Daily Archives: October 17, 2008

Bishop Lee seeks to take control of Christ Church Alexandria property

It’s been learned tonight that Bishop Peter James Lee and the Diocese of Virginia have requested that Christ Church Alexandria deed their disputed church property personally to the Bishop of Virginia.

A congregational vote is scheduled for this Sunday.

According to the current rector of Christ Church, Pierce Klemmt and Senior Warden, Rawles Jones, “the Diocese has asked Christ Church to quitclaim its interest in the property to the Diocese.” In a letter sent to members of the congregation, they write that “The Vestry has considered this course of action and recommends it to the Congregation.”

The Diocese of Virginia is pursuing the people of Christ Church Alexandria to turn control of their property over to the Bishop of Virginia in Richmond.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Virginia

Warren E. Buffett: Buy American

The financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad. Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher. In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.

So … I’ve been buying American stocks. This is my personal account I’m talking about, in which I previously owned nothing but U.S. government bonds. (This description leaves aside my Berkshire Hathaway holdings, which are all committed to philanthropy.) If prices keep looking attractive, my non-Berkshire net worth will soon be 100 percent in U.S. equities.


A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Economy

A Living Church Article on the Back and Forth in Pittsburgh

Bishop Jefferts Schori also wrote the other seven members of the standing committee on Oct. 9. Citing Title 1, Canon 17, Section 8, she said that she no longer “recognize[d]” them as the ecclesiastical authority.

“Any person accepting any office in this Church shall well and faithfully perform the duties of that office in accordance with the constitution and canons of this church and of the diocese in which the office is being exercised,” the passage states. It does not identify who decides whether a person has failed in that capacity, or specify a procedure for determining whether a breach of fiduciary duty has occurred. This point was raised by the Rev. David Wilson, president of the standing committee of the continuing Diocese of Pittsburgh and rector of St. Paul’s, Kittanning. Fr. Wilson responded to Bishop Jefferts Schori on Oct. 16.

“The only reason we are the ecclesiastical authority for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is because of your illegal ”˜deposition’ of Bishop Robert W. Duncan,” Fr. Wilson said. “Your effort to take advantage of this illegal action by following it with a subsequent illegal action (i.e., seeking to ”˜recognize’ members of a diocesan standing committee despite the fact that you have no jurisdiction or authority to do so) is wholly improper.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Pittsburgh

In Downturn, Families Strain to Pay Tuition

In difficult dinner-table conversations, college students and their parents are revisiting how to pay tuition as personal finances weaken and lenders get tough.

Diana and Ronnie Jacobs, of Salem, Ind., thought their family had a workable plan for college for her twin sons, using a combination of savings, income, scholarship aid and a relatively modest amount of borrowing. Then her husband lost his job at Colgate-Palmolive.

“It just seems like it’s really hard, because it is,” Ms. Jacobs, an information technology specialist, said of her financial situation. “I have two kids in college and I want to say ”˜come home,’ but at the same time I want to provide them with a good education.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy, Education, Marriage & Family, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

In Pittsburgh Diocese, Canonsburg church Remains behind after Choice

While the majority of parishes within the Pittsburgh Diocese of the Episcopal Church have voted to realign themselves with a different communion, one church in the local area has decided to remain.

The Rev. Chuck Weiss, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Canonsburg, believes his congregation is the only one in District 10 that remains with the Anglican Communion.

Weiss came to the church less than two years ago. At the time, he said, the congregation made it clear they were proud to be part of the national Episcopal Church and its tradition of honoring differences.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Pittsburgh

Observer Reporter: Episcopal Split in Pittsburgh Questioned

Peter Frank, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh diocese, said the vote was done according to the denomination’s constitution, and the diocese hope to mediate with the national Episcopal Church to resolve differences – such as property issues – related to the realignment.

“The diocese wants an opportunity to have a graceful separation. That will be difficult if the other party chooses to sue us,” he said….

After the convention vote, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who oversees the national Episcopal Church, issued a statement recognizing those who voted against the realignment as the “true church.”

The Rev. James Simons, the standing committee’s one member who opposed seceding, said other parishes may eventually decide to remain. In the absence of a bishop, the standing committee becomes the ecclesiastical authority. In September Schori removed Robert Duncan, bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese, from office. A previous committee had determined that Bishop had abandoned the communion of the church.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Pittsburgh

Interest Rates: 3-month Libor fixings

Euro: 5.02% vs. prior 5.08%; Dollar: 4.42% vs. prior 4.50%; Sterling: 6.16% vs. prior 6.18%.

The good news is the move is in the right direction, the struggle is the process is painfully slow–KSH.

Posted in * Economics, Politics, Credit Markets, Economy, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Boston Globe on the Red Sox: Never say die

His head bent, bat in hand, David Ortiz trudged to first base. He was out, as he has been so many times this postseason. He walked to the dugout, to teammates who suffered the same fate at the plate. He looked broken. And as he limped back, boos were heard at the once-beloved slugger.

Then the ball lifted, lifted and carried, and dropped into the right-field stands. He had broken out and brought his team back into a game and a series that was seemingly over. It was a three-run home run in the seventh, bringing the Sox within 7-4, and the Rays were the ones suddenly reeling. It wasn’t enough, but he didn’t need to do it all.

He left that to his teammates.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Sports

Rob Thomas' Recent Speech to the Reform Conference

The answer is that they should lead us into a growing gospel fellowship on the one hand and to the development of alternative oversight on the other.

Taking alternative oversight first: the reason we’re interested in Episcopal oversight at all is that we believe in being part of an Episcopal church for good theological and pragmatic reasons. We are not Congregationalists in that we believe it biblical to be connexional. It is right therefore that it should not simply be the local congregation that validates its own senior ministry. Nor, as David Holloway pointed out a couple of years ago are we Presbyterian with its belief in a regulative principle. “Good” episcopacy is part of the “bene esse” of the church, in providing personal rather than committee leadership. However, where the teaching and actions of a bishop promote an unbiblical way of thinking, then we simply have to look elsewhere for a bishop. If we fail to do this then our congregations will not see us taking New Testament teaching seriously and the process of accommodation will continue.

Seeking alternative oversight is not necessarily a confrontational act. For a start it doesn’t mean finding alternative oversight for everybody. For many of us, our existing diocesan bishops are orthodox men who are fully supportive of our ministries. Such men need our support not our rebuke. To say that alternative oversight is key to a strategy for addressing our present difficulties is not to say that it should apply across the board.

We need to recognise secondly that the Church of England already accepts that there may be circumstances where alternative oversight is needed.

Read it all (Thanks to SS for the link).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Evangelicals, Other Churches

Film reveals Pope John Paul II wounded in '82 stabbing

The longtime private secretary of the late Pope John Paul II revealed in a film screened Thursday that the pope was lightly wounded in a 1982 knife attack by a priest in Portugal.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz made the revelation in “Testimony,” a movie on John Paul’s life that was screened for Pope Benedict XVI and top clergy at the Vatican.

It was known that John Paul was assaulted by a knife-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal to give thanks for surviving an assassination attempt. He when he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter’s Square in 1981.

“Today I can say what up to now we have kept secret,” Dziwisz said in the movie. “That priest wounded the Holy Father.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Movies & Television, Other Churches, Roman Catholic, Violence

FAQ Concerning the On-going Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

10. How many parishes and missions will be in the reorganized Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh?

We don’t know, and won’t for sometime. We currently believe there will be over 20 “non-realigning” parishes. So far, 19 parishes have allowed that their names be posted on this website as “non-realigning.” We will have a better idea of the number of parishes when we gather for our Special Convention. The actions taken at the Convention on October 4 will not provide conclusive indications, since Deputies vote on their own behalf and may not reflect the position of their Vestry or congregation. We hope that over the next several months many currently undecided parishes will determine that they wish to remain in the reorganized Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. Any parish that initially chooses “realignment” will be welcomed back with joy and love at any time in the future.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Pittsburgh

Church Times: The poor will suffer most in financial crisis, charities warn

AFTER governments announced a £2-trillion bail-out of banks across the world this week, charities and churches were left wondering whether there would be enough money left to help the poor.

The World Bank warned that the “unprecedented turmoil” in the financial markets, the tightening of credit, and the global economic slowdown could do “serious and in some cases permanent damage” to the world’s poorest people. This year, 100 million people have been driven into poverty. “That number will grow,” the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, said on Sunday.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking in London on Wednesday, at the end of a meeting of Christian and Muslim scholars, was asked who was responsible for the financial crisis. Dr Williams told reporters: “I was going to say Satan. . . The root problem is human greed.” The priority given to the poor by Christianity and Islam was not always reflected in the realities of economic activity, he said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Economy, England / UK, Poverty, Religion & Culture, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Google Profit Tops Estimates on Ad Sales; Shares Rise

Google Inc., owner of the most popular Internet search engine, said third-quarter profit climbed 26 percent as more customers used Web search ads to spur sales in a slowing economy, sending the shares higher….

Advertisers are shifting budgets away from TV and print media toward ads that run alongside search listings, targeting online shoppers. The Internet will account for 8.7 percent of the $284 billion in U.S. ad spending this year, up from 7.2 percent in 2007, according to Barclays Capital.

“This was exactly the kind of shot in the arm that investors need,” said Jeff Lindsay, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York. “People lost a lot of faith in the Internet, but this is exactly what the doctor ordered.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, Economy

Wielding the Ax at MUSC in Charleston

Times are tough at the medical university and hospital. To preserve jobs in a brutal economic climate, one of South Carolina’s largest economic engines is slashing costs by instituting a hiring freeze, cutting overtime and using less paper and electricity. The Medical University of South Carolina and the Medical Hospital Authority employ about 11,000 people. At the hospital, underfunded Medicaid services are on the chopping block, and the workforce is being adjusted through attrition.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * South Carolina, Economy, Health & Medicine, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Matched By Mom: Arranged Marriage In America

How do you marry someone you haven’t lived with? It’s a question Shad Imam has heard over and over again, most recently from a woman sitting next to him on a plane.

He knows it sounds weird, but after nearly six years of marriage, what he has works. And he can’t imagine being with anyone other than the woman his mother picked out for him.

“It depends on your expectations,” Imam says. “My expectation was that I would love my wife regardless of who she was.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Marriage & Family, Religion & Culture