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  • Former Connecticut church sold for benefit of local Muslim community

    10/23/2014 6:46:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut ^ | October 23, 2014 | Karin Hamilton
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) has sold its property at 35 Harris Road, Avon, former home to Christ Episcopal Church, to the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). The sale, for $1.1 million, was completed on Oct. 21. The building was vacated after the congregation voted in 2012 to dissolve as a parish and close by the end of that year. The following spring, Bishop Ian T. Douglas and other ECCT staff hosted a meeting of community leaders and interested residents to discern how the property could best be used “as an asset to God’s mission of restoration...
  • Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as “safe place for the .......

    09/25/2014 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Susan Michelle
    FULL TITLE: Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as “safe place for the termination of pregnancy” It’s certainly no secret that some churches support the choice to abort. While it’s counter-intuitive to the Christian faith, which began with Mary’s unplanned pregnancy, it’s a reality in 2014 that many who identify as Christian also identify as pro-choice. Despite this troubling truth, it’s still disconcerting when a minister of the gospel speaks out and makes a statement welcoming a new abortion facility to his region the same way one might welcome a new business offering jobs to a troubled economy. However,...
  • Jefferts Schori Won’t Run For Second Term (Episcopal)

    09/24/2014 7:00:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | September 23, 2014 | Alexander Girswold
    The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori indicated Tuesday morning that she would not seek re-election at the 2015 General Convention in Salt Lake City. The announcement puts to rest speculation that the first female Presiding Bishop could have also been the first to seek re-election.
  • [C of E] Archbishop Welby Prepared to Bulldoze Synod

    07/10/2014 6:46:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Standing on My Head ^ | 7/10/2014 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    This article from London’s Guardian reports that, should the Church of England General Synod again reject the ordination of women as bishops that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has plans to bulldoze the measure through–trampling on the whole synodical process in the Church of England.For those who don’t know how it works, the Church of England decides everything through a democratic synodical system. The General Synod is made up of three houses: laity, clergy and bishops. For a major decision like women’s ordination they need a three quarter majority in all three houses. When the vote for women bishops happened...
  • Another first for Episcopalians: A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce

    05/06/2014 3:12:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 6, 2014
    All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ‘til death do us part.’ But not all of us are able to see it through.Life is hard. And it just keeps on coming, ready or not. Somewhere inside me, I guess I thought that life in “retirement” would be more peaceful, easier somehow. But I am also not naďve enough to believe it for long.Recently, my partner and husband of 25-plus years and I decided to get divorced. While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am...
  • Episcopalian Death Spiral

    05/05/2014 3:07:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 5, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    The Episcopal Church is in a death spiral. Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?Prominent bishops are pulling out. Convention-goers were told headquarters had spent $18 million suing local congregations. Members are leaving at a record rate. This is no longer George Washington’s church – once the largest denomination in the colonies. The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King...
  • 1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

    05/04/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    AP ^ | May 4, 2014 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012. Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade."
  • Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces his divorce

    05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    Religion News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his longtime partner and husband. Robinson, who retired in 2013 as the Bishop of New Hampshire, and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, were married in a private civil union in 2008. The announcement was made public Saturday (May 3) in a statement to the Diocese of New Hampshire. “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us — not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling,” Robinson wrote in a letter. “We ask...
  • Should The Episcopal Church Now Embrace Threesomes?

    04/28/2014 5:55:50 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 50 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-24-14 | David W. Virtue
    Here comes the bride. And another one. And another one! Meet world's first married lesbian THREESOME . . . and they're expecting a baby in July. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, all from Massachusetts, married last August. Kitten is expecting a daughter in July. The world's only "married" lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor. The trio eventually plans to have three children - one for each of them, according to news reports. Apparently, there is a word for this: throuple. When asked what the benefits are to...
  • Catholic Priests Who Become Non-Catholic Ministers

    04/04/2014 3:49:02 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 3, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Recently, a Catholic priest in our area left to become “pastor” of an Episcopal church. If we assume for a moment that the Episcopal liturgy contains the valid words of Institution, and if we assume that valid matter was used, does he confect the Eucharist? –Patrick A: Sad to say, the case cited by Patrick is far from unique. In certain countries with a sizeable Episcopal community, one far too frequently encounters priests who have left the Catholic Church to join the Church of England—often in order to get married while still remaining in some sort of ministry—and who...
  • Overturning gay marriage ban would extend 'justice and equality,' says Episcopal bishop in Saginaw

    03/15/2014 12:08:09 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-14-2014 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — As a federal judge weighs Michigan's gay marriage ban, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan issued a statement supporting the overturn of the ban. Bishop Todd Ousley on Thursday, March 13, stated that ending the ban, which U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman may do after hearing eight days of testimony during a trial for a Hazel Park couple's case against the state, would extend “justice and equality to all of God's children.” “My own experiences with same-sex couples and the experiences in communities and congregations across our diocese have show that there is holy...
  • ARKANSAS: Pine Bluff Episcopalian priest says he is transgendered

    02/27/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Virture online ^ | Rick Joslin
    The Rev. Greg Fry, priest-in-charge at Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff, told his congregation Sunday morning that he is transgendered and identifies himself as a woman, apparently becoming the only working member of the Episcopalian clergy in Arkansas ever to make such an announcement. Church members and officials at Grace Episcopal declined comment on Monday, while one member said church leaders in the vestry were scheduled to meet on Wednesday, after which they may be in a better position to discuss the matter. The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, said in a statement...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • It's official: Episcopal Church's COO says Katharine Jefferts Schori has Abolished Sin

    01/04/2014 9:36:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-4-14 | David W. Virtue
    NEW YORK CITY, NY --- The Episcopal Church's COO, Bishop Stacy Sauls announced this week that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the church's Presiding Bishop, had "abolished sin" after well-known intellectual and gay theological heavy-weight Bishop Gene Robinson wrote that she had effectively done so through her words and beliefs. The exchange took place following a meeting of Integrity, the rambunctious, noisy Episcopal Gay organization, following a night on the town (NYC) that was described by one participant as "a night of unbridled debauchery and lechery" in memory of the now deceased Bishop Otis Charles, the first outed gay TEC bishop. The...
  • Just One More Thing . . .

    11/26/2013 9:58:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 10-31-13 | Douglas Wilson
    Note that it does not require a mandatory three, but rather a permissible three. Just as a polygamist at heart might voluntarily opt to limit himself to one spouse (for various reasons of his own), there is absolutely no reason in the logic of our relativistic and floundering marriage laws to require him to limit himself to one. Keep in mind also that this logic is obvious enough to those who have been pushing for homo marriage. They are foolish, not stupid. They have only denied it for practical political reasons — so as to not give us a legit...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST... TO JOHN SHELBY SPONG With apologies to C.S. Lewis

    10/20/2013 2:42:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 10-14-13 | David W. Virtue
    With apologies to C.S. Lewis My dear Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters It's hard to fathom, even by our standards of non-compliance with the Other Side, what a marvelous catch this John Shelby Spong fellow has turned out to be. I doubt we could have created a more perfect model of apostasy and heresy all wrapped up in one man. For more than four decades, he has steadfastly aided and abetted our cause of disbelief. Atheists and skeptics are obvious sinners, but they are not a patch on a man who wears the cloth of his religion while defaming and declaiming...
  • National Cathedral Leader: 'Homophobia' a Sin; Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Performed

    10/07/2013 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/7/13 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
  • US ambassador to Australia marries in private same-sex ceremony

    08/12/2013 12:35:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th August 2013 | Matt Young
    US AMBASSADOR to Australia John Berry has married his long-term partner of 17 years in a private same-sex ceremony in Washington D.C. The 54-year-old former head of the Office of Personnel Management - which oversees the US public service - is the first openly gay US ambassador to serve in a Group of 20 nation and the highest ranking openly gay man in United States history. In a short statement, Mr Berry confirmed the nuptials, telling news.com.au, "John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington...
  • Dean of the Washington National Cathedral Calls Self "Non-Theistic Christian." Whaaaat?

    08/08/2013 3:09:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | August 8, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    The Episcopal Priest, Rev. Gary R. Hall, is the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral. I expected him to be liberal as he has been outspoken concerning his support of gay marriage and gun control. I mean, hey, he's an Episcopalian, whaddya' expect? But I was truly surprised by something in Sally Quinn's profile of Rev. Hall at On Faith. Check it out: I don’t want to be loosey-goosey about it,” he says, “but I describe myself as a non-theistic Christian.” And he goes on to expand on the concept. “Jesus doesn’t use the word God very much,” he says....
  • More Pastors Jumping Off the Rock into the Raging Waters

    08/05/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/24/2013 | Michael Youssef
    When evangelical preachers lose their way and turn their backs on biblical Christianity, why is it they end up in the Episcopal Church? As a preacher who traveled in the opposite direction and left the Episcopal Church 22 years ago—or I should say the Episcopal Church left me—I think I have a clue. On March 18, the Huffington Post reported that Rob Bell, the one-time evangelical pastor who rejected the core of Christian faith, has endorsed homosexual marriage. Where was that endorsement made? Surprise, surprise: Grace Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California. Grace Cathedral is located in...
  • Father Patrick Allen, married father of two, leaves Anglicanism to become Catholic priest

    07/20/2013 1:45:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    Post and Courrier ^ | July 20, 2013 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    When Father Patrick Allen lay prostrate before the bishop for his diaconate ordination on June 29, Allen’s son, Henry, ran up to join his dad. It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry when, in the course of taking his two children to activities in his nonreligious clothes, at least five people asked:So, what do you do for a living?Allen smiles graciously, sometimes bringing his hand to his chest in a humble gesture, one that coincidentally shows his wedding band.“This might begin a long conversation,” the James Island father says.“I’m a Catholic priest.”When his daughter, Lucy, goes...
  • Episcopal Church Weighs Ban on Straight White Males

    07/13/2013 11:03:47 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 58 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-13-13 | David W. Virtue
    Episcopal Church gays and lesbians are weighing a resolution to be put forward at the next General Convention making it illegal for straight white males to be admitted to the priesthood. LA Bishop Mary Glasspool, an avowed lesbian and one of many lesbians and gays supporting the "no white males resolution", crafted her resolution after hearing a straight white male preaching a sermon condemning homosexual behavior last month. "I was shocked, stunned, blown away and mortified. I have never heard such homophobia coming from a pulpit. That was my moment to say enough is enough. "This comes down to a...
  • KENYAN CARDINAL TO OBAMA: U.S. SOCIETY ALREADY 'RUINED'

    07/06/2013 7:10:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 7/6/2013 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Kenyan Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi and president of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, joined other African leaders last week in open dismissal of President Obama’s urging to accept same-sex marriage.“Those people who have already ruined their society…let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go,” said Njue in response to Obama’s statements promoting same-sex marriage. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths.”(snip)“This nation, the nation of Kenya [is] sovereign and God-fearing,” Ruto added.“America has made tremendous contribution to Kenya’s well-being and we are very grateful and as a government...
  • Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian Churches Tied to Late-Term Abortion Doc

    06/28/2013 3:34:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | June 27, 2013 | Susan Michelle Tyrrell
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a “faith-based” group that claims that Jesus would support abortion and has manipulated many in the church to follow suit and promote abortion as a God-given right that allows women to be in control over their own lives.Recently we’ve written extensively about the connection of the United Methodist Church to this abhorrent group. My disgust at this group is less about them promoting abortion, as it is about promoting abortion as if they are doing the work of Jesus. As I have been reading some...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST (22)

    06/24/2013 7:41:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-18-13 | David W. Virtue
    My dear Wormwood, The collective heads of the Hades High Council is positively spinning with all the news of these foolish earthlings in their desire to find peace, harmony, love and "why can't we all get along" interfaith notions. Their compromises over pansexual behavior have to be one of the single greatest triumphs of the 21st Century. Our Father had to be dragged away from a round of bishop bashing just to hear the good news. Now that both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have succumbed to the notion of civil partnerships while condemning gay marriage is of course...
  • Episcopalian leader Schori bashes on St. Paul, opposition to homosexual relationships

    05/21/2013 11:49:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 21, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    U.S. Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (far left) is seen next to Episcopal Auxiliary Bishop Nerva Cot in this 2007 photo. (CNS) The Anglican Ink site reports: The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has denounced the Apostle Paul as mean-spirited and bigoted for having released a slave girl from demonic bondage as reported in Acts 16:16-34 . In her sermon delivered at All Saints Church in Curaçao in the diocese of Venezuela, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori condemned those who did not share her views as enemies of the Holy Spirit. The presiding bishop opened her remarks with an...
  • Gay Episcopal Bishop Rebukes Catholic Archbishop, Says Church Has Lost Its Way (more details)

    04/25/2013 2:19:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 25, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to become a U.S. bishop in the Episcopal Church, has written an nasty piece of opinion attacking a Catholic Archbishop as well as the Catholic Church in its entirety for defending marriage. Robinson, writing for The On Faith blog at The Washington Post, attacked Abp. Allen Vigneron for having said Catholics who support gay unions or marriage should not receive communion. And not only does he say that the Church is wrong on gay marriage, he says the Church has "lost its way" and has no right to even discuss...
  • Praying for the Dead Terrorist? No Wonder the Episcopal Curch is Dying

    04/22/2013 6:27:15 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 69 replies
    4/22/13 | Piperpilot
    At my small Episcopal church yesterday, we prayed for all those "killed" in the "tragic" Boston Marathon bombing. That was bad enough--those people were murdered and it was anything but a tragedy. Then we had to pray for the dead terrorist--which I refused to do. How unbiblical can you get. The dead terrorist didn't repent before his death. His soul went straight to Hell. Praying for him is basically praying for evil if you ask me. We also prayed for the still living terrorist. I can see that--he's still alive and can repent. But we didn't pray for the Holy...
  • Rev. Luis Leon "Stands by" Controversial "Religious Right" Bashing Easter Sermon

    04/06/2013 6:29:49 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 21 replies
    Tavern Keepers ^ | 4/6/2013 | Renee Nal
    Rev. Luis Leon is no fan of what he refers to as the “Religious Right”. The controversial Easter sermon attended by President Obama and his family raised many eyebrows, to say the least. Now, the Reverend stands by his divisive words.
  • Total Loss File: Prominent Episcopal Leader Denies Need for Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

    04/04/2013 10:02:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 3, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It was sad to read the public comments of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington denying the importance, or need for the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, going so far as to imply this teaching was “outlandish. ” More on that in a moment, but first some background.Some time ago I brought a former Episcopalian into the Catholic Church who, after the Rite of Reception gave a great sigh of relief and said, “I know the Catholic Church is not without problems, but at least I know the Bishops actually hold the Christian faith. It is such a relief...
  • Washington Episcopal Bishop Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

    04/03/2013 4:55:45 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 54 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-31-13 | David W. Virtue
    Washington Episcopal Bishop Marianne Budde, writing in her blog on the subject of Resurrection, opined that if someone were to discover a tomb with Jesus' remains in it, the entire enterprise would not come crashing down. VOL: Actually, Bishop it would. Our faith would be in vain and we would be of all men (and women) most miserable. St. Paul writes in I Cor. 15, "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day...
  • Politicizing Easter at Church of the Presidents

    04/01/2013 5:14:16 AM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism | 3/31/13 | Mark Tooley
    It’s sad when clergy egregiously politicize worship, especially on an important holy day at an historic church that used to symbolize non partisan unity. But the Episcopal clergy Luis Leon at St. John’s Episcopal Church next to the White House, known as the church of the presidents, discharged some cheap shots during Easter worship today, with the Obamas in the congregation. “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back, back, back,” Leon sermonized. “For blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen,...
  • Pastor slams religious right at Obamas' Easter service

    03/31/2013 8:59:59 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 31, 2013
    President Obama attended an Easter service with his family today at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House, and the Pastor delivering the sermon at the service veered into political territory when he slammed the religious right for living in the past and lionizing "the good old days." The sermon at the service, delivered by Dr. Luis Leon, an Episcopal pastor who delivered the benediction at Mr. Obama's second inauguration, took a turn for the political when the pastor decried those who wax nostalgic about the way things once were. "I hear all the time the expression 'the good...
  • Obama pastor attacks conservatives in Easter message with race card

    03/31/2013 3:19:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 3/31/13 | Joe Newby
    While many Christians were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, Barack Obama, his family, and everyone else attending St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. received a message that included an attack on conservatives, the Weekly Standard reported. "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border," said Dr. Luis Leon. According to a tweet sent by Reuters'...
  • Pastor at Obama’s Easter Service: 'Religious Right’ Want Blacks ‘in the Back of the Bus'....

    03/31/2013 12:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 31, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The pastor at the Washington, D.C. church where the Obama family celebrated Easter on Sunday said members of the religious right want blacks “in the back of the bus,” women “back in the kitchen” and immigrants “back on their side of the border.” “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back…for blacks to be back in the back of the bus…for women to be back in the kitchen…for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,” Rev. Dr. Luis Leon said in his sermon, according to the White House press...
  • FAMOUS CHURCH'S BELLS TO RING FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

    01/09/2013 3:51:25 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    AP ^ | January 9, 2013 | BRETT ZONGKER
    (AP) -- The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials. The key development came last July when the Episcopal Church approved a ceremony for same-sex unions at its General Convention in Indianapolis, followed by the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland, which joined the District of Columbia. The national church made a special allowance for marriage ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.Longtime same-sex marriage advocate...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Anglican Church Wounded, Not Dead

    12/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/25/12
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Church of England on Tuesday said a vote last month that struck down proposals to allow women to become bishops had been "deeply painful", but that Christianity was still relevant in Britain despite falling numbers of believers. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the global 80-million-strong Anglican Communion, said in his Christmas day sermon that the answer to the question of whether Christianity had "had its day" was a "resounding no". The Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women bishops last month - to the dismay of Williams and Prime Minister...
  • Former Episcopal priest grateful to Pope for Catholic ordinariate

    12/08/2012 2:34:25 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Former Episcopal priest Larry Gipson. CNA file photo. Houston, Texas, Dec 8, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Episcopal priest Laurence Gipson, who became Catholic in October, says his reaction to the Catholic ordinariate for former Anglicans is one of “gratitude.” “The ordinariate, I think, is a wonderful opportunity for people like me, Anglican clergy and Anglican laity, who are seeking Catholic faith,” he said. On Jan. 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to allow Anglican and Episcopalian groups in the U.S. to become Catholic as groups, not only as...
  • Former rector of nation’s largest Episcopal church becomes a Catholic

    12/01/2012 1:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2012
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The former rector of the nation’s largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic.The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008.Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI to accept former Anglicans into the Catholic Church. “The nature of authority in the Catholic Church is what...
  • Cops: Priest in sex flap ODs in parking garage (Episcopal)

    09/27/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/27/2012 | O'Ryan Johnson
    An Episcopal priest who was accused of sex crimes against a young parishioner died of an apparent drug overdose last night on the sixth floor of the Government Center parking garage, police and his lawyer said. Police said they were called to the garage about 7:40 p.m. and found a man inside a gray 2006 Saturn. Police attempted to perform CPR on the man, but were unsuccessful. Boston EMS declared the patient dead at 8:05 p.m., and the call was referred to the Medical Examiner, police said.
  • Good drag queens go to heaven

    08/21/2012 10:52:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/21/12 | Jon Carroll
    Recently, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, perhaps at the instigation of its incoming archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, denied permission for drag queens to emcee at charity events in the community hall of Most Holy Redeemer, a Roman Catholic church in the Castro district. That prompted this letter to me from the Rev. Robert Warren Cromey, who will identify himself in the letter: "When I was rector of Trinity Episcopal in the late nineteen nineties, I conducted at least five funerals of drag queens in the church. They were usually held on Saturday afternoons. Neighbors' heads would lean out the windows in...
  • Episcopalians Call for Repeal of DOMA; Approve Rites for Pet Funerals

    07/13/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/13/12 | Audrey Barrick
    The Episcopal Church's 77th General Convention concluded Thursday with the adoption of a long list of resolutions, from one that calls on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to another providing rites for pet funerals. Episcopal leaders, who met in Indianapolis for over a week, considered dozens of resolutions – the most controversial being the approval of transgender ordination and rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. In protest, leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina, including its bishop, left the convention early after expressing clearly their belief that the decisions mark a departure from Scripture...
  • What Ails the Episcopalians

    07/13/2012 7:09:58 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/12/12 | JAY AKASIE
    Its numbers and coffers shrinking, the church votes for pet funerals but offers little to the traditional faithful. Episcopalians from around the country gathered here this week for their church's 77th triennial General Convention, which ended Thursday. Although other Protestant denominations have national governing councils, the Episcopal Church's triennial gathering stands apart. For starters, it's one of the world's largest such legislative entities, with more than 1,000 members. General Convention is also notable for its sheer ostentation and carnival atmosphere. For seven straight nights, lavish cocktail parties spilled into pricey steakhouses, where bishops could use their diocesan funds to order...
  • Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?

    07/12/2012 8:09:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 7/11/12 | Rob Kerby
    The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King Henry VIII to continue executing any wife who failed to bear him sons, is in trouble. Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out...
  • South Carolina deputation leaves [Episcopal] General Convention

    07/12/2012 12:34:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    .anglicansunited.com ^ | 12 July AD 2012 | Cherie Wetzel
    South Carolina deputation leaves General Convention [Ed. Note: South Carolina has shown constant grown in parishes and average Sunday attendance figures for years. In the discussion, House of Bishops on July 9 prior to the vote on A049 gay blessing liturgy, Bp. Mark Lawrence said the following, "40 years ago, I was backpacking in the High Sierras and we were above the timberline. There was no trail and as the sun set, we realized that we had to make camp and settle in for the night. We could not see and did not know where we were. In the morning,...
  • Bishop Robinson, You are reaping what you have sown

    07/11/2012 12:06:57 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 11 July AD 2012 | David W. Virtue
    Bishop Robinson, You are reaping what you have sown Why the Bishop of New Hampshire is wrong NEWS ANALYSIS By David W. Virtue in Indianapolis www.virtueonline.org July 110, 2012 When the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson took a private communication one of my staff sent him and made its contents public inside the House of Bishops this week, he opened a can of worms that he has only himself to blame for. No one asked him to do that; he did it on his own recognizance. He did not ask my permission. The communication was about rumors...
  • GC2012: Communion Partner Bishops Issue Minority Report

    07/11/2012 12:01:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 11 July AD 2012 | David Virtue
    GC2012: Communion Partner Bishops Issue Minority Report July 11, 2012 The Indianapolis Statement The following statement was read from the floor of the House of Bishops on the final day of the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis: The 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, in passing Resolution A049, has authorized the provisional use of a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions. The purpose of this statement is to record our dissent from this action. 1. At our ordination as bishops of the Church, we have all taken a solemn oath: "I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures...
  • GC2012: HOD Vote came Silently on Same-Sex Blessings

    07/10/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 10 Julyh AD 2012 | Mary Ann Mueller
    GC2012: HOD Vote came Silently on Same-Sex Blessings By Mary Ann Mueller Special Correspondent July 10, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS - The House of Deputies' afternoon vote on A-049 came in silence, the result of modern technology. When the House of Bishops voted to approve same-gender blessings each bishop was called by name and with their own voice they were required to vocalize their vote - yea or nay. Electronic voting was the rule of the day in the House of Deputies. Each Order - lay and clergy, were called to vote using their hand-held electronic voting devise. The laity was called...
  • GC2012: HOB Passes Provisional Blessings for Same-Sex Unions

    07/10/2012 10:47:19 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 10 July AD 2012 | David Virtue
    GC2012: HOB Passes Provisional Blessings for Same-Sex Unions By David W. Virtue in Indianapolis July 9, 2012 To no one's surprise the House of Bishops passed a provisional rite for the blessing of same sex unions. By a vote of 111 to 41 with three abstentions the HOB changed the definition of marriage, approving a liturgy to bless homosexual couples of both sexes, something that has never been done in 2,000 years of church history. Resolution A049 was passed by the bishops on the 5th legislative day of the 77th General Convention. The text of the resolution states that the...
  • GC2012: Transgender, Homosexual Activists Hail Victories at Episcopal Convention

    07/10/2012 7:20:08 AM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 9 July Ad 2012 | Jeffrey Walton
    GC2012: Transgender, Homosexual Activists Hail Victories at Episcopal Convention By Jeffrey Walton July 9, 2012 Officials in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church have given homosexual and transgender activists two victories on the fifth day of their triennial denominational convention. The House of Deputies passed legislation stating that "gender identity and expression" would not be barriers to ordained ministry, while also altering the church's canons to include the transsexual categories alongside gender, race and sexual orientation as specially protected status. Later the same afternoon, the House of Bishops voted 111-41 to authorize rites for same-sex blessings. The bishops had already signed off...