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La Joie de Vivre 1:6 -- the Unbearable Sleaziness of Being (a Gay Man)
By Robert Oscar Lopez
December 8, 2013
In this edition of La Joie de Vivre, I must warn the reader that recent events require that I speak the language of gay men -- it is a crude, shocking, and indelicate language. I must do this to explain the shift that occurred in my own political position over the last week, a shift resulting from the clear signs that aspects of gay culture -- pederasty, exploitation, callousness -- which I formerly viewed as marginal or non-representative, have revealed themselves to be central to the modern gay male identity, as explained directly by Michelangelo Signorile, longstanding gay leader and columnist for the Huffington Post. I agree with Mr. Signorile wholeheartedly when he says that one cannot be fully "pro-gay" in the modern sense without accepting what he calls "intergenerational sex." While I believe in the dignity of gay and bisexual men, I cannot class myself as "pro-gay" under these demands; I am grateful that Mr. Signorile has provided, at last, an honest definition of what "pro-gay" means, rather than relying on obfuscations and euphemisms. The basic precepts of gay male politics in our times require that we, in order to satisfy the central aims of the ligbitist movement, liberate the innate homosexual attraction to pederasty, going all the way back to antiquity. Therefore, this community is by its nature ill-equipped to be tasked with mentoring, raising, or tending to children in unsupervised, vulnerable conditions.
The Paradox of Experience
By Bishop Bill Atwood
December 10, 2013
The "Pilling Report" for the Church of England basically opens the door for public services blessing same-sex unions. There is an attempt at a fine parsing of situations trying to separate same-sex blessings from same-sex marriages, approving the former, and not approving the latter. The distinction, however, is one without a difference. All the Church does in a marriage is pronounce blessing. The couple actually ministers the Sacrament to each other--they marry each other. The priest can only pronounce a blessing over a marriage when the Biblical circumstances are faithfully fulfilled.
Persecution continues for Zimbabwe Anglicans
By Bellah Zulu
Dec. 11, 2013
Christians in Zimbabwe are facing a new wave of persecution after excommunicated former bishop Nolbert Kunonga and his supporters refused to surrender Church property in the Diocese of Masvingo.
In a letter to fellow Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) bishops and friends, Bishop of Masvingo the Rt Revd Godfrey Tawonezvi reported, "Kunonga people are still holding on to two of our Church buildings, St Peter's and St Luke's Church."
"What is worrying most is that Kunonga has turned St Peter's Church into his Cathedral. This means that Kunonga will be frequenting St Peter's Church and this gives him an added advantage in destabilising our Diocese," said the Bishop.
DALLAS, TX: Bush Library, Parish Episcopal School create Education Partnership
Nov. 20, 2013
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Parish Episcopal School have announced a multi-faceted and comprehensive educational partnership which will allow Parish students and educators access to the vast archives of the eight years of the Bush Presidency.
Creating an educational model that will extend throughout North Texas, a Bush Library partnership will offer students educational programming, mentoring experiences and access to human and archival resources materials.
Small Rectories Imperiled
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
THE LIVING CHURCH
December 10, 2012
Small congregations and their clergy would be hit hardest if high courts affirm a landmark November ruling that deemed clergy housing allowances and their unique tax benefits unconstitutional.
That's according to Thomas Moore III, executive director of the Society for the Increase of the Ministry, a Hartford-based organization that raises money for Episcopal seminarian scholarships.
"The fact that that [a housing] allowance has favorable tax treatment for a profession that pays modestly is a huge benefit" that most clergy utilize, Moore said. If that benefit goes away, he added, "it will definitely have an effect."
What's Right with Orthodoxy?
By Wendy J. Deichmann
November 25, 2013
Orthodoxy has fallen from favor among some otherwise fervent adherents of Christianity. Its critics associate orthodoxy with old-fashioned, unreasonable Christian beliefs from a bygone era. Moreover, its detractors often link orthodoxy with contemporary right wing politics and social policies, which in turn is used as the justification, by those who disagree with these political and social opinions, to dismiss orthodoxy as irrelevant if not harmful to the church. The reasoning goes like this: If one adheres to Christian orthodoxy, one's politics and social views must be old-fashioned and regressive, somewhere on a fast track back to the Dark Ages.
UK: Same-Sex Marriage from 29th March 2014?
By David Pocklington
LAW & RELIGION - UK
December 11, 2013
In 10 December, a Department of Culture, Media and Sport Press Release announced "First Same Sex weddings to happen from 29 March 2014", which carried the sub-heading "Detailed timetable announced". Unsurprisingly, this was readily taken up by the media, and for those intending to marry under these provisions, the critical dates are:
- 13 March 2014: couples wishing to marry on 29 March 2014 must formally give notice of their intention, as outlined in the guidance Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK;
Episcopal Church on Track to Make Church Grow
Plans in hand to release draft recommendations in early 2014
A Satirical Essay
By David W. Virtue
December 11, 2013
NEWS REPORT: Episcopal Church releases first draft on making The Episcopal Church grow. It reveals that "edgy ideas will shake things up, hopefully" and gives suggestions for the future shape of the organization church wide.
CHAIRMAN: Come to order please. Would the spokesperson for the Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) please bring us up to date on how we can grow the church in 2014?
"Thank you madam chairperson. My name is the Rev. Joseph Humpbottom from the Diocese of Newark where as you know we have 35 gay and lesbian priests. We began our session by contemplating the 'other' for 15 minutes. Then we continued the process of getting in touch with our inner selves followed by 20 minutes of listening to each other's heartfelt stories about how we became Episcopalians after being rejected by homophobic churches all across America. (Rev. Humpbottom pauses to take out his pink handkerchief to wipe away his tears.)
The gay people against gay marriage
By Tom Geoghegan
BBC News, Washington
December 11, 2013
After France's first same-sex marriage, and a vote in the UK Parliament which puts England and Wales on course for gay weddings next summer, two US Supreme Court rulings expected soon could hasten the advance of same-sex marriage across the Atlantic. But some gay people remain opposed. Why?
"It's demonstrably not the same as heterosexual marriage - the religious and social significance of a gay wedding ceremony simply isn't the same."
Divisions Deepen in Pilling Report
By the Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION INSTITUTE
December 7th, 2013
The Church of England House of Bishops' Working Group on Human Sexuality, chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, published its report ("the Pilling Report") on November 28, in advance of discussion by the House of Bishops in December and the whole College of Bishops in January (see this TLC report by John Martin).
It is, as Lambeth Palace tweeted, a report to not of the Church of England but it will set the agenda for future discussions and so its content, rationale, and significance are important. They can be summed up by exploring nine areas (building on the analysis I offered earlier this year here).
FT. WORTH: Breakaway Diocese Files Legal Response to The Episcopal Church Over Property Dispute
By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post Reporter
December 9, 2013
A Texas diocese that opted to break away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences has filed a legal response before the state supreme court.
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth filed Friday in response to TEC's motion for a rehearing regarding the legal dispute over the name and property of the diocese. In the 17-page document, the breakaway diocesan leadership argued that TEC's lawsuit over the property should be dismissed.
UK: Today the House of Bishops debates the Pilling Report on homosexuality
LENT & BEYOND Anglican Prayer Blog
December 10, 2013
Tamar bore the twin sons of Judah. While she was in labor, one twin put out his hand. The midwife tied a scarlet thread around his wrist, thinking he would be the firstborn. He drew back his hand, and and out came his brother. "What." the midwife exclaimed. "How did you break out first?" So he was named Perez, which means breaking forth. Perez was an ancestor of Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father,
The slaughter and torture of Christians: not a priority for the Government, Labour or DfID
By Alan Johnson
December 9th, 2013
Christians killed in Jos, Nigeria
"One hundred thousand Christians will be massacred this year because of their beliefs." Last Tuesday, with these words, Jim Shannon MP (DUP) began a Commons debate on the unfashionable crime against humanity.
The two-hour Commons debate that followed was revealing for three reasons. First, for the near-total absence from the chamber of the Labour Party, a party founded by a Christian, Keir Hardie. Second for the failure of Alan Duncan's DfID to turn up at all. Third, for the insight it provided into the intellectual failure of the Government.
Blogging 'Gays' Urge Murder, Castration of Christians
By Matt Barber
December 8 2013
It happened Dec. 2, 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. LifeSiteNews.com broke the story with the headline: "Violent mob of topless pro-abort feminists attacks praying men defending cathedral."
The raw footage is disturbing to the extreme (warning: viewer discretion advised for nudity, lesbian lewdness and violence. A censored version is available here.) Watch here http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3d9_1385992514#ltMw7JDHUl7BSpCq.99 http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3d9_1385992514
Both the video and the story have since gone viral. WND summarizes the attacks as follows: "Chanting, 'Get your rosaries out of our ovaries,' a mob of pro-abortion feminists ¬ many of whom were topless with Nazi swastikas on their chests and foreheads ¬ attacked and sexually molested a group of Roman Catholic men who were praying as they stood outside a cathedral in Argentina to protect it from threats of vandalism."
WND managing editor David Kupelian called the siege a "display of demonic fury." Indeed, it's hard to watch the footage without discerning the palpably dark spirit that possesses many of the estimated 17,000 lesbian, pro-abortion and feminist assailants (but I repeat myself).
Nelson Mandela and his faith
By Michael Trimmer
December 6, 2013
One of Nelson Mandela's famous quotes was also an expression of a deeply Christian idea - "until I changed myself, I could not change others". That expression of being born again, the need for internal revival before one can lead others to their own change, was just one of many expressions of faith Nelson Mandela shared throughout his life.
Although it is almost universally agreed that he was a Christian, his exact denominational allegiances remain a source of discussion. While some have suggested that he was a Jehovah's Witness, as his first wife, his sister, and many relatives around him identified as such, most believe he was a Methodist. He attended a Methodist church school growing up, and was baptised in a small Methodist stone church in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu.
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