Voices from Russia

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Church of England to Allow Gay Bishops in Civil Partnerships

Nashotah House ecumenism 2009

Well, it looks like the OCA/Anglican love feast at Nashotah House has to be abrogated… Fathausen certainly screwed up on that one, didn’t he? Just you watch, Nashotah House is just going to let this latest C of E instalment pass, too… they’re TEC, and that’s never going to change. We should discipline all of the Orthodox who took part in this fiasco.

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The Church of England lifted a ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships from becoming bishops. On Friday, the Church’s House of Bishops announced that those gay clergy members in civil partnerships who remain celibate could become bishops. The decision occurred in mid-December, but surfaced in the Church Times only on Friday. The C of E already allowed people in civil partnerships, introduced in 2005, to become clergy, if they’d remain celibate and repent for active homosexuality in the past. The new development extended the rules to bishops. Single gay bishops must also be celibate. A C of E spokesman told PinkNews.com.uk, “There technically was never a ban on gay bishops, what there was an issue was bishops in civil partnerships”. The C of E’s debated the issue since 2003, when gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as Bishop of Reading. Rev John is now Dean of St Albans.

4 January 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130104/178583978/Church_of_England_to_Allow_Gay_Bishops.html

Editor’s Note:

Watch for the usual caterwauling from the usual cast of konvertsy suspects. “The world’s going to hell in a handbasket”, “If we don’t watch out, it’ll happen amongst us”, and they’ll gird themselves for a loud and bootless witch-hunt. Frankly speaking, what goes on amongst the C of Es goes on amongst the C of Es. It’s none of our affair. We shouldn’t comment on it. We’ve got our own messes to clean up, and as far as depravity’s concerned, what about Gleb Podmoshensky, Panteleimon Metropoulos, Sam Greene, Seraphim Storheim, and James Paffhausen (his over-a-decade-long and intimate relationship with Podmoshensky is more than troubling), just to name a few (the list is rather longer, I’m afraid)? We have no call to point fingers whilst we have such immorality left to fester in full public view. You know what they say, the loudest denouncers of homosexuality are often gay blades themselves… that’s true of some of the self-appointed so-called “Orthodox” crusaders, isn’t it?

This is just the logical development of the Broad Church… it’s what the C of E is. Leave them be… we have our own problems, and that’s what we should be attending to… but we’re not. Ponder that, if you will…

BMD

Friday, 5 October 2012

Russian Priests Can Run for Office to Oppose Church Enemies

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On Thursday, church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said that the MP would allow clergy to run for office in elections where anti-church parties or candidates also run for office, saying, “If a political movement is officially against the Orthodox Church, only in this case, with the blessing of the Holy Synod or the Synod of a self-governing church, may a particular priest may, as an exception, join a legislature”. He said that same stricture applied to positions in the executive.

In 2011, the MP Archpastoral Council allowed priests to run for political office to protect church interests. However, it provided few details concerning the applicable rules and procedures, other than requiring a cleric to seek the Holy Synod’s permission beforehand. Legoida said that the Church wouldn’t grant such permission lightly. Moreover, he said that priests couldn’t be members of particular political parties, even if they run for office on a party list. So far, no Orthodox priests have won legislative posts in Russia, although a handful were employed as independent vote monitors in the parliamentary elections in December, reporting violations that benefitted the Kremlin. Later, Church leadership prohibited priests from serving as vote monitors without explicit permission from their superiors.

5 October 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/politics/20121004/176409179.html

Fthiotida Priests Say “No” to Double Ceremonies

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Greek Orthodox clergy in the regional unit of Fthiotida (Region of Central Greece) won’t conduct double ceremonies for couples wishing to get married and baptise their children on the same day. The decision of the local clergy synod takes effect next year. Metropolitan Nikolaos Protopappas of Fthiotida hailed the synod’s decision and noted that couples shouldn’t use the financial crisis as a pretext for such ceremonies.

5 October 2012

Kathimerini

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_05/10/2012_464685

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Australian Catholic Church Admits Over 600 Child Abuse Cases


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 On Sunday, the ABC reported that the Roman Catholic Church in Australia confirmed that its priests sexually abused 620 children since the 1930s in the state of Victoria. This admission came in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse cases by religious and other organisations after the suicides of dozens of people abused by clergy. However, activists said that the real figure could be up to 10,000 victims in the state of Victoria alone. Most of the abuse cases took place between the 1960s and the 1980s, with another 45 cases under investigation. In the submission, the Catholic Church said it’ll fully cooperate with the inquiry and that it wouldn’t “disguise, diminish, or avoid the actions of those who’d betrayed a sacred trust”. Fr Shane Mackinlay of the Diocese of Ballarat admitted that the church had its “head in the sand” for a long time, adding that there’d been a history of resistance to face the truth about “shocking abuse” that happened within the church, both by the clergy and in the wider community. Child abuse by Roman Catholic priests has been a top issue in Australia in recent years. During his visit to Australia in July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger made a public apology for the abuse.

23 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20120923/176174014.html

Editor’s Note:

Let NO Orthodox chortle at this. We have our own “Wall of Shame”… only we haven’t been forced to face it publicly. There IS the case in Ohio at present and the Storheim affair is going to trial next year. Unfortunately, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Our bishops and leading clergy have acted like gutless swine… sweeping the actions of abusers under the rug. It’ll come back to bite us in the arse, just you see.

Do watch… I’ll be castigated for “being disrespectful” (amongst other things). I say, “Nasty sin is nasty sin… even if a priest or bishop does it. If we don’t own up to it in public and do repentance in a real way… the Church has no cred”. Condemn me if you will… I don’t give a damn. I’m going to die someday and face my Maker… I won’t have lying to protect worthless abusive scumbag clergy on my conscience. Christ has NOTHING in common with such Sons of Caiphas.

Remember what our Lord Christ said about little ones and those who’d misuse them… it hasn’t changed…

BMD

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