ADVENT MEDITATIONS: Thursday 8 December 2016

Dec 8, 2016 by

PSALM: am: 45        pm: 98, 86 OT:  Genesis 3:9-15,20 EPISTLE:  Galatians 4 :22-27 GOSPEL:  St Luke 1:46-55 Feast of Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( in the West), Feast of the Conception by St Anne of the Holy Theotokos ( In the East) NOTES ON THE TODAY IN THE LITURGCIAL CALENDAR : On this day in Advent the Church in the East and the West takes pause to ponder the witness of Mary! Before the foundation of the world God chose Mary and gave her the vocation of THEOTOKOS. The Eastern...

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The ‘gay stigma kills’ mantra is wrong

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: One of the most persuasive reasons for treating same-sex relationships with kid gloves is that we need to make amends for unfair institutional stigmatisation in the past. Negative thoughts have generated negative actions like employment discrimination, hate speech, and hate crimes. And, according to research by researchers at Columbia University, reduced life expectancy. In 2014 a landmark paper in the journal Social Science & Medicine showed that individuals...

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Persecuted Christian Bishops Denied Entry into UK

Dec 7, 2016 by

Petition from CitizenGo: Last month, Archbishops Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf of Mosul, Timothius Mousa Shamani of St Matthew’s and Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of Homs and Hama, were all refused UK visas which would have enabled them to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Prince Charles, who has been an outspoken advocate for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral last week to which the Archbishops were invited....

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Church of England rejects faith school criticisms

Dec 7, 2016 by

By Aaron James, Premier: The Church of England’s rebuffed criticism that its faith schools are making divisions in the UK even worse than they already are. It hit back against the claim in an open letter to the Times after one of its columnists, Rachel Sylvester, wrote a piece called “Faith schools encourage a form of apartheid” – a reference to the former political system in South Africa where black people were legally discriminated against in favour of white people....

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Court backs bishop’s decision to block appointment of gay priest

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Anthony Bushfield, Premier: Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who claimed he was discriminated against by the Church of England after he was refused a job for being in a gay marriage, has lost his appeal against a previous tribunal decision. Judge Eady QC dismissed all claims made by the vicar in the hearing at a court in London. He had appealed against a decision made by Nottingham Employment Tribunal that he was not discriminated against. In her ruling the judge agreed with the previous case that...

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Censored pro-life students hit the headlines

Dec 7, 2016 by

from SPUC: Pro-life students at the University of Strathclyde have been making the media after their Students Union banned them from forming an official society. Strathclyde Life Action have been struggling for official recognition for two years, and the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) has now passed a motion banning “anti-choice groups”, saying that they harass students and violate their “safe space”. The story has now been picked up by the BBC,...

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Steven Ertelt, Life News: The Ohio State Senate today passed legislation that would ban all abortions after an unborn baby’s heart begins to beat. An unborn child’s heart begins to beat at 22 days after conception or earlier. Should the measure be approved by the full Ohio State Legislature and be signed into law, the legislation would likely be struck down in court as has been the case and two other states — Arkansas and North Dakota. As the Ohio General Assembly considers bills in these...

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Hundreds of terrorists could be claiming benefits in Britain, expert fear

Dec 7, 2016 by

by Martin Evans, Steven Swinford and Ben Farmer, Telegraph: Hundreds of terrorists could be using British benefits to fund their extremist activities after the Government admitted it did not know the true scale of problem. There have been calls for a thorough investigation into the issue after two men were convicted of channelling thousands of pounds of fraudulent housing benefits to the Islamist fanatics beind the Paris and Brussels terrorist outrages. With more than 850 Britons thought to be...

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Malta bans ‘gay cure’ conversion therapy

Dec 7, 2016 by

from BBC News: Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy. The bill against the practice, which aims to “cure” a non-heterosexual person of their sexuality, was voted through unanimously. Under the new law, anyone who tries to “change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression” will be fined or even jailed. Professionals will face heftier fines of up to 10,000 euros (£8,450/$10,700)....

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ADVENT MEDITATIONS: Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dec 7, 2016 by

PSALM:  am: 38         pm: 119:25-48 OT:  Isaiah 6:1-13 EPISTLE;  2 Thes 1:1-12 GOSPEL:  St John 7:53 – 8:11 FEAST OF SAINT AMBROSE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH IN THE WEST, 397, AD . ABOUT TODAY ON THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR -This politician-turned churchman was profoundly aware of his lack of preparation for this great responsibility and so set himself immediately to prayer and the study of Scripture. His deep spirituality and love of God’s Word married together with the...

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