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  • Militants seize shrine in Pakistan (named after renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai)

    07/30/2007 10:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 379+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Bashirullah Khan - ap
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Pro-Taliban militants seized control of a shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after Islamabad's Red Mosque, while 10 people died in the latest violence near the Afghan border, officials said Monday. About 70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region on Sunday, a spokesman for the militants and a local government official said. The militants declared their support for the radical leaders of the Red Mosque that was stormed by Pakistan's army this month after its clerics...
  • Inside the Red Mosque

    07/12/2007 1:43:42 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies · 1,116+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Thursday, 12 July 2007 | BBC News
    The bullet-riddled walls and roofs of the Red Mosque's interior tell the story of a fierce battle. The mosque, located in a central district of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, was stormed by troops two days ago to clear out Islamic militants holed up inside. The government says 10 soldiers, one policeman and 75 militants were killed in the fighting and the week-long standoff that preceded the final assault. For six months, the halls and rooms of Jamia Hafsa, a women's seminary inside the mosque, were home to a new breed of Islamic hardliners - women clad from head to toe...
  • Dallas Theological Seminary Graduate Says School Never Placed a Black Graduate to a White Church

    05/06/2015 10:17:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/06/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church." King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit...
  • Preparing future officers of the Church Militant and New Evangelization (Catholic Caucus)

    03/17/2015 2:40:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A couple of nice TLM photos.His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, celebrating Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form for seminarians at Mount St. Mary Seminary. The diocese has seminarians in formation there.Preparing future officers of the Church Militant. Readying to continue the New Evangelization with a solid priestly identity.
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 1,099 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • (Dr.) Scott Hahn to Mundelein

    05/10/2014 2:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 10, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    My favorite bearded Catholic author Scott Hahn will be teaching at Mundelein Seminary next year. I read pretty much everything he writes...except for the real smarty pants stuff that I don't understand. The idea of Scott Hahn and Fr. Barron teaching at Mundelein makes that a pretty amazing place. Francis Cardinal George appointed Dr. Scott Hahn as the first McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. In this position, Dr. Hahn will conduct research, teach and offer occasional public lectures. “Dr. Hahn is one of the theologians at...
  • Pope: Church must not turn priests into 'little monsters'

    01/03/2014 1:19:19 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/3/14 | Allesandro Bianchi
    Pope Francis is calling for a change in the culture of seminaries, saying priests who are taught only to toe the line will become "little monsters."
  • The United Miracle: A Mainline Seminary Turns from Liberalism to Orthodoxy

    10/23/2013 10:08:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | October 21, 2013 | John Lomperis
    Not long ago, United Theological Seminary (UTS) in the Dayton, Ohio area was just another declining, has-been mainline seminary, facing ominous financial hardships, dominated by Scripture-demoting theological liberalism, and reflective of so much of what was wrong with its shrinking sponsoring denomination, the United Methodist Church. The former seminary of the Evangelical United Brethren (which merged with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church in 1968) was founded by Bishop Milton Wright, father of the famed Wright brothers. Today, the school is a very different place than what many alumni experienced. It is now explicitly committed to a...
  • After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

    09/25/2013 10:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    RNS ^ | September 24, 2013 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    WASHINGTON (RNS) After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).Seminary directors cite more encouragement from bishops and parishes, the draw of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the social-justice-minded Pope Francis, and...
  • ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg

    07/07/2013 5:38:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE ^ | July 1, 2013 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA seminary marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg 13-48-MRC GETTYSBURG, Pa. (ELCA) -- Exactly 150 years ago on July 1, 1863, Union cavalry commander Gen. John Buford observed Confederate soldiers advancing on Gettysburg from the west. He surveyed the advance from the cupola of a Lutheran seminary building. Within a few hours the fields surrounding the seminary became a battleground, turning the seminary building into perhaps the largest field hospital of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. The Seminary Ridge Museum opened July 1, 2013, inside that building, historically known as Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological...
  • Are Seminaries Putting Their Blue Days Behind Them?

    04/01/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 162 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 30. 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Americas mainline Protestant seminaries are in crisis, but so far they seem to be spending more energy dodging tough choices than preparing for the future. A recent article at Inside Higher Ed describes the enrollment collapse at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Luther is one of the most important Lutheran seminaries in the country, but its status wasnt enough to insulate it from the forces upending seminaries everywhere. Enrollment fell off sharply, and the institution was running multimillion-dollar deficits, spending down its endowment and relying on loans. The seminarys response? Its making some painful cuts, letting go of some staff...
  • Methodist Seminary Ponders Removing Cross from Chapel

    03/04/2013 5:59:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | Monday, March 4, 2013 | John Lomperis
    Actual title edited for space issues: United Methodist Seminary Ponders Removing Cross from Chapel To make the space more appropriate for Jain, Buddhist, and Islamic religious services After recently facing some financial challenges, the seminary decided to more or less literally sell itself for $50 million to a large donor who helped transform it from a Christian seminary into Claremont Lincoln University, devoted to jointly training Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Jain clergy. In celebrating the move, Claremont President Jerry Campbell bizarrely declared that Christians who seek to obey Christs command to evangelize non-Christians have an incorrect perception of what...
  • From New President of Episcopal Divinity School: 'Abortion is a Blessing' [2009 Chant]

    04/15/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | 4/2/09 | Randy Sly
    The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads... ...the EDS website also has a link to Rev. Ragsdales sermon blog. There, the first sermon is entitled, Our Work is Not Done... These are the two things I want you, please, to remember abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a...
  • Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing

    11/30/2011 8:10:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 30 November 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing Posted on 30 November 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf It isn’t rocket science.The theological and moral bizzaro-world into which US seminaries sank Atlantis-like over the decades of the 60s to the 80s is over. They didn’t sink in a day, and they won’t be raised in a day either.But they are rising.The reason has been, in part, bishops who made changes, and in larger part students who would no long put up with the weirdness. Men wanted Catholic formation and virile liturgy and they didn’t want to be… how to say it… hit on....
  • Why Pastors Need a Seminary Education

    11/17/2011 3:57:51 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    WTS ^ | R. Scott Clark
    This was posted over a 3 week period, GC - Part 1 Is seminary worth it? R. Scott Clark answers this question with a resounding "yes." His reasoning will be posted in a series appearing on Thursdays. Over the years many things have changed at Westminster Seminary California (WSC). In the most important ways, however, the seminary has not changed. We still believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. We still believe the historic Christian faith as summarized in the ecumenical creeds and the Reformed confessions and catechisms. We are still dedicated to training men...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MONK, 06-23-11

    06/23/2011 9:00:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-23-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MONK Originally a hermit or anchorite, but already in the early Church applied to men living a community life in a monastery, under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, according to a specific rule, such as that of St. Basil or St. Benedict. (Etym. Greek monachos, living alone, solitary.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Anti-abortion fliers spark campus outrage

    03/22/2011 11:50:20 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 59 replies
    CBS ^ | March 21, 2011
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- It has become the talk among African American students at the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary -- racially charged fliers and postings. All of it is apparently anti-abortion literature. Among the fliers was one that displayed a noose and another with the words "in the new klan lynching is for amateurs."... "There was a lot of devastation for me, psychological damage, injury, because I saw this as social bullying," student Shirley Thomas said... The fliers originate from various sources, pointing out the number of African American deaths by abortion. Student Katherine Timpte called the fliers "appalling and tragic...
  • Islamo-Correctness at Hartford Seminary

    03/03/2011 11:07:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    NAS ^ | Andrew Bieszad
    My story begins at Hartford Seminary (HS) in Hartford, Connecticut, a small Protestant seminary with the oldest Islamic studies program in America. HSs Islamic studies program began through the influence of the Scottish Orientalist Duncan Black MacDonald in 1893, and it both employed and produced many well-known early twentieth-century Protestant missionaries, professors, and martyrs. HS is a model for the changes that have occurred in Islamic studies, as it turned from being the premier Protestant seminary for missions to the Muslim world into an institution promoting Islamization... Hartford Seminary prides itself on its large number of Muslim students, both domestic...
  • In wake of new law, Peru's Baptist seminaries ponder accreditation

    01/25/2011 12:54:15 PM PST · by wmfights · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 24, 2011 | Tristan Taylor
    LIMA, Peru (BP)--Doors are opening for Baptist seminaries in Peru in light of new legislation making governmental accreditation available to non-Catholic seminaries. The new law "presents an opportunity for the Baptist seminaries, but also a challenge," said International Mission Board missionary Phil Calvert, who works with Baptist seminaries and other initiatives to help advance theological education among national partners in Ecuador and Peru. "Now seminary students who want to have an accredited degree have an evangelical choice," Calvert said. Calvert invited some Southern Baptist seminary representatives to Lima to lead a January pastors' conference. Leaders from New Orleans Baptist Theological...
  • Nobel Prize Winning NYTs Journalist-Paul Krugmans Language Gap

    01/13/2011 9:50:06 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 2 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 1-13-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    Michele Bachmann was given the Krugman treatment in a column on Monday. Krugman had this to say: And its the saturation of our political discourse and especially our airwaves with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence. [....] I think seminary grads have a LOT to offer these political mavens (really, red herrings). For instance, what does the typical Bible student learn about how to interpret properly. Here is some of a larger paper I wrote a while ago entitled, Biblical Inerrancy Defined, on this topic: The internal test utilizes one Aristotles dictums from his...
  • Russia Has More Freedom of Speech Than USA, Graduate of Russian Theological Seminary in US Believes

    12/07/2010 6:45:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/7/10
    Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Hieromonk Makary (Markish), lecturer of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk seminary, who worked as a programmer in the USA and graduated from the ROCOR Holy Trinity seminary believes that Russian citizens have more freedom of self-expression than Americans. "Those who remember Soviet rule should lose their tongue, if they start speaking about lacking freedom of self-expression. I lived in the USA and here in Russia freedom of expression is much higher than in the States though they have 200 year old democratic tradition," Father Makary said in his interview with Interfax-Religion. According to him, "the fact that anyone...
  • Washington, D.C., to Open New Seminary

    10/20/2010 8:35:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Cardinal-Designate Sees Growing Interest in PriesthoodWASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 20, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Washington, D.C., is seeing an increased interest in the priesthood in his archdiocese, despite a culture that is often at odds with the teachings of the Church. As a consequence of this increasing interest, Cardinal-designate Donald Wuerl announced Tuesday that the archdiocese is opening a new seminary. The cardinal-designate was named today as one of the 24 men who will be made cardinals in November. He said: At a time when the teachings of the Catholic faith seem counter-cultural, we are seeing an increased interest in...
  • Ex-LDS seminary principal gets 5-to-life for abusing student

    09/20/2010 4:23:53 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 324 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sept. 20, 2010 | Donald W. Meyers
    American Fork Former LDS seminary principal Michael Jay Pratt will spend at least five years in prison for sexually abusing a student 20 years younger than himself. Fourth District Judge Christine Johnson imposed concurrent sentences of five years to life in prison for first-degree felony forcible sodomy and two object rape charges, and one to 15 years for forcible sexual assault, a second-degree felony. Johnson said it was a sentence that best balanced the needs of justice and mercy in a case that carried heavy religious overtones. Pratt pleaded guilty to the crimes in June as part of an...
  • Reformed Theologian R.C. Sproul Opens Doors of New Bible College

    07/19/2010 8:40:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/19/2010 | Eric Young
    A new Bible college in central Florida has been established by Reformed theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul and his teaching fellowship, according an announcement this past week. Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies in Sanford, Fla., was established as a "premier center for discipleship and for in-depth instruction and fellowship," announced Sproul's Ligonier Ministries on Tuesday. "Ligonier Academy is a Bible college for the next generation that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies, and an Associate of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies," commented Sproul, Ligonier's founder and president. "I am...
  • Ex-seminary teacher pleads guilty to sexually abusing girl

    06/01/2010 4:04:27 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 34 replies · 676+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 1, 2010 | Stephen Hunt
    American Fork Former LDS seminary principal Michael Jay Pratt admitted Tuesday to sexually abusing a 16-year-old student last year during a relationship the girl expected would end in marriage. Pratt, sighing heavily before signing a written plea statement in 4th District Court, pleaded guilty to one count of forcible sodomy and two counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies, and one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. As part of a plea deal, 11 other counts were dismissed, and prosecutors have agreed to recommend that the remaining four counts run concurrently. Pratt, 38, faces up to life in...
  • Should Pastors Get PhDs? (Not recommended. It's a lot of work, and the payoff is really small)

    05/19/2010 11:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 308+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2010 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Rev. Piper, Having been through PhD studies, would you recommend other pastors pursue this course of education? You mean, already-pastoring pastors or planning-to-be pastors? I'll answer both. If you're already a pastor, I wouldn't get a PhD. It's a lot of work, and the payoff is really small. Really small. When I say really small, I don't mean studying the Bible is small payoff. But the way most PhD programs are set up it is small payoff. Because you have to read so much junk in order to get your PhD....
  • Avoid Intellectual Suicide: Do Not Interpret the Bible Like a Fundamentalist

    05/14/2010 11:03:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 2,226 replies · 13,923+ views
    Vox Nova ^ | May 14,2 010 | Henry Karlson
    Holy Scripture, despite all appearances, will not always be easy to interpret. We can be lulled into thinking our “common sense” and “by the letter” interpretation of a text is what God intends us to get out of it. However, if this is the case, there would be little to no debates about its meaning; there would be little confusion as to its purpose and how it applies to us today. St. Peter would not have needed to tell us that no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted privately, because all interpretations of Scripture would end up the...
  • Would-Be Priests Are Checked Carefully Amid Vatican Crisis

    04/03/2010 1:44:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 418+ views
    ABC ^ | April 3, 2010 | JIM SCIUTTO and HANNA SIEGEL
    A seminary is not the place where you'd expect sex to be a regular topic of conversation. But at the North American College in Rome, where student priests from across the United States are sent, new efforts to prevent sexual abuse are changing that. Part of the psychological element of the examination, says the Rev. Gregory Grannazzisi, involves asking students directly about sex and celibacy. "Some will ask you about your friendships," Deacon Michael Novajosky says. "They will ask about what is your sexual past." The difficult questions aren't kept secret, but discussed openly at the seminary as an integral...
  • New attorney for former LDS seminary principal in sex abuse case

    03/10/2010 11:26:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 41 replies · 515+ views
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | March 9, 2010
    A former seminary principal charged with having a sexual relationship with a student has retained a new attorney. Michael Pratt, 37, hired attorneys Stephen R. McCaughey and Jeremy M. Delicino last week, according to court records. He initially said he could not afford an attorney and asked the court to appoint a public defender. He has been represented by public defender Dusty Kawai since July. Pratt's attorney also filed a new motion to continue his trial, which is scheduled to begin April 12. Kawai filed the same motion in February, citing a heavy case load and difficulty interviewing witnesses. At...
  • Train Young Men Who Feel Called to the Ministry at Church or Send Them to Seminary?

    02/07/2010 8:07:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 260+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 02/07/2010 | John Piper
    Should local churches support and equip young men in their congregation who feel called to ministry, or should they be sent to seminary? It's a rare church that would be able to provide all the training that, I think, a pastor needs in our day, alone in their church without the help of a seminary. So, yeah, I really believe in seminaries. I believe in what seminaries offer. I believe in systematic theology, I believe in church history, I believe in Greek and Hebrew, I believe in preaching, and other kinds of courses: apologetics, philosophy of religion, etc. I think...
  • Cardinal Levada and Bishop Bruskewitz will be at the consecration...

    01/24/2010 6:26:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 485+ views
    Insight Scoorp.com ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010 | Carl Olson
    Friday, January 22, 2010 Cardinal Levada and Bishop Bruskewitz will be at the consecration... ... of a new Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter chapel in March. (I had erroneously posted that Abp. Burke would be present; I apologize for the error.) From Father Joseph Lee, FSSP, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Nebraska: The First Seminary Chapel In the Country Built for Seminarians in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in 40 Years DENTON, Nebraska January 22, 2010 The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is pleased to announce the Pontifical Consecration of its newly built chapel at...
  • April trial set for ex-LDS seminary principal

    11/10/2009 3:27:01 PM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies · 1,622+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov. 10, 2009 | Stephen Hunt
    An April trial has been set for former Lone Peak High School LDS seminary principal Michael Jay Pratt, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student earlier this year. Pratt, 37, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 15 felonies: one count of rape, eight counts of forcible sodomy and five counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies, and one count of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. Fourth District Judge Christine Johnson scheduled Pratt's trial to begin April 12. During an October preliminary hearing, the alleged victim, now 17, testified that her relationship with "Brother Pratt" started...
  • Path to the Priesthood - Three-part Series

    06/30/2009 3:17:10 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 3 replies · 891+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | June 8, 2009 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    When Hamilton Okeke stepped into his room at St. Marys Seminary and University in Roland Park for the first time, the enormity of what he was doing seemed to hit him in the gut. He was alone, literally and figuratively, as he was about to hand his life over to God. No one in his inner circle supported his desire to become a priest. Just two rooms down the hall on the fourth floor of the massive seminary building that looms over Northern Parkway, Deacon Gregory Rapisardas room bustled with a family that embraced religious vocations. At 61, Deacon Rapisarda...
  • Faculty of an ELCA Seminary Support Task Force Documents

    05/27/2009 7:44:18 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1,397+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 26 May AD 2009 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    Faculty of an ELCA Seminary Support Task Force Documents 09-122-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- A majority of the 23 faculty at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is in support of two documents released by the Task Force for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Studies on Sexuality. LSTC is one of eight ELCA seminaries. The task force released Feb. 19 a proposed social statement for the church, "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust," and a report and recommendation for a process to consider changes to ministry policies that could make it possible for Lutherans who are in "publicly...
  • Lutheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation

    05/07/2009 12:23:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies · 2,565+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 6 May AD 2009 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    utheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation 09-107-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In an open letter to the 65 synod bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lutheran seminarians expressed their support for a recommendation that would allow Lutherans in committed same-gender relationships to be included on professional church rosters. On Feb. 19 the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality released a report and recommendation for a process to consider changes to ministry policies that could make it possible for Lutherans who are in "publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gendered relationships" to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, deaconesses, diaconal...
  • Remarks of the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Birmingham, AL (BARF Alert)

    05/06/2009 8:18:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1,856+ views
    NARAL Pro-Choice Texas ^ | 7/21/2007 | "Rev." Katherine Hancock Ragsdale
    Well Operation Save America came, they saw, they harassed, and they annoyed; but they did not close the clinic. The clinic stayed open, no patients were turned away, and the doors never closed. We remain victorious. And that victory is a good thing but, make no mistake, even though OSA has gone home; our work is not done. If we were to leave this park and discover that clinic violence had become a thing of the past, never to plague us again, that would be a very good thing, indeed; but, still, our work would not be done. If...
  • From New President of Episcopal Divinity School: 'Abortion is a Blessing'

    04/01/2009 6:17:02 PM PDT · by tcg · 51 replies · 3,246+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/3/09 | Randy Sly
    These are the two things I want you, please, to remember abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done... The announcement on Monday, March 30 that The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale was appointed as the sixth and newest president of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, MA, has orthodox and pro-life Episcopalians shaking their heads. Ragsdale, who is an outspoken advocate...
  • Divine Refuge in the Storm - Applications to seminary and divinity school rise during tough times

    02/15/2009 9:31:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 900+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 7, 2009 | Lisa Miller
    Everyone, it seems, has a "Plan B." You've had the conversation yourself with your spouse and probably with friends over dinner. In the event you can no longer be a journalistor an investment banker, lawyer or literary agentwhat will you be? A livery-cab driver? A yoga instructor? A bartender? Where would you like to take shelter from this recession? Some of youadmit itare dreaming of the ministry. This yearning could be an escapist fantasy, a wish to contemplate divine abundance in an environment of scarcity, to wrestle with abstractions in the midst of relentless pragmatic concerns. Or it could be...
  • Vatican: Gay `behavior' in seminaries declines

    01/16/2009 4:14:20 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 18 replies · 1,860+ views
    http://www.google.com/ ^ | Jan 15,2009 | By RACHEL ZOLL
    NEW YORK (AP) A Vatican evaluation of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal concluded that administrators have largely been effective in rooting out "homosexual behavior" in the schools, although the agency said it persists. The Congregation for Catholic Education sought a broad review of how the schools screen and educate prospective priests, but gave special attention to teachings on chastity and celibacy. The Vatican also directed evaluators to look for "evidence of homosexuality" in the schools. In a report U.S. bishops released this week, the Vatican agency noted past "difficulties in the area...
  • Top U.S. Catholic seminary sees spike in enrollment

    09/15/2008 1:50:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 1,245+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | September 15, 2008 | Jeff Miller
    The Rome seminary considered the West Point for U.S. priests has its largest incoming class in 40 years. The Pontifical North American College is welcoming 61 seminarians in its fall classes beginning in mid-October, according to Catholic News Service. The school, on a hill overlooking the Vatican, opened in 1954 with room for more than 200 students, but has not been full in recent years. Monsignor Robert Gruss, vice rector for student life, told CNS that the college, which is sponsored by the U.S. bishops, will have 208 seminarians total this year.
  • Personal Aside: Rockford Diocese Drops Mundelein for SeminariansGuess Why?... (Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 1,508+ views
    TomRoser.com ^ | 7/29/2008 | Tom Roser
    The Rockford, Illinois diocese will not send seminarians to St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein for training. Two upperclassmen propositioned a Rockford youth for homosexual favors. So much for the change that has been promised in archdiocesan public relations pronouncements. Thus the Rockford diocese has decided it is finished with Mundelein.... Kicanas. The man who ran St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein when it was a hot-house of homosexual excessand who was quoted in the Sun-Times as saying he does not regret ordaining Fr. Dan McCormack, who is now serving time for child abuseis second in command of the...
  • Pope Benedict travels to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo (and then meets his brother)

    07/24/2008 1:18:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 1,238+ views
    CNA ^ | July 23, 2008
    Castelgandolfo, Jul 23, 2008 / 08:15 pm (CNA).- Having returned from his visit to Australia for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI has moved to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. After three days of rest, he will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki on Friday and travel to the northern Italian town of Bressanone the following day.In Bressanone, a German-speaking town near the Italian border with Germany, the Pope will stay with his brother Father Georg Ratzinger in a medieval seminary from July 28 to August 11. According to ANSA news agency, a grand piano has been...
  • Quebec Awakes (Minor Seminary Will Follow Eucharistic Congress)

    06/24/2008 2:01:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 976+ views
    NCR ^ | June 24, 2008 | John Burger
    Cardinal Marc Ouellet faced a daunting task when he became archbishop of Quebec, Canada, in 2003.The province of Quebec, once thoroughly Catholic, with roots in the rich history of French missionaries, had become thoroughly secularized. The 49th International Eucharistic Congress was held in his city June 15-22, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Quebecs founding, with hopes that it would provide a way to rekindle the spark of faith there. The cardinal, who is also primate of Canada and was once a missionary in Colombia, took advantage of the opportunity. He set out on a program of pastoral renewal centered...
  • Vatican says prohibition against gays in seminaries is universal

    05/19/2008 1:19:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 1,477+ views
    CNA ^ | May 19, 2008
    Vatican City, May 19, 2008 / 09:21 am (CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming the norms established by the Congregation for Catholic Education in the 2005 document, Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocation with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders, as universal and without exceptions. In the brief Rescriptum ex audientia a written response to various queriesCardinal Bertone said the norms establishing the selection...
  • Episcopal Seminaries Struggle With Costs: Long-Held Training Model Faces an Uncertain Future

    05/17/2008 3:37:53 PM PDT · by sc70 · 8 replies · 887+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 May 2008 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald
    Episcopal Seminaries Struggle With Costs Long-Held Training Model Faces an Uncertain Future By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service Saturday, May 17, 2008; B09 In the cloistered world of Episcopal seminaries, time sometimes seems to stand still as clergy-in-training gather in stone chapels to pray in ways familiar to their forebears centuries earlier. But the semblance of timelessness can be deceiving. Some of the 11 seminaries affiliated with the Episcopal Church are slashing core programs, while others report rapid growth in enrollment. Still others are reexamining conventional wisdom about what it takes -- and how much it costs -- to...
  • Papal visit triggers tsunami of New York seminary applications

    04/26/2008 6:10:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 1,737+ views
    CNA ^ | April 26, 2008
    Yonkers, NY, Apr 26, 2008 / 03:45 am (CNA).- St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York, has received dozens of applications following Pope Benedicts visit, the New York Daily News reports."It's been like a tsunami, a good tsunami of interest," said Father Luke Sweeney, the Archdiocese of New York's vocations director. I've been meeting people all week and have a lot of e-mails I haven't had the chance yet to respond to. It has been incredible.For the first time in 108 years, the seminary had been preparing for a year with no students. Only 23 seminarians are expected to...
  • A youth's first-hand account of the papal youth rally

    04/21/2008 8:05:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 853+ views
    American Papist ^ | April 19, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    This sent to me last night by an overjoyed Megan B., of Hyde Park, New York: "Hello! Im a long time reader of your blog and I wanted to give you some more details on the papal youth rally, which I was able to attend today. First of all, it was absolutely amazing. It was like a giant 4th of July fireworks event, or county fair (including long lines for food!) One of the things they didnt show on TV (I dont know if they mentioned it) was that there was also a prayer chapel and confessions available. The...
  • Live Thread: Pope Benedict XVI at Youth Rally at St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, NY

    04/19/2008 2:27:27 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 75 replies · 1,756+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/129/2008 | n/a
    Pope Benedict XVI has arrived on the stage at the youth rally at St. Joseph's Seminary at Yonkers, NY.
  • Pope's Address to Seminarians and Young People, St. Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie), NY

    04/19/2008 4:36:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,435+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 19, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Your Eminence, Dear Brother Bishops, Dear Young Friends,"Proclaim the Lord Christ and always have your answer ready for people who ask the reason for the hope that is within you" (1 Pet 3:15). With these words from the First Letter of Peter I greet each of you with heartfelt affection. I thank Cardinal Egan for his kind words of welcome and I also thank the representatives chosen from among you for their gestures of welcome. To Bishop Walsh, Rector of Saint Joseph Seminary, staff and seminarians, I offer my special greetings and gratitude. Young friends, I am very...
  • Yale Divinity course examines theology in Harry Potter

    03/27/2008 12:23:53 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 24 replies · 1,408+ views
    Christian Today ^ | March 27, 2008 | Elena Garcia
    Most people agree that the wildly popular Harry Potter series has a religious following. But to what extent are the stories about the fictional boy wizard a religious allegory? Danielle Tumminio, a Yale Divinity School graduate student who instructs a course called "Christian Theology and Harry Potter" at Yale would say, "Yes." Her course uses all seven Potter books to examine Christian themes such as sin, evil and resurrection, reports CNN.