Daily Archives: September 25, 2011

(Der Spiegel) The Pope's Role in the New Battle for Religion

Benedict XVI is the embodiment of resistance to the idiocies of today, when the obsession with ratings and sex are more important than any article of faith. But he performs that role with a soft voice and the steadfastness of a deeply religious man. And he binds the loyalty of those people who stand with him in opposition — some 1.2 billion Catholics in the global Church — and who are often ridiculed as idiots for doing so. They are true to the words of the apostle Paul: “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world.”

In his last Mass before he was elected as pope, Cardinal Ratzinger preached against the “dictatorship of relativism” and the ideology of “anything goes.” Today, many observers regard that sermon as a pre-emptive statement of the approach he would take as pope.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Europe, Germany, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Philosophy, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Secularism

(CS Monitor) Little girls or little women? The Disney princess effect

A few years ago, Mary Finucane started noticing changes in the way her 3-year-old daughter played. The toddler had stopped running and jumping, and insisted on wearing only dresses. She sat on the front step quietly ”“ waiting, she said, for her prince. She seemed less imaginative, less spunky, less interested in the world.

Ms. Finucane believes the shift began when Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva) discovered the Disney Princesses, that omnipresent, pastel packaged franchise of slender-waisted fairy-tale heroines. When Finucane mentioned her suspicions to other parents, they mostly shrugged.

“Everyone seemed to think it was inevitable,” Finucane says. “You know, it was Disney Princesses from [ages] 2 to 5, then Hannah Montana, then ‘High School Musical.’ I thought it was so strange that these were the new trajectories of female childhood.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Children, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Movies & Television, Women

After Cancer, an Ex-Prodigy Was Undrafted but Unbowed

A big-time college career was a given, and thoughts of the N.F.L. percolated. During the summer before his senior year, [Mark] Herzlich committed to Virginia but reconsidered after a coaching change and chose Boston College. He was a starter by the end of his first season, led the team in tackles for loss in his second and was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s defensive player of the year in his third. Many draft experts predicted he would be a first-round choice if he left college, but he stayed. He wanted to earn his degree. The N.F.L. could wait.
But then, toward the end of that 2008 season and on through the spring, there was increasing pain in his left leg, screaming phone calls home in the middle of the night, the diagnosis and the invasive realities of treatment. Herzlich had a port, used to administer medicine intravenously, embedded in the right side of his chest. He gave up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because he did not want his favorite food spoiled by taste buds tainted during chemotherapy.

Herzlich’s battle with Ewing’s sarcoma caused him to miss the 2009 season, but he returned for his fifth year at B.C., playing just 10 months after surgery to remove the tumor in his leg. He led the Eagles on to the field for the season-opening game against Weber State, recording five tackles to resounding cheers. He started all 13 games. He won an ESPY award for Best Comeback.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Health & Medicine, Men, Sports

In Zimbabwe, Anglican conflict rages on

Zengeza West MP Collen Gwiyo brought the matter to the House of Assembly this week.

“My question is directed to the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture. I would like the minister to explain government policy with regard to church disputes that are now interfering with classes, in particular there is a faction led by Bishop Kunonga of the Anglican church which has actually affected the education system,” Gwiyo said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Zimbabwe

Fourth Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia elected

The Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, has been elected the fourth Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia.

Bolly was elected during the Extraordinary Provincial Synod in Kota Kinabalu on Thursday.

He will become the province’s fourth Archbishop next year, taking over from the Most Revd Dr John Chew, who is Bishop of Singapore.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, The Anglican Church in South East Asia

(ACNS) Invitation for Anglicans to take part in unique Bible survey

As part of the Bible in the Life of the Church project we are undertaking a Communion-wide survey of the way Anglicans understand and engage with the Bible. We rightly say the Bible is central to our life together but we also engage with it and interpret it in different ways. What are those differences? Why might there be differences? What can we learn from those who differ from us?

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Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who dost feed the birds and clothe the flowers, and who carest for us as a father for his children: We beseech thee of thy tender goodness to save us from distrust and vain self-concern; that with unwavering faith we may cast our every care on thee, and live in daily obedience to thy will; through thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

–Acts 9:36-43

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Amazon preps for big Wednesday announcement – its tablet?

The company didn’t reveal any details about the conference, but it has been widely speculated that Amazon will announced its long-awaited 7″ Kindle tablet. The e-reader-tablet hybrid is expected to be equipped with a color screen, video-streaming services, an improved user interface and to be powered by Google’s Android operating system.

It’s estimated that the Kindle tablet will be priced around $250….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Science & Technology

UK Muslims cheer for global peace

A leading Islamic scholar has received a standing ovation from thousands of UK Muslims as he denounced terrorism and called for peace.
Wembley Arena in north-west London was a sea of colourful robes as an estimated 12,000 Muslims gathered to give their backing to a global declaration of peace.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, founder of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) movement, was repeatedly applauded during a speech in which he said the “terrible” 9/11 attacks in the US had distorted perceptions of Islam over the past decade.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, England / UK, Islam, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture

Two Church of Ireland rectors speak out on the Same Sex Partnership Controversy There

Two Church of Ireland rectors have broken ranks to reject Archbishop Alan Harper’s appeal for an end to discussion of the church’s first same-sex union involving a minister.

Amid growing impatience in sections of the church which has not yet made clear whether it accepts the controversial civil partnership, three weeks after the News Letter revealed the move, there are emerging warnings that if the church does not act evangelicals may find their own bishops.

In separate statements, the Rev Neville Hughes from the rural parishes of Mullabrack and Kilcluney near Markethill and the Rev Alan McCann of the urban parish of Woodburn in Carrickfergus rejected the primate of all Ireland’s call to halt discussion about the Rev Tom Gordon’s civil partnership.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anglican Provinces, Church of Ireland, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion), Theology

A Letter from the Episcopal Bishop and Diocese of the Rio Grande

From Phil Ashey–

I’d like to share with you a letter from the Bishop and Diocesan Council of The Episcopal Church’s (TEC) Diocese of the Rio Grande. But first, a little background so that you can appreciate the letter in all its fullness.

This time two years ago, approximately 80% of the parishioners of St. Mark’s on-the-Mesa (TEC) left the parish and formed Christ the King Anglican, Albuquerque, NM (Anglican Church in North America). When those parishioners left the parish, the Diocese of the Rio Grande, and the Episcopal Church, they left everything. They left the property, building, endowments, bank accounts – even paperclips and pencils. They did so in good conscience, with generosity, and with love for those who in good conscience could not leave The Episcopal Church. Based on their reading of scripture, these parishioners did not want to fight over buildings and property in civil courts. Instead, they walked away and began a new life together as Anglican followers of Jesus Christ at Christ the King Anglican Church. Not only did the new parish draw former Episcopalians, but also Christians from other denominations who wanted to worship and serve at Christ the King Anglican.

Fast forward two years to August 31, 2011 (about three weeks ago). The congregation’s rector, the Rev. Roger Weber, former priest at St. Mark’s, received this letter from TEC Bishop Michael Vono of the Diocese of the Rio Grande…

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, Stewardship, TEC Bishops, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Rio Grande, TEC Departing Parishes