Petition – Please acquit and release Asia Bibi

Oct 18, 2014 by

Asia Bibi is a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Ayub Masih, a Christian man likewise facing the same, was acquitted and released in 2002. Please show the same justice for Asia Bibi. To: Supreme Court of Pakistan Please acquit and release Asia Bibi Sincerely, [Your name]  SIGN PETITION...

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Bishop’s book plays fast and loose with scripture

Oct 18, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: A review of Alan Wilson’s “More Perfect Union? Understanding Same Sex Marriage” In his book on “Understanding Same Sex Marriage”, Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, begins “This book describes a stage in an ongoing journey towards equality” continuing, “All over the world marriage is being opened to people.” And it is this idea that the Church of England must urgently embrace and indeed celebrate same-sex “marriage” as part of the world’s “ongoing...

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Why is the Catholic Church cannibalising the Book of Common Prayer?

Oct 18, 2014 by

By Christopher Howse, Telegraph: I’ve always felt sympathetic to foreigners on holiday in England who come across a church advertising Mass and displaying crucifixes and statues inside. When they discover later that they have been at a service of the Church of England, not of the Roman Catholic Church, they are puzzled and confused. So what would you think if you went into a church and heard the clergyman begin: “God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets...

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Episcopal Church Continues Shedding Members

Oct 18, 2014 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: A U.S. denomination that prides itself on inclusivity is including significantly fewer people in its 2013 membership and attendance figures. Episcopalians have been captivated in recent weeks by anunfolding meltdown at the denomination’s General Theological Seminary, but statistics released this week by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Research reveal that the wider denomination is also struggling to find its footing. The church has faced steep losses since...

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LGBT advocates ‘mess with Texas’ (and the First Amendment)

Oct 18, 2014 by

By Bishop David Anderson, AAC: For many of us in the realignment, the move from one church to another has been both painful and exhilarating. Leaving behind theological nonsense, gamesmanship, and betrayal, we have been able to move into a unity of faith on essentials and a gracious generosity in areas secondary and tertiary. Some things are still needing resolution, but building relationships of trust comes before we tackle the areas that are harder. Many congregations, in making the...

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Russian Orthodox to Catholics: Let’s work together to defend life and family

Oct 18, 2014 by

by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite: The Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches should join forces to defend marriage and the family on the international stage, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations for the Moscow Patriarchate told Catholic bishops at the Vatican on Thursday. “The time has come for Christians to join efforts and come out as a united front for the noble goal of protecting the family when confronted by the challenges of the secular world for the sake of...

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Religious venues to be used for converting Civil Partnerships to gay marriages

Oct 17, 2014 by

by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: The government has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting houses, hotels and other registered venues. Previously, the plans only included provision to convert the status of the partnership at a registry office. In order to avoid the “quadruple lock” put in place to appease religious opponents of gay...

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New figures reveal massive decline in religious affiliation

Oct 17, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: In five decades, the number of people with no religion in Britain has grown from just 3 per cent of the population to nearly half, according to a new survey. Among adults aged under 25, nearly two-thirds define themselves as “nones”, or people with no religious affiliation. The findings present an enormous challenge for the churches over how they make faith appealing to young people, in a world where many young will be appalled at how the...

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News Bulletin, 17 October 2014

Oct 17, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Featured stories Ofsted accused of ‘bullying’ Jewish school girls US Christian’s refusal to print gay pride t-shirts ‘unlawful’ Parents’ crucial role ‘denied’ under Named Person scheme “She was compatible with life inside me” “The doctors’ diagnosis was completely...

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RC Synod drama: Church, culture, politics and media collide

Oct 17, 2014 by

By Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet: Now we have a tangled web. So much has happened so fast at the Synod, it’s difficult to put it together in one narrative. Especially since there are several different strands getting rapidly entangled in this two week event about to wrap up. The Saturday final document will be revealing. For now, some updates. The mention in the last post of a translation issue, which seems like ages ago in such a rapidly changing Synod, referred to language in the Relatio,...

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Cardinal: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’

Oct 17, 2014 by

Cardinal George Pell discusses the ongoing debate inside the synod on the family in the light of the recent furore.  

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Why should Church of England schools be punished for the faults of Islamist extremists?

Oct 17, 2014 by

by Julian Mann, Conservative Home: Irrespective of the electoral threat from UKIP, it would surely be reasonable to expect Conservative politicians to take a principled stand for the right of Church of England schools to foster a distinctively Anglican ethos. This is because their party has traditionally been in favour of conserving an established national Church with the monarch as Supreme Governor. This historic disposition has never been renounced in any Conservative manifesto, and indeed...

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Lords debate women in the episcopate

Oct 17, 2014 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: The legislative process to enable women to be ordained as bishops moved a step closed last night as the House of Lords agreed the Motion to Direct, moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, [HL Hansard, 14 Oct 2014, Vol 756(38) Col 165] “That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal...

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African Bishops at Vatican Meeting Wary of Western Sexual Radicals

Oct 16, 2014 by

By Austin Ruse, C-Fam: At an Extraordinary Synod of Catholic bishops taking place in Rome at least one African bishop has complained about the intervention of radical sexual mores being imposed upon Africa by the West. Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama told the assembly, “We are confronted with some issues, and sometimes [they are] quite perplexing. We recently had a big conference on pro-life issues, and in that conference, we came out very clearly to ascertain the fact that life is...

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Asia Bibi Appeal hearing rejected

Oct 16, 2014 by

by Shamim Masih and Wilson Chowdhry, British Pakistani Christians: Pakistani Christians across the globe shed tears of disgust and horror as innocent Christian mother of five Asia Bibi, has had her blasphemy law appeal hearing rejected. Literally minutes ago a two member bench of Lahore High Court, led by Justice Anwar-ul-Haque decided to uphold her existing blasphemy sentence, meaning Asia will remain on a death/life sentence and will now have to appeal through the Supreme Court of Pakistan...

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