Mark Regnerus: Dignitarian of the Year

Dec 19, 2014 by

by Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: […]  Controversy is not necessarily a mark of heroism, but we have decided that in the case of Mark Regnerus it is; the comments merely illustrate the point that, unlike the other nominees, his professional reputation, livelihood and even his character are in question for as long as he dares to investigate social phenomena associated with changing attitudes to homosexuality. Just to recap the essential points: Mark Regnerus is a tenured associate...

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Women bishops to be fast-tracked into Lords

Dec 19, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A bill to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords was introduced in Parliament yesterday. The legislation proposes that the 21 “spiritual” seats be given to women bishops as they become available, rather than to the longest-serving bishop as is currently law. This provision would remain in place for 10 years. Constitution minister Sam Gymiah explained in a statement to MPs that unless the current law is changed, “it would be many...

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St Patrick’s Day parade hijacked by gay groups

Dec 19, 2014 by

From MassResistance: The headlines in Tuesday morning’s Boston Globe and Boston Herald shocked pro-family readers, announcing that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee had voted to allow a homosexual group to march. By mid-day the news was around the world – Fox, ABC, CBS, Breitbart, and even Reuters in Europe. The previous evening, Monday, Dec. 15, the Allied War Veterans’ Council (which runs the parade) met and voted 5-4 to approve the application by OUTVETS to march. That group is...

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Reforms needed to halt decline, says Archbishop Welby

Dec 19, 2014 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: PLANS to transform the Church of England were trailed this week by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a blog responding initially to concerns about the Green report, he detailed a “portfolio of reforms”, warning: “We can’t simply go on as we are if we are to flourish and grow as the Church of England. Our call is not to manage decline.” The reforms are being developed by five task groups led by bishops, and assigned to review...

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Top 12 studies showing risks to couples in same-sex unions

Dec 19, 2014 by

By Rick Fitzgibbons, LifeSite: Last month the LGBT-activist Human Rights Campaign (HRC) carried out its latest campaign – targeting eight Catholic bishops in the U.S. who publicly expressed support for traditional marriage, the Courage apostolate and, in some cases, even quoted the constant teaching of the Church (see CCC nos. 2357 -2359) concerning homosexual conduct and persons with same-sex attraction (SSA). The aim of this Synod-related effort was to push for the acceptance of homosexual...

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The church has left Christmas Day to the heathen … maybe

Dec 19, 2014 by

By Peter Sherlock, The Conversation: In my home city of Melbourne, an extraordinary cultural and religious drama is played out on Christmas Eve each year at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets. Thousands of people mill around Federation Square, where the television spectacular Carols by Candlelight is broadcast live from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Thousands of others congregate in and around St Paul’s Cathedral, directly across from Federation Square. They strain for a glimpse...

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Church of England welcomes publication of Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill

Dec 19, 2014 by

From ACNS: The Church of England has welcomed a Bill published today by the Government aimed at speeding up the introduction of the first women diocesan bishops into the House of Lords.Bishop Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester and convenor of the bishops in the House of Lords, welcoming the Bill, said the presence of women diocesan bishops would “enrich and strengthen” the voice of the bishops in the House of Lords.He said: “We know that women bishops will enrich and strengthen the leadership of...

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“Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy”

Dec 19, 2014 by

Statement by Core Issues Trust: Core Issues Trust notes the visibility in the public domain of a second political document, supported by NHS England and the leading mental health professional bodies. This “Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy1” follows publication of the “Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement”2 in February 2014. According to information provided by GLAAD3, a meeting resulting in the Memorandum’s formulation was initiated by a Minister of State, Mr Norman Lamb in...

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Advent Meditations: Friday 19 December

Dec 19, 2014 by

Psalm:  am: 40, 54.  pm: 51 OT:  Isaiah 10: 5-19 Epistle:  2 Peter 2: 17-22 Gospel:  Matthew 11: 2-15 Third O Antiphon: O Root of Jesse LATIN: O radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. ENGLISH: Come, Flower of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: save us without delay.O Come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny; from depths of hell thy people save,...

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Gagnon: Christians are asleep

Dec 18, 2014 by

Sleeping at Gethsemane By Robert Gagnon, Theopolis Institute: Sadly, most Christians in the United States, when it comes to recognizing the dangers to their civil and religious liberties, sleep the sleep of ignorance that the disciples slept at Gethsemane before the arrest of Jesus. It ought to be obvious by now how “sexual orientation” laws and “gay marriage” are used to subvert the civil and religious liberties of those who rightly view homosexual practice as sinful, contrary-to-nature...

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