July 23, 2014

Why Women Were Never Priests

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Source: Preachers Institute | Alice C. Linsley From Preachers Institute: A convert to Orthodoxy from the Episcopal Church, Ms. Linsley renounced her priestly office in March 2004. She left the Episcopal ministry on the Sunday that Gene Robinson was consecrated and has not entered an Episcopal church since. After years of studying the question of women priests she is persuaded that this innovation is the root cause of the schism within Anglicanism. She is also the author of the excellent blog: Just Genesis. The Messianic priesthood of Jesus Christ is the true and single Form[1] of the Priesthood. Every priest, either living before Christ or after Christ’s appearing, stands as a sign to this one priesthood. The priesthood is unique (not to be confused with the office of shaman) and it is impossible to change it in any essential way. All attempts to change the priesthood, such as developed out of Protestant theology or the ordination of women, corrupt the sign so … [Read more...]

Episcopal Church is Going to the Dogs

The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas holds Pippin.

It's easy to make fun of the lunacy in the liberal wing of the Episcopalian Church (and the commentators at First Thoughts have a number of clever retorts), but this latest example of Episcopalian inclusiveness gives me the creeps. Sure, bless the animals. I bless the family dog or cat whenever I do a house blessing. But providing a "worship service" for animals crosses a line that ought not be crossed; even more, it reveals a line that should have remained invisible let alone crossed. Worship services for animals will, in the end, erase the line between man and animal. This is more than the "Naked Ape" nonsense that pours out of Darwinian sociological paradigms. This adds a patina of false sanctity (worship is serious business) to a person's love of their animal that has no place in the Church. In theological terms, animals, and all of creation glorify God when acting according to their nature. A flower in bloom glorifies God; it functions according to its created nature, it … [Read more...]

Coptic hierarch takes Episcopalians to task

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HT: Byzantine TX Source: Virtue Online A Coptic Orthodox Church observer to the Fourth Global South to South Encounter ripped into the Episcopal Church, stunning some 130 archbishops, bishops, clergy and laity, urging them to say "no to ordination of homosexuals, no to gay marriage, no to such immorality, and that it is time to purify the sanctuary of the Lord from this abomination that causes our God to suffer, bleed and be crucified again everyday." "You are martyrs without the shedding of blood because you are upholding the teaching of the Gospel handed down once and for all to the apostles," Bishop Anba Suriel told the stunned delegates. "An army of sheep led by a lion is more powerful than an army of lions led by a sheep. I really pray that you lions here, the primates of each of the provinces of the Global South will stand united with one accord against the heresies of The Episcopal Church. "I want to share with you a saying of Saint Anthony the Great, the father … [Read more...]

Gene Robinson joins Center for the American Progress (same outfit Pat. Bartholomew endorsed)

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The Center for the American Progress is the organization that Patriarch Bartholomew endorsed during the Green Patriarch publicity offensive late last year. This George Soros funded institution started out as Hillary Clinton's cabinet in waiting but was converted into a full-time think tank after her loss. Soros is reportedly still the major backer. ++++++++++ “Bishop Robinson will bring his well-respected perspective and experience to this fellowship, helping to discuss and analyze a wide array of policy areas in a progressive religious light,” the announcement said. The Center did not list any particular policy expertise that Robinson brought, aside from his high media profile as “the gay bishop”. “I think Gene’s qualifications for this role probably approximate his qualifications for the role of prophet, which he has assumed in the Episcopal Church,” said William Murchison, a member of the denomination and author of Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline … [Read more...]

TOUCHSTONE Editor criticizes conferral of Doctorate on Rowan Williams

Fr. Reardon is an advisor to AOI. H/T: Directions to Orthodoxy Although the scholarly publications of Dr. Williams may be cited as adequate reason for his lecture at the seminary, news of the plan to honor him is already prompting a popular consternation and even scandal. I write only to satisfy my conscience that a grave moral duty has been met -- to wit, the obligation to warn fellow Christians that they have embarked on a path that will lead only to scandal and disgrace to Holy Church. Indeed, this scandal is already in play. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Very Reverend Patrick Henry Reardon Archpriest and Pastor January 17, 2010 The Most Blessed JONAH The Orthodox Church in America PO Box 675 Syosset, NY 11791-0675 Your Beatitude, I beg your pastoral blessing, please. You receive this letter as President and Chairman of the Board of St. Vladimir's Seminary, and I send it as a friend of the seminary. I write to complain of the seminary's decision to … [Read more...]

Reunion with Orthodox next?

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To answer the question in the title, probably not. Still, the article, written from the Roman point of view, is worth a read. Father Rutler discusses Vatican's Anglican provision Fr. George Rutler, a convert from Anglicanism, was asked by the Catholic News Agency on October 20 what his reaction is to the Vatican's new Anglican provision. Fr. Rutler's reply follows. It is a dramatic slap-down of liberal Anglicanism and a total repudiation of the ordination of women, homosexual marriage and the general neglect of doctrine in Anglicanism. Indeed, it is a final rejection of Anglicanism. It basically interprets Anglicanism as a spiritual patrimony based on ethnic tradition rather than substantial doctrine and makes clear that it is not a historic "church" but rather an "ecclesial community” that strayed and now is invited to return to communion with the Pope as Successor of Peter. The Vatican was careful to schedule simultaneously with the Vatican announcement, a press … [Read more...]

‘Fuels from Hell’

Rev. Sally Bingham with Obi

Bruce Nolan, a reporter for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, offers a preview of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's symposium at various locales on the Mississippi River next month. For the article, Nolan interviews Rev. Canon Sally Bingham of the Episcopal Church. She is also president of The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power and Light campaign. Nolan said that Rev. Bingham was helping with the planning for the symposium. Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders often see environmental concern as a duty to honor God by protecting his creation, Bingham said. Buddhists have described it as a duty to maintain balance in the universe, she said. "Religious leaders are used to saying our responsibility is saving souls. But many have come to realize that if we don’t protect our air, water and resources, there won’t be any souls to save." Bingham said Bartholomew "is one of the first leaders of a huge denomination to make this connection." Rev. Bingham serves as … [Read more...]