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  • Desmond Tutu's daughter: 'painful' to give up ministry after marrying woman

    06/09/2016 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Cronos · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 June 2016 | Harriet Sherwood
    For someone who is in love and recently married, a wedge of “very odd pain” is lodged in Mpho Tutu van Furth’s heart. It is caused by the South African Anglican church’s refusal to allow the daughter of one of the world’s best known Christian leaders to continue to work as a priest after she married the person with whom she has pledged to share the rest of her life: a woman. “It was hard for me to give up my [priest’s] licence, it felt incredibly sad,” Tutu van Furth – whose father, Desmond Tutu, won the Nobel peace prize...
  • Kerry Calls ISIS ‘Apostates’; Not Even World’s Top Sunni Authority Has Done So

    02/03/2016 1:37:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2016 | 4:25 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    President Obama and members of his administration frequently state that there is nothing Islamic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday went further, labeling the Sunni terrorist group "apostates." Even the world's pre-eminent Sunni institution, Cairo's Al-Azhar, has refused to declare ISIS apostate -- on the grounds that its fighters are "believers" in Islam, however misguided or "false" their interpretation of the faith may be. ...
  • White House invites religious allies to attend reception for Pope Francis

    09/11/2015 5:56:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 11, 2015
    President Barack Obama will invite prominent American religious figures, including many of his political allies, to attend the White House reception at which he greets Pope Francis on September 23. Among the religious leaders invited for the event are Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in the Anglican communion; Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus;” Rev. Joel Hunter, the Florida megachurch leader; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and a Catholic blogger, Aaaron Ledesma, who drew the attention of the White House by writing on his experience as a gay...
  • Don't claim Pope Francis for your own agenda, Kasper says amid controversy

    11/07/2014 12:27:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 6, 2014 | Adelaide Mena and Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2014 / 08:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of an intense Synod on the Family, a leading voice supporting admission to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics said different sides on Church debates should not use Pope Francis' words to bolster their own agenda. Speaking at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, Cardinal Walter Kasper aimed to explain Pope Francis and his pontificate. The emeritus president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity spoke as the recipient of the 2014 Johannes Quasten Award. In attempting to understand the Pope,...
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Against Pharisees

    11/05/2014 5:30:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 5, 2014 | Steve Skojec
    Editor’s note: it is not our standard practice to publish excerpted content from another publication as one of our features. In this instance, however, we believe that the significance of the post-synodal interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider warrants the full attention of our readers. In an interview with the Polish magazine Polonia Christiana, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, offers strong criticism of the proceedings of the recent Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family, which he predicts “will remain for the future generations and for the historians a black mark which has stained...
  • "Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

    10/23/2014 6:23:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/23/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi,
    Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.
  • Cardinal Marx says German bishops back Kasper proposals on divorced and remarried Catholics

    10/08/2014 5:24:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    John Thavis ^ | October 7, 2014 | John Thavis
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said a strong majority of German bishops supported Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to find a way to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, and that he intended to raise the issue at the Synod of Bishops. Speaking at the close of the synod’s first day, Cardinal Marx also said it was crucial for the synod’s debate on family issues to be an “open discussion” that extends beyond the synod hall and involves the wider society. Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, made his remarks in a meeting with journalists. Synod...
  • Is Cardinal Kasper Speaking for the Pope?

    10/03/2014 3:21:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Throw the Bums Out 2010 ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2014
    Over the last few days, Cardinal Burke made a few noteworthy statements about the dust up around the Chair of Peter. Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, said in a conference call with journalists on Tuesday that he found it “amazing” that Cardinal Kasper claimed to speak for the Pope. The Pope doesn’t have laryngitis. The Pope is not mute. He can speak for himself. If this is what he wants, he will say so,” Cardinal Burke said. “But for me as a cardinal to say that what I am saying are the words of Pope Francis? That to...
  • ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod

    09/26/2014 4:15:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matteo Matzuzzi via New Catholic
    ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod Other than Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems that the Bishops of Germany are preparing a United German Front behind the ideas of Cardinal Kasper. So reported Matteo Matzuzzi for Il Foglio - Matzuzzi's title is indeed very "Lutheran"... The German Bishops have their “theses” ready to nail to the door of the Synod Matteo Matzuzzi Il Foglio September 17, 2014 The German Bishops are with Cardinal Walter Kasper on marriage and the family. The...
  • Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

    07/25/2014 9:45:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 25, 2014
    Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road .. marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ... The Taliban, like other Sunni extremist groups, view the country's minority Shiite community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras
  • Homosexuality? De facto unions? "Time to open up to diversity," says Italian archbishop

    03/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 3/11/14 | New Catholic
    Yesterday, the Archbishop of Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) received a group of religion journalists for his annual chat, and the talk was moderated by a famous Vaticanist in Italian public television and radio network RAI, Raffaele Luise. The evening concluded with a debate in depth on the matter of homosexuality. Both Luise and the archbishop praise, in substance, the opening of the Church regarding gays and de facto couples. Particularly for Luise, it is necessary on this theme, "a cultural revolution, that contemplates the fact that homosexuality is not a deviancy, but a human attitude, and not just that, considering that...
  • Sad News About Charles Stanley’s In Touch Magazine

    10/19/2013 8:50:26 PM PDT · by jodyel · 494 replies ^ | July 25th, 2013 | Ligthouse Trails Editors
    Lighthouse Trails has watched in dismay over the past few years as Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine has made the decision to promote contemplative/emergent names. When our editors picked up a copy of the August 2013 issue and saw a feature article written by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, we decided to call In Touch Ministries to find out who was responsible for the content in the magazine. Sadly, the response we received from the editorial department at In Touch left us with a sinking feeling that the evangelical church has been seduced and there was no turning back. We’ll talk about the...
  • The Conversion of Souls: Never Give Up!

    09/05/2013 4:27:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 2, 2013 | JUDY KEANE
    At a recent Catholic conference I attended, one of the guest speakers asked those present if they had a family member who had either lapsed from the Catholic faith or if they had family members who never had it to begin with. Out of the more than 700 attendees, nearly every hand in the audience went up. Not surprising since it is estimated that upwards twenty million Americans consider themselves to be lapsed Catholics. More than likely, we all know of someone within each of our families who simply no longer practice the faith or who have not yet come...
  • PCUSA rejects popular hymn “In Christ Alone”

    07/30/2013 5:30:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 69 replies
    I saw this over at Denny Burk’s blog today. Apparently the reason the Presbyterian Church USA doesn’t like “In Christ Alone (one of my favorites), is because of that unpopular, un-politically correct word, “Wrath.” As we’ve pointed out many times here at SUFTT, the more sin is watered down, the less we have of the true Gospel. In other words – no sin = FALSE gospel. The PCUSA has been going down a concerning path for quite some time now, and it appears that this is just another symptom of the problem the devil delights in: a departure from Truth...
  • Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt

    07/21/2013 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 124 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 20, 2013 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. He followed his father and grandfather into church leadership and finally became an “area authority” overseeing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout Europe When fellow believers in Sweden first began coming to him with information from the Internet that contradicted the church’s history and teachings, he dismissed it as “anti-Mormon propaganda,” the whisperings of Lucifer. He asked his superiors for help in responding to the members’ doubts, and when they seemed to only sidestep...
  • Reformed Catholics to Enthrone African Pope

    07/15/2013 7:43:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    All Africa ^ | 15 July 2013 | Wambugu Kanyi
    The Reformed Catholic Church which is spearheaded by married priests plans to have an African pope. The church bishops who included Peter Njogu of Mt Kenya region diocese and John Karimi of Kirinyaga said on Saturday they are planning to have one centre of power in Africa where they will install a pope. "We may not necessary call him pope like the Roman Catholic but we may get another name similar to that. Our church is growing very fast and it is the high time we Africans have one centre of power in Africa," said Karimi. The bishops said since...
  • NY Times Honors Muslim Who Believes Apostates from Islam Should Be Killed...In America

    06/19/2013 11:05:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | June 19, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    On September 10, 2010, the day before our enormous freedom rally at Ground Zero protesting the Ground Zero victory mega-mosque, the New York Times profiled a Muslim named Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, who had no place to pray. The whole story was a subtle advertisement for the Ground Zero mega-mosque. But as it turns out, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam is not quite the "moderate" that the leftist NYT dhimmis assumed he was, but calls openly for the murder of apostates from Islam -- here in the U.S. Here again we see The NY Times legitimizing and norming the most extreme voices. They...
  • Catholics Nailed to Crosses in Philippines

    03/29/2013 8:17:17 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/29/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    Northern Philippines villagers commemorated Good Friday in their traditional manner, with penitents whipping themselves before some two dozen were nailed to crosses, reports Reuters. Thousands of tourists were on hand to watch and photograph the scene. A local sign painter, 52, has now performed the ritual 27 times; his screams were projected through loudspeakers, the AP reports. He stayed on the cross in the heat for minutes; then the three-inch nails were removed and he was taken to a first-aid area. "It's intriguing and fascinating what makes people do something like this, how you can believe so much that you...

    05/17/2012 5:49:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 99 replies ^ | 2012 | Keyser Soze
    ANOTHER WAY TO BEAUTIFY THE CHURCH or 10 REASONS NUNS SHOULD WEAR HABITS Behold the Dominican nuns pictured above.   We cannot see their faces, but we are instantly attracted to and fascinated by them.  And we all know why.  IT'S THE HABITS.Nuns wearing habits are beautiful, enchanting and wonderful.  They are a bold rebuke to a corrupt society hypnotized by its own vanity.  They are a mystery.  Those habits are an invitation to God.  They preach to us.  They say, "I have something deeper that gives my life meaning and I don't need or want all that other stuff."And...
  • Obama hires apostate Catholic to counter Catholic bishops campaign

    05/15/2012 4:34:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 5/15/12 | Nick Donnelly
    President Obama has hired Michael Wear,an apostate Catholic who belongs to a ‘nondenominational,evangelical-style church in Washington’,to counter the Bishops campaign to protect religious freedom in the US. CNN reports: ‘Michael Wear,who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as faith vote coordinator,a campaign official said.’ Wear,who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational,evangelical-style church in Washington,has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term. A source close to the campaign...
  • How the Apostates Take Over, Part 1

    03/18/2012 6:59:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 18, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as “outside the mainstream,” can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable. Twenty years ago, I experienced the painful demise of the Episcopal Church, who once was a bastion of biblical truth. It was not a pretty picture. It was a picture painted in...
  • How the apostates take over (Part 1)

    03/17/2012 3:32:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    One News Now ^ | 3-16-12 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as "outside the mainstream," can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable. Twenty years ago, I experienced the painful demise of the Episcopal Church, which once was a bastion of biblical truth. It was not a pretty picture. It was a picture painted in...
  • Gerard Butler receives death threats over new movie(Star of 300)

    09/14/2011 5:12:47 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 29 replies ^ | Sept 13, 2011 | Not Listed
    Hollywood star Gerard Butler increased his security team at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend after receiving death threats. The "300" star has been promoting his role in controversial movie "Machine Gun Preacher," a true-life story based on a Hells Angel who rescues orphans in Muslim-dominant Sudan after converting to Christianity. Butler was forced to hire more bodyguards when he took to the red carpet at the Canadian festival after reportedly receiving a string of threatening messages. A source tells Scotland's Daily Record, "It is quite a controversial subject and some people are upset by the strong religious theme....
  • Sweden: Imam calls to kill converts on Radio Sweden

    09/14/2011 4:58:51 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 16 replies
    europenews ^ | Sept 13, 2011 | Via Dagen
    "It is the duty of every Muslim to kill those who leave Islam." This statement was made on Radio Sweden recently when an Imam from Rinkeby (Stockholm) was allowed to speak about how people should act against Somalis who convert to Christianity. The program with the death threats against converts was broadcast by the Somali department of Radio Sweden and was a follow-up on a previous segment about a group of Christian Somalis who came to Rinkeby Square to evangelize. They also got to talk about it in the radio report. "I was there when they preached about Christianity. I...
  • { ELCA } Lutheran Church widens its tent

    02/25/2010 1:11:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 736+ views
    Marlborough Enterprisa (MA) ^ | 2/25/10 | Catherine Buday
    MARLBOROUGH — After St. Ann’s Catholic Church was closed in 2004, Stacie LaBoissiere and her husband began looking for another spiritual home. But they ruled out joining another Catholic parish. “My sister is a lesbian, married to a woman,” LaBoissiere explained. “I knew that I did not want to remain Catholic as a result of their views on homosexuality. I could not become a member of a church that would condemn my sister. If a church would not accept my sister, then they would not accept me.” The couple joined Marlborough’s St. Stephen Lutheran Church, after its pastor Scott Howard...
  • Who are the Catholics: The Orthodox or The Romanists, or both?

    01/05/2010 9:46:47 PM PST · by the_conscience · 12,203 replies · 74,662+ views
    I just witnessed a couple of Orthodox posters get kicked off a "Catholic Caucus" thread. I thought, despite their differences, they had a mutual understanding that each sect was considered "Catholic". Are not the Orthodox considered Catholic? Why do the Romanists get to monopolize the term "Catholic"? I consider myself to be Catholic being a part of the universal church of Christ. Why should one sect be able to use a universal concept to identify themselves in a caucus thread while other Christian denominations need to use specific qualifiers to identify themselves in a caucus thread?
  • New study: Americans are losing their religion, choosing to be 'nones' instead of nuns

    09/26/2009 7:15:41 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 56 replies · 1,393+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 22, 2009 | Eitan Gavish
    According to a new study from Trinity College, 15% of Americans don't associate with a religious denomination. Read more:
  • Muslim 'apostates' in U.S. ask for protection

    09/25/2009 9:19:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 444+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/09 | Julia Duin
    Five ex-Muslims who founded a group called Former Muslims United put out a public appeal Thursday to the U.S. government for protection, saying the lives of thousands of "apostates from Islam" are in peril. Speaking at a Capitol Hill press conference, the Granada Hills, Calif., group cited the case of Fathima Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old from Ohio who converted to Christianity four years ago. She fled to Florida this past summer in fears that her parents would murder her for "honor" reasons. Her father, the girl said in a court filing, had already
  • Former Muslims United speak out on eve of “Islam on Capitol Hill” march

    09/25/2009 9:03:52 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 6 replies · 780+ views ^ | September 24, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Former Muslims United speak out on eve of “Islam on Capitol Hill” march By Michelle Malkin  •  September 24, 2009 02:55 PM Earlier this week, I noted the “Islam on Capitol Hill” event taking place tomorrow in Washington DC. Well, a group of brave apostates has launched Former Muslims United and they are holding an event today to raise awareness of the ravages of sharia law. The group is pressing the DOJ to protect the rights and safety of ex-Muslims in America: Former Muslims send “Freedom Pledge” Nationwide to Muslim Leaders for 220th Anniversary of Bill of Rights“Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom...
  • 'Ears to hear'? [The ELCA doesn't have them]

    09/22/2009 2:16:34 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 1,225+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | September 15, 2009 | Mark C. Chavez
    The 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly made grievous decisions that will not help the denomination in the years ahead. Those decisions were the adoption of a social statement on sexuality and four resolutions that approve of sexual relationships outside of marriage and direct a change in the ELCA’s ministry standards to allow for practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained pastors and lay ministers. One biblical phrase kept coming to mind in the weeks leading up to the ELCA churchwide assembly and very often during the August assembly—“ears to hear.” The phrase occurs repeatedly in the Old and...
  • If You Convert You Die

    08/11/2009 11:17:13 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 3 replies · 1,194+ views
    FPM.COM ^ | 03Aug09 | Nonie Darwish
    Very few people in the West know what is going on inside the Muslim world and what it portends for them. The fact is that through the dominant media, such as CNN, Americans are subjected to much of the same misinformation with regard to Islam that I grew up with inside the Muslim world. The result is that Americans are in the dark attempting to formulate their strategy of how to defend themselves against the threat of terror, domestic jihad and Sharia. While Americans get ridiculed for being “Islamophobes,” the Muslim world itself is undergoing a huge and painful awakening.
  • Islamic scholars debate treatment of apostates

    04/30/2009 7:03:00 AM PDT · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Arab News ^ | April 30, 2009 | Badea Abu Al-Naja
    More than 200 delegates, representing more than 60 countries are discussing diverse issues in the light of Shariah at the . . .International Islamic Fiqh Conference. . .organized by the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, an offshoot of the Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference. ". . . .The view that Islamic scholars of the past had different views on how to punish apostates is incorrect. They only disagreed on how soon apostates should be executed. . . .The waiting time is at the discretion of the ruler," said Muhammad Al-Nujaimi, a professor at the Higher Institute of Law in Riyadh.....
  • St. Michael's (self-proclaimed) Catholic Church - Tucson AZ (Deceit Alert!)

    04/20/2009 9:48:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 988+ views
    We are a community of communities, which are ecumenical and catholic in that we celebrate a characteristically Catholic faith tradition that is not sectarian. About Us We support such necessary and just changes as... giving priests the freedom to marry and raise families of their owngiving women the opportunity to serve God’s people as ordained ministersinviting the divorced and remarried back to the sacraments and Church life without subjecting them to annulment proceduresentrusting married couples with the responsibility of following their own conscience in regard to the use of artificial contraceptionincluding all the baptized, whether Catholic or Protestant, in the...
  • Apostles, not apostates: BYU paper's ungodly typo (NOT a Religion Thread)

    04/07/2009 1:45:20 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies · 884+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 04/07/2009
    PROVO, Utah (AP) - Thousands of issues of Brigham Young University's student newspaper were pulled from newsstands because a front-page photo caption misidentified leaders of the Mormon church as apostates instead of apostles. An apostate is a person who has abandoned religious faith, principles or a cause. The photo in The Daily Universe on Monday was of members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a governing body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the weekend general conference. The caption called the group the "Quorum of the Twelve Apostates." The mistake happened when a copy editor...
  • Is the Church of 7th Day Adventist an Apostate Church?

    03/06/2009 9:51:50 AM PST · by TaraP · 254 replies · 2,665+ views
    Vanity | March 6th, 2009 | TaraP
    I was thinking of attending there worship. I have admired many of thier teachings on Sabbath Observance Healthy Living, Chatiable Giving and Prophetic teachings. However I am not sure if all thier doctrine is sound. I understand Ellen G White is the founder of this church In brief, she was a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts who lived most of her life during the nineteenth century (1827-1915), yet through her writings she is still making a revolutionary impact on millions of people around the world. During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books; but today,...

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...
  • Fear Stalks Muslim Apostates in the West

    08/03/2008 9:56:52 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 126+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 03, 2008 | David J. Rusin
    Persuading Western Muslim leaders to repudiate Shari'a-sanctioned violence against apostates can be a frustrating exercise, as Prince Charles discovered in 2004. Troubled by the treatment of Muslims who convert to Christianity in Islamic nations, the prince convened a summit of senior figures from both religious communities. It ended in disappointment. The Islamic representatives failed to issue a declaration condemning the practice, which the Christians had requested; they also cautioned non-Muslims not to discuss such matters in public, arguing that moderates would be more likely to make progress if the debate were kept internal. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the outspoken Anglican prelate...
  • Episcopal Church under fire for parolee priest

    07/18/2008 10:57:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 198+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/18/8 | Matthai Kuruvila
    James Tramel went from convicted murderer to priest while in prison, a transformation that the Episcopal Church used to successfully lobby for his parole and celebrate him before politicians and the press. But the church is now grappling with the sexual abuse of a parishioner under his care. Tramel has been suspended for sexual misconduct, temporarily stripped of his priestly authority and left searching for a new job. The San Francisco-based Episcopal Diocese of California now faces questions of whether, in its haste to proclaim Tramel's story, it redeemed and promoted him too quickly. Convicted of second-degree murder in a...
  • Gene Robinson: “It is a sin to treat me this way”

    04/29/2008 7:35:23 PM PDT · by Huber · 25 replies · 121+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | Jackie Bruchi
    I can't decide if Gene Robinson should be made an honorary member of Herman's Hermits (second verse same as the first) or just be named Crybaby of the Decade. Sure does a lot of book tours for someone who wants to just be a simple country bishop. Can't you just hear the heavy sigh? Robinson is in London to promote his new book, In The Eye of the Storm. It is a spiritual memoir aimed, he says, at showing that he is more than "a one issue guy". The last of its five sections, however, sets a course for the...
  • (BARF ALERT) No joke: NYC couple wed by Kathy Griffin

    03/10/2008 12:18:24 PM PDT · by wayne_b24 · 42 replies · 1,110+ views
    yahoo ^ | mar 10, 2008 | yahoo
    No joke: NYC couple wed by Kathy Griffin Mon Mar 10, 7:44 AM ET She has been a sitcom character, a sometime talk show host and the centerpiece of her own reality show. Now Kathy Griffin has appeared in an unlikely new role — minister. The often provocative comedian — who raised some Christian groups' hackles by joking about Jesus while accepting an Emmy Award last September — became ordained through an online church to officiate Saturday at the New York wedding of two fans, Brian Anstey and Elka Shapiro. "The request came in, and how could I say no?"...
  • The Fall-Out: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence

    03/03/2008 3:06:04 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 61+ views
    Democratiya ^ | Spring 2008 | Simon Cottee
    To speak very generally, there are two kinds of left apostate: there are those who break with the left in order to move elsewhere (usually to the right, though not always) and there are those who repudiate certain beliefs or modes of thinking within the left in order to strengthen other competing traditions within the left, which they see as more authentic and valuable. Among the former, one can instance Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, Paul Johnson and, more recently, Christopher Hitchens. Among the latter, Rosa Luxemburg, Victor Serge, Arthur Koestler, C.L.R. James, and George Orwell are prominent. Since the terror...
  • Former Episcopal Priest Explores Christianity and Druidry in New Novel

    12/19/2007 4:27:14 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 15 replies · 183+ views
    Blogger News ^ | December 17th, 2007 | suzanne evans
    Former Episcopal Priest Explores Christianity and Druidry in New Novel December 17th, 2007 by suzanne evans On March 22nd 2005, The Rev Walter William Melnyk was forced out of the priesthood of the US Episcopal Church after facing charges of “holding private opinions inconsistent with the teachings of the Church.” This allegation, effectively a heresy charge, ended his 23 year-strong vocation as a priest, even though his only transgression was to look into Celtic Christianity and its connection with pre-Christian Druidry. Now, Walter William Melnyk has delved further into those links in a new novel written with Druid priestess...
  • US Episcopal report highlights concerns over church attendance drop

    12/02/2007 8:54:30 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 17 replies · 321+ views
    Christian Today ^ | December 1, 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    US Episcopal report highlights concerns over church attendance drop by Lillian Kwon, Christian Today US Correspondent Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2007, 12:26 (GMT) An Episcopal Church committee has released an interim report that reveals positive trends as well as concerns in declining membership and church conflicts. In a brief assessment of facts and trends in the Episcopal Church, the 'State of the Church' report – issued by the House of Deputies Committee in November – indicated the need for a "plan for action" at all levels of the denomination in response to membership drops. In 2006, the number...
  • Jim McGreevey to begin Episcopal seminary classes

    09/04/2007 6:55:06 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 37 replies · 572+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Saturday, September 1st 2007, 4:00 AM | CHRISTINA BOYLE
    Jim McGreevey to begin Episcopal seminary classes BY CHRISTINA BOYLE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Saturday, September 1st 2007, 4:00 AM Jim McGreevey, the nation's first openly gay governor, is returning to the classroom Tuesday as a seminary student. The former New Jersey governor will begin full-time studies at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in Chelsea, where he will pursue a three-year Master of Divinity program. McGreevey, 50, switched denominations from Roman Catholic to Episcopalian earlier this year and has expressed an interest in becoming a priest. "I hope that Jim McGreevey finds some contentment and...
  • Lesbian priest among nominees for Episcopal bishop

    08/28/2007 5:59:55 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 32 replies · 464+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/28/2007 | AP
    The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago included an openly lesbian priest among five nominees for bishop Tuesday, as fellow Anglicans demand that the church bar gay bishops. The Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, who has a female partner, will be on the November 10 ballot. If she wins, she would be the second bishop living with a same-sex partner in the Episcopal Church. New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who has a male partner, was consecrated in 2003, pushing the world Anglican Communion to the brink of schism.
  • From the "I'm not making this stuff up" dept: Porn star now seeks priesthood instead

    07/15/2007 4:04:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 58 replies · 1,246+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Jul 15, 2007 | NYTimes News Service
    Porn star now seeks priesthood instead NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE, OAK PARK, CALIFORNIA Sunday, Jul 15, 2007, Page 7 Some people have their midlife crisis in reverse, like Ronald Boyer, who for most of his professional life has been better known as a star of pornographic films, Rod Fontana. After 30 years of sowing the wildest of oats, Boyer, 54, has searched his soul and chosen, to the surprise of family and colleagues, to seek a priesthood in the Episcopal Church. From his work in the rented villas of the San Fernando Valley, where hard-core sex films...
  • Episcopal priest or Muslim? Redding will have a year to think about it

    07/06/2007 10:58:55 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 47 replies · 982+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 12:00 AM | Janet I. Tu
    The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, a local Episcopal priest who announced she is both Muslim and Christian, will not be able to serve as a priest for a year, according to her bishop. During that year, Redding is expected to "reflect on the doctrines of the Christian faith, her vocation as a priest, and what I see as the conflicts inherent in professing both Christianity and Islam," the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, wrote in an e-mail to Episcopal Church leaders. During the next year, Redding "is not to exercise any of the responsibilities...
  • A Left-Wing Priestess for Allah

    07/01/2007 6:29:46 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 10 replies · 338+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sat, Jun. 30 2007 11:57 AM ET | Mark D. Tooley
    A Left-Wing Priestess for Allah By Mark D. Tooley Christian Post Contributor Sat, Jun. 30 2007 11:57 AM ET A Seattle priest has become a Muslim while also retaining her clergy status in the Episcopal Church. Her local bishop has described the development as “exciting.” "I look through Jesus and I see Allah,” explained the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding to the “Seattle Times”, which reported that Redding puts on her Islamic headscarf on Fridays and her clerical collar on Sundays. She has denounced Christianity as a "world religion of privilege.” But she still sees Jesus as her Savior,...
  • "Jesus is not the only way to God . . ."

    06/23/2007 10:03:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 17 replies · 644+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Tue, Jun 19, 2007 12:51 pm | Rev. Ann Holmes
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) On the other hand: "Jesus is not the only way to God . . ." Rev. Ann Holmes
  • Episcopal Panel 'Dodges' Response to Moratorium

    06/15/2007 7:34:42 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Fri, Jun. 15 2007 07:13 AM ET | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopal Panel 'Dodges' Response to Moratorium'Dodges'_Response_to_Moratorium.htm By Lillian Kwon Christian Post Reporter Fri, Jun. 15 2007 07:13 AM ET An Episcopal panel of clergy and lay people indicated on Thursday they will not give a response to the moratorium Anglican leaders requested for by September, arguing that only the General Convention has the authority to respond. The next General Convention – The Episcopal Church's primary governing and legislative body – however, meets in the summer of 2009. After a four-day meeting that ended Thursday, the Executive Council said that no governing body other than General Convention can agree...