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  • Outrage as Church backs calls for severely disabled babies to be killed at birth

    11/12/2006 5:21:18 PM PST · by xzins · 149 replies · 3,175+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 Nov 06 | Neil Sears
    The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die. Christians have long argued that life should preserved at all costs - but a bishop representing the national church has now sparked controversy by arguing that there are occasions when it is compassionate to leave a severely disabled child to die. And the Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, who is the vice chair of the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council, has also argued that the high financial cost of keeping desperately ill babies alive should...
  • Church of England says right to life for newborns not absolute: report

    11/12/2006 6:06:35 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,678+ views
    Yahoo News & AFP ^ | November 11, 2006
    The Church of England believes doctors should be given the right to withhold treatment from some seriously disabled newborn babies in exceptional circumstances, The Observer reported. The view comes in a submission from the church to a British medical ethics committee looking at the implications of keeping severely premature babies alive through technological advances, the weekly newspaper said. The Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, was said to have written that "it may in some circumstances be right to choose to withhold or withdraw treatment, knowing it will possibly, probably, or even certainly result in death". Last week, Britain's Royal College...
  • How Will the 'Values Voter' Vote in '06?

    08/22/2006 1:26:03 PM PDT · by aceintx · 28 replies · 747+ views
    Human Events ^ | Posted Aug 18, 2006 | by Ken Connor
    Pity the poor values voter. She's all dressed up, but does she have anywhere to go? In 2004, she was the darling of the election. Now she feels like a wallflower, taken for granted by the Republicans and mocked by the Democrats. "Values voter" is, of course, a euphemism for evangelicals and conservative Catholics. It is more politically correct to use the euphemism than to acknowledge that one's religious faith actually influences their decision in the voting booth. After all, one must take care not to run afoul of the radical notion of separation of church and state promoted by...
  • The Thinkers: He studies the Scots-Irish place in the region's history

    08/07/2006 9:28:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 239+ views
    Pennsylvania Post-Gazette ^ | August 7, 2006 | Mark Roth
    Some have joked that Presbyterians are "denser" in Pittsburgh than anywhere else. All over Allegheny County, you can find Presbyterian churches within a stone's throw of each other, and despite population losses, Western Pennsylvania continues to have more Presbyterians than any other region of the nation. There's a strong historical reason for that. It is connected to a group of immigrants who were a bedrock of the region's early settlement, but whose role in American history is virtually unknown to many people. They are the Scots-Irish, although it's not a term they originally would have applied to themselves, according to...
  • Salaries of many Protestant leaders kept under wraps

    05/30/2006 3:59:13 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 120 replies · 1,721+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | Monday, May 29 2006 | MARK BARNA
    When it comes to salaries among some church leaders, the policy seems to be "don't ask, don't tell," even though tithes from parishioners pay those salaries. While Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have no qualms about revealing pastors' salaries, many local Protestant churches do not reveal salaries to nonmembers. Salaries of pastors at Protestant churches tend to be set by overarching religious associations or by a church board or both. The figure is often based on the church's location and parish size. Salaries tend to fall within the lower to upper middle-class range. A general rule among Protestant churches may...
  • Another kind of Catholic: Breakaway groups reject Vatican teachings

    02/25/2006 10:40:21 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 25, 2006 | Alexandra Alter
    Terry Villaire, 69, has a neatly trimmed black goatee, pudgy expressive hands and penetrating dark eyes that are hard to avoid, even from the back pew.During a recent Mass at Holy Angels Parish in Fort Lauderdale, Villaire seemed more like a party host than a presiding bishop as he circulated, distributing kisses on ready lips and cheeks. Just as effortlessly, he slipped into the solemnity of a centuries-old ritual, singing over a wine chalice and wafers.''Our motto is love without judgment, and that's piqued some curiosity,'' said Villaire, a former Roman Catholic priest who's now a bishop in an independent...
  • Where Have All the Protestants Gone?

    02/15/2006 6:22:47 AM PST · by NYer · 2,347 replies · 18,247+ views
    NOR ^ | January 2006 | Thomas Storck
    Has anyone noticed the almost complete disappearance of Protestants from our nation? "What!" I can hear my readers exclaim, "Storck has really gone off his rocker this time. Why, just down the street there's an Assembly of God church and two or three Baptist churches and the Methodists and so on. My cousin just left the Catholic Church to become a Protestant and my niece just married one. Moreover, evangelical Protestants have many media outlets of their own and they have great influence in the Bush Administration. They're everywhere." All this, of course, is true. Except that for some...
  • History of the Reformation-How Christ restored the gospel to his church (Part 1)

    11/29/2005 7:02:26 AM PST · by HarleyD · 103 replies · 1,283+ views
    Arlington Presbyterian Church ^ | October 31, 2004 | Tom Browning
    Reformation Day October 31, 1517 It was a Wednesday. It was a Wednesday, October 31, 1517. It was not really all that much different from the thousands of other Wednesdays that had come before. It was fall, of course, and the air had cooled down and the leaves were putting on a wonderful show of color along the River Elbe on the hillside. It was nice time to be a German. It was a nice time to live in rural Germany. The harvest had been plentiful. That is, it had been as plentiful as the white sand fields surrounding the...
  • Turning Around Mainline Protestanism

    11/24/2005 7:22:28 AM PST · by Zack Nguyen · 43 replies · 1,042+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | July 25, 2003 | Michael Hamilton and Jennifer McKinney
    Elaine Pagels, the famous historian of early Christianity, once told a revealing story about the social world behind the scenes of high-powered biblical scholarship. As a young up-and-coming professor at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, she was invited to a closed-door, after-hours smoker. The men there (Pagels was the only woman) were all prominent Bible scholars. Many of them didn't even believe in God, and those who still called themselves Christian were anything but orthodox. The liquor flowed freely, and as these men got in their cups, they began to sing old gospel songs. To her...
  • A Hymn's Long Journey Home

    11/23/2005 1:42:04 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | 11-22-05 | Melanie Kirkpatrick
    The surprising origins of "We Gather Together," a Thanksgiving standard. Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing." It's a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims' experience in overcoming religious persecution.
  • 'Megachurches' draw big U.S. crowds

    11/22/2005 7:11:21 AM PST · by nckerr · 282 replies · 4,153+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 11-22-2005 | Joyce Kelly and Michael Conlon
    'Megachurches' draw big U.S. crowds By Joyce Kelly and Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - On a recent Sunday at Willow Creek Community Church, a Christian rock band joined by dancing children powered up in the cavernous main hall, their images ablaze on several gigantic screens. Thousands of worshipers from the main floor to the balcony and mezzanine levels were on their feet rocking to a powerful sound system. Outside cars filled a parking lot fit for a shopping mall. Inside some people drifted into small Bible study groups or a bookstore and Internet cafe for lattes, cappuccinos and seats by...
  • Hugh Hefner: Protestant Saint of the Century

    08/17/2005 5:48:10 AM PDT · by dukeman · 6 replies · 554+ views
    The Henry Institute ^ | 8/13/05 | Russell D. Moore
    It is not often that I commend the writings of a liberation theologian. And I'm not about to do so now, at least not in totality. But Native American liberationist Vive Deloria's thirtieth anniversary edition of God Is Red: A Native View of Religion has some important insights about the state of mainline Protestantism. Deloria, in the midst of the typical revisionist proposals for Christian theology, offers the idea that Hugh Hefner should be pronounced "Protestant saint of the century." This is because, he suggests, of the ways in which the mainline bureaucracies have embraced "almost every kind of sexual...
  • "Minister of Annoyance" Attacks Catholic festival in Carey, Ohio.

    08/16/2005 7:25:17 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 39 replies · 825+ views
    Ohio New Network ^ | August 16, 2005 | Unknown
    Fight Breaks Out At Catholic Festival Fights broke out during the annual Feast of the Assumption pilgrimage in Carey Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine. The religious event is supposed to bring thousands of people together to honor the Virgin Mary, which falls on every Aug. 15. The annual event was interuppted after a group, known as the "Minister of Annoyance," told the numerous Catholics in attendance to not believe in God and disown their faith. It sparked a fight between the group and a few teenagers. Carey police were called and arrested three teens and one...
  • Northern Ireland Parades Commission gives Green Light for “Gay Pride” Event

    08/03/2005 5:42:44 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 353+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4 August 2005
    BELFAST, August ( – After a concerted effort by Christian and pro-family groups to put a stop to Belfast’s annual “Gay Pride” event, on Thursday the Northern Ireland Parades Commission gave the homosexual group the go-ahead to hold the event. The Northern Ireland Police Service requested that the Parades Commission – originally set up to decide on whether parades held by warring Catholics and Protestants be allowed to proceed – rule on the matter, after receiving complaints about the lewd nature of the parade from concerned Christian groups. A Christian coalition, Stop the Parade Coalition, originally complained that the event...
  • In Pakistan Muslims and Protestants celebrate Saint Anthony as well

    06/16/2005 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 499+ views
    Asia News ^ | June 16, 2005
    In Pakistan, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims celebrated Saint Anthony of Padua in Lahore’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 14. Some 500 people gathered for the solemn mass and the rejoicing. A solemn mass was also held in the churches of Karachi and Multan.In his homily, Fr Andrew Nasari, vicar general for the diocese of Lahore, spoke about Saint Anthony, calling him the “Saint of the poor”. He also explained why he was venerated by people of different faiths.“Saint Anthony does not only listen to the prayers of Catholics and other Christians but also to those of other religions,” Father...
  • Judaism Expert:Mainline Christians Slowly Realizing Modern Israel's Importance(why not Jewish libs?)

    05/31/2005 8:49:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 357+ views
    A Jewish scholar says that over the past half-century, Christian churches have been undergoing a remarkable theological revolution in their attitude towards Judaism and their relationship with the Jewish people. Moshe Auman, who served 35 years in Israel's foreign ministry, devoted the last four years of that time largely to extensive study of Jewish-Christian and Israeli-Christian relations. He feels many of the so-called "mainline" Protestant churches have had trouble coming to grips with the rebirth of the Israeli nation over 50 years ago. By looking closely at the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Methodist denominations, Auman says, one finds that these...
  • More Than a Million Evangelical Protestants Stage Gigantic Rally in Sao Paulo

    05/26/2005 8:05:37 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 86 replies · 1,412+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2005 | Stan Lehman
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - At least 1.5 million evangelical Protestants rallied in the heart of this city's financial district Thursday, demonstrating their growing clout in the world's largest Roman Catholic country. Brazil's 13th "March for Jesus" began Thursday morning as hundreds of thousands of faithful from several evangelical sects walked more than 1 mile from the University of Sao Paulo's School of Medicine to skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista. The number hymn-singing marchers swelled and by the time they reached Avenida Paulista the crowd had grown to 2 million, according to the Reborn in Christ Church that organized the event. Sao...
  • The Protestant Smackdown

    05/10/2005 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 100 replies · 1,801+ views
    Renew America ^ | 05/10/2005 | Adam Graham
    Orthodox Catholics love to praise the new Pope for putting the "smackdown" on heresy. While most would resist the same tight control on doctrine that Pope Benedict exercises, it's time for Protestants to get serious about rank heresy and fraud perpetuated in the church, as well as the disunity that has sprung up in the body of the Christ. Start With the Basics In taking action against out of control clergy, it's important that it be done in a spirit of love but that resolve be firm and action be decisive. The focus of those concerned with liberal clergy has...
  • Evangelicals' Prayer for Next Pope

    04/18/2005 4:35:41 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 9 replies · 894+ views
    Magic City News ^ | Ap 18 05 | Joseph Grant Swank
    Evangelical Protestants pray that the next pope will be in their biblical corner. First, they pray he will be the defender of babies in the womb. In being that defender, he will forcefully speak out against those who murder infants in females’ bodies. And he will state such forthrightly, in no uncertain terms, just as Pope John Paul II held such convictions. Second, evangelicals pray that the next pope will defend the culture of life by opposing euthanasia. That oft soft-pedaled issue cannot afford to be sidelined by both evangelical Protestants and the Vatican; therefore, it is prayed that the...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...