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  • Anglican Bishops Back End To Ban On Gay Civil Partnerships In Church [Luther's Legacy?]

    02/22/2010 5:41:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies · 486+ views
    London Times ^ | February 22, 2010
    February 23, 2010 Anglican Bishops Back End To Ban On Gay Civil Partnerships In Church Gay couples could soon be allowed to “marry” in church after a decision by Anglican bishops and other clergy to support a relaxation of the ban. Senior bishops in the Lords have told The Times that they will support an amendment to the Equality Bill next month that will lift the ban on civil partnership ceremonies in religious premises. The amendment would remove the legislative prohibition on blessings of homosexual couples and open the door to the registration of civil partnerships in churches, synagogues, mosques...
  • Sola Scriptura - In the Vanity of their Minds

    02/22/2010 10:34:43 AM PST · by MarMema · 153 replies · 1,149+ views
    Orthodox Christian Information Center ^ | unknown | Fr John Whiteford
    PROBLEMS WITH THE DOCTRINE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA A. IT IS A DOCTRINE BASED UPON A NUMBER OF FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS An assumption is something that we take for granted from the outset, usually quite unconsciously. As long as an assumption is a valid one, all is fine and well; but a false assumption inevitably leads to false conclusions. One would hope that even when one has made an unconscious assumption that when his conclusions are proven faulty he would then ask himself where his underlying error lay. Protestants who are willing to honestly assess the current state of the Protestant world,...
  • Anglo-Catholics Looking to Rome Launch 'Friends of the Ordinariate'

    02/22/2010 9:08:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies · 241+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/22/10 | Damian Thompson
    Today is the Forward in Faith Day of Prayer, a moment of reflection for Anglo-Catholics considering the Pope’s offer to enter into full communion with the Holy See on pretty much their own terms. That may sound flippant, but it can’t be stressed enough that the Ordinariate is the former Cardinal Ratzinger’s response to requests from his Anglican friends for special pastoral oversight. What a good day, then, for a group of Anglo-Catholics to launch Friends of the Ordinariate (FOTO). The website proclaims: We are Anglicans in the UK who are members of The Church of England, The Church in...
  • Scripture Alone Disproves "Scripture Alone" (Sola Scriptura)

    02/22/2010 8:00:31 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 256 replies · 1,855+ views
    Scripture Catholic ^ | n/a | John Salza
    Gen. to Rev. - Scripture never says that Scripture is the sole infallible authority for God's Word. Scripture also mandates the use of tradition. This fact alone disproves sola Scriptura.... Matt. 28:20 - "observe ALL I have commanded," but, as we see in John 20:30; 21:25, not ALL Jesus taught is in Scripture. So there must be things outside of Scripture that we must observe. This disproves "Bible alone" theology.... Luke 1:1-4 - Luke acknowledges that the faithful have already received the teachings of Christ, and is writing his Gospel only so that they "realize the certainty of the teachings...
  • In the Breaking of the Bread (conversion story of Tim Drake)

    02/20/2010 3:25:16 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 536+ views
    Catholic ^ | TiM DRAKE
    As an Evangelical Lutheran, I thought I knew Jesus Christ because I was familiar with his word. One of Martin Luther’s rallying cries had been sola scriptura, and Scripture had been the primary focus of the Lutheran churches I had attended as a child and teen. The Liturgy of the Word consisted of Scripture readings and a homily. Three Sundays out of four, that was the service in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America—the church in which I had been baptized and raised. But it’s what happened every fourth Sunday that eventually led me into the Catholic Church: a Communion...
  • Benedict XVI to Visit Lutheran Church in Rome

    02/19/2010 12:13:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 407+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 18, 2010
    >Ecumenical Event Scheduled for March 14 VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will visit a Lutheran church in Rome for a German-language service in which both he and a Lutheran pastor will give homilies. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Vatican press office today confirmed that the visit -- previously announced -- will take place March 14. The president of the unity council, Cardinal Walter Kasper, will participate in the visit. Rome's Lutheran community had invited the Pope in 2008 to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to the church. The...
  • Catholic membership up; most Protestant churches down

    02/19/2010 6:09:48 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 488+ views
    Houston Belief ^ | February 18, 2010 | KIMBERLEE HAUSS
    U.S. membership has increased in the Catholic Church — the nation's largest Christian body — but the No. 2 Southern Baptist Convention, along with most mainline Protestant denominations, reported continuing decline, according to new figures released by the National Council of Churches. Both the Southern Baptists and Catholics reported membership losses in last year's Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; in the 2010 edition, however, the Catholics reported a rebound, with a 1.5 percent growth rate, to more than 68 million members. Southern Baptists held on to the No. 2 spot, at 16.3 million members, but that figure represented a...
  • Church of England Bishop Converts to Rome

    02/17/2010 12:47:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 369+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/17/10 | Damian Thompson
    The former assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Paul Richardson, has been received into full communion with the Holy See, I am pleased to reveal. Richardson – also a former Anglican bishop in Papua New Guinea and diocesan bishop of Wangaratta in Australia – was received into the Church at the chaplaincy at Durham University last month. He tells me that his conversion is not the product of recent controversies. “I would have become a Catholic even if the Church of England wasn’t ordaining women bishops,” he says. “In a sense I feel it’s what I’ve always been, so this is like...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics; Christ...instituted an obligatory hierarchical society for all.

    02/16/2010 8:07:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies · 306+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 02-16-10 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Methodists declare 'we're ready to merge' with Church of England

    02/16/2010 9:33:48 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 482+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 12, 2010 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    The Methodist Church is prepared to be absorbed by the Church of England if that is the price of unity, Britain’s most senior Methodist said yesterday. The Rev David Gamble, president of the Methodist Conference, told the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting at Church House, Westminster: “We are prepared to go out of existence, not because we are declining or failing in mission, but for the sake of mission.” Methodists were “prepared to be changed and even to cease having a separate existence as a Church” if that served the needs of the Kingdom of God. The...
  • Ash Wednesday: It's Not Just For Catholics Anymore

    02/15/2010 6:01:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 440+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 2/12/10 | Diane Smith
    Christians mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday church services and self-reflection. And it's not just Catholics who are participating. Ash Wednesday, which is next week, includes the practice of having ashes placed on your forehead. While the ash marking is often associated with Roman Catholicism, Christians of various denominations are increasingly participating in Ash Wednesday services, which are traditionally contemplative and somber. In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is "a call to do penance for sin," said Lucas Pollice, director of catechesis for the Fort Worth Diocese. Ellen Lewis, associate minister of University Christian Church in Fort Worth,...
  • The Death of Methodism? Not Quite

    02/15/2010 12:31:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies · 327+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 2/15/10 | Karen Burke
    The Methodist Church might change, or even merge with the CofE. But Methodists don't need an insitution to be who they areRumour has it that the Reverend David Gamble, president of the Methodist Conference, woke up a sleepy General Synod last Thursday morning by committing the Methodist Church to death by self-immolation. The alleged death-tolling line was made right at the end of a half-an-hour Synod address during which Gamble and vice-president Dr Richard Vautrey affirmed the Methodist Church's loyalty to the covenant it shares with the Church of England. "We are prepared to go out of existence not because...
  • Nuts and Bolts - By Tim Staples: Mary Worshippers Need Not Apply

    02/15/2010 9:07:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1,593 replies · 8,838+ views
    Envoy ^ | Tim Staples
    The Scenario: Ever have one of those days when you’re feeling full of energy and vigor? I mean, you’re feeling just obnoxiously happy? Well, this is one of those days. Driving home from work, you switch on the radio to see what’s happening, and you tune in to a local Protestant radio station just in time to hear a preacher speaking against various Catholic doctrines concerning Mary. The show is called Pastor Bob’s Bible Hour. Pastor Bob proclaims: “Jesus knew Catholics would come along and begin to worship His mother and call her perpetual virgin and absurd things like that....
  • Eucharist: Holy Sacrifice

    02/15/2010 9:12:56 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 274+ views
    NC Register ^ | February 15, 2010 | Mark Shea
    The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is an idea that has fallen into disfavor in modernity, for various reasons.  In Protestant circles, of course, the notion that the Mass could be a sacrifice is often seen as a repudiation or usurpation of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, as though it’s an either/or choice.  Perhaps the all-time favorite Bible verse among such critics Hebrews 9:25-26: Nor was it to offer Himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own; for then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the...
  • Rev. Larry Barksdale resigns three weeks after St. Matthew Lutheran Church vote

    02/14/2010 8:51:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 468+ views
    Ledger-Enquirer (Coumbus, GA) ^ | 2/14/10 | ALLISON KENNEDY
    The Rev. Larry Barksdale, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church since 2003, resigned Sunday, three weeks after the church voted 99-54 to stay in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Barksdale resigned at the beginning of the monthly council meeting, held the second Sunday of the month, following the 11 a.m. service. The decision was set in motion in August, when the national church passed various resolutions about human sexuality. Among the resolutions: partnered, committed gay people can serve as clergy at ELCA churches that want to hire them. Though not binding on individuals or congregations, the decision bothered Barksdale...
  • Numbering the Ten Commandments

    02/14/2010 6:38:08 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies · 877+ views
    NC Register ^ | February 12, 2010 | MATTHEW WARNER
    So Protestants and Catholics may not agree on which books should be in the Bible. And we don’t agree on which translations are best. But at least we can always agree on the Ten Commandments, right?  Well, not exactly. We agree on the scripture passages that the ten commandments come from (Deut 5 and Exodus 20). But scripture doesn’t enumerate them for us and break them into 10 nice, neat “commandments.” Because of this, there have been a number of different variations of the ten commandments as we know them today. The Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant versions are very...
  • Church of England Staff Could Picket Archbishop of Canterbury's Residence

    02/12/2010 1:09:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 139+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/12/10 | Martin Beckford
    Church of England staff could man picket lines outside the Archbishop of Canterbury’s historic residence for the first time ever, in a dispute over pay.Union leaders who are balloting the national church’s lay workers over industrial action next month claim that it is not “Christian behaviour” to freeze their pay. About 100 members of Church staff are members of the Public & Commercial Services Union, which also represents thousands of civil servants. Some work at Church House in Westminster for the Church Commissioners, who manage a Ł5billion property and investment portfolio; the clergy pension board; and the Archbishops’ Council, a...
  • How do I get God's Grace?

    02/10/2010 8:31:36 AM PST · by FourtySeven · 228 replies · 1,690+ views
    Today | Me
    To me, this seems to be a central issue, if not *the* central issue in the Christian claim. For this reason, I thought it might be worthy of discussion. I've intended to post something like this for a while, as it seems to get at the heart of virtually all the debates we wrangle with here on FR, and yet never really gets discussed. I was particularly motivated today, not just because I am trapped for the 3rd day in my home because of this danged snow, but because of this post here , an interesting exchange between RnMomof7 and...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Religious Racketeers

    02/11/2010 9:51:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 183+ views
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Religious Racketeers 70. It's my opinion that religion is a racket, designed to provide a living for those who propagate it. Do you know anything at all about Christ? Can you find anything in the four Gospels to hint that He designed His religion to provide a living in this world only? When He called His apostles to leave their ordinary means of a livelihood, He did not offer them an easier and more lucrative profession. Religion, of course, like anything else is liable to abuse. Some people undoubtedly have made a money-spinning racket out of religion. And they cannot...
  • Calvin's teaching on Jesus suffering in Hades

    02/10/2010 2:26:50 PM PST · by sealedteam · 26 replies · 387+ views
    Thanks for the info! I never knew that about Calvin. I knew he believed in sacramental salvation. Similar to RC and Luth., but with a twist. But I do have to agree with Calvin about Jesus in Hades. Acts 2:24 makes that clear, "God ended His agony" by raising Him. There are a few other verses that help. If anyone is interested there is a study on the topic @ www.gnmc.us
  • The Church of England Will Ordain Women Bishops. Get Over it – or Leave

    02/10/2010 9:08:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 429+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/10/10 | Damian Thompson
    I don’t belong to a Church which makes decisions about something as fundamental as the ordination of women priests by voting in a quasi-parliamentary General Synod. But, if I did, and if that Church then prepared to take the logical step of ordaining women bishops, I’d ask myself a simple question. Will these ordinations be valid? Then I stay. Invalid? Then I go. I am not saying that if you are an Anglo-Catholic who opposes women’s ordination then you must now seek to join the Ordinariate that Pope Benedict has set up for ex-Anglicans. Lots of conservative “Catholic Anglicans” don’t...
  • Tensions over women bishops in Church of England continue at General Synod

    02/10/2010 9:37:10 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 163+ views
    cna ^ | February 10, 2010
    Anglican Bishop Nigel McCulloch London, England, Feb 10, 2010 / 02:08 am (CNA).- As the Church of England’s General Synod begins, some Anglo-Catholic leaders have said if their concerns about the introduction of women bishops are not addressed they will withdraw their resources from the Anglican Church and focus them on ministries outside the formal church structure.The Church of England introduced women to its priesthood in 1994. It is committed to the consecration of female bishops as well, The Telegraph reports, but controversy continues about the implementation.Many of those who favor female bishops argue they should be introduced on...
  • Holy Father meets with Lutheran delegation, encourages prayer and dialogue

    02/10/2010 9:41:28 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 390+ views
    cna ^ | February 10, 2010
    Vatican City, Feb 10, 2010 / 11:05 am (CNA).- After today’s general audience, the Holy Father met with a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in which he expressed hope for the “continuing Lutheran-Catholic dialogue.”The Lutheran delegation was led by the ELCA’s Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who is also President of the Lutheran World Foundation, the global Lutheran partner to the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council. The Holy Father addressed the delegation in English, saying that he hoped “the continuing Lutheran-Catholic dialogue both in the United States of America and at the international level will...
  • Anglican Church Facing The Threat of Extinction [Canada]

    02/10/2010 5:51:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies · 264+ views
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | 2/9/10 | Michael Valpy
    Anglicanism in Canada could disappear within a generation, says a report that recommends closing churches in B.C.The Anglican Church in Canada – once as powerful in the nation's secular life as it was in its soul – may be only a generation away from extinction, says a just-published assessment of the church's future. The report, prepared for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, calls Canada a post-Christian society in which Anglicanism is declining faster than any other denomination. It says the church has been “moved to the far margins of public life.” According to the report, the diocese – “like...
  • Rowan Williams Issues 'Profound Apology' To Gay Christians

    02/09/2010 9:48:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 544+ views
    London Times ^ | February 09, 2010 | Ruth Gledhill
    February 9, 2010 Rowan Williams Issues 'Profound Apology' To Gay Christians Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent The Archbishop of Canterbury issued a “profound apology” to the lesbian and gay Christian community today. In a powerful address to the General Synod, Dr Rowan Williams warned that any schism within the Church would represent a betrayal of God’s mission. But he made clear that he regretted recent rhetoric in which he has sought to mollify the fears of the traditionalist wing of the church. The Archbishop is from the Church’s liberal wing and a man who once espoused equal rights for gays within...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Process of Christian Initiation

    02/09/2010 5:58:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 225+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • "Red Families, Blue Families": Book looks at family disconnect

    02/09/2010 3:05:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies · 933+ views
    Gazette.com ^ | December 14, 2008 | Mark Barna
     Book looks at family disconnect December 14, 2008 7:53 AM MARK BARNA We've all heard about red states and blue states.Sometime next year we will learn about "red families" and "blue families" in a book that's bound to be controversial."Red Families, Blue Families" (Oxford University Press), written by two family law professors, turns the whole family-values mantra on its head.Based on numerous studies and surveys, coauthors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone found that red families - or socially conservative evangelicals aligned with the Republican Party - have higher teen pregnancy rates, more shotgun marriages, marry earlier and have higher divorce...
  • Rowan Williams Issues 'Profound Apology' to Gay Christians

    02/09/2010 9:19:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies · 670+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 2/9/10 | Ruth Gledhill
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today issued a "profound apology" to the lesbian and gay Christian community. In a powerful address to General Synod Dr Rowan Williams warned that any schism within the church would represent of a "betrayal" of God's mission. But he made clear that he regretted recent rhetoric in which he has sought to mollify the fears of the traditionalist wing of the church. The Archbishop is from the Church's liberal Catholic wing and a man who once espoused equal rights for gays within the Church. More recently he has adopted a conservative line for the sake of...
  • General Synod: Church of England Exodus Feared Unless Women Bishops Plans Change

    02/09/2010 7:14:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies · 242+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/9/10 | Martin Beckford
    Conservative clergy have warned of a mass exodus from the Church of England and a sharp drop in its income unless divisive plans for the introduction of women bishops are changed.On the first day of the gathering of the Church’s governing body, the General Synod, Anglo-Catholics claimed that “large numbers” would leave for Rome if their demands for concessions are not met. Meanwhile 50 serving priests belonging to Reform, the evangelical group, signed an open letter saying that the situation could force them to cut off funding for dioceses and spend their money on training new vicars outside the Church...
  • Cardinal Asks Dialogue Partners if an Ecumenical Catechism Might Work

    02/09/2010 6:59:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 201+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/8/10 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Vatican official has floated the idea of a shared "ecumenical catechism" as one of the potential fruits of 40 years of dialogue among Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and members of the Reformed churches. "We have affirmed our common foundation in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity as expressed in our common creed and in the doctrine of the first ecumenical councils," Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told representatives of the churches. Opening a three-day symposium at the Vatican to brainstorm on the future of ecumenism, Cardinal Kasper said...
  • Gay Brother Makes Anne Hathaway Quit Catholic Church for Episcopalianism

    02/09/2010 6:42:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 65 replies · 1,685+ views
    Losing her religion Anne Hathaway left the Catholic Church after her brother opened up about being gay. "The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out," says the actress. "Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?" So what religion is Anne now? "I'm nothing," she admits. "F- it, I'm forming. I'm a work in progress."
  • Jesus Teaches Us How to Interpret the Bible – Catholic Style

    02/08/2010 11:24:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 80 replies · 980+ views
    Bellarmine Theological Forum ^ | Robert Sungenis, Ph.D.
    Driving in my car the other day, I turned on the radio and came across one of the local Protestant stations. A preacher was expounding on John 3:5 where Jesus says, “Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” In his exegesis, he was absolutely sure that John did not mean physical water. Instead, he proposed that John’s water referred to the “word of God.” He cited Ephesians 5:26 and claimed that because Paul referred to “washing her with water by the word,” water was a symbol for Scripture. He transferred...
  • Anglicans going to Rome are not "proper Catholics"

    02/07/2010 12:01:41 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 548+ views
    BBC ^ | February 6, 2010 | William Crawley
    The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says those Anglicans who respond to Pope Benedict's invitation to join the Catholic Church under the provisions of the new Apostolic Constitution, would not be "proper Catholics". You can listen to the interview in full on this week's Sunday Sequence (Sunday, from 8.30am). In the same interview, Dr Sentamu also called for the banning of the British National Party and says he is "surprised that Parliament doesn't want to do it." He also says he has "every hope" that [Robert] Mugabe will be gone very soon." Here's part of the exchange I had...
  • United in Communion, but Not Absorbed

    02/05/2010 7:32:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 161+ views
    The Angl0-Catholic ^ | 2/4/10 | Bishop Peter J. Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop, Melbourne, Australia
    AT their November Meeting, 2009, the members of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference appointed me their Delegate for the Australian project of establishing “a Personal Ordinariate for Anglicans who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church”, to use the words of Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.Before I explain what this involves, I should introduce myself. I was born into Anglicanism, in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. My father, Rev. Leslie Llewelyn Elliott, was for some time President of the Australian Church Union. While studying theology at Oxford, in St Stephen’s House, I followed my conscience and was reconciled to...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson claims Bible does not address ‘monogamous’ same-sex relationships

    02/05/2010 6:01:10 AM PST · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,039+ views
    cna ^ | February 5, 2010
    Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson Washington D.C., Feb 5, 2010 / 03:20 am (CNA).- The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson, has claimed that the Bible does not address the ethics of “monogamous, lifelong” homosexual relationships. He suggested that the people of St. Paul’s times did not realize that some people were “affectionally oriented” to their own sex.On Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., CNSNews.com spoke to Bishop Robinson about St. Paul’s condemnation in the Book of Romans of “unnatural” relations and “indecent acts” between members of the same sex. CNSNews.com asked if St....
  • Priest Bridges Religious Divide by Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

    02/03/2010 6:38:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies · 616+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/2/10 | Isabelle de Pommereau
    The cooperation between Rev. Franz Meurer and Iranian Navid Kermani illustrates how far Germany has gone in accepting its booming Muslim minority.The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that goes far beyond symbolics. Not long ago, the Rev. Franz Meurer, a Roman Catholic priest in a rough Cologne neighborhood, led his parish to raise funds for the construction of a controversial mosque there, slated to be Germany’s biggest in a city most famous for its Catholic...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain will be a mix of pomp and protest [Ecumenical]

    02/02/2010 12:33:48 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 377+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 02/02/2010 | Ruth Gledhill, Charlene Sweeney
    When Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain in 1982, he famously kissed the ground and declared: “Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ’s vineyard.” He went on to preach in Canterbury Cathedral and during the visit became friends with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.... But that was in a different century, and that Pope and that Archbishop are dead. This Pope will walk...
  • What Shall We Do with the Convert Clergy?

    02/02/2010 10:17:28 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 458+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 1, 2010 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Anglican Ordinariate may well help to solve the vocations crisis.These priests will also be authorized to celebrate Mass according to the Latin rite. GREENVILLE (Catholic Online) - Some time ago I attended a conference for Catholic priests. As a married, former Anglican priest, I felt honored and humbled to be numbered among them. The topic of our conference was the vocations crisis, and I could not help but notice that I was one of the younger priests, and I am in my early fifties. It is not enough to look forward and say that in a few years we...
  • 'Unhappy' Queen sends Lord Chamberlain to ask Archbishop Nichols about Pope's Anglican plan

    02/02/2010 9:34:55 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 546+ views
    Telegraph ^ | February 2, 2010 | Damian Thompson
    In a surprising departure from protocol, the Queen has sent the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official of the Royal Household, to see Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of the RC Church in England and Wales, to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to Anglicans wanting to convert to Rome en masse. My source says Her Majesty – who is expected to meet the Pope when he visits Britain this autumn – was “unhappy” about aspects of the scheme as she understood it. So, late last year, she dispatched Lord Peel with a list of questions for the Archbishop. The nature of...
  • Russian Church, Pope Agree on Many Contemporary Issues - Patriarch Kirill

    02/02/2010 6:16:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Interfax ^ | 2/2/10
    Moscow, February 2, Interfax - When it comes to fighting today's challenges, the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church stand side-by-side on a number of issues, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "We [together with the Roman Catholic Church] have similar positions on many problems facing Christians in the modern world. They include aggressive secularization, globalization, and the erosion of the traditional moral principles. It should be noted that on these issues Pope Benedict XVI has taken a stance close to the Orthodox one," the Patriarch said at the Bishops' Meeting in Moscow on Tuesday. There are...
  • Where Is That Taught in the Bible?

    01/31/2010 2:03:15 PM PST · by NYer · 243 replies · 1,965+ views
    So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 According to most Evangelicals, a Christian needs only to believe those teachings found in Scripture (a.k.a. the Bible). For these Christians, there is no need for Apostolic Tradition or an authoritative teaching Church. For them the Bible is sufficient for learning about the faith and living a Christian life. In order to be consistent, they claim that this "By Scripture Alone" (sola Scriptura) teaching is found in Scripture, especially St. Paul's Letters.The passage...
  • How the English-Speaking Peoples Saved Civilization -- and Will Do It Again

    01/31/2010 2:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 628+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 28, 2010 | H. W. Crocker III
    If you read reviews no further than the first paragraph, you need read only this: Buy this book, read it, keep it, set it as required reading for your children. Andrew Roberts has penned a splendid, episodic account of the triumph of the English-speaking peoples in the 20th century, charting not only their political and military victories over Prussian militarism, Nazi tyranny, and blood-stained Bolshevism, but their victories over disease and poverty, their successes in science and technology, and their inherent creativeness, love of liberty, and economic dynamism. It is an inspiring story.   There are brilliant set-piece battles,...
  • Unhappy' Queen Sends Lord Chamberlain to Ask Archbishop Nichols About Pope's Anglican Plan

    01/30/2010 9:22:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies · 587+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/29/10 | Damian Thompson
    In a surprising departure from protocol, the Queen has sent the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official of the Royal Household, to see Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to Anglicans wanting to convert to Rome en masse. My source says Her Majesty – who is expected to meet the Pope when he visits Britain this autumn – was “unhappy” about aspects of the scheme as she understood it. So, late last year, she dispatched Lord Peel with a list of questions for the Archbishop. The nature...
  • Friday Fast Fact: The Bible in English

    01/29/2010 4:41:16 PM PST · by NYer · 159 replies · 1,236+ views
    NC Register ^ | January 29, 2010 | Matthew Warner
    Did Martin Luther save the bible from the Roman Catholic Church? Was John Wycliff the first to translate the Bible into the English language in 1382 so the regular-Joe could read the Bible too? Many people answer yes to these questions. The same people also commonly accuse the Catholic Church of things like “hiding the Bible from the people.” And not letting the laity read the Bible for themselves in fear that the people would learn how wickedly warped and un-biblical the teachings of the Catholic Church truly were. So, naturally, for these reasons the Catholic Church kept Bibles...
  • Crystal Cathedral Laying Off Workers, Selling Property, Canceling "Hour of Power" In Some Markets

    01/29/2010 7:47:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 925+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 29, 2010
    Crystal Cathedral Laying Off Workers, Selling Property, Canceling "Hour of Power" In Some Markets January 29, 2010 The Crystal Cathedral, the Garden Grove megachurch, is laying off workers, selling surplus property and may be pulling its “Hour of Power” television show from eight markets in the wake of a precipitous drop in contributions. [Updated at 7:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said the church was pulling its "Hour of Power" TV show from a dozen markets.] The 7,000-member church has also canceled its “Glory of Easter” pageant, a popular reenactment of the life and death of Jesus Christ,...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Foundation: Apologetics Without Apology

    01/29/2010 9:22:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies · 323+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Semi-Vanity: What did those Catholic bishops actually say about health care reform

    01/28/2010 2:23:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies · 547+ views
    This is in response to another thread that posted a Politics Daily article that severely misreported what a committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote in a letter to the Congress. Follows is the text of the letter. I have noted a couple of items in red that mark the first time I've seen those comments. I am posting this as a separate thread as there are a lot of folks who might have read the Politics Daily article posted but who wouldn't bother to read post #58 in a thread they've already scanned. January 26, 2010...
  • EWTN Live - January 27 at 8pm - Catholics and the English Reformation

    01/27/2010 11:37:55 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 423+ views
    ewtn ^ | January 27, 2010
    January 27 Stephanie MannCatholics and the English Reformation Stephanie A. Mann earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English Language and Literature from Wichita State University, after attending the School of the Magdalen and Kapaun-Mount Carmel High School. She has taught English and History classes at Wichita State University and Newman University, RCIA Ministry and Spirituality Core courses at the Spiritual Life Center in the Religious Studies Program, and various topics in the RCIA program at her home parish, Blessed Sacrament. Her other interests include travel, reading and participating in reading groups, walking, White West Highland...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - Monday at 8pm EST - Former Presbyterians

    01/25/2010 4:17:08 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 507+ views
    EWTN ^ | Januay 25, 2010 | Marcus Grodi
      January 25Dr. Doug Lowry and Kevin Lowry Former Presbyterians
  • Scott Brown’s Down-Home Ecumenism [Calvinists and Cistercians together]

    01/25/2010 7:57:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 685+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/25/10 | Mike Potemra
    Scott Brown, it turns out, is a symbol not just of public dissatisfaction with the direction of President Obama’s economic policies, but also of the centuries-long religious development of the United States toward greater religious tolerance and open-mindedness. And not just because he is a Protestant elected by Catholics in Massachusetts. Brown is a member of a church affiliated with the Calvinist-rooted Christian Reformed Church in North America. If you go on the website of his congregation, New England Chapel in Franklin, Mass., you will read the following testimony from an attendee: “I have found a home, a family, friends,...