Saturday, February 21, 2015

Leave it all...

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Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.
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The Coming of Medical Martyrdom

by Wesley J. Smith

Hippocratic-believing professionals, such as faithful Catholics and Muslims, are increasingly being pressured to practice medicine without regard to their personal faith or conscience beliefs. This moral intolerance is slowly being imbedded into law. Victoria, Australia, for example, legally requires all doctors to perform—or be complicit in—abortions: If a patient requests a legal termination and the doctor has moral qualms, he is required to refer her to a colleague who will do the deed.

Such laws are a prescription for medical martyrdom, by which I mean doctors being forced to choose between adhering to their faith or moral code and remaining in their profession. Some have already suffered for their beliefs. During a speaking tour of Australia in 2010, I met doctors who had moved from their homes in Victoria to escape the abortion imposition. I asked them what they would do if Victoria’s law were to go national. “Quit medicine,” they all said, or move to another country.

Canada is heading in the same direction regarding euthanasia. Quebec legalized doctor-administered death last year and allows no conscience exemptions along the lines of Victoria’s abortion law. Meanwhile, the Canadian Supreme Court just made access to euthanasia a Charter right for those with a diagnosable medical condition that causes “irremediable suffering,” including “psychological” pain. Recognizing that some doctors will have moral qualms about “terminating life,” the Court gave Parliament twelve months to pass enabling legislation, stating that “the rights of patients and physicians will need to be reconciled” by law or left “in the hands of physicians’ colleges.”

That doesn’t bode well for medical conscience rights. Canada’s medical associations have low regard for conscientious objectors. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan recently published a draft ethics policy that would force doctors morally opposed to providing “legally permissible and publicly-funded health services”—which now include euthanasia as well as abortion—to “make a timely referral to another health provider who is willing and able to . . . provide the service.” If no other doctor can be found, the dissenting physician will have to do the deed personally, “even in circumstances where the provision of health services conflicts with physicians’ deeply held and considered moral or religious beliefs.” ... the rest

A.S. Haley: Quincy Court to TEC: “Plaintiffs Won—Quit Your Bad-Faith Maneuvers...Now!”

February 21, 2015

On Friday, the trial court judge in the Quincy case issued a strongly worded order to TEC and its attorneys that began with these words:
“Although we thought the following conclusion was clear from our [earlier] determination, we will make it clear now: plaintiffs won.”
It seems that TEC’s attorneys, ever since they lost the case on appeal (and the Illinois Supreme Court rejected their petition for review), have been trying to prevent the plaintiff Anglican Diocese and its Bishop Alberto Morales from enjoying access once again to the bank funds which TEC’s attorneys had caused to be frozen (by writing a threatening letter to the bank) some six years ago. They sent a new letter to the same bank on December 30, claiming that nearly $800,000 of the funds on deposit actually belonged to one of the Quincy parishes, and not to the Diocese itself. They pointed out that there was still a lawsuit pending against that parish (and 14 others) in Peoria.

The bank dutifully froze the funds again, and the Diocese’s attorneys went to the trial court for relief. Yesterday, that court granted their motions—and awarded them sanctions against TEC.

Here are some excerpts from the Order:
This controversy has always been about a single account ... which contained a variety of funds held at PNC Bank. This is how the case was tried at the trial level, this is how the case was presented at the appellate level and this was the posture of the case as presented for the Petition for Leave to Appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Only after losing at the trial and appellate level, and then being turned down by the Supreme Court of Illinois, does TEC now claim that a lesser amount should be carved out of this single account. Moreover, TEC brings an action in Peoria County claiming the same thing and goes further to argue that this court has no “jurisdiction” to decide this issue.

... It appears to this court that this is an “after the fact” attempt to recover some of the funds. They took an “all or nothing” approach at trial and on appeal.

The order of October 9, 2013 expressly denied all of TEC’s claims, awarded the entire account to the Plaintiffs and specifically denied any of TEC’s claims for an “accounting”.

TEC filed no motion to reconsider, no motion to correct the judgment, no motion of any type whatsoever to support the contention it now makes in their Response. It now claims that a portion of the single account was, ” ... never the subject matter of this case nor adjudicated in this court’s October 9, 2013, Final Order and Judgment. .. “
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Friday, February 20, 2015


February 20, 2015

Today, my Christmas cactus, which did not bloom anywhere near Christmas this past year, now has put forth its first blossom-with more coming. It makes me long even more for spring, although this iron-cold weather doesn't give much hope that it will be anytime soon.

Today is also an important day for another reason. Raymond is closing on our very own building for  Church of the Holy Trinity.  It has been a long journey these past seven years. Seven different places-many which opened up at the last minute when we had to move. Wonderful clergy and pastors from around the city who have supported us in many ways. Bishop Bena who first took us under his wing and then Bishop Dobbs faithfully shepherding and encouraging us. We were privileged to host at least seven ordinations through the years (we would joke about changing our name to "Church of the Ordination").

Even though we are going on eight years out, we are just beginning in many ways. There's is a lot of renovation to be done to the building which will take a while, but praise God, it is usable as is right now. Our main focus however will be about reaching beyond these walls to proclaim the Gospel to our community. In the midst of the chaos of this world, we want to be a light on a hill, a place of love and peace and sanity which is found only in Jesus.

Pray for us as we venture forth!

Pat Dague

The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage

by Evangelicals and Catholics Together
March 2015

The crisis of marriage culture in our times now poses a direct and fundamental challenge to the very nature of marriage. By redefining marriage to allow a union between two persons of the same sex—Spouse 1 and Spouse 2—a kind of alchemy is performed, not merely on the institution, but on human nature itself. In such a world, the distinction between men and women is denied social recognition and marriage is no longer a unique bond uniting male and female. It becomes an instrument created by the state to give official status to the relationship between two generic human beings.

In these circumstances, what the state defines as marriage no longer embodies God’s purposes in creation. An easy acceptance of divorce damages marriage; widespread cohabitation devalues marriage. But so-called same-sex marriage is a graver threat, because what is now given the name of marriage in law is a parody of marriage.

We are today urged to embrace an abstract conception of human nature that ignores the reality of our bodies. Human beings are no longer to be understood as either male or female. Our culture encourages us to exalt our personal desires and choices over the created order. Instead of freely accepting God’s gift, we seek to dominate (and even alter) nature, constructing our own moral truths. The result is a deceptive pseudo-freedom that degrades our ­humanity. Genuine freedom is found in ­obedience to God’s order: in freely choosing, as a matter of grace and moral habit, what is good and what makes for true beatitude.

No one should doubt or deny what is at stake here. To sustain the fiction of same-sex marriage, the natural family must be deconstructed. Birth certificates will no longer list “father’s name” and “mother’s name” but “Parent 1/Parent 2,” a change already made on certificates issued in some jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage. In this brave new world, the family—the institution on which our social order rests—is being redefined as a socially constructed unit, constituted by our sovereign will, not by nature itself. And if a “family” is anything I want or choose it to be, the corrosive individualism that already leaves too many people lonely and disconnected in twenty-first-century Western society is intensified... the rest

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We lift our hearts to God...

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What a lofty, all-encompassing business prayer is! We lift our hearts to God, and we discover we have joined a numberless company around the world and in heaven itself! We have left time and moved into eternity! We have, in a sense, shed our mortal bodies and moved, ahead of schedule, into our future glory with Him! ...Anne Ortlund image

Egypt: Christian man murdered “only because he was a Copt”; •Texas Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage licenses...more

Texas Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage licenses ...In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said the "Texas Constitution defines marriage as consisting 'only of the union of one man and one woman' and was approved by more than three-quarters of Texas voters. I am committed to ensuring that the Texas Constitution is upheld and that the rule of law is maintained in the State of Texas."...

LA hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug'  A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they were possibly exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths.

The 179 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said...

One in three Dutch doctors would kill patients with dementia in assisted suicide  According to a new study, one in three Dutch doctors would be willing to help someone with early dementia, mental illness, or who is ‘tired of living’ commit suicide. This statistic was revealed after researchers canvassed the views of 2500 randomly targeted family doctors and specialists in the fields of elderly care, cardiology, respiratory medicine, intensive care, neurology and internal medicine between October 2011 and June 2012...

Electric car benefits? Just myths  
It is time to stop our green worship of the electric car. It costs us a fortune, cuts little CO2 and surprisingly kills almost twice the number of people compared with regular gasoline cars.

Electric cars' global-warming benefits are small. It is advertised as a zero-emissions car, but in reality it only shifts emissions to electricity production, with most coming from fossil fuels. As green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla likes to point out, "Electric cars are coal-powered cars."...

President Who Said America is 'No Longer a Christian Nation' Says Islam is 'Woven into the Fabric of Our Country.' 

Egypt: Another Christian man murdered in cold blood “only because he was a Copt” ...In front of his family, they went up to the Coptic man and shot him several times in the head, killing him—but only after they had plundered the family and home. According to the slain man’s wife, her husband was murdered “only because he was a Copt [i.e., Christian].”...

Christian Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Found Guilty of Discrimination A Washington woman who refused to make flower arrangements for a gay wedding in 2013 has been found guilty of discrimination.

Christian Today reports that Barronelle Stutzman, who operated Arlene’s Flowers, refused to provide the floral arrangements for Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s wedding because her Christian beliefs prevented her from doing so in good conscience. After two years of legal proceedings, Stutzman was found guilty of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Stutzman will be likely fined, though the damages sought by the couple will be determined at a later date...

Anglican Unscripted Episode 160

Feb 18, 2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Let us therefore without ceasing hold fast by our hope...

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Let us therefore without ceasing hold fast by our hope and by the earnest of our righteousness, which is Jesus Christ who took up our sins in His own body upon the tree, who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth, but for our sakes He endured all things, that we might live in Him. Let us therefore become imitators of His endurance; and if we should suffer for His name’s sake, let us glorify Him. For He gave this example to us in His own person, and we believed this. ...Polycarp image

Bishop Julian Dobbs: Lenten teaching Part I

LENTEN SERIES- DOBBS -HADES-Part from Julian Dobbs on Vimeo.
Posted February 18, 2015
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Monday, February 16, 2015

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Archbishop Beach on the martyrs of Libya
16 Feb 2015   
Foley Beach
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

~ John 12:23-25

In an effort to support their families, 21 Christian men from Egypt left their country to find work rebuilding Libya. Over the last twenty four hours, the story of their kidnapping and martyrdom on the shores of North Africa has now made its way around the world.

My friend and colleague, Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Egypt, who prayed over me at my investiture, has today written to his people about these events. I ask that you to join me in praying with them: 

“…for peace in Libya, Egypt, and the entire Middle East. Please pray the international community will act in wisdom, correctly and efficiently, and support Egypt in its war on terror. Please pray the churches of Egypt will comfort their sons and daughters, encouraging them to resist fear and hatred. And please pray for the perpetrators of this terrible crime, that God would be merciful to them and change their hearts.”
I commend to you his whole letter which can be read here.

It was also from the shores of North Africa that Tertullian recognized that, “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” As we pray for the persecuted today, we do not need to go far to find a contemporary example of how God has built his Church through suffering. It is 38 years to the day that Archbishop Janani Luwum of Uganda was killed for his faith. His death was not broadcast to the world, and yet today he is being celebrated in Uganda as model of faithfulness in the face of tyranny.

Please join me in mourning with the families of the 21 Egyptian Christians who gave their lives for Christ, and please join me in prayerful expectation for what the Lord may be preparing to do in North Africa.

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America