Day: May 15, 2008

A conversation in Pittsburgh

The Rev. Dr. Jay Geisler, a member of the group of conservative clergy that declared to the diocese and its bishop that they intend to remain in The Episcopal Church, was invited to be guest speaker at a meeting of Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh meeting last week, and his visit occasioned a useful exchange of ideas, writes Lionel Deimel.

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Diocese of Virginia has more “friends” in court

“Over the past four days, eight more religious denominations and judicatories, as well as the two other Virginia Episcopal dioceses have asked the Court to allow them to join the Amici Curiae brief supporting the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in recognizing that the §57-9 division statute is unconstitutional.”

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CA Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage ban

We conclude that the right to marry, …. guarantees same-sex couples the same substantive constitutional rights as opposite-sex couples to choose one’s life partner and enter with that person into a committed, officially recognized, and protected family relationship that enjoys all of the constitutionally based incidents of marriage.

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Reclaiming the word “jihad”

The end to Ani Zonneveld’s “jihad” on “jihad” came during an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when Lynette discovers she has cancer and throws a stone at a possum. “Look at yourself,” replies her husband, Tom. “You’ve declared jihad on a possum.” “At that point,” said Zonneveld, “I think it is too late to redefine the true meaning of jihad.”

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Is liberal Catholicism dead?

David Van Biema’s essay on the decline of liberal Catholicsm in the United States was among the more perceptive articles written in the wake of Pope Benedict’s recent visit to the United States. The Church that American Catholics have struggled to create since Vatican II bears striking similarities to a certain mainline Protestant denomination.

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The politics of dignity

Stephen Pinker on The President’s Council on Bioethics: The general feeling is that, even if a new technology would improve life and health and decrease suffering and waste, it might have to be rejected, or even outlawed, if it affronted human dignity. The problem is that “dignity” is a squishy, subjective notion, hardly up to the heavyweight moral demands assigned to it.

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What has the Church had to say about the war in Iraq?

There are a variety of perspectives about war that emerge from the Christian tradition, and preachers and church leaders would do well to recognize that pacifists, veterans, active duty officers, as well as victims of war sit in our pews. But still, couldn’t we have the courage to examine the tradition of just war and the various forms of pacifism and do this in a way that could raise the tenor of discussion?

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