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  • Scientists Rebut White House Global Warming Claims

    05/19/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/18/2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    A group of independent scientists, economists, and meteorologists has issued a pointed response to the scientific foundation of the Obama administration's claims that humans are drastically changing the climate by burning fossil fuels. With expertise in multiple disciplines, including climate research, weather modeling, physics, geology, statistical analysis, engineering, and economics, the 15 signers make the case that the foundation of the White House National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a "masterpiece of marketing" that crumbles like a "house of cards" under the weight of real-world evidence.
  • 50 ‘Hand-Picked’ Christians Trained To Convince Churches To Re-Interpret Scripture’s Gay Boundaries

    09/29/2013 9:47:29 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 83 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-29-13 | Jeff Schapiro
    Fifty hand-picked Christians were part of a seminal conference last week planned by Matthew Vines, a 23-year-old gay Christian who believes Scripture allows for monogamous homosexual activity, in an effort to spread the idea in the American church over the next decade. Vines says he has had success in convincing lay members of churches over the last year that monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture, but is encountering resistance from Scriptural scholars. He is likely to encounter much more, say theologians.
  • Pelosi Won’t Defend First Amendment Rights of Historic San Francisco Catholic Hospital

    12/01/2012 1:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Matt Cover
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is Catholic, indicated on Friday that she supports forcing St. Mary’s Medical Center, the oldest continuously operating hospital in her San Francisco-based congressional district, to provide health plans to its workers that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge even though the Catholic faith says this Catholic hospital may not do so because these things are intrinsically immoral. “We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus,” says the hospital's mission statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius—who, like Pelosi, is Catholic—issued the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate as a regulation under...
  • How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Holy Communion

    10/11/2012 9:43:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | 10/11/12 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Arius, the Heretic Who Died of a Wretched Bowel Problem There heretic Arius is one of the most interesting characters on the stage of history. Every December I write a tribute post to Saint Nicholas about the tradition of Saint Nicholas h-slapping (heretic slapping) Arius at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Joseph Reidy, professor of history at If you know of any 18 year olds looking for a traditional Catholic college, please send them our way.) As you know, Arius divided the Church and Empire of the fourth and fifth century by claiming that the Divine Logos, Jesus...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • The Love Of The Truth...I john

    For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ( 3 John 3-4)Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Obama jabs 'climate change deniers'

    04/22/2011 2:26:13 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/22/2011 | By Ben Geman
    President Obama called out Capitol Hill’s “climate change deniers” Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in California. Obama, speaking at a San Francisco event for donors, called rising gasoline prices an economic drain on drivers and said curbing oil reliance is a “national security imperative.” “And then there’s the environmental aspect of it. There are climate change deniers in Congress and when the economy gets tough, sometimes environmental issues drop from people’s radar screens,” Obama continued, speaking at the home of Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff. “But I don’t think there’s any doubt that unless we are able to move forward...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • What are we to think of Calvin?

    06/26/2010 10:46:26 AM PDT · by Natural Law · 229 replies
    What are we to think of Calvin? Rev . Fr. Philippe Marcille The influence of John Calvin (1509-1564) has been immense, perhaps even more so than that of Luther. Certainly, without the bellowing revolutionary Luther, Calvin would not have been able to do anything; yet without Calvin, the revolt would not have had the political impact that it did in France and especially the United States. Origins He was born in Picardy, France, in 1509. His parents were well-to-do people. A very gifted student, he received a benefice from the Church and continued his studies at Paris. He was not...
  • Nancy Pelosi, messenger of God? The House Speaker's galling, hypocritical religious opportunism

    06/03/2010 12:17:38 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 628+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, June 3rd 2010 | Andrea Tantaros
    During times of trials and tribulations, many people turn to Christ to help them through. It seems Sister - I mean Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi is no different. With speculation brewing that Democrats are poised to lose big in the fall midterm elections and the balance of power at stake, is Nancy Pelosi turning to Jesus for political salvation? Her recent religious revival started shortly after the passage of the health care bill. Tasked with selling the unpopular overhaul, Pelosi opted to appeal to a higher power for help. She asked members of the clergy to make...
  • (Davenport) Bishop Amos issues statement on ‘ordination’ of women

    05/31/2010 4:15:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies · 164+ views
    Davenport Catholic Messenger ^ | 5/26/2010 | Bishop Martin Amos
    It has come to my attention that the issue of the “ordination” of women to Holy Orders has been raised in the Diocese of Davenport. With the following statement it is hoped that the position of the Roman Catholic Church is made clear. The role of women has been held in high regard by the Church for centuries. As one example, the late Holy Father, John Paul II wrote in his 1988 apostolic letter to women entitled, “The Dignity and the Vocation of Women” (Mulieris Dignitatem): “the Church desires to give thanks to the Most Holy Trinity for the...
  • ELCA Seminary Teaching: Read It and Weep -- Part 1

    05/12/2010 8:34:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies · 363+ views
    Exposing the ELCA.com ^ | 5/12/10 | Dan Skogen
    Dr. David J. Lull, Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary gave a series of lectures in January 2010 titled, "Preaching Lent and Easter." It is amazing what ELCA pastors are being taught by our seminaries. For all of my life I thought Jesus died for my sins. Thankfully Dr. Lull set me and the 2000 years of Christian teachers and believers straight. Here is what Dr. Lull teaches. "Jesus did not have to die as a condition of God’s forgiveness of sins. Mark knew that Jesus knew that God had always forgiven the sins of “many/all,” and that...
  • In Sarasota, Catholics buck church doctrine on women as priests

    02/14/2010 7:11:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies · 493+ views
    tampabay.com VIA Spirit Daily ^ | Sunday, February 14, 2010
    SARASOTA — A former nun who the Vatican says has been excommunicated ordained two women priests and one deacon in Sarasota...
  • Event explores topic of women as ordained Catholic priests

    02/01/2010 12:31:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 501+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/1/10 | Jennifer Garza
    To parishioners in her small Sacramento congregation, Elizabeth English is their Catholic priest: She presides over their Sunday Mass, leads them during Communion and baptizes their babies. To the Roman Catholic Church, English symbolizes a topic that church leaders consider closed: the ordination of women priests. English left the Roman Catholic Church five years ago to pursue her calling to the priesthood. She is now a priest in the Independent Catholic Church, a group not recognized by the Vatican. She is the only female Catholic priest in the Sacramento region. "I had to leave the church; there was no place...
  • Female priests defy Catholic Church, hope to change it

    01/23/2010 5:01:26 AM PST · by NYer · 76 replies · 1,660+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Januay 23, 2010 | Katie Balestra
    Inside a red brick house in Falls Church, Bridget Mary Meehan placed a silver chalice of wine and a plate of flatbread on the coffee table in her living room and prepared to lead a sacred, forbidden ceremony. "As we gather around this table, this intimate little house church table, let us remember that God is raising us up, all of us," she said, smiling at the four worshipers who had come to hear her say Mass. Three and a half years ago, Meehan joined a group of Catholic women from across the United States known as the Roman Catholic...
  • Joel Osteen blesses Houston's new (gay) mayor Annise Parker

    01/07/2010 1:41:13 PM PST · by Gamecock · 40 replies · 1,549+ views
    The Aquila Report ^ | 07 January 2010 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    Annise Parker, the newly-elected happens-to-be-lesbian mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday and the opening prayer was given by ... Rev. Joel Osteen. Is your head spinning? Osteen heads the nation's most mega of evangelical non-denominational megachurches, Lakewood Church in Houston where about 45,000 people cycle through a revamped sports stadium for services every weekend. Osteen has been all over telling folks (Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg) for years that homosexuality is not "God's best." I presume he means "God's best choice" because otherwise I'm lost in the dropped or implied rest of the sentence. But "God's best" is phrase Osteen...
  • United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterians OK Abortion Funding

    12/07/2009 4:10:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 1,802+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A collection of pro-abortion religious groups authored a letter today to members of the Senate that essentially places them on record supporting taxpayer funding of abortions. The letter expresses their opposition to the Nelson amendment, released today, to remove abortion funding from the Senate government-run health care bill. The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church are the four mainline protestant denominations to sign the letter asking lawmakers to oppose the Nelson amendment.They are joined by the Disciples Justice Action Center, NA'AMAT USA, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a...
  • Old Catholics tell Romans to ignore your bishops

    11/17/2009 11:13:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 501 replies · 4,070+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | November 16 | Rev. Mother Meredith Moise, SPSA
    The Southern Province of the North American Old Catholic Church calls on bishops of the Roman sect to abandon their devisive and hate-filled attitude toward lesbian and gay people. The Roman bishops began a meeting on Monday (11/16/2009) in Baltimore, MD, and are expected to issue a major "pastoral letter" against equal rights for gay people. "It is like they are telling their brothers and sisters: Thou Shalt Not Love," says Archbishop Wynn Wagner, the Regionary Bishop of the Southern Province USA of the North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC). "They have forgotten the message of love, in their rush...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • '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...
  • Call to Apostasy

    08/20/2009 7:45:09 PM PDT · by narses · 27 replies · 974+ views
    Rochester Catholic ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2009 | Eugene Michae
    The new executive director of Call to Action is Jim FitzGerald, formerly of Planned Parenthood. Here are some selected excerpts about him from an article in the National Catholic Reporter: “What’s missing in our church is the freedom to talk without fear about issues like abortion or gay marriage or stem cell research. “That’s what I love about Call to Action: Everyone’s at the table,” he says, quoting the theme for Call to Action’s November conference. “It’s easy to be in conversation with people who think like you. But if we only do that, we miss out on something that...
  • (Call To Action Nonsense): A new leader at the table

    08/20/2009 7:58:06 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 342+ views
    ncronline.org ^ | Aug. 03, 2009 | Heidi Schlumpf
    A new leader at the table It’s easy to see why the board of Call to Action chose Jim FitzGerald as its new executive director. He is a young, bright Catholic with a decade of experience in not-for-profit management and an advanced degree in theology. And he has been involved in leadership of Call to Action for several years, so already knows and supports church reform. But it’s also not so easy to understand why they chose a candidate with Planned Parenthood on his resumé, given how hard Call to Action has worked to remain neutral on the hot-button issue...
  • Voice of the Faithful rearranges the deck chairs

    08/20/2009 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 303+ views
    insidecatholic.com ^ | 8/19/09 | Brian Saint-Paul
    Voice of the Faithful rearranges the deck chairs In its increasingly panicked effort to remain relevant -- and solvent -- Catholic dissident group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) has announced a new program: the Voices in Action Campaign. How, you ask, does this differ from the normal activities of VOTF? Good question. According to the press release that dropped into my Inbox an hour ago... Voices in Action focuses on improving parishes and dioceses; fostering greater accountability in Church leaders and in the laity as well; ensuring financial transparency; healing survivors; protecting children; supporting clergy working together with laity; and...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • Eight myths about the Bible

    06/22/2009 7:01:44 PM PDT · by delacoert · 307 replies · 4,931+ views
    Norfolk LDS Church Examiner ^ | June 22 | Greg West
    Latter-day Saints love the Bible and believe it as scripture. Indeed, Joseph Smith went so far as to say that we are the only people who truly believe it as it is written. Modern, sectarian Christians hang Bible verses like ornaments on an artificial tree constructed of man-made creeds, ignoring the passages which conflict with or contradict their doctrines. In the process, they have allowed a number of myths about the Bible to be promulgated because it serves their own ends. The following eight myths are summarized from "Here We Stand" by Joseph Fielding McConkie (1995, Deseret Book) McConkie is...
  • Obama and the ‘Real’ Catholics

    05/18/2009 8:45:30 PM PDT · by victim soul · 6 replies · 594+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 5.18.09 | George Weigel
    The president inserts himself into a religious debate Passionate debates over doctrine, identity, and the boundaries of “communion” have been a staple of the American religious landscape for centuries: Trinitarians vs. Unitarians in 19th-century New England; Modernists vs. Fundamentalists in early-20th-century Presbyterianism; Missouri Synod Lutherans vs. Wisconsin Synod Lutherans vs. Other Sorts of Lutherans down to today. Yet never in our history has a president of the United States, in the exercise of his public office, intervened in such disputes in order to secure a political advantage. Until yesterday, at the University of Notre Dame. The principal themes of President...
  • Woman ordained as Catholic priest to celebrate Mass in Syracuse suburb

    05/02/2009 7:10:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 99 replies · 1,884+ views
    Syracuse NY Post Standard ^ | Friday May 01, 2009, 7:23 PM | by Renee K. Gadoua
    A woman ordained in July at a ceremony the Roman Catholic Church considers invalid will celebrate a Mass Saturday at a conference in Liverpool. The Rev. Gabriella Velardi-Ward, a member of RC Womenpriests, an international group of Catholics who advocate women's ordination, will lead a 2:30 p.m. liturgy at the Upstate New York Call to Action conference at Le Moyne Manor in Liverpool. The conference will also include presentations by the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, who has been criticized by the Vatican for participating at a Womenpriest ordination; and Mary Hunt, a native of Syracuse and a feminist theologian who is...
  • 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...
  • Court Says Church Can Brew Hallucinogenic Tea

    03/31/2009 3:34:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 478+ views
    beliefnet ^ | Monday March 23, 2009
    A church in Ashland, Ore., can import and brew a hallucinogenic tea for its religious services, under a federal court ruling issued March 19. Judge Owen M. Panner issued a permanent injunction that bars the federal government from penalizing or prohibiting the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen from sacramental use of "Daime" tea. The church, which blends Christian and Brazilian indigenous beliefs, uses tea brewed from the ayahuasca plant in their services. The tea contains trace amounts of the chemical dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. According to the church's lawsuit, the tea is the central ritual and sacrament of...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him (renegade priest to break with Rome)

    01/13/2009 6:50:29 AM PST · by NYer · 228 replies · 2,325+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | January 9, 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church.There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more orthodox Catholic parishes struggle to fill pews. In...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him

    01/13/2009 1:20:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 880+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 9th January 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church. There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. Is Father Kennedy right? Have your say. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more...
  • Priest excommunicated for involvement in women's 'ordination'

    12/11/2008 9:11:44 PM PST · by Publius804 · 8 replies · 402+ views
    www.catholicculture.org ^ | December 11, 2008 | N/A
    News Briefs American Maryknoll priest excommunicated for involvement in women's 'ordination' December 11, 2008 An American priest has evidently been excommunicated because of his active support for the ordination of women, and his participation in ceremonies simulating ordination. Father Ray Bourgeois received a warning from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in December, informing him that if he did not recant his position supporting women's ordination within 30 days he would face excommunication; the Maryknoll priest replied that he would not change his stand. The Maryknoll Society has now confirmed that the Congregation has contacted that its leaders...
  • Those delicate Jesuit sensibilities

    11/23/2008 9:13:06 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 947+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | November 12, 2008 | Laura Vozzella
    <p>An economics professor from Loyola University in New Orleans traveled to Baltimore's Loyola last week to give a lecture, and everybody's been apologizing ever since.</p> <p>Everybody, that is, but the professor, Walter Block, who chalks up the flap to political correctness.</p>
  • Wacky wymynpryst wannabes wend way to Wome by Father Z

    10/16/2008 12:05:08 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 2 replies · 280+ views
    wdtprs.com ^ | 16 October 2008 | Fr. Z
    Wacky wymynpryst wannabes wend way to Wome CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 11:27 am This just in from AP: Catholic women march in Rome for female priesthood By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press WriterWed Oct 15, 12:23 PM ET Catholic women seeking to become priests denounced the church’s ban on female ordination as sexist and unjust, bringing their campaign close to the Vatican on Wednesday during a worldwide gathering of bishops. [LOL! Er.. um… I mean… Gosh! How sad.] The small group of women representing Catholic organizations from around the world marched across the Tiber River close to St....
  • 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...
  • Pelosi Says She Heard Disputed Bible Verse from Priest

    04/29/2008 9:50:17 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies · 94+ views
    Pelosi Says She Heard Disputed Bible Verse from Priest By Pete Winn CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer April 29, 2008 (CNSNews.com) - The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Fox News last week that Pelosi heard the disputed Bible "passage" she used in her April 22 Earth Day message from a priest in San Francisco. Brit Hume reported last Thursday on "Special Report with Brit Hume" that Pelosi's office had told Fox News that the Speaker had "heard a priest quote the verse many years ago during a mass in San Francisco." On Thursday, Friday, and again on Monday,...
  • 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 http://www.bloggernews.net/112455 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...
  • Romney Says Attacking Religion 'Goes Too Far' After Huckabee Questions Mormonism

    12/12/2007 10:25:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies · 60+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2007
    BOSTON — Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney answered rival Mike Huckabee's upcoming published comments about Mormonism, declaring Wednesday that "attacking someone's religion is really going too far." In an article to be published Sunday in The New York Times, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?" Romney, vying to become the first Mormon elected president, declined to answer that question during an interview Wednesday, saying church leaders in Salt Lake City had already addressed the topic. "But I think attacking someone's religion is really going too far. It's just...
  • 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 http://www.christiantoday.com/article/us.episcopal.report.highlights.concerns.over.church.attendance.drop/15084.htm http://tinyurl.com/3d37yq 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...
  • Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving

    11/02/2007 10:54:04 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 26 replies · 592+ views
    News Blaze ^ | Nov 1, 2007 | Judyth Piazza
    Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving http://newsblaze.com/story/20071101085222tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html http://tinyurl.com/2kmxfe Nov 1, 2007 Judyth Piazza, News Blaze Recitations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures will reverberate in a Christian church in Nevada on the occasion of coming Thanksgiving eve service. Rajan Zed, the prominent Hindu chaplain, will read from Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of the world dated from around 1,500 BCE), Upanishads (Hindu scriptures containing mystical teachings), and Bhagavad-Gita (famous philosophical and spiritual poem) in Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno (Nevada) during Twenty-second Annual Thanksgiving Service of Northwestern Nevada to be held on November 21 evening. Despite conflicts around the world, various...
  • 6 Ark. nuns excommunicated for heresy

    09/26/2007 4:03:14 PM PDT · by Stoat · 118 replies · 390+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | September 26, 2007 | ANDREW DeMILLO
     The Rev. J. Gaston Hebert, Little Rock diocese administrator, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, in Little Rock, Ark. Hebert announced Wednesday that six Arkansas nuns have been excommunicated from the Catholic Church for heresy. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath) 6 Ark. nuns excommunicated for heresy   By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago   LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to give up membership in a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday. The Rev....
  • 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 http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2007/09/01/2007-09-01_jim_mcgreevey_to_begin_episcopal_seminar.html http://tinyurl.com/2p469w 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.
  • Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in Santa Barbara CA

    07/27/2007 11:23:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 110 replies · 1,982+ views
    Independent ^ | July 26, 2007 | Martha Sadler
    “Is the candidate worthy?” intoned Bishop Patricia Fresen ceremonially, as lifelong Catholic Juanita Cordero stood before her in a pure white gown, about to be ordained as a priest. The question was asked three times during the ordination ceremony on Sunday, July 22, as one female priest and two female deacons were invested with the power to perform sacraments — a function forbidden to women under canon law. They are part of a movement from within the Roman Catholic Church that has been ordaining female priests since 2002, though those involved say that the tradition of women priests and...
  • 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 http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2007/07/15/2003369673 http://tinyurl.com/2wv9qm 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 http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070630/28250_A_Left-Wing_Priestess_for_Allah.htm http://tinyurl.com/33pmot 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 http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/reader_feedback/reader_feedback.php?id=171 http://tinyurl.com/36ss36
  • 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 http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070615/27991_Episcopal_Panel_'Dodges'_Response_to_Moratorium.htm http://tinyurl.com/35qes6 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...