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Quote of the Day THE WILD REED - March 30, 2014 ... knowledge. We acknowledge that some (though not all) of the faith organisations to which we belong do not share our joy, and continue to express opposition in principle to such marriages. We look forward to the time, sooner rather than later, when all people of faith will feel able to welcome this development. – From a letter of support for marriage equality in England and Wales by the Cutting Edge Consortium and the LGBTI Anglican Coalition . Quoted in Terence Weldon's ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2014/03/quote-of-day_30.html

A Failure of Understanding COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - March 29, 2014 ... is almost Belloc's 'Always keep a-hold of Nurse, for fear of finding something worse!') In this context, society stands to benefit from any move towards a deeper understanding of the value of "lifelong fidelity and commitment" between two people, whether of the same sex or of different sexes, as a basic building block for community and family life. (Err... no. If the Church which she professes to belong to is right, society cannot benefit from legitimising and giving a veneer of respectability ...http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-failure-of-understanding.html

Coalition for Marriage - Useful Summary THE HERMENEUTIC OF CONTINUITY - March 26, 2014 ... traditional marriage. A couple wanting to adopt children were told they were unsuitable because they supported traditional marriage. Thankfully all these cases have been resolved, but they should never have arisen at all. Further redefinitions If marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined again? Some campaigners are now calling for polygamy to be legalised. Just recently the Government stripped familiar words like husband, wife and widow from a raft of our laws simply ...http://the-hermeneutic-of-continuity.blogspot.com/2014/03/coalition-for-marriage-useful-summary.html

The Virgin Mary in Islamic-Christian Dialogue VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - March 26, 2014 ... and available to ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-virgin-mary-in-islamic-christian.html

On Governess Brewer's Veto: Wrong for Arizona, and the Dangers of Deviancy Actions OUR WORD AND WELCOME TO IT - March 7, 2014 T he recent veto of toughening the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Arizona by Governess Brewer (see picture at left) was very disturbing. The Family Research Council called it one of the dirtiest wars in liberalism , where the press used its powers to distort the bill. Freedom of the press, built on religious liberty, has been destroyed because speech control, part of this Administration's accomplishments in the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Act, took place ...http://hadleyblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/on-governess-brewers-veto-wrong-for.html

Christians in Ukraine: Ecumenism in the Trenches INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - March 4, 2014 ... nor openly attacked each other. They just stayed in their tranches, while their generals occasionally met on the neutral ground to imitate negotiations on truce, which none of them really wanted. The situation changed, however, when the civil protests began in November 2013 at the central square of Kiev, the Maidan of Independence. The civil awakening urged the Ukrainian churches to reconsider their relationship to each other. This followed the reconsideration of their relationship with the ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2014/03/christians-in-ukraine-ecumenism-in-the-trenches-the-conflict-between-the-state-and-the-society-in-ukraine-has-led-to-a-signi.html

National Religious Rep Bodies Gear Up for Merger CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 16, 2014 The two national representative bodies for Irish religious are heading for a major shake-up, as talks of a merger to create a new organisation intensify. With almost a complete overlap of membership for the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) and the Irish Missionary Union (IMU), talks have been ongoing for some time on bringing the two groups together in one organisation, making the goals of both easier to achieve. "We are exploring if it is ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/02/national-religious-rep-bodies-gear-up.html

Floods Prompt British Pagan Federation to Campaign for "Sacifices to Be Made" THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - February 12, 2014 ... misery and death, both temporal and spiritual, to the World. This is surely the diabolical ritual slaughter that needs to be ended in our time if you genuinely seek to appease the justice of the Triune ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2014/02/floods-prompt-british-pagan-federation.html

Archbishop Refuses to Endorse Survey Rating for Aquino CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 1, 2014 Archbishop John Du of Palo has said several victims of Typhoon Haiyan gave more credit to non-government groups, while refusing to endorse a survey that gave a very good rating for President Benigno Aquino's relief operations. According to the Social Weather Station survey conducted from December 11 to 16, 73% of Haiyan victims were satisfied and 19% dissatisfied with government's relief measures. Among non-victims, 69% said they were satisfied, while 21% were ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/02/archbishop-refuses-to-endorse-survey.html

Law Professor Appointed As Advisor to Vatican City State CATHOLIC FIRE - January 30, 2014 ... member of the advisory panel on religious freedom at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and consults for the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. According to a source familiar with the Vatican Secretariate of State, Pope Francis is "keeping a balance in consulting the external experts and men of the internal institutions when it is needed." Continue reading. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/01/law-professor-appointed-as-advisor-to.html

Cornish Religious Groups Give £20 Million in Voluntary Services CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 29, 2014 Religious groups in Cornwall are providing voluntary services in excess of £20 million according to a new survey. The Cornwall Study of Faith Groups 2014 was carried out to identify the contribution that faith communities and groups make in supporting communities in Cornwall. The study, compiled by Transformation Cornwall, looked at the activities of 184 faith groups - 86% Christian, 3% Buddhist, 1% Islamic, 1% Jewish, 1% Baha'i, and 8% other. The figure of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/cornish-religious-groups-give-20.html

Peace Is Possible, Says Welby Ahead of Africa Visit CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 29, 2014 ... political leaders since 597 ... we are always extremely blunt and forthright," he said. Responding to criticism that religion is the cause of many of these conflicts in Africa, the Archbishop said: "In many places in Africa, conflict rests on three stones, ethnicity, economy, and religion ... Faith is the easiest hook to hang on much more complex issues." He dismissed the idea though that religious faith necessarily led to violence, saying, "Tell Dietrich ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/peace-is-possible-says-welby-ahead-of.html

Other Pontifical Acts VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - January 27, 2014 ... theology from the Pontifical Lateran University and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum "Regina Apostolorum", Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including vicar and administrator of the parish of Ceslo-Arzeno d'Oneglia, administrator and priest of the parish of Caravonica, priest and provost of Borgo Verezzi, and director of the diocesan Caritas. He was chaplain of the Prison of Imperia, co-founder and president of the social co-operative "Il Cammino". He ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/01/other-pontifical-acts_27.html

Polish Catholic Church Declares War on 'Gender Theory' CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 25, 2014 ... with boys. Prosecutors began probes in September against 65-year-old archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who served as a papal envoy in the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo, and 36-year-old Wojciech Gil, who also served on the Caribbean island. Poland's top cleric meanwhile provoked outrage when he suggested that parents shared the blame for paedophilia. Archbishop Jozef Michalik later apologised for saying that paedophilia "manifests itself when a child is looking for love" and could be ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/polish-catholic-church-declares-war-on.html

Support for Move to Limit Protests Outside Westminster Abbey CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 25, 2014 ... about the amendment to the Bill, Bishop John Packer said: "The Abbey has suffered... as a result of what is often quite unintentional disturbance of its worship, and its role as a place of prayer and the worship of God." While affirming "absolutely both the right of protest [and] the human rights which are involved in being able to protest", Bishop Packer maintained specific protections were necessary for the Palace of Westminster. The new provisions would mean that those ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/support-for-move-to-limit-protests.html

Edinburgh Secularists Challenge Religious Privilege in Scotland's Education System CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2014 Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has presented its case for the removal of unelected religious representatives on local authority education committees to the Scottish Government's Petitions Committee. On Tuesday 14 January ESS vice chair Colin Emerson was accompanied by NSS Council member Professor Norman Bonney at the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. ESS lodged the Holyrood petition last year, seeking to repeal this iniquitous aspect of local government law ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/edinburgh-secularists-challenge.html

Charity Commission Accepts Plymouth Brethren Application CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 13, 2014 ... Charity Commission states that in order for a religious organisation to be recognised as charitable, they have to demonstrate that their aims are for the public benefit. "It would not be sufficient for any such organisation to show that it is established solely for the benefit of the followers or adherents of the religion," the guidance states. In its decision document on the Plymouth Brethren, the Charity Commission outlined concerns about "the doctrine of ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/charity-commission-accepts-plymouth.html

Pope Francis' Address to the Diplomatic Corps VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - January 13, 2014 ... moments not only in the life of the Church but also in terms of the relations the Holy See maintains with States and international organisations, such as the establishment of diplomatic relations with South Sudan, the signing of agreements, both basic and specific, with Capo Verde, Hungary and Chad, and the ratification of the agreement with Equatorial Guinea in 2012. He also emphasised the increasing presence of the Holy See both in Central America, where it has assumed the ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/01/pope-francis-address-to-diplomatic-corps.html

Will the Vatican Comply With UN Investigation Into Child Abuse? CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 10, 2014 ... UN Committee will give strong recommendations to the Holy See to change its laws and policies, so child abusers can be punished and can no longer hide behind a cloak of secrecy,' said Yates. 'We hope the review will also give victims the courage and opportunities to come forward and seek justice for the crimes they've suffered.' The Catholic Church has been too slow to tackle the problem, admitted Danny Sullivan, chairman of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission . 'The Catholic Church ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/will-vatican-comply-with-un.html

Pope Francis Nominated for Tipperary Peace Award CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 7, 2014 Pope Francis has been nominated for Ireland's premier peace award. The Pope has been nominated both as an individual and as a religious leader, "noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths." Previous laureates of the Tipperary International Peace Award include the recently deceased South African statesman, Nelson Mandela, the former President of the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/01/pope-francis-nominated-for-tipperary.html

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