Saturday, July 12, 2014

A.S. Haley: Falsehoods Being Spread in South Carolina

July 10, 2014

Now intrudes upon my vocation one of the more unwelcome of my duties as an Anglican Curmudgeon. Having practiced as a trial lawyer for 44 years, the last six of which have been constantly embroiled in litigation with the attorneys for the Episcopal Church (USA), I would rather let the courts sort things out according to the merits of the law and the precedents.

But in the blogworld, anyone can express an opinion -- on any matter whatsoever -- and when the person with the opinion has an advanced degree, he or she thereby gains a sort of Internet prestige that not everyone touts, or can enjoy. After all, a Ph.D. degree is possessed by a very small proportion of those blogging on the Internet, and so it must carry some weight -- right?

As usual, the answer is: "It depends -- on what field the degree is in, and on what field in which the particular Ph.D is expressing his or her opinion." The Presiding Bishop of ECUSA has a Ph.D degree in oceanography, but that degree (as such) does not make her an expert in Episcopal Church canon law (as the posts gathered on this page abundantly illustrate). In all of her canonical decisions, she has accepted the advice of her Chancellor, who is an expert in the Church's canon law, but who has a rather blasé view of the function of canons (scroll down to "milestone #2").

Moreover, since the Presiding Bishop has (most irregularly, for a nonprofit religious organization) allowed her Chancellor to employ his own law firm to prosecute the 70-odd cases brought by ECUSA (or to which it is or was a party), one would have to believe that the Chancellor is not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to expressing opinions on Church canon law. His firm's very employment depends upon the opinions which he furnishes (in confidence, of course) to the Presiding Bishop! the rest

Friday, July 11, 2014

Anglican Unscripted Episode 103


Jul 11, 2014
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe. Please donate at http://anglican.tv/donate

Story Index

00:00 Sympathy for the Devil
06:14 Legal Hobby with AS Haley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Polar vortex to make shocking summer return; Poolside Purity; Ring That Reads Out Printed Text...

California Governor Signs Homosexual Bill Eliminating Terms ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’
The governor of California has signed a bill into law that redefines marriage and replaces the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the generic term ‘spouse.’

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1306 on Monday, which will take effect on January 1, 2015.

“Under existing law, a reference to ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’ ‘spouses,’ or ‘married persons,’ or a comparable term, includes persons who are lawfully married to each other and persons who were previously lawfully married to each other, as is appropriate under the circumstances of the particular case,” it reads. “The bill would delete references to ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ in the Family Code and would instead refer to a ‘spouse,’ and would make other related changes.”...

Pastors Not Allowed to Comfort Unaccompanied Children in Border Facilities  Fox News and Commentary host Todd Starnes reports that churches and pastors have been banned from helping the thousands of unaccompanied children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
“Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit,” Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona told Starnes. “It’s pretty heartbreaking that they don’t let anybody in there -- even credentialed pastors.”...

Poor man’s polar vortex to make shocking summer return in eastern U.S. next week
...However you choose to refer to the looming weather pattern, unseasonably chilly air is headed for parts of the northern and northeastern U.S at the height of summer early next week.

Bearing a haunting resemblance to January’s brutally cold weather pattern, a deep pool of cool air from the Gulf of Alaska will plunge into the Great Lakes early next week and then ooze towards the East Coast...


Poolside Purity and Bikini Battles
Here we go again. It’s summer time, which means at any given time, in any number of churches nationwide, pastors, youth pastors and leaders are giving their kids (read: their female students) the “one-piece” talk...


FingerReader Is A Ring That Reads Out Printed Text To Visually Impaired People
FingerReader is a Ring for visually impaired. It is a gadget which will be worn on the index finger giving the blind user the power to hear to the printed words...

Nuns Confirm Federal Interest in Housing Illegal Immigrant Children in Syracuse, NY

by Jim Hoft
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Sisters of St. Francis confirmed the Department of Health and Human Services is looking at their properties in Syracuse to house illegal immigrant children.

Unaccompanied minors from Central America who are awaiting deportation could be housed in this former convent building owned by the Sisters of St. Francis in Syracuse. The building was photographed Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Federal inspectors conducted a site assessment on Monday to see if the former convent would be suitable to house the children. Story

The illegal children would live at a former convent – without the crucifixes, of course.

Syracuse.com reported:
The Sisters of St. Francis confirmed today that federal officials are exploring the idea of using the religious order’s vacant Syracuse buildings to house immigrant children awaiting deportation.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Families and Children traveled to Syracuse on Monday to inspect six buildings on the 10-acre Franciscan campus at Court Street and Grant Boulevard, said Rochelle Casella, speaking for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.  the rest

Anglican Unscripted Episode 102


Jul 9, 2014
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe. Please donate at http://anglican.tv/donate

Story Index

00:00 New Archbishop for Anglican Church in North America
10:54 News From Australia with David Ould

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord...

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord; but few of us willing to do little things... Look at that wonderful sermon that [Jesus] preached to that lone woman at the well of Samaria. He was tired and weary, but he had time and the heart to preach to her. This is but one of many instances in the life of the Master from which we may learn a precious lesson. If the Son of God had time to preach to one soul, cannot every one of us go and do the same? ...Dwight L. Moody image

'Rocket Attacks' On Jerusalem And Tel Aviv

July 8, 2014
 
The Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa have been targeted in a series of rocket attacks from Gaza tonight, Hamas militants have said.
 
The wail of air raid sirens sent Israelis running for cover in Tel Aviv and there were reports of possible explosions in Jerusalem.

Television shots showed what appeared to be a mid-air interception of a rocket bound for Tel Aviv by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel's commercial capital and about 45 miles (70km) north of the Gaza Strip... the rest

Arabs Celebrate Missile Strikes On Israeli Civilians [VIDEO]
Hundreds of Arabs flocked to the Temple Mount on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the barrage of rockets upon Israel's civilian population. The video, captioned in Arabic, reads "[c]elebrations at the Holy Al-Aqsa mosque after hearing the sounds of rockets explode in occupied Jerusalem."

Air raid sirens wail in Jerusalem

Iron Dome intercepts rockets over cities across Israel in largest salvo of rockets yet

NOW calls Catholic nuns 'dirty'; LA Supreme Ct. orders priest to testify about confession; Sins Of ‘Nonjudgmental’ Millennials...more

A Young Arab Pastor Leads the Way
...Pastor Khoury is an Arab-Israeli Christian who also serves as Vice President of Holy Land Missions, which supports six churches throughout Israel.  Over the past decades. Pastor Khoury has witnessed members of his churches attacked and persecuted.  His own father was shot by Moslem militants, and his uncle was martyred for the sake of Jesus Christ. Several young girls from his church were also martyred for their Christian faith. What was their crime? The girls invited other children to attend the church’s Vacation Bible School. Pastor Khoury is a published author, and he writes frequently for Al-Quds, the largest Arabic newspaper in the Holy Land.

Pastor Khoury and his congregations have endured numerous threats and attacks, and on June 30, 2014, after eight years of active ministry and evangelistic outreach in the Shofat area, the church closed at that location. Within hours, with the kidnapping and murder of the Moslem teen, riots, shootings, street fires, and great anger erupted in the neighborhood of the church. A Moslem, obviously sensing something was now different in his neighborhood, came to one of the leaders of the now closed Baptist church, and said, “Did you see what happened when you left the neighborhood? You took your covering of blessings and grace from our neighborhood with you?” Christians realize that the cover of God’s blessings is brought to a neighborhood and nation through a praying fellowship of Christian believers.

During the coming days and weeks, Pastor Khoury and his congregants plan to meet with the families of both of the murdered Moslem and Jewish teens. Among the Jews and Palestinians in Israel, the depth of hatred and animosity runs deep. It is expected that retaliation and revenge can lead to another intifada in short order. Here you can a short video of Rev. Khoury visiting Shofat this past weekend, and speaking with a Moslem teen. You can hear that the young man has no forgiveness in his heart. It is quite jarring to hear the youth speak...

The New Sins Of ‘Nonjudgmental’ Millennials
...If you speak to the average 20-something or Millennial about the concept of sin, you may be treated to a kind of quasi-Unitarian dismissal of the concept, a sort of uncomfortable rejection of the notion of ecclesiastical proscription in any sense: “I’m very spiritual,” you’ll hear a lot, “but not religious.” What this looks like in practice is generally a dismissal of accountability towards any higher power, or at least towards any rules He might impose upon His people: It is, after all, 2014.

Yet the Millennials, having sloughed off the religious notions of their parents and grandparents—at least one-third of Generation Yers are more or less without religion—have taken it upon themselves to adopt a new set of mandates and dictates to guide their lives. Call them the “new sins,” a number of commandments by which one might stay on the narrow way. The old interdictions now cast aside, a new series of injunctions must be obeyed: and like most religions and denominations, adherence to these commandments is held sacrosanct, any deviation from them fairly blasphemous. Religion may be out for a large number of Millennials, but its vacuum has been more or less filled...

NOW calls Catholic nuns 'dirty'
The National Organization for Women, one of the nation's largest pro-abortion lobbies, named a Catholic order of nuns to a list called “The Dirty 100,” a catalog of the 100 entities which filed lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

The order of nuns NOW finds “dirty” are the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious institute for women founded by St. Jeanne Jugan in 19th century France. They are dedicated to care of the elderly impoverished, and describe their spiritual charism as “grace of hospitality toward the aged poor.”...

Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession  ...This case gets complicated for a couple of reasons. While the common perception has been that priests cannot be forced to testify about confessions in the US because of ministerial privilege and the First Amendment, that privilege gets defined by each state separately. In Louisiana, the privilege attaches to the person offering the confession and not the priest. Once the penitent has revealed what was said — or perhaps more to the specific point in this case, alleges to have revealed what was said — the state can subpoena the priest to confirm or deny the testimony. In that sense, it’s akin to the lawyer-client privilege, which can be broken by the client...

Court Rules Wheaton College Exempt from HHS Mandate  The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that affirmed religious freedom for the Green family, founders and owners of Hobby Lobby stores is having positive implications for other faith-based organizations as well.

The court ruled last Thursday that Wheaton College is now exempt from imposing the HHS contraception mandate that goes against the schools closely held religious beliefs...

Monday, July 07, 2014

Anglican Unscripted Episode 101


Jul 7, 2014
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe. Please donate at http://anglican.tv/donate

00:00 Australia Dumps Seal of Confession
05:52 Breaking News from South Carolina with AS Haley

Split among Episcopalians reaches SC courtroom

July 7, 2014 

Conservative South Carolina Episcopalian churches that split with the national church in part over the election of a gay bishop and same-sex marriage are headed to court in a dispute over money.

The national Episcopal church wants about $500 million in land, buildings and other property back after a group of about 50 churches calling itself the Diocese of South Carolina split from the national church in 2012. The churches who split sued to keep the property and the name and seal used when they were part of the national church.

"The buildings and the land are assets for Gospel ministry. They were paid for by members of this parish, past and present. No outside group should determine their usage," said the Rev. Shay Gaillard, who is rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston.

The national church argues the decision by the local churches to split was not properly made.

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein will decide the case without a jury. Testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Dorchester County Courthouse. the rest

Multimillion dollar SC Episcopal split heads to trial Tuesday
...But this dispute isn't just about land and buildings.

Something priceless also is at stake in the lawsuit, filed by the Diocese of South Carolina against its once-ecclesiastical brethren. That is the sentimental value of space in which generations of families have worshipped, taken communion, baptized children, married those children and bid final farewell to their dead...

Diocese of SC: A Pastoral Letter from Bp. Lawrence Regarding Upcoming Trial

Bishop Lawrence requested that the following letter be read aloud in congregations across the Diocese of South Carolina in Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 1:3

I write on the eve of the upcoming trial between the Diocese of South Carolina and The Episcopal Church scheduled, God-willing, to take place in St. George, SC from July 8—18, 2014 and under the jurisdiction of the Honorable Diane S. Goodstein. Much work by our legal team under the leadership of Mr. Alan Runyan has already been done. The staff and members from many of our parishes, as well as the diocesan staff, have logged countless hours in the detail work of discovery. Much prayer has been invested by our clergy, vestries, intercessors, and the rank and file members of our congregations. For all of this I am profoundly grateful.

The path that has brought us as a diocese to this hour has been long and winding. Yet through it all we have been guided by a desire to be faithful to the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as we have received it ever striving to be mindful that we have been entrusted with this Truth, this Good News and rich heritage, in order to share it with those who have yet to come into the reach of Christ’s saving embrace.

Certainly we seek to protect our members and the legacy of former generations who under God’s sovereignty and grace have established this diocese and built our churches, more than a few even preceding the founding of The Episcopal Church; but it is of fundamental importance to keep in mind that ours is more than a clinging to heritage for the sake of the past. It is also for the sake of our future mission. It is so that our congregations, their buildings and properties, as well as such places as Camp St. Christopher, may continue to be beachheads and missionary centers for making known the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ... the rest

A.S. Haley: South Carolina Court Reporters Will Be Busy on Monday  After a flurry of last-minute emergency motions and appeals, the so-called “Episcopal Church in South Carolina” rump group (“ECSC”) has run out of maneuvers to delay the start of the scheduled trial next week before Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein...

63 women/girls escape Boko Haram; Breast cancer/abortion studies; PP, Liberal clergy hand out condoms at Hobby Lobby...more

Censoring Studies on Abortion and Breast Cancer: How Science and Free Speech are Stifled
...The new Chinese meta-analysis not only concerns the ABC link on an individual level, but also confirms the observation of statistician Patrick Carroll, who predicted the rise in breast cancer in several European countries following legalization of abortion. Again, because of the lag time between abortion and the appearance of breast cancer, the link is not immediately apparent. Carroll’s work is important because he finds that not only is induced abortion an independent risk factor for breast cancer (separate from such factors as late child-bearing) but that it is the best predictive factor for forecasting a nation’s future breast cancer rates. Nations such as China, with traditionally low breast cancer rates, are now seeing an increase, many years following their legalization of abortion...

Planned Parenthood and liberal clergy hand out condoms in front of Hobby Lobby store ...One of the female shoppers exiting the store handed the condom back to the demonstrators and defended the owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family. “I know them and they are Godly people,” she said, according to the Beacon News...

63 Kidnapped Women, Girls Escape Boko Haram
According to Nigerian officials, 63 kidnapped women and girls have escaped from Boko Haram captivity. The females, who were abducted from the village of Kummabaza on June 22, were reportedly able to flee while the militants were involved in a battle...
Gunmen kill at least 29 in latest raids on Kenyan coast

To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism
Written by a team of theologians and teachers comprehensive of the various theological schools within the Anglican tradition, To Be a Christian – An Anglican Catechism is an in depth but very usable articulation of the Christian faith that will also prove to be a resource for Christians in other traditions. This catechism includes 345 Questions & Answers, with practical applications—all in simple modern English. Each section begins with an explanation especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of Christianity. This superb special edition features bonded leather, gold foil cover, gilt-edge pages, ribbon bookmark, a presentation page, and an Introduction by the eminent theologian JI Packer....over at Amazon

The Right to Be Wrong
The right to religious freedom is for everyone, not just those with the “right” beliefs.  ...First Things