Mattingly: ‘Don’t ask’ policy puts chaplains in vise

Source: The Republic The setting: The office of a priest who serves as a military chaplain. The time: This hypothetical encounter occurs soon after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that forbids gays, lesbians and bisexuals to openly serve in America's armed forces. The scene: An officer requests counseling about tensions with her same-sex partner as they prepare for … [Read more...]

Mattingly: Shocking words to the Presbyterians

Source: The Republic Anyone who attends one of the national church assemblies that dot the calendar every summer knows that they are highly ritualized affairs. Officers will be elected. Political issues will be discussed. Lofty resolutions will be passed. At least one long business session will include a proposal about clergy benefits and salaries. [...] But something unusual … [Read more...]

Mattingly on Fr. Siarhei Hardun, the Presbyterian Assembly, and the press

Journalist Terry Mattingly edits the blog "Get Religion" which examines religion in the media. The blog is a great read and worth a (repeating) look. A few excepts from Mattingly's commentary on Fr. Hardun's recent comments at the Presbyterian assembly (see: MINNEAPOLIS: Presbyterian gay measures criticized by visiting (Orthodox) priest): As you would expect, the only place one can find … [Read more...]

Mattingly: The Orthodox question for 2010

By TERRY MATTINGLY - Scripps Howard News Service | The first Orthodox missionaries to reach Alaska traveled with the early Russian explorers and, in 1794, a party of monks established the Orthodox Christian Mission to America. [...] "Before the 1920s, there was only one jurisdiction in North America -- that of the Russian Orthodox Church, which, as we know, was open to ... the … [Read more...]

Engelhardt on the Manhattan Declaration

In a new column, published in the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times, Terry Mattingly talks to H. Tristram Engelhardt about the Manhattan Declaration. Englehardt is the author of "The Foundations of Bioethics" (M & M Scrivener Press, 2000). While nothing in the Manhattan Declaration is truly new, arguments about its call for civil disobedience will help draw sharper lines between traditional … [Read more...]