Archive for August, 2011

New York Nominees for Coadjutor Announced

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
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In a report issued this morning, the Committee to Elect a Bishop of the Diocese of New York announced the names of the five individuals that it will formally nominate at the Convention to Elect a Bishop to be held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City on Oct 29.

The winner of the election will work with the current Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk and, upon Bishop Sisk’s retirement, will become the new diocesan bishop. Bishop Sisk is canonically required to retire on or before his 72nd birthday, which will occur in August 2014.

 

The Committee selected the five proposed nominees from nearly 60 candidates who were recommended for the position. The proposed nominees are:

Peter Eaton, who serves as the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. Prior to becoming Dean, he had 15 years of parish experience:  as Rector of St. John’s Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Associate Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Utah ; Fellows’ Chaplain at Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Curate at All Saints Church, Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom for  He is 53 years old and is married to Kate Eaton.

Cathy Hagstrom George, who serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. Mary’s in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  She has been ordained for 25 years and previously served for 12 years as Rector at St. Anne’s in-the-Fields in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She is 55 years old, married to Michael George, and has two children, Evangelyn and Samuel.

John T. W. Harmon, who has served as Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., for the past 11 years. As a youth,  he immigrated to the United States from his birthplace in Liberia.  His 20 years of service to parishes began at Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia, and he was Rector of St. Stephen’s in Petersburg, Virginia.  He is 47 years old, married to Keeva Harmon and has three children, Joshua, Jarena, and Justin.

Tracey Lind, who serves as Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, she was the Rector of St. Paul’s, Paterson, New Jersey; the Associate Rector at Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey; and the Director of Community Ministry, Bronx Youth Ministry, in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  She is 57 years old and is married to Emily Ingalls.

Pierre Whalon, who serves as Bishop-in-Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Paris, France. Prior to becoming bishop, he had 16 years of parish experience as Rector of All Souls, North Versailles, Pennsylvania;  Rector of St. Paul’s, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; and Rector of St. Andrew’s Church and School, Fort Pierce, Florida.  He is 58 years old, married to Melinda Whalon, and has one child, Marie-Noelle.

 

(For fuller details on the nominees go  to

www.nybishopsearch2011.org)

 

Anger at Bishop Jefferts Schori’s comparison of San Joaquin and Fort Worth with Zimbabwe

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Letter to the Church of Ireland Gazette

Bishop Jefferts Schori’s comparison of Zimbabwe with San Joaquin and Fort Worth is disgraceful and outrageous (Gazette report, 12th August, page 1).

In 2007 and 2008, the Diocesan Conventions of San Joaquin and Fort Worth voted overwhelmingly to leave the US Episcopal Church ( TEC). In both cases, the bishops made it clear that any parishes (seven in San Joaquin and eight in Fort Worth) wishing to stay with TEC could do so and retain all their property.

The Constitution and Canons of TEC do not allow metropolitical powers to the presiding Bishop. Nevertheless, she interfered in both dioceses by inhibiting the bishops through a misuse of Title IV (originally passed to inhibit bishops who became Roman Catholics).

The Standing Committees (the ecclesiastical authority in the diocese in the absence of a bishop) objected. She declared them deposed and called Special Conventions with the small minorities of continuing TEC members.

Rival bishops and Standing Committees were elected so that, masquerading as the true dioceses, they could sue Bishops Schofield and Iker, as well as vestries, individuals and parishes (not the diocese – that would be an admission that the plaintiffs were not the true diocesan authorities). Iker is even being sued for using his own episcopal seal!

There have been no physical violence, beatings, murders or threats made by either Bishop Iker or Bishop Schofield. They have acted in accordance with their own diocesan Canons and procedures.

To compare these godly pastors to Kunonga is propaganda worthy of Goebbels.

The presiding Bishop, on the other hand, is relentlessly suing congregations for their buildings and property, instigating and funding vindictive lawsuits and even refusing to allow parishes to buy their own properties.

Bill Atkins (Canon) Mohill Rectory Mohill Co. Leitrim

A Laboratory for Christianity’s Destruction

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Conservative church leaders demanded a heresy trial for the pastor, but the denomination decided that Hendrikse’s views are too commonly held to be considered out of bounds.

In other words, the church has embraced a straightforward form of atheism within its own ranks — and among its own ministers.

A church that lacks the doctrinal conviction and courage necessary to prosecute an atheist pastor for heresy is a church that lost its Christian identity — a long time ago.

Albert Mohler August 2011.

As the BBC reports, some church leaders in the Netherlands want to transform their small nation into a laboratory for rethinking Christianity — “experimenting with radical new ways of understanding the faith.”

Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott tells of Rev. Klaas Hendrikse, a minister of the PKN, the mainstream Protestant denomination in the Netherlands. Pastor Hendrikse doesn’t believe in life after death, nor even in God as a supernatural being. He told the BBC that he has “no talent” for believing historic and orthodox doctrines. “God is not a being at all,” he says, but just an experience.

Furthermore, as Pigott reports, “Mr. Hendrikse describes the Bible’s account of Jesus’s life as a mythological story about a man who may never have existed, even if it is a valuable source of wisdom about how to lead a good life.”

By any normative definition of Christian belief, Klass Hendrikse is an unbeliever, but in the largest Dutch denomination, he is considered a minister in good standing. As a matter of fact, he is not even unusual. A study undertaken by the Free University of Amsterdam determined that about one of every six Protestant ministers is either agnostic or atheist.

Hendrikse is very open about his views. In fact, he published a book in recent years entitled, Believing in a Non-Existent God. Conservative church leaders demanded a heresy trial for the pastor, but the denomination decided that Hendrikse’s views are too commonly held to be considered out of bounds.

In other words, the church has embraced a straightforward form of atheism within its own ranks — and among its own ministers.

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Archbishop Malango to mediate Malawi crisis

Monday, August 29th, 2011



George Conger in CoE Newspaper

The former Primate of Central Africa has been appointed chairman by the Malawi government of the mediation team tasked with finding an amicable solution to the country’s political crisis.

However, opposition leaders and the media have questioned the independence and effectiveness of the Presidential Contact and Dialogue Group (PCDG), noting that its members were all linked to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and were government stooges.

On 13 August President Bingu wa Mutharika named Archbishop Bernard Malango as chairman of the (PCDG), which has been charged with acting as a “platform for contact and dialogue between government” and opposition groups.

The PCDG will “mediate, guide and propose ways of amicably solving any disputes and suggest how the people of Malawi can be united” with the “view to safeguard the peace, security and stability of Malawi.”

The committee was formed after weeks of political and social turmoil in the Central African nation. The protests took a violent turn on 20 July after a 20-point of concern petition was presented to the government by civil rights groups. Civil rights groups demanded the president declare his wealth, address foreign currency and fuel shortages that have all but shut down the economy, and restore diplomatic relations with Britain.

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Anglican Evangelicals in North America

Monday, August 29th, 2011

COMMENTARY

By David Virtue
www.virtueonline.org

When Archbishop Robert Duncan, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), inaugurated his new Anglican province, he did an extraordinary thing. He invited two men to stand with him who, in effect, represented the boundaries of what he understood orthodox Anglicanism to be.

The first was Archbishop Jonah, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America. The other was Pastor Rick Warren, America’s leading evangelical churchman, pastor and popular author.

Duncan defined the margins of North American Anglicanism that was, on the one hand, liturgical and historical, and on the other, evangelical, gospel driven and discipleship. It was a shrewd and brilliant move even though not everyone agreed with it, especially many of those who disagree with him over the ordination of women to the priesthood.

Nonetheless, he brought into clear focus that ACNA would be clearly evangelical and mission oriented, concerned for making disciples, nurturing converts to the faith, and reaching out in Kingdom love to people everywhere who might be open to the Good News about Jesus. Today, the Anglican Church in North America unites some 100,000 Anglicans in over 800 parishes in 29 dioceses. It is a Province-in-formation in the global Anglican Communion that is committed to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

At a time when The Episcopal Church has clearly abandoned evangelical faith and witness for “doctrines” of inclusion and diversity, Millennium Development Goals and pansexuality, Archbishop Duncan’s clear and unalloyed witness to Scripture as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice is resolute and uncompromising. He and his new Anglican province are evangelical in ethos and conviction and proclaim the evangel to all who will listen.

What is an Evangelical?

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Iran seizes thousands of Bibles in bid to stop conversions to Christianity

Friday, August 26th, 2011


From Barnabas Fund

Iranian authorities have seized 6,500 Bibles in their latest efforts to block the spread of the Gospel in the strongly Islamic country.
Announcing the seizure, which took place between Zanjan and Abhar in the north-west of Iran, a parliamentary advisor said that Christian missionaries were trying to deceive people, especially Iranian youth. He added:
They have begun a huge campaign by spending huge sums and false propaganda for deviating the public.
The important point in this issue that should be considered by intelligence, judicial and religious agencies is that all religions are strengthening their power to confront Islam, otherwise what does this huge number of Bibles mean?
Last November, police officers and revolutionary guards seized 300 Bibles from a bus before setting the books on fire.

Report: APA wants to destigmatize pedophilia

Thursday, August 25th, 2011


by Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow

Several well-known researchers recently made unexpected arguments on pedophilia at an academic conference in Baltimore.

Liberty Counsel Action‘s Matt Barber attended the conference and says he felt he was on a different planet, as the presenting professionals aimed to remove pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That would mean that pedophilia would no longer be considered a mental disorder.

“The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile,” Barber accounts. There was “very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they are raped, who these individuals lust after,” he adds.

And he says the experts’ discussions were focused on “destigmatizing pedophilia … removing the stigma, and [getting] the public to stop demonizing pedophiles.”

But the attorney reports that the APA is already moving toward declassifying pedophilia as a mental disorder “by saying that a pedophile is only a pedophile in their latest DSM … if they are distressed by their attractions or behaviors.”

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Read also:  ‘Evil’: Attendees at prominent pro-pedophilia conference horrified by sessions by Jeremy Kryn, LifeSite News