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2005-11-04 07:52:11

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Traditionalist British Anglicans have defied church leaders in an escalating row over gay clergy by importing a conservative African bishop to ordain three deacons. The latest step toward schism in the 450-year-old Anglican church coincides with the visit to Britain of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson, whose ordination two years ago in the United States first sparked the crisis. In a highly symbolic service that deepened divisions between...

2005-10-31 15:48:01

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United Methodist Church's top court has ordered a lesbian minister defrocked and ruled another clergy member was right to refuse church membership to a gay man, the church announced on Monday. The court said Elizabeth Stroud, 35, a minister at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Pennsylvania, who acknowledged her relationship with another woman, "was accorded all fair and due process rights." The ruling said an appeals committee...

2005-10-31 11:26:26

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United Methodist Church's top court has ordered a lesbian minister defrocked, overturning a lower panel's ruling that had reversed the penalty, the church announced on Monday. Elizabeth Stroud "was accorded all fair and due process rights" and an appeals committee that reversed her removal from the ministry in April erred in saying church officials had failed to define what a "practicing homosexual" was in terms of church law, the ruling...

2005-10-03 09:27:29

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church may someday have to consider ordaining married men in order to deal with the desperate shortage of priests, according to some participants at a Vatican synod that began its work on Monday. While the possibility is still far off, the fact that it even surfaced on the synod's first working day was significant because the 1.1 billion member Church is grappling with ways of stemming the shortage in many areas of the...

2005-10-02 05:19:54

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, opening the first major Church meeting since his election, said on Sunday that trying to keep God out of public life was "not tolerance but hypocrisy." The Pope, during a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica opening a synod of more than 250 bishops from 118 countries, also said that too many Catholic lives could be compared to "vinegar rather than wine" because of the indifference to God. He homed in on concerns dear to him...

2005-08-22 09:09:14

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Roman Catholic church has for the first time allowed a former Anglican minister who is married with two children to be ordained as a priest. David Evans, 65, from Zimbabwe has converted to Catholicism and the Vatican has approved his ordination, the Tenerife Diocese, where Fr. Evans has been assigned, said on Monday. "Of course, David Evans will continue to be married to his wife, Patricia, after his ordination as a priest," the diocese added in a...

2005-07-14 08:02:11

By Alonso Soto HARVARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Roy Peraza, a Cuban-born pastor in one of America's fastest-growing Protestant denominations, trolls this sleepy town's supermarkets and restaurants in search of new Latino converts. He approaches newly arrived immigrants, many of them lifelong Roman Catholics with few contacts or relatives in the United States. It is here in the rural U.S. heartland where Peraza and other evangelical and mainline Protestant missionaries seek converts among the...

2005-07-11 13:53:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to move toward ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A synod meeting in the city of York voted to "remove legal obstacles" in Church law to women bishops, a process Church officials say could take about four years to complete. All three houses of the synod -- the church's parliament -- voted in favor. The most senior...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.