopal Church leaders set to consider blessing rite for same-sex couples

Wed, Jul. 04, 2012

Sixteen fractious years after it allowed the ordination of homosexuals, the Episcopal Church appears poised to adopt a blessing rite for same-sex couples wishing to wed.

If approved, as expected, at the church's General Convention starting Thursday in Indianapolis, the liturgy would be the first such rite endorsed by a major denomination in the United States.

Advocates of the blessing - already written, down to the "We have gathered here today" and "I do" and the exchange of rings - stress that it is not a sacrament and would not confer "marriage" on the couple.

Episcopal Church law defines marriage as the union of man and woman, and there are no plans to change that this year. the rest

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Why your kids can’t add without a calculator

Konstantin Kakaes
Jul 2, 2012

When Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Va., recently renovated its classrooms, Vern Williams, who might be the best math teacher in the United States, had to fight to keep his blackboard. The school was putting in new “interactive whiteboards” in every room, part of a broader effort to increase the use of technology in education. That might sound like a welcome change. But this effort is undermining education, particularly in mathematics and the sciences.

I went to see Williams because he was famous when I was in middle school 20 years ago, at a different school in the same county. Longfellow’s teams have been state champions for 24 of the last 29 years in MathCounts, a U.S.-based competition for middle schoolers. Williams was the only actual teacher on a 17-member National Mathematics Advisory Panel that reported to president George Bush in 2008.

Williams doesn’t just prefer his old chalkboard to the high-tech version. His kids learn from textbooks that are decades old — not because they can’t afford new ones, but because Williams and a handful of his like-minded colleagues know the old ones are better. The school’s parent-teacher association buys them from used bookstores because the county won’t pay for them. His preferred algebra book, he says, is “in-your-face algebra. They give amazing outstanding examples. They teach the lessons.” the rest

Som Sabadell flashmob

May 31, 2012

On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

A National Anthem that Begins and Ends with a Question

July 4, 2012
by David P. Goldman

There’s no mistaking Francis Scott Key for a great poet, but like other minor talents at exalted moments, Julia Ward Howe, for example, he wrote a great poem. It might seem a stretch to think of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as high art, but its first verse, despite some deficiencies, has true grandeur. Some years ago I discussed America’s anthem at Asia Times. In honor of the 4th of July, here are some revised thoughts.

There is something inherently fragile about the United States of America. France will be France and Slovakia will be Slovakia so long as French and Slovak are spoken, irrespective of their mode of government. But if Americans cease to govern themselves in a way that no people ever governed itself before, America will not be America. We are the only nation founded on an idea, rather than on blood, territory or culture. We look back at our founders with reverence. Each day we should ask ourselves whether we are good enough to keep the republic which they bequeathed us. We came close to losing it more than once. If we continue to drift into dependency, we might lose it now.

That is why it behooves us to sing a national anthem that begins and ends with questions. In this respect, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is an unusual poem. To begin a poem with a rhetorical question is a common enough device (“Why! Who makes much of a miracle?,” “What is so rare as a day in June?” or “Who rides in the night through wind and wild?”). Key’s opening question, though, is not rhetorical, but existential. The hearer from whom the poet demands a response has kept the poet’s company in an anxious vigil. The question itself thus places the hearer alongside the poet in that vigil.

The poet withholds the name of the object we are trying to espy in the first light: It is “what so proudly we hailed,” “whose broad stripes and bright stars” streamed valiantly over the rampart as the poet and his interlocutor watched through the perilous night. And this precious thing could be glimpsed intermittently only by the light of the enemy’s munitions, through the glare of rockets and the flash of exploding bombs: these, the missiles of the foe, gave proof through the night that the our flag — at last the object is named — was still there.

But now the first light of the dawn has come. The bombardment has ceased. The poet asks that the listener say whether, in the dim sunrise, he still can see the flag above the ramparts. It is an anxious moment; the hearer has watched through the night to see if the US position has held or fallen; in a few moments he will see in the first light of day whether the flag is still there. All the fears of the nightly vigil are bound up in this moments of anticipation. Even more: the hopes and fears of generations hang upon what the hearer will see as day breaks..

And then the poet repeats the injunction “Say!” and changes the question. The opening question — can you still see our flag? — is a synecdoche of sorts for a bigger question — does that flag “yet wave/O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”? The second question refers not only to the battle at hand, but to the destiny of the country. The question is not only whether the flag of freedom still flies over America but also whether America itself is still brave and free. the rest

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
...Francis Scott Key image

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

AAC Fr. Phil Ashey: The Title IV Proceedings against 9 Bishops

July 3, 2012

The leadership of the Episcopal Church is considering disciplinary action against 9 bishops. These nine bishops are: Bishops Edward Salmon, Peter Beckwith, Bruce MacPherson, Maurice Benitez, John Howe, Paul Lambert, James Stanton, Daniel Martins, and William Love.

Essentially, The Episcopal Church is investigating them for providing testimony in lawsuits that supported the rights of dioceses to disaffiliate from the church. Find out more about this sad story here.

Central Florida Responds to TEC Charges
Statements from Bp. Greg Brewer and retired Bishop Howe.

Robert S. Munday: Have you ever been stung by a dead bee?
One of my favorite classic movies is To Have and Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (in her first motion picture). Bogart plays the captain of a sport fishing boat, operating out of Martinique, an island that, at the time (1944), was under the rule of Nazi-dominated Vichy France, which provides the source of the movie's intrigue.

Walter Brennan, in one of his best character roles, plays Eddie, the perpetually drunk ship's mate. Eddie has the annoying habit of asking each new person he meets, "Have you ever been stung by a dead bee?" In response to the other person's inevitable question, Eddie explains, "Even a dead bee can sting you if you step on it, especially if it was mad when it died."

Nine bishops of the Episcopal Church just got stung by a dead bee this week.

Bishops Edward L. Salmon, Jr., Peter H. Beckwith and Bruce MacPherson received word that a complaint had been filed against them under Title IV of the Episcopal Church's Canons for signing affidavits in opposition to a motion for Summary Judgment in the Episcopal Church's lawsuit in the Diocese of Quincy. In a similar action, Bishops Maurice M. Benitez, John W. Howe, Paul E. Lambert, William H. Love, Bruce MacPherson, Daniel H. Martins, and James M. Stanton were informed that a complaint was being brought against them for filing an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Brief in the Episcopal Church's lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Texas involving the Diocese of Fort Worth...

Scrolling around...July 3rd, 2012

Liberals fear the John Roberts rebound  ...Some liberals contend that Roberts’s surprise crossover on the health care law has given him a free hand to craft and sign onto a slew of conservative opinions next year without suffering much of a public drubbing from Democrats and the press. With one major case, Roberts may have inoculated himself and the court against charges of partisanship....

Rasmussen: Conservative Anger Against Obamacare Hitting 'Stratospheric Levels'...Conservative interest in the presidential election hit “stratospheric levels” following last week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, noted pollster and author Scott Rasmussen tells Newsmax.TV....

Human Rights Watch: Syria running 27 torture centers ...Syrian intelligence agencies are running a network of torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and cables, burned with acid and sexually assaulted, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Tuesday...

Dearborn Muslim Charged with Nine Counts of Attempted Murder for Trying to Kill Street Preachers Outside the Islamic Center of America

Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City...A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That was up from 8,707,185 in May....

Gay Bishop Commends LGBT Presbyterians for 'Confusing' the Church on Homosexuality

By Lillian Kwon
July 2, 2012

The first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church recently praised pro-gay Presbyterians for creating "enormous confusion" and what he called "holy chaos" in their denomination over homosexuality.

"It was not that many years ago when our churches, yours and mine and most others, were absolutely certain what God thought of us ... and because of your courageous work, there are a lot of confused people out there and that is a huge step forward," Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire said Saturday during an event sponsored by More Light Presbyterians – a pro-LGBT group.

Robinson looked to commend and further encourage gays and lesbians as they face several measures on homosexuality during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s General Assembly in Pittsburgh. The denomination is considering a proposal to reverse a 2010 decision that allowed partnered gay clergy to serve and another measure that would redefine marriage. Votes are expected to take place later this week. the rest
Just as Christians repented of the sin of racism and slavery, Robinson says they will eventually apologize to LGBT people as well.

Response at The Layman Online: Taking (back) away the Bible
The Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual to be named a bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA) told a gathering at the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly that the time has come for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to “take the Bible back.” What he meant was, take the Bible away...

A.S.Haley: On the Impossibility of Enacting a Trial Rite for Same-Sex Blessings without Violating the Constitution (II)

Monday, July 2, 2012

[Note: This post is Part II of a series on amending the BCP and adopting trial or experimental liturgies for use in the Church, as we head into General Convention LXXVII later this week. Part I is at this link, Part III will follow tomorrow, and the remaining parts each day thereafter, until the series is complete.]

Yesterday we reviewed the first two methods in the Constitution for adding to or changing the liturgies in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP): the first, by amending the BCP itself, and the second, by authorizing liturgies for Church-wide use, on a trial basis. The first requires the changes to pass two successive General Conventions; the second may be accomplished in only one General Convention. But for that very reason, the second method requires a greater majority in the House of Bishops than does the first method.

To adopt a trial rite for the Church, the Constitution requires approval in the HoB by "a majority of the whole number of Bishops entitled to vote in the House of Bishops." As we saw by examining the two provisions in detail, that bold phrase means that all the Bishops who are entitled to vote in the HoB, including retired Bishops not attending, must be counted in determining the required majority.

Thus if there are, say, 300 Bishops in all who are entitled to vote in the House of Bishops, it takes the vote of at least 151 of them to approve a rite for trial use. And if only 120 of them are present for the meeting, then there cannot be not enough votes for the measure to pass -- even if every Bishop present voted "Yes." the rest

Andy Griffith Dead: Christian Actor Also Gospel Singer 1926-2012

Andy Griffith (1926-2012) died today at the age of 86. Most famous for his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, the actor was also a devout Christian who had a successful career singing Gospel music.

As Christian Activities reported, when Andy Griffith was a child in Sunday School in Mt. Airy, North Carolina where he was born and raised (and one of the inspirations for Mayberry), he "would sing 'Jesus Loves Me' so loud that everybody would notice."
His life and work was a testimony to his faith. Even when he suffered from Guillain-Barr syndrome he told Guideposts:
I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were before.
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Monday, July 02, 2012

The criterion for our intercessory prayer...

The criterion for our intercessory prayer is not our earnestness, nor our faithfulness, nor even our faith in God, but simply God Himself. He has taken the initiative from the beginning, and has built our prayers into the structure of the universe. He then asks us to present these requests to Him that He may show His gracious hand. ...Charles H Troutman image

Higgs boson: Web goes wild with speculation

The Internet is crackling with rumors following news reports that the long-sought Higgs boson-- popularly referred to as the "God particle" -- has been detected and that physicists at the Large Hadron Collider atom-smasher CERN, near Geneva, will announce the discovery in a news conference July 4.

Physicists have been speculating for months that the particle’s discovery would be the topic of CERN’s scheduled news conference Wednesday, but Britain’s Daily Mail and the Associated Press upped the ante Monday with articles declaring the announcement was a certainty.

“Scientists believe that the 'God particle' that might explain the underpinnings of the universe is real, and they are about to present their evidence to the world," the AP declared Monday, in an article first titled “Proof of 'God particle' found” and later downgraded to “Evidence of 'God particle' found.” the rest image

Ordained Women Priests Outpace Men in Church of England

By Myles Collier
July 2, 2012

A survey that was recently published examined the rates of female priests being ordained in the Church of England and showed that for the first time more women were ordained in 2010 than were men.

The results of the survey were produced by the Evangelical Alliance and compiled by Peter Brierley, who used church statistics from the United Kingdom dating back until 2005.

Official records form the Church of England showed that in 2010 there were 290 women compared with only 273 men ordained in priesthood marking the first time the number of women ordained outnumbered that of their male counterparts.

The survey also showed that in 2011 there were 1,763 women in full time parochial appointments. That is a 50 percent increase from the last set of figures which were published in back in 2000. The number of women priests translates into one out of every five paid parish clergy in the Church of England, which are now female. the rest

Kenya massacre: AP policy to bury lede?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day after day, your GetReligionistas receive emails from readers that say something like this: “Please look at the following. Why do you think that (name of mainstream news organization) chose to (leave out or butcher a crucial fact) when covering this story? Is there something (some kind of politically correct policy) that requires them to do this?”

In other words, people who have not worked in mainstream newsrooms have a tendency to assume (a) that the patterns they keep seeing are intentional and (b) that biases have actually been molded into written policies that, in effect, have become part of newsroom manuals of style.

Some of these complaints, however, come from readers who have mainstream experience or who remain in mainstream posts (and wish to remain anonymous).

It’s hard to know how to answer these readers. the rest

Scrolling around...July 2nd, 2012

So much to little time....

Emotional goodbye for young Italian mother who died for unborn child
Hundreds of Italians gathered at the Church of St. Francisca Romana in Rome on June 16 for the funeral Mass of Chiara Corbella, a young Catholic woman who died after postponing her cancer treatments in order to protect her unborn child...

Nazir-Ali: How Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first Islamist president, interprets Sharia law will be a crucial test
Now Mohammed Morsi is Egypt's new president an Islamist heads the largest Arab nation. His approach to Sharia, Christians and the West is a crucial test, writes Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester...

Pelosi on Obamacare: I Knew Ted Kennedy ‘Would Go to Heaven and Help Us Pass the Bill’
“I knew that when he left us he would go to heaven and help pass the bill”

Faith Healing: How Local Churches Are Stepping into Health Care's Gaps
The innovative Congregational Health Network in Memphis relies on local congregations to take care of their members...

NYC churches can meet in schools, judge rules
A federal judge ruled Friday (June 29) that churches and other faith groups can continue to meet in New York City public school buildings for worship services...

The Average Salary Of A Pastor In America
Now, remember, most students coming out of Bible college do not become a pastor right away, they usually have to start as a youth pastor, associate pastor, or some other entry level position within the church. Because of this, their salary will be even less than what is listed here...

Egypt: Muslims murder two Christians for not voting for Muslim Brotherhood
Native Christian missionaries in Egypt remained concerned Saturday, June 30, saying at least two fellow believers were killed by suspected Islamists since Mohammed Morsi was declared the country's president...

Business Insider: Now That Obamacare Has Passed, Here's What It's Going To Cost You
Much of the cost burden will be shouldered by the health care industry and employers that provide workers with insurance. On an individual consumer level, however, it'll be the wealthiest Americans who feel the sting of Obamacare––and, strangely enough, people who hit the tanning bed...

PCUSA to Vote on Gay Clergy, Same-Sex Marriage
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will vote on two highly contentious issues at its General Assembly beginning Saturday with some presbyteries proposing reversal of the right to ordain openly gay and lesbian clergy and some seeking a change to the definition marriage...

Rep. Ryan: Roberts had to ‘contort logic and reason’ to reach ruling
..."I think the chief justice had to contort logic and reason to come up with this ruling," Ryan said. "So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I... thought were his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people. So, now the stakes of this election could not be higher."...

Obama Campaign Celebrates Independence Day ... with Fundraiser in Paris
Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas -- with its celebrity friends in tow...

Video: Michelle Compares Obama to Biblical Figures
...It was hard to listen to the end...

UK uncovers Al Qaeda plot to bomb US plane ahead of Olympics
British intelligence officials have discovered a new Al Qaeda plot to bomb a US plane, the Sunday Times of London reports...

US storms: 13 dead and millions left without power
At least 13 people have been killed and millions left without power across the mid-Atlantic regions of America after violent storms pummeled the eastern US with high winds...

Power still out for 3 million after storm damage
Death toll at 14 as utilities slowly restore service...

17 Killed in Attacks on Kenya Churches
Kenya police say gunmen attacked two churches in the eastern town of Garissa on Sunday, killing 17 people and wounding at least 40...

Uganda: Anglicans Get New Archbishop

By Aloysious Kasoma
1 July 2012

On January 7, Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, the Anglican Church head in Uganda, told the House of Bishops that he wanted the election of his successor to take place in June 2012 - more than a year before his term officially ends in December 2014.

No sooner was the announcement made than speculation began over who would succeed him. There is an unwritten tradition in the Church of Uganda that the position must rotate among the various regions of the country. Over the last 40 years, the Church has seen archbishops from all the regions. Silvanus Wani (1977 - 1983) was from northern region, Yona Okoth (1983 - 1995) was from eastern, Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 - 2004) was from the central region, while Henry Luke Orombi (2004 - 2012) was from West Nile.

It was therefore unsurprising that Orombi's successor would come from western Uganda. In the elections at Namirembe on June 22, two Banyoro - Stanley Ntagali of Masindi Kitara Diocese and Nathan Kyamanywa of Bunyoro Kitara - were the strongest contenders. Ntagali emerged as winner, because he was seen to be 'more western'. Unlike Kyamanywa, who is a pure Munyoro, Ntagali is a Mukiga, who was born in Kabale but grew up and has lived almost all his adult life in Bunyoro. At the announcement of his successor, Orombi described Ntagali as "unique" - being the first bishop he consecrated. Ntagali also had the edge because he was formerly a provincial secretary of the Church of Uganda. As Bishop of Masindi Kitara, which Orombi described as the "United Nations of Uganda" due to its diverse tribal mix, Ntagali is said to speak several local languages.

"The first phase of our prayer is answered," Orombi said a visibly relieved Orombi, adding that the 8th Archbishop would mark "a new chapter."

Orombi re-assured his successor-to be that "the temperature in the Province is good and nice. The conflicts have been pushed aside, we are united and together." the rest

The Quincy Three, The Fort Worth Seven And Title IV: What Now?

The Anglican Communion Institute, Inc.
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
By The Reverend Canon Professor Christopher Seitz
      The Reverend Dr. Philip Turner
      The Reverend Dr. Ephraim Radner
      Mark McCall, Esq.

This weekend’s news that Title IV “complaints” have been lodged against nine bishops brings together two matters that have long concerned ACI. The first is the polity of The Episcopal Church. For several years ACI has advocated the same understanding of TEC governance as the accused bishops. Indeed, the three ACI clergy submitted the same affidavits as did the bishops in Quincy and signed the same amicus brief as did the bishops in Texas. In addition, since Title IV was revised three years ago, ACI has been in the forefront of those arguing that the revised title is unconstitutional, unwise and unworkable. The sequence of events of the last few days leaves little doubt that these two issues of polity and Title IV were coordinated to coincide with the General Convention that begins this week. It is clear that the Title IV process is being used as a means to enforce a uniformity of thinking on polity that was inconceivable a generation ago. Less clear is whether differences of opinion over polity will be used as an excuse to preserve Title IV overreaches from corrective amendment.

We summarize below the factual background to the complaints against the nine bishops and conclude that the complaints are patently frivolous and should be dismissed at the outset. We then summarize our broader concerns about Title IV and suggest a way forward for this General Convention. Finally, we conclude with our hope that this coordinated abuse of the disciplinary process will not succeed in exacting a mindless uniformity on polity questions simply to promote the litigation tactics of the moment. the rest

Bp. Dan Martins: Speaking Truth in Love
...I cannot presume to speak for any of the other eight, but I need to be clear that my intention in attaching my name to the amicus brief was in no way to affect the outcome of that case. As the Bishop of Springfield, which is in Illinois, it is no concern of mine how a property dispute in Texas is resolved. If my action has the effect of aiding one side or the other, that is, from my perspective, an immaterial consequence. Rather, I took the action I did with the best interests of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Springfield, as nearly as I can discern them, at heart. My principal concern was to not leave unchallenged the assertion that the Episcopal Church is a unitary hierarchical organism at all levels, and that the dioceses are entirely creatures of General Convention. I viewed signing the amicus brief as consistent with my vow to uphold the doctrine and discipline of the Episcopal Church....


Sunday, July 01, 2012

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