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"Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary
LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | April 2, 2009 | By Hilary White

Posted on 04/02/2009 4:16:33 PM PDT by topher

Thursday April 2, 2009


"Abortion is a Blessing": US Episcopalian Lesbian Minister Appointed to Head Prestigious Seminary

By Hilary White

April 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an openly lesbian minister in the American Episcopal Church, has caused a stir on the internet with a sermon, posted to her weblog, in which she called abortion a "blessing" and called for the suppression of rights of conscience for health care workers.

In her sermon, titled, "Our Work is Not Done," she wrote that there should be no restrictions whatever on abortion: "If we were to find that, while we were here, Congress had acted to insure that abortion would always be legal, that would be a very good thing; but our work would not be done."

"If we were suddenly to find a host of trained providers, insuring access in every city, town, village, and military base throughout the world, that would be a very good thing; but our work would not be done."

Rev. Ragsdale, a director of a left-leaning think tank, Political Research Associates, was appointed on March 30th as the next president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA. She was the unanimous choice of the School's Board of Trustees and will begin her duties on July 1, 2009. Catholic Online news service reported that she has previously served on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

She posted the sermon, given in Birmingham Alabama in 2007, in August last year, but it has flashed around the "bloggosphere" in the last 24 hours after it was linked to by two of the most popular American Catholic bloggers on the internet, "Diogenes" and Fr. John Zhulsdorf.

The sermon was removed from her blog earlier today after 59 commenters urged her to repent of her support for abortion.

In her sermon, Ragsdale denied the assertions of some "progressive" clergy who call abortion a "tragedy," saying abortion is instead a "blessing." "When a woman finds herself pregnant due to violence and chooses an abortion," she said, "it is the violence that is the tragedy; the abortion is a blessing."

She described various situations in which "abortion is a blessing", including in cases of foetal "anomalies," rape or incest, material poverty and "lack of social support."

"When a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion - there is not a tragedy in sight -- only blessing."

Rev. Ragsdale, described the "heroic" actions of abortion workers in keeping the local abortion facility running during a protest by "Operation Save America."

When a woman can receive an abortion at any stage, and for any reason or no reason, Rev. Ragsdale wrote, "our work" in the abortion lobby "will be done."

She said that although "we in the religious community" have a history of defending rights of conscience, the situation of health care workers and pharmacists who object to abortion is not analogous.

"There's a world of difference between those who engage in such civil disobedience, and pay the price, and doctors and pharmacists who insist that the rest of the world reorder itself to protect their consciences," she said. If a doctor or pharmacist objects to abortion or dispensing contraceptives, she wrote, they should "choose another field."

The news that a virulent supporter of abortion has been appointed to a prominent leadership position in the US Episcopal Church has jumped the Atlantic with coverage by the UK's popular Catholic blogger, Damian Thompson, who writes for the Daily Telegraph newspaper's website.

Thompson wrote, "Do not, please, make the mistake of assuming that she is an unrepresentative extremist: liberal Anglicans in America are among the most fervent supporters of abortion in the world, outstripping even atheists in their enthusiasm for this gruesome procedure."

The extremely popular pseudonymous blogger, "Diogenes," wrote on the Catholic Culture website that the presence of such pro-abortion clergy in the Episcopal Church is ultimately due to the failure of leadership in the Anglican Church as a whole, and specifically the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

"Doctor Williams' 'big tent' approach to doctrinal deviance has earned him the congratulation of the media (and the deviants)."

"At some point a man has to make a choice: he can either be a critic -- aloof, sceptical, ironic -- or he can commit himself to the battle. But Williams wants to have it both ways, watching the game from the sidelines and then trying to crowd into the team photo when it's over."

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We may have problems in the Roman Catholic Church, but when teachers of seminaries are this bad in religions that allow homosexual marriages/unions and abortions, I feel better about being a Roman Catholic...

She has served on the boards of NARAL as well as other radical left wing organizations...

1 posted on 04/02/2009 4:16:34 PM PDT by topher
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To: sionnsar; Huber

Episcobaalian alert!


2 posted on 04/02/2009 4:17:31 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: topher

Maybe Notre Dame University should have as a guest speaker — under the invitation of Father Jenkins... [/sarcasm off]


3 posted on 04/02/2009 4:19:12 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher

“Abortion is a blessing”

Can I make up one of those little bracelets except instead of WWJD, mine would WWMS (What would Mary say).


4 posted on 04/02/2009 4:19:27 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: topher
Is she disappointed that she wasn't blessed?
5 posted on 04/02/2009 4:20:52 PM PDT by Godzilla (Galatians 4:16 So iz i ur enemi now becz i tellded u teh troof?)
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To: topher

I resigned my membership in the Episcopal Church when the Presiding Bishop of the U.S. opposed the U.S. decision to forcibly eject Iraq from Kuwait, an illegal and immoral act of aggression. I am at peace with my decision, but regret that you can only do this once.

I hope that my fellow Anglicans in faith will abandon this apostate obomination, whatever the cost.


6 posted on 04/02/2009 4:29:46 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Godzilla

Is she disappointed that she wasn’t blessed?

No, but I am.


7 posted on 04/02/2009 4:31:49 PM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: topher

..just too sad for words...


8 posted on 04/02/2009 4:32:45 PM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: topher

That sick demonic sow needs a good ol’ fashioned Southern Baptist Exorcism, that’s when the elders take the possessed wretch out in back of the church and beat the devil out of ‘em.


9 posted on 04/02/2009 4:33:02 PM PDT by mkjessup (You're either with our Constitution, or you are with TKU ("The Kenyan Usurper"). CHOOSE!!!)
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To: centurion316
I think I have heard of at least one Bishop leaving the Anglican Church (or perhaps Episcopal Bishop) over the same sex marriage and other things...

I think that it sets the correct example for that Bishop's flock if he cannot change his Church to follow the teachings of Jesus...

10 posted on 04/02/2009 4:34:52 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher

Hard to believe I was raised in the Episcopal Church. Hard to believe anyone is sitting in the pews of this ghastly, God-mocking sect on a Sunday morning.


11 posted on 04/02/2009 4:37:02 PM PDT by joe.fralick
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To: topher

That’s some old priestesscraft there. Like 10000 BC dark earth-god stuff.

Freegards


12 posted on 04/02/2009 4:39:42 PM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: mkjessup

Sounds like a very good idea.


13 posted on 04/02/2009 4:43:39 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: ahadams2; bastantebueno55; Needham; sc70; jpr_fire2gold; Tennessee Nana; QBFimi; Tailback; ...
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14 posted on 04/02/2009 4:45:55 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: joe.fralick

My son is an Episcopal priest, and I heartily agree with you. I pray he will open his eyes. He’s a lib and much of what we say is just not intellectual enough I’m afraid. - This woman is an old tussy craving attention and power over people. Disgusting.


15 posted on 04/02/2009 4:48:07 PM PDT by Twinkie (HITLER WAS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER.)
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To: topher
Can we start a pool on how long it takes before this alleged denomination is out of the tournament? I'm in a for a buck.
16 posted on 04/02/2009 4:48:49 PM PDT by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: topher

Jeremiah 32:35
They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.


17 posted on 04/02/2009 4:54:32 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Twinkie

I used to was an Pepsicola priest and am now a very happy Catholic. I’ll pray for him.


18 posted on 04/02/2009 4:59:24 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: topher
It's always the fat and ugly lesbians who are the most pro-abortion.
19 posted on 04/02/2009 5:00:26 PM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior (Obama is a fraud and is ineligible for the Presidency!)
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To: Twinkie

Best of luck to you and your son. The Episcopal Church is no place for a man of God.


20 posted on 04/02/2009 5:06:17 PM PDT by joe.fralick
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To: topher

Where is the ecumenical outrage that was felt when Bishop Williamson’s comments were raised?


21 posted on 04/02/2009 5:06:53 PM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA or lose reelection)
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To: topher
Rev. Ragsdale, a director of a left-leaning think tank, Political Research Associates, was appointed on March 30th as the next president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA. She was the unanimous choice of the School's Board of Trustees and will begin her duties on July 1, 2009. Catholic Online news service reported that she has previously served on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Huh.

Wonder who this God-fearin' Christian woman voted for.

22 posted on 04/02/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: topher

I left this “church” when they elected Gene Robinson as a bishop in 2003. The ECUSA is a death cult. Last night I sat in choir practice in my evangelical church watching a grandmother cradling her 2-month-old granddaughter while she shared my music, and I thought that there was nothing more beautiful on this earth.


23 posted on 04/02/2009 5:25:27 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Sorry, all; I am “Mrs. Truth29”. My screen name is Ex-Episcopalian. I don’t speak for my husband!


24 posted on 04/02/2009 5:26:54 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: topher

Rosie O’Donnell in fancy dress.


25 posted on 04/02/2009 5:32:04 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: freedomfiter2; do the dhue
LOL :) I was a thinking the same thing!

I am going to laugh at this as to control my anger over this "preaching" thing that abortions are a BLESSING!! God does not think Killing a baby is a blessing! Adoption is an option!

26 posted on 04/02/2009 5:38:23 PM PDT by Bag (Impeach the Obozo! No Birth Certificate - No US Citizen!!)
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To: topher

Jesus and Paul warned us of false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Well, here they are, folks.


27 posted on 04/02/2009 6:02:21 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: freedomfiter2

Is she disappointed that she wasn’t blessed?

Is she disappointed that SHE wasn’t aborted?

Satan prowls.


28 posted on 04/02/2009 6:06:43 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: topher
Something just occurred to me about this sermon --

The repeated refrain . . . "If . . . then our work is still not done" . . . echoes part of the Passover Haggadah -- a song called the Dahyenuh . . . (It would be enough). .

Had God called us out of Egypt, and not judged the Egyptians, it would have been enough for us . . .

Had God judged the Egyptians, and not destroyed their idols, it would have been enough for us . . .

Had God destroyed their idols, and not slain their first born, it would have been enough for us . . .

(I saw the earlier thread and commented on it, but missed this creepy resemblance.)

29 posted on 04/02/2009 6:41:05 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: rabscuttle385

Perhaps Ragsdale should have been “blessed” by abortion while in the womb.


30 posted on 04/02/2009 7:00:57 PM PDT by fwdude ("...a 'centrist' ... has few principles - and those are negotiable." - Don Feder)
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To: AnAmericanMother; bboop

That is creepy. Satan never stops prowling.


31 posted on 04/02/2009 7:15:44 PM PDT by chase19
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To: topher

She’s scrubbed the “Sermon” from her blog since last night:
http://ragsdalesermons.blogspot.com/2008/08/our-work-is-not-done.html


32 posted on 04/02/2009 7:20:08 PM PDT by chase19
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To: topher; Kolokotronis; FormerLib; sionnsar; lightman

Abominating this sort of “preaching” and “exhortation” is not just for Roman Catholics.

Here’s a good ol’ Orthodox Christian heave-ho to the pagan priestess Ragsdale!!!!

The worst thing is that way back when I was a Harvard student (and a traditionalist Lutheran), I used to hang out at Harvard Divinity School and the Episcopal Divinity School. Now I wouldn’t want to get anywhere near either place. I just can’t stand the stink!!!!


33 posted on 04/02/2009 8:35:43 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: joe.fralick

>> Hard to believe anyone is sitting in the pews of this ghastly, God-mocking sect on a Sunday morning.

There are very few lately. Actually when you get further away from the big cities (especially on the east coast), things get somewhat better.

My ex-church in the mountains west of Denver had about 220 communicants when the new dimwitted priestess (with a set of brass ovaries the size of a dumptruck) arrived 10 years ago. The few remaining vestry harpies and sacristy rats just put her on 3/4 time pay (after reducing her salary several times). The joint is about to revert to mission status.


34 posted on 04/02/2009 8:45:16 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: autumnraine

I would love to be standing in line behind this gal on judgement day just so I could see the look on her face when God consigns her to hell.


35 posted on 04/03/2009 5:43:17 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: joe.fralick
Hard to believe I was raised in the Episcopal Church. Hard to believe anyone is sitting in the pews of this ghastly, God-mocking sect on a Sunday morning.

I'm still there, formerly on the vestry, praying for miracles to restore this once-Godly church to its former glory. Unfortunately, it moves farther to the left each year...there are cries now for same-sex marriage rites to be incorporated into the Book of Common Prayer as well as turning the whole Rite I and II liturgical orders on their heads for "stituations" such as the Rev. Ragsdale describes. Pray!

36 posted on 04/03/2009 5:48:25 AM PDT by meandog (The only "Bush" sounding surname worth a damn belongs to NASCAR's Kurt&Kyle Busch--not GEORGE!)
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To: QBFimi
" . . . vestry harpies and sacristy rats . . . "

O.K., I'm remembering that one.

Sixth-generation Episcopalian here (my gggg grandfather John Bale was baptised in 1795 in St. Giles Cripplegate, City of London) but we couldn't stand it any longer and swam the Tiber.

Couldn't be happier. Good reverent Mass, sound theology, and our choirmaster loves Byrd, Tallis, Farrant, Purcell, Howells, and Stanford . . . so we're not missing a thing.

37 posted on 04/03/2009 5:24:55 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: meandog
Is there an Anglican Use Rite church near you?

That would be the best of all possible worlds, if you're "high church" (as we were).

But you'd be surprised how satisfactory to the English mind a good reverent Ordinary Rite Mass is.

38 posted on 04/03/2009 5:26:07 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: topher

So when does Miss Ragsdale start the movement to make her fellow Massachusettsian Susan Johnson a patron saint in the Episcopal Church?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2222043/posts


39 posted on 04/04/2009 12:23:19 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Ransomed

The Dean of an Episcopal seminary has officially endorsed child sacrifice as a part of her religion. Creepy Druid Rowan Williams says nothing—too busy combing his eyebrows.


40 posted on 04/04/2009 12:31:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: AnAmericanMother
In the sermon as preached she repeated the refrain: "Abortion is a blessing...and our work is not done! Abortion is a blessing...and our work is not done! Abortion is a blessing...and our work is not done!" Reminds me of your average leftwing asshole (Jeremiah Wright? Jesse Jackson?) trying to stir up the crowd. This is not of God, and God is not mocked. The pervert priestess should remember that.
41 posted on 04/04/2009 12:37:44 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
On a later thread, I had noticed the same thing you did, and posted this comment --

Something just occurred to me about this sermon --

The repeated refrain . . . "If . . . then our work is still not done" . . . echoes part of the Passover Haggadah -- a song called the Dahyenuh . . . (It would be enough). .

Had God called us out of Egypt, and not judged the Egyptians, it would have been enough for us . . .

Had God judged the Egyptians, and not destroyed their idols, it would have been enough for us . . .

Had God destroyed their idols, and not slain their first born, it would have been enough for us . . .

(I saw the earlier thread and commented on it, but missed this creepy resemblance.)


42 posted on 04/04/2009 12:44:27 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: joe.fralick
Hard to believe anyone is sitting in the pews of this ghastly, God-mocking sect on a Sunday morning

According to Virtueonline.org there are only about 775,000 in church nationwide on an average Sunday, most of them aged. Many churches with no youth at all. Entire "Dioceses" with a mere couple thousand members all told.

Deaths outnumbering births 2 or 3 to one, with few of those births realistically joining the church, ever. Loss of actual members, 50,000 a year.

And all the while, ever more bizarre deviancies and perversions in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the profile of a church in its death throes, right before our eyes. Ugly, but like a train wreck, hard to look away once you realize what is happening.

43 posted on 04/04/2009 12:45:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Child sacrifice endorsed and blessed by a high-priestess. This is old, old stuff come again. It sounds like something out of a Conan novel.

Freegards


44 posted on 04/04/2009 4:19:46 PM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: topher

Abortion is a Blessing? Say it to God on Judgment Day, Hancock—you old witch!!


45 posted on 05/11/2009 7:38:03 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.foundersvalues.com/)
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To: topher

bump


46 posted on 05/13/2009 8:20:08 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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