Church of England may axe 400-year-old sacred law to let clergy report sex attackers

Sep 21, 2014 by

By Jonathan Petre, Mail on Sunday: For centuries the secrecy of the confessional has been sacrosanct, but the Church of England may relax the rules to allow clergy to reveal serious crimes such as child abuse. Former Bishop of Chelmsford John Gladwin – who last year led an inquiry into clerical sex abuse in the Church of England – is pressing for the changes, along with members of the Church’s ‘parliament’, the General Synod. But any change will be fiercely resisted by traditionalists who...

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The Ethics of Sex, Marriage, and the Family

Sep 20, 2014 by

by Rev. Professor Christopher Seitz, ACI [...]  I want to mention a couple of challenges before I begin. They inform what I will say and guide the selection of what I choose to focus on. I recall speaking on homosexuality at Brite Divinity School in the late nineties and vowing never to do another conference on the topic, whose format featured a “diversity of viewponts.” Something had obviously broken in our appeal to scripture that would not be resolved by everyone trying a bit harder or with...

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‘Euthanasia has become fashionable’: Ethics expert on the right to die

Sep 18, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A landmark ruling in Belgium has seen prisoner Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is serving a life sentence for rape and murder, win the ‘right-to-die’. The 50-year-old filed a request for euthanasia in 2001, citing “unbearable psychological anguish” as a result of his uncontrollable violent sexual urges, but it was not approved until Monday. The board of assessors previously insisted that he must seek psychological help, but after failing to...

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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks...

Aug 21, 2014 by

By Dustin Siggins, LifeSite: Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkin’s statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s. During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was “civilised” to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be “immoral” to choose not to abort babies...

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‘Baby Gammy’ raises awareness for true nature of surrogacy motherhood.

Aug 12, 2014 by

But the European Court of Human Rights has no qualms … By J D von Krempach, Turtle Bay & Beyond: After two weeks of media reports on baby Gammy, is difficult to discern which version of the story is the one we should believe. Is it true that the Australian couple who used the services of a Thai “surrogate mom”, upon learning that one of the two children that the “surrogate mom” was expecting suffered from Down syndrome, asked her to have an abortion? Is it true that, when finally the...

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Sperm donor-conceived woman planning next step in six-year fight to secure identification rights and...

Aug 11, 2014 by

By Belinda Hawkins, ABC News Australia: An aeronautical engineer is plotting her next move in what has been a six-year battle to see the rights of donor-conceived children enshrined in law. When the Assisted Reproduction Treatment Further Amendment Bill 2013 was finally debated in the Victorian Parliament last week, Dr Lauren Burns heaved a sigh of relief. Now 30, Dr Burns was 21 when her mother told her she was conceived using donor sperm. The news shattered her sense of self....

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