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  • Swedish PM Tells Priests to Carry Out Same-Sex Marriages ‘Or Do Something Else’

    06/25/2017 2:18:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 6/24/17
    Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s marriage code. This could now change, however, given Lofven’s recent comments about the role of priests in Swedish society. The prime minister indicated in an interview with a church magazine that if a priest cannot bless a gay marriage, they should consider another vocation. “We Social...
  • Abp of Canterbury Says Church of England Needs a Miracle to Solve Long-Running Row Over Gay Rights

    06/25/2017 2:06:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/24/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions cannot be healed by human hands * His remarks indicate deepening desperation among Anglican leaders over the irreconcilable gap between liberals who demand gay equality within the Church * Archbishop made his unusual and heartfelt reference to the need for a miracle in a paper on the C of E’s attitude to sexuality written with his most senior colleagueThe Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Church of England will need a miracle from the Holy Spirit to solve its long-running row over gay rights. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions...
  • Why Cash Remains Sacred in American Churches

    06/23/2017 1:06:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | June 23, 2017 | James Hudnut-Beumler
    On Tuesday, June 27, it will be 50 years since the first automated cash dispenser – which came to be known as an automated teller machine (ATM) – was inaugurated in London. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. I belong to the generation who stood 45 minutes to an hour to deposit or cash checks in the pre-ATM era. I remember getting yelled at for taking my bicycle through the drive-up line at the National Bank of Detroit to avoid the much longer line inside. It did not take me very long to become an early...
  • Vatican reportedly working on “Ecumenical Rite of Mass” for joint worship with Protestants

    06/23/2017 9:12:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 303 replies
    Veritas Vincint: "The Truth Shall Prevail" ^ | June 20, 2017 | Paul Simeon / John Supplers
    June 20, 2017 by paulsimeon2014 Vatican reportedly working on “Ecumenical Rite of Mass” for joint worship with Protestants Pope Francis meets with Rev. Jens-Martin Kruse at Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Nov. 15 2016Italian journalist and Vatican expert Marco Tosatti has reported that Pope Francis has formed a top-secret commission tasked with implementing a new kind of “mass” that is acceptable to Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans. The commission consists of representatives from all three denominations, all bound to secrecy.The journalist, who is well known in Italy for his accurate reporting of all things happening in the Vatican, has said that...
  • Hear What This Pro-Choice Actress Said About Her Abortion?

    06/22/2017 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies ^ | June 20, 2017 | Leah Jessen
    In typical Hollywood fashion, a pro-choice actress has claimed her views on abortion and Christianity go hand in hand — suggesting the pro-life crowd has “stolen” the Christian identity. Actress Amy Brenneman, star of the HBO show “The Leftovers,” describes her church’s philosophy on the “moral agency of women” as a mother’s right to keep or kill her baby — or to “decide what’s right for her fetus,” in Brenneman’s words. "In my church, we are prayerfully pro-choice, which means that we believe in the moral agency of women," Brenneman, 52, said in a video created by the "Lives of...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    06/18/2017 5:12:06 PM PDT · by narses · 91 replies ^ | Dave Armstrong
    Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is often not well-documented in Protestant biographies of Luther and histories of the...
  • The Ancient, Biblical Christian Practice of Venerating Relics

    The veneration of relics is so obviously just a late medieval corruption of the faith, right? Actually, it comes from the Bible and the first Christians. A speck of bone, their childhood shoes, even a drop of blood? If anything is distinctive of the devotional practices of the Catholic Church compared to Protestant Christians, it’s the Church's practices surrounding relics. Relics are the remains of those recognized as saints, whether it is a part of their body (first degree relic), something they owned (second degree relic), or even, though less impressive, objects that have touched a first or second degree...
  • Scripture and Tradition

    06/18/2017 2:09:43 PM PDT · by narses · 368 replies
    Protestants claim the Bible is the only rule of faith, meaning that it contains all of the material one needs for theology and that this material is sufficiently clear that one does not need apostolic tradition or the Church’s magisterium (teaching authority) to help one understand it. In the Protestant view, the whole of Christian truth is found within the Bible’s pages. Anything extraneous to the Bible is simply non-authoritative, unnecessary, or wrong—and may well hinder one in coming to God. Catholics, on the other hand, recognize that the Bible does not endorse this view and that, in fact, it...
  • Not by Scripture Alone

    06/18/2017 10:01:46 AM PDT · by narses · 55 replies ^ | 11/10/2011 | Jim Blackburn
    In 1947, a group of Christians in Nebraska formed a fellowship known today as the Berean Church Fellowship. The name of the group is borrowed from the Acts of the Apostles 17:11, which the group quotes on their Web site ( "Now the Bereans… Received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." The fellowship’s Articles of Faith begin with the following statement: "We believe the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, is the only divinely inspired, inerrant, objectively true, and authoritative...
  • United Arab Emirates Renames Mosque ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’

    06/18/2017 7:35:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    Abu Dhabi's crown prince ordered the change to 'consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions'A mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, has been renamed “Mary, Mother of Jesus”. Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, ordered that the mosque be renamed to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions.” Mary plays a prominent role in the Christian and Islamic traditions. Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson of St. Andrew’s Church, an Anglican parish near the newly renamed mosque, expressed is gratitude in an...
  • Did the Early Christians Subscribe to Sola Scriptura?

    06/18/2017 6:57:11 AM PDT · by narses · 99 replies ^ | 8/26/2011 | Jennifer Hay
    The issue of authority remains the most fundamental source of division between Catholics and Protestants. Mainline Protestants (Lutherans, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists, etc.) do not reject tradition or ecclesial authority; indeed, they have a high regard for both and believe that Scripture can only be interpreted correctly within the context of the creeds of the early Church. However, Protestants believe that only Scripture is exempt from the possibility of teaching error. Consequently, when the Protestant senses a conflict between Scripture and the authoritative teachings of a church, he feels a moral obligation to go with (his interpretation of) Scripture. Although...
  • Church of England Chief Backs 'Re-Christenings' After Sex Changes: Officials Risk Furious Backlash

    06/17/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/17/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Church of England suggests offering transgender Christians re-christenings * Move is believed to provoke a furious backlash among some traditionalists* Last year committee said rules that might stop people changing sex should be abolishedThe Church of England yesterday suggested it will offer transgender Christians ‘re-christenings’ with their new names. Vicars cannot re-baptise those who have changed sex but could use existing ‘services of welcome’ to announce a new name before God, the most senior official said. The advice is likely to be endorsed next month by the Church’s parliament, the General Synod. It will ease pressure on Archbishop of...
  • Methodist Church and United Church of Christ Tell Senate to Oppose Defunding Planned Parenthood

    06/15/2017 2:12:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | June 15, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Nearly a dozen religious organizations joined abortion advocacy groups Wednesday to urge U.S. Senators to keep funding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. United Church of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian and Jewish groups were among the 150-plus groups that signed a letter outlining their support of the abortion chain, Obamacare and Medicaid expansions. A group called NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice also signed the letter. “We urge you to oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act, attempts to change Medicaid’s open-ended funding guarantee into a block grant or per capita caps, and any attempts to defund Planned Parenthood,”...
  • Man Wearing ‘ICE’ Jacket In Hispanic Community Church Causes Sti

    06/14/2017 5:09:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    cbs local ^ | June 12, 2017 | Emily Turner
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — A man wearing a jacket that resembled one worn by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents caused a stir at a San Rafael church during a Spanish-speaking service, police said. The June 4 incident got the attention of the Canal Community Alliance and Congressman Jared Huffman’s office. Police contacted ICE and the FBI and learned the man was not employed by either law enforcement organization. But the man is a San Francisco city employee and was placed on leave after he showed up wearing the jacket during the Spanish-language service at the Lutheran Church of...

    06/14/2017 6:33:59 AM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Lutheran CORE ^ | 1 May AD 2017 | Dennis D. Nelson
    In 2009 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly rejected as normative the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage by allowing for the endorsement and ordination of persons in “publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same gender relationships.” Now this spirit of revision has crafted a new movement that hopes to reject any definition of marriage as normative for sexual relationships. Known as “Naked and Unashamed,” this movement was started by seminarians at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and since then it has reached out to other pastors, leaders, and seminary students in the ELCA who share its beliefs and values. Its revisionist agenda...
  • Alexander Jun Elected Moderator of 45th General Assembly (PCA Caucus)

    06/14/2017 5:45:59 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 3 replies
    ByFaith ^ | JUNE 13TH, 2017 | MEGAN FOWLER
    Dr. Alexander Jun has been elected moderator of the 45th General Assembly. Jun is a founding member and a ruling elder of New Life Mission Church in Fullerton, California, and the first ethnic minority elected as moderator of the Assembly. Dr. Lloyd Kim, coordinator for Mission to the World, nominated Jun. The two have been friends since they met at New Life Mission Church in 1994. Kim said that Jun is marked by a love for his Savior and is a “gifted leader and administrator.” At age 48, Jun is a young moderator, but his election is a departure from...
  • Open Your Eyes People! What Planned Parenthood is teaching your children in Public Schools!

    06/11/2017 9:27:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Evangelist Anita Fuentes ^ | Published on May 1, 2013 | Evangelist Anita Fuentes
    Open Your Eyes People! What Planned Parenthood is teaching your children in Public Schools! ****WARNING GRAPHIC***
  • The Churchy Fruits Learn About Courage

    06/09/2017 9:52:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-06-2017 | Lutheran Satire
    Whatever you think this is about, you are wrong.
  • Henan, Protestant Church Destroyed, 40 Christians Arrested

    06/09/2017 6:41:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/8/17
    The faithful were beaten, thrown onto the ground and searched. At least 10 are still in prison. Among them is the community pastor accused of having assaulted the police. The community refused to pay an (illegal) tax on the use of the road to the church. Shangqiu (AsiaNews / ChinaAid) - A Protestant church under construction was destroyed and 40 faithful were arrested in central Henan province. The episode happened in May, but news has come only emerged in these days. According to local witnesses, on May 5, 300 policemen and city inspectors demolished the small Protestant church of the...
  • Transgender person commissioned as deacon

    06/08/2017 5:38:10 PM PDT · by bkopto · 22 replies
    United Methodist News Service ^ | 6/5/2017 | Heather Hahn
    The Northern Illinois Conference on the evening of June 4 commissioned an openly transgender individual as a provisional deacon. The United Methodist Church has ordained transgender clergy before. However, the Rev. M Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist deacon, according to Reconciling Ministries Network. Non-binary means Barclay identifies as neither male nor female but as gender neutral. Barclay — who uses singular they pronouns — serves as director of communications at Reconciling Ministries Network. The unofficial United Methodist group, based in Chicago, advocates for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in all aspects of...