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  • Clergy gather at Capitol to bash transgender bathroom policy

    06/04/2016 10:34:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies ^ | June 4, 2016 | Uriel J. Garcia
    About a dozen pastors, including the Rev. Jim Velazquez of Temple Baptist Church of Santa Fe, complained during a gathering outside the state Capitol this week that under the Obama administration some Christians are being forced to comply with transgender-friendly policies that go against their religious beliefs. Baptist Pastor Franklin Raddish of Capitol Hill Independent Baptist Ministries in South Carolina helped lead what was billed as a Bible study session Thursday morning that drew about 13 people, most of them clergy. The event was a shot at President Obama’s May 13 order that directs public schools nationwide to allow transgender...
  • Austrian Catholics decry lack of refugee charity

    01/18/2016 10:11:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 01/19/2016 | Herbert Vytiska (Translated by Samuel Morgan)
    European borders are gradually becoming more opaque, as national governments struggle to come up with answers to the refugee crisis. The Catholic Church has criticized moves to limit the number of refugees entering the country. EurActiv Germany reports. According to the latest opinion polls, 75% of Austrians want the country to stop admitting refugees. Although their choice of words may differ, the two coalition partners appear to be working towards the same goal, namely, reducing the size of the influx of people. Minister of the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner (Austrian People's Party) has not minced her words and now has the...
  • Prelates masquerading as policy wonks The clergy should stick to issues of faith, not firearms

    01/14/2016 10:03:45 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/13/16 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    When President Obama announced executive actions that would require that all firearm sales undergo background checks, he did so with the blessing of more than 50 faith communities. Vincent DeMarco, national coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of Baptists, Methodists, Catholics and Mennonites among others, said, "Since Congress won't do anything, he's doing the best that he can do, and we think that's wonderful." Archbishop Thomas Wenski said the nation's Catholic bishops "welcome reasonable efforts aimed at saving lives and making communities safer." Mr. Obama's move on guns also marked the reappearance of an old friend....
  • Clergy defending Big Business Abortion

    08/09/2015 4:58:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 8, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Planned Parenthood, which makes money from selling dead baby parts, has a Clergy Advocacy Board, which released a statement defending the abattoir.I tried to find the names of the board members, but came up with this when I clinked their link.  HEREI want to know who the Catholics are.A commentator (below) found it. I dates to April 2015, but we can assume it is still accurate for the most part.Here is a screen shot.
  • Milwaukee archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with sexual abuse victims

    08/05/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies ^ | Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | Amy R. Connolly
    Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki, seen here in 2011, announced the archdiocese reached a $21 million settlement with 330 victims of sexual abuse by clergy members. Photo by Amg910/CC MILWAUKEE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday it has agreed to pay $21 million to hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy, clearing the way for the archdiocese to emerge from its five-year bankruptcy. Under the agreement, 330 of the 570 who filed sexual abuse claims in the bankruptcy will get financial settlements of varying amounts determined by a court-ordered...
  • Bobby Schindler assesses the clerical response to his sister’s death [Priests for Murder]

    05/15/2015 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    The Interim ^ | November 2007 | Alex Schadenberg
    On Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is holding the First International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, which will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton - Toronto Airport Hotel. Most of the leaders of groups that oppose the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide will be speaking at this Symposium, including Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who was euthanized by dehydration in 2005. The following is an interview with Bobby Schindler that was conducted for Challenge magazine by Alex Schadenberg, the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in...
  • Time for Clergy to “Man Up” – How the Exhortation of St. Catherine of Siena is Still Needed Today!

    02/16/2015 7:28:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time for Clergy to “Man Up” – How the Exhortation of St. Catherine of Siena is Still Needed Today! By: Msgr. Charles PopeTrue sanctity does not easily fit into our notions of being merely nice or humble. The lives of the actual saints of the Church exude joy and can bring great encouragement to many around them. But it is also true that the great saints were irksome and unsettling to many. Most of the great saints had encountered the holiness of God and wanted to see that holiness be like a fire cast on the earth. When you really want...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 223 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • Pro-Abortion Clergy Claim Jesus Would Accept Abortion

    12/17/2014 5:41:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/17/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Truthfully, abortion and God don’t go too well together. But apparently, according to a new article on the pro-abortion website Think Progress titled, “God Loves Women Who Have Abortions': The Religious Abortion Advocates That History Forgot” more religious leaders should support “reproductive freedom.” The article presents three main points: God loves women who’ve had abortions, religious clergy joined the pro-abortion movement because too many women were dying from back alley abortions and historically the religious community has failed to love post-abortive women. First of all, of course God loves women who have had abortions, that’s NEVER been in question. Yet,...
  • Church Leaders Alarmed That IRS Agents Could Pose as Clergy to Access Privileged Information

    11/19/2014 8:04:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information. Following the Times' report last weekend that over 40 federal agencies use undercover agents disguised as attorneys, doctors, news media and other positions to gain access to privileged information, church leaders are appalled to find out that IRS agents are also allowed to pose as clergy, even though the agency doesn't have a crime-fighting function that warrants such a use of undercover tactics. In...
  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/26/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 1,111 replies
    I am coming up on my first year as an ordained minister in a continuing Anglican church, and I have noticed that participating on political forums (even when the topic is religious) I find that my opinions and postings more often than not generate more hatred than anything else. Among the things I often hear are that the laity are the real priests and that I am a Pharisee, that my vocation disqualifies me from offering an opinion on anything Christian because I am too narrow minded, and (my personal favorite) because I look too Catholic I must be a...
  • Priestly Ordination To Men Alone

    07/17/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 49 replies
    In a historic vote, the Church of England today approved female bishops. The vote was far from even being close. Women will be bishops in the Church of England after a historic vote in the General Synod, ending 40 years of not being able to do so. An overwhelming 81 per cent of Synod members backed the change, during the sitting in York, and 75 per cent of the laity supported the move.There will no doubt be a great push of the Feminist movement to use this event to further their causes for whatever reasons they may be. There will...
  • Planned Parenthood Uses God to Sell Abortions, Letter Tells Women Clergy Say Abortion’s Okay

    05/23/2014 10:24:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | Carole Novielli
    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is using God to target paying customers for abortion. Planned Parenthood pastoral letter Header. In a Pastoral Letter to Patients, Planned Parenthood tells women and girls in a crisis pregnancy that there is nothing in the scriptures that says abortion is wrong and that many clergy think abortion is okay: The decision to have an abortion is personal. Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision. Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of...
  • Propagandists Attempt To Imbue Immigrants With Messianic Perfection

    04/30/2014 8:32:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    RedState ^ | Frederick Meekins
    A book published by Orbis Books is titled “Jesus Was An Immigrant”. What about it? A blurb for the book reads, “A Biblically grounded presentation of the value migrants, immigrants, and refugees bring to all of us.” Does the text also emphasize the Scripture that also urges rendering to Caesar what is Caesars and to obey those earthly laws that do not violate those of God?
  • Is Sexual Abuse a Catholic Problem Only? (Spotlights Leave Many Other Things in Darkness)

    04/22/2010 3:21:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 544+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Recent revelations of clergy sex abuse cases here and abroad have caused great distress among the people of God. There is simply no excuse for such offenses that can satisfy, and there should not be. The crime is bad enough but further charges of cover up cause even more distress and anger.But while the Church remains in the media focus, questions should also arise in the minds of all observers. Is the Church the only place where such things take place?Are the Church and Catholic Clergy worse offenders than, say, non-Catholic denominations and clergy, or public schools, or sports teams,...
  • Spy Wednesday [in Holy Week] Reflection: The Sins of the Clergy [Catholic Caucus]

    04/19/2011 8:13:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday Reflection: The Sins of the ClergyBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday” since it is this day when Judas conspired with the Temple Leadership to hand Jesus over. He would accomplish his task the evening of the next day, but today he makes arrangements to hand Jesus over and is paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to reflect that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to lead...
  • For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

    12/01/2013 3:33:53 PM PST · by jeannineinsd · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/1/2013 | Harriet Ryan, Ashley Powers, Victoria Kim
    From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese. But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention. A year after arriving in Los Angeles, the youngest archbishop in the U.S. Catholic Church had a schedule and an agenda befitting a presidential candidate. Roger Mahony raced around the city in a chauffeured sedan, exhorting labor leaders to support immigrant rights and rallying hundreds against a proposed prison in Boyle Heights. Where his predecessors had talked up praying the rosary, Mahony touted his positions on nuclear disarmament and Middle East...
  • Extreme Makeover: the Clergy Edition

    10/06/2013 3:58:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | October 6, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this weekend offered something surprising, a profile of the popular vestment manufacturer CM Almy, which is creating new fashions for female clergy: Stephen Fendler, president of CM Almy, shows off a rack of samples from his brand-new women’s collection, pointing out a piece he’s particularly proud of: a black blouse in a stretchy jersey knit.But Mr. Fendler’s collections won’t be seen on the runways anytime soon. CM Almy says it is the largest, and one of the oldest, American producers of clerical clothing, and its models are hitting the pulpit instead of the catwalk. Their designers...
  • Evidence of ‘progress’? New head chaplain of Canada’s military is openly homosexual Anglican priest

    09/30/2013 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life site ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    OTTAWA, September 27, 2013 ( - Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) has appointed an openly homosexual Anglican priest as Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony earlier this month in Ottawa. According to a DND news release, Brigadier-General John Fletcher was appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony at the Beechwood Memorial Centre in Ottawa. The event was presided over by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, with Fletcher taking over responsibility for the religious needs of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families from the outgoing Chaplain...
  • SEXUAL ABUSE: Youth Pastor Arrested

    08/17/2013 9:06:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    WHOTV.COM ^ | Kelly Maricle and Jannay Towne,
    Des Moines police arrested a former youth pastor and charged him with sexual abuse. “This has been going on for a brief period of time, but I can’t go into details as exactly how long,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Daniel Blom. Police were contacted Monday by a teenage girl and her parents. The girl reported an alleged sexual assault perpetrated by 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey. “Looking into it, doing their investigation, they discovered there might be a second victim. They made contact with the second victim and confirmed that there was an inappropriate sexual contact,” says Blom. McKelvey is a...
  • WATCH: ‘I’m Important! I’m Somebody!’ Baptist Pastor Throws Epic ‘Hissy Fit,’ Berates Churchgoers

    07/06/2013 8:46:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 129 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 5, 2013
    Fun times at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Recent video shows pastor Jim Standridge throwing what can only be described as an uncomfortably epic hissy-fit upon discovering one of his younger churchgoers had fallen asleep during his sermon. “Don’t you go to sleep while I’m talking?” Standridge said from his pulpit, looking directly at the snoozing churchgoer. “Hey! Hey! Don’t you lay your head back!” “I’m important. I’m somebody,” the pastor continued as he stepped down from the pulpit and walked directly over to the unidentified sleepy male. “You may do your English teacher that way, but I’m...
  • Is Nepotism Still an Issue in the Church?

    05/30/2013 10:56:08 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 30, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In the medieval and renaissance periods, the Church had many problems with nepotism. We hear nothing about this issue any more, but I’m wondering whether this is still a potential problem, at least in theory. Are there canons which prevent ecclesiastical officials from legally giving powerful church positions to their relatives? Or do bishops and cardinals avoid this unilaterally, without the need for actual laws? —Thierry
  • Canon Law and False Abuse Allegations, Part II

    05/16/2013 7:35:09 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 16, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    As we all know, in far too many cases in years past, priests were accused of sexual abuse by genuine victims—and these crimes were simply swept under the rug, by church officials who eschewed their God-given responsibility to take appropriate action. This is an established, ugly fact that is not up for debate! It’s true that there’s often more than one legitimate way for an ecclesiastical superior to deal with these problems; but doing nothing, preferring to ignore the issue in the hope that it will simply go away, never has been or will be an option, ever. Note that...
  • Faith at the Finish Line in Boston [clergy turned away]

    04/27/2013 12:35:27 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2013 | Jennifer Graham
    The heart-wrenching photographs taken in the moments after the Boston Marathon bombings show the blue-and-yellow jackets of volunteers, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, even a three-foot-high blue M&M. Conspicuously absent are any clerical collars or images of pastoral care. --SNIP-- When the priests at St. Clement's, three blocks away, heard the explosions, they gathered sacramental oils and hurried to the scene in hopes of anointing the injured and, if necessary, administering last rites, the final of seven Catholic sacraments. But the priests, who belong to the order Oblates of the Virgin Mary, weren't allowed at the scene. The...
  • Church deacon arrested in alleged rape of girl, 13

    01/11/2013 9:12:08 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman
    A church deacon has been arrested on charges he raped a 13-year-old girl at a Bensalem motel two years ago, police announced Thursday. District Judge Leonard Brown arraigned Humberto Cervantes, 34, of Coatesville, on nine offenses and ordered him held on $1 million bail. Police said Cervantes was a deacon at a Trenton Pentecostal church when he befriended the alleged victim, now 15. Police said Cervantes met with the alleged victim several times in Bensalem. The two "went to a few parks and talked about church, life, and family," police said. "On the final visit, when the victim believed they...
  • In Race to Fill Jackson’s House Seat, Candidates Court Chicago’s Black Clergy (Separation of wha..?)

    01/06/2013 5:45:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/06/13 | STEVEN YACCINO
    It is not surprising that a crowded field of candidates is courting the same kind of clergy support in a Feb. 26 special primary election to replace Mr. Jackson, who resigned his Second Congressional District seat 15 days after winning re-election in November. Now facing a short campaign sprint, those candidates say the backing of ministers and invitations to stump at multiple church services each weekend remain the sacraments of any good election ground game in the district, which includes parts of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs. Like in many districts across the country where African-Americans are the majority,...
  • Human Rights Travesty

    07/23/2007 9:42:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | July 23, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Human Rights Travesty By Kenneth R. Timmerman | July 23, 2007 If human rights abuses were ranked like baseball careers, Iran’s ruling clerics and the mighty midget they’ve installed as president would deserve honored places in the 21st Century’s Hall of Shame. On July 10, Iran’s Interior ministry confirmed the sentence, handed down ten days earlier by a court in the north of the country, condemning a man to death by stoning. If you’ve never witnessed a stoning (and most of us haven’t, I trust), you can get a flavor for the barbarity of this Koranic punishment from a...
  • They Preached Liberty

    06/29/2012 6:58:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration.On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. "The Bible tells us 'there is a time for all things,' and there is a time to preach and a time to pray," said Muhlenberg. "But the time for me to preach has passed away; and there is a time to fight, and that time has now come." Stepping down from...
  • Big Labor Hires Imams, Priests, and Rabbis for its War on Worker Freedom

    05/03/2012 11:33:48 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 4 replies
    Breitbart: Big Government ^ | 05/03/2012 | Don Loos
    A Los Angeles Times article exposed part of Big Labor’s undisclosed labor persuader scheme that uses the pulpit to promote compulsory unionism. The Times’ Stephanie Simon reported that the AFL-CIO “… hired more than three dozen aspiring ministers, imams, priests, and rabbis to spread the gospel …”of Compulsory Unionism. Her article provides a solid example of years of labor union bosses’ hiring religious leaders to act as labor persuaders; here the persuaders are attempting to use their religions to cloak the Big Labor message. AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, paid seminary students to organize “… security guards...
  • Contraception ruling: Democrats accuse clergy of complicity with GOP at hearing

    02/21/2012 6:16:25 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 42 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 16, 2012 | James Rosen
    "I believe today's hearing is a sham," said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., of the first of two session held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the day. His tone sharp and finger pointed, Connolly went on to declare the witnesses -- who included a Catholic bishop, a Lutheran reverend, an Orthodox rabbi, and two Baptist theologians, all opposed to the administration's recent ruling -- "complicit" in the Republicans' "trampling" of House traditions that would, if observed, have produced a more balanced panel. "You are being used for a political agenda," Connolly told the holy men, after Republicans...
  • The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

    01/29/2012 10:11:16 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/29/2012 | Michael Peabody
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC on January 11, 2012, there has been a lot of discussion regarding whether the court did the right thing when it upheld the ministerial exception and denied jurisdiction in a case involving the termination of a ministerial employee. For reasons outlined below, I believe the Court made the right, albeit difficult, decision. This was the case of the parochial school teacher who in addition to teaching on secular subjects also performed religious functions, Chery Perich, who was fired for threatening to file a lawsuit under the Americans...
  • Can Priests Go Hunting? The Council of Trent provides an answer...

    12/01/2011 6:45:42 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Canterbury Tales ^ | November 30, 2011 | Taylor Marshall
    It's hunting season, and with all the clamor about "guns and Christian men" in the previous post about "manly Christmas gifts," I did a quick search and found an interesting article about "hunting" in the Catholic Encyclopedia over at There has never been a prohibition against hunting for laymen. However, there is quite a controversial history concerning clerical hunting. The Council of Trent, for example, made the formal distinction between clamorous (clamorosa) hunting and quiet (quieta) hunting. (Session XXIV, 12). "Clamorous hunting" is forbidden to priests. However, "quiet hunting" is allowed. Clamorous hunting likely refers to the large...
  • Washington Wants a Say Over Your Minister (SCOTUS weighs whether the feds can decide who is clergy)

    10/05/2011 9:47:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/05/2011 | Michael McConnell
    Today, the Obama administration will invite the Supreme Court to open a new front in the culture wars. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC concerns a commissioned minister, Cheryl Perich, who taught elementary school and led chapel devotions at a small Lutheran school outside Detroit. Ms. Perich became ill and was replaced in the classroom by a substitute. In the middle of the school year she sought to return and then, instead of attempting to work out the dispute through the church's reconciliation process, she threatened to sue. As relations broke down, the church congregation voted to withdraw...
  • Controversial priest takes on Vatican (radical leftist dissenter supports womynprysts)

    09/01/2011 2:26:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    KSN ^ | 8/31/11
    WICHITA, Kansas -- He came to fame as a passionate political activist. For years, Father Roy Bourgeois has tried to shut down the School of the Americas in Columbus, Georgia. He and his thousands of supporters claim it trains Latin American soldiers to defend American backed governments. But in more recent years, Bourgeois has taken on a new target, the Vatican. "Sexism is racism," said Bourgeois on a visit to the Wichita area this week. He is a staunch supporter to have women ordained as Catholic priests. "God created men and women of equal worth and dignity," said Bourgeois. "There's...
  • George Orwell: You Anti-Green Writer, You

    05/17/2011 3:53:56 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 3 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 18, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    From Orwell’s A Clergyman’s Daughter (h/t Hitchens): Nowadays, a clergyman who wants to keep his congregation has only two courses open to him. Either it must be Anglo-Catholicism pure and simple – or rather, pure and not simple; or he must be daringly modern and broad-minded and preach comforting sermons providing there is no Hell and all good religions are the same. Incidentally, Jesus would agree. While poking fun at effeminate religious types in robes, he would also have little time for dumb men absolutely opposed to absolutes (a contradiction in terms). But I digress. In his book review for...
  • Pastor had sex with teens to cure their homosexuality

    03/30/2011 8:34:47 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 103 replies
    WI Gazette ^ | March 25, 2011
    A former youth pastor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says he had sex with teenage boys because it was his pastoral duty “to help (the teen) with homosexual urges bypraying while he had sexual contact with him.”But law enforcement has a different view of his actions. Earlier this month, Brent Girouex, 31, was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, reported The Daily Nonpareil.In February, Girouex told Council Bluffs police detectives that he had sexual contact with four young men starting in 2007 in order to help them gain “sexual purity in the...
  • The Presbyterian Response to Homosexual Clergy

    03/05/2011 2:15:27 PM PST · by americanophile · 42 replies
    New American ^ | 04 March 2011 | Dave Bohon
    The Presbyterian Church-USA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest mainline Christian denominations, is in the middle of a crucial vote among its leadership to determine whether or not open homosexuals will be allowed to fill the church’s pulpits. At the denomination’s General Assembly in July 2010, delegates approved by a 373 to 323 vote a measure that would allow open homosexuals to pastor and minister in the flagship Presbyterian denomination’s 11,000 congregations and serve its estimated 2.3 million members. A vote on the amendment is now making its way through the church’s 173 regional presbyteries, a process that must...
  • Who are the Clergy among us?

    02/22/2011 6:28:38 PM PST · by padre35 · 20 replies
    Contemplation | Padre unknown
    I think one of the least utilized assets in all of America is the Clergy, how can you have a pool of College Educated, or Scripturally Wise men and granted, some Women, and shuttle them off to the side as if the knowledge accumulated is akin to those whom are expert at variations of color of sea snails? I also do believe in the concept of "whomsoever" as in a Sheepskin does not a wise man make, in that sense Christians who have served in Congregations worthily should also be included. A roll call perhaps? To the topic, even Lay...
  • Traditional Anglican leader expects 150 clergy to become Catholic

    12/07/2010 4:33:06 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 6, 2010
    Archbishop John Hepworth The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion has announced that more than 150 of the group's clergy are actively seeking to reunite with the Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI's Anglican Ordinariate proposal.“This is a moment to reflect on the prophetic wisdom of Pope Benedict,” wrote Primate John Hepworth, who heads up a group of 15 traditional Anglican provinces around the world. “It is a moment to thank him for his daring trust that Anglicans would respond. It is a time to intensify our prayers for him.”In his pastoral statement, he noted some “exquisite difficulties” that...
  • Christopher Hitchens Warns of the Rising Influence of Christianity in Russia in Matters of State.

    11/05/2010 9:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Ministry Values ^ | 11/2/10 | Stephen Ryan
    Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev go to Church frequently, kiss precious icons of the Virgin Mary and seek political and moral counsel from the Russian Orthodox Clergy. Furthermore, to the surprise of many Americans, particularly Evangelical Christians, Vladimir Putin wears a Christian cross with him at all times. On ABC's Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos recently interviewed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you, the American public doesn't know all that much about you personally. But I was fascinated to be-- in reading your biography to learn many of the details. You were brought up in Soviet...
  • Old Mass: New Swiss Bishop Helps Out at Conference

    09/12/2010 2:02:19 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/12/2010 | Tancred
    The new generation of priests and young Catholics become independent of the decaying Old Liberal ideology. [, Herzogenrath] Beginning this December in the City of Herzogenrath -- by Aachen in west Germany -- a Conference on the Liturgy will take place. This has been organized by the website They give detailed information about the program and the background of the Conference. The Congress will be carried by several Traditional Societies. Among them are the 'Initiativekreise' of Cologne and Hamburg as well as the Lay Society, 'Una Voce'.
  • Police: Charge Rabbi Elon With Sexual Abuse

    08/17/2010 6:14:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    YNet News ^ | 8/8/10 | Eli Senyor
    Police say there is enough evidence to indict Religious-Zionist leader, half a year after religious forum charged with handling sexual harassment cases announces he violated agreement barring him from rabbinical activityThe police announced on Sunday that there is enough evidence against Rabbi Mordechai (Motty) Elon, who is suspected of committing indecent acts by force against two minors, to put him on trial. The investigation material was handed over to the Jerusalem District Prosecution, which is slated to hold a hearing prior to submitting an indictment against Elon. In February, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asked that a police investigation be launched...
  • Arraignment today for teen in Yule killing (XMAS Eve slaughter of Salvation Army Pastor)

    06/01/2010 8:23:53 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 6 replies · 448+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette (subscription may be needed) ^ | 01 JUN 10 | JOHN LYNCH ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
    Arraignment today for teen in Yule killing Trial date scheduled in Salvation Army murder JOHN LYNCH ARDEMGAZ The teenager accused of gunning down a Salvation Army officer on Christmas Eve makes his first appearance today in Pulaski County Circuit Court to answer capital murder and aggravated robbery charges. Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick, 19, who has addresses in Little Rock and Helena-West Helena, is to appear before Circuit Judge Barry Sims at 1:30 p.m. for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty. The judge will also set trial dates for Fitzpatrick. Accused of killing Salvation Army Maj. Philip Wise on Dec....
  • Joblessness Hits the Pulpit (More churches layoff clergy as donations drop. Few get severance)

    05/18/2010 7:01:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies · 711+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/17/2010 | Joe Light
    When Tim Ryan was called to an urgent meeting last year to discuss his duties as children's minister at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, he knew something was amiss. "This is really hard. I don't know how I can do this," said executive pastor John Nesbitt, who helps lead the 2,500 attendee megachurch in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The church, part of the Evangelical Free Church of America, had been growing rapidly but giving was down and well below projections as the recession weighed on members. So Mr. Ryan was losing his job, as was another pastor. While the economy appears to...
  • Clergy group to file suit challenging Ariz. law

    04/28/2010 8:57:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 820+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2010
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A Latino clergy group says it will file the first lawsuit challenging Arizona's tough new law targeting illegal immigration. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders plans to file the suit Thursday in federal court in Phoenix.
  • Victims Of Clergy Abuse Call For October Summit In Rome

    04/06/2010 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies · 250+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Two of the five sex abuse victims who met Pope Benedict XVI during his April 2008 visit to the United States, and who pledged at the time to "hold his feet to the fire," have announced plans to stage a "Day of Reformation" for the Catholic church in Rome on Oct. 31, amid a mushrooming crisis which threatens to engulf the pope himself. Bernie McDaid and Olan Horne, who met Benedict XVI on April 17, 2008 -- the first-ever meeting between a pope and survivors of sexual abuse -- said today that they intend to gather thousands of victims, along...
  • Wisconsin's Catholic child abuse anguish

    03/27/2010 3:29:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 174 replies · 2,327+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 March 2010 | Matthew Price
    What must it feel like to have lost 50 years of your life? For that is what 61-year old Arthur Budzinski has endured. Five long decades of personal pain. And he has to rely on others to speak of his anguish. It is made worse by the fact that no-one has been held to account for the sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child while at the Roman Catholic St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin. Arthur and around 200 other boys are said to have been sexually abused at the school by Father Lawrence...
  • The Great Catholic Cover-Up

    03/25/2010 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 33 replies · 824+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican," and that "when one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia." This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good...
  • Police: ‘Relentless search’ for Wise’s killer

    12/25/2009 1:18:51 PM PST · by Sofia · 15 replies · 1,473+ views
    The Sherwood Voice ^ | 12/25/2009 | Jeremy Peppas
    LITTLE ROCK — Salvation Army Maj. Phillip Wise had Christmas plans. All he had to do was drop off the Christmas Eve donations at the Salvation Army headquarters in North Little Rock, pick up his wife, Cindy, who also is a Salvation Army major and was in the building waiting on him, and head home, to West Virginia, for the holidays. His three young children — 4, 6 and 8 — were with him. Then the unthinkable happened. Wise was robbed at gunpoint and as his children watched. He was then shot and bled to death in the parking lot...