• August 1999: The ELCA adopts the Tucson Resolution as “binding.”
• Lowell Almen tells Episcopal officials: The ELCA did not adopt the Tucson Resolution as a binding interpretation!
• November 1999: Lowell Almen tells the ELCA Church Council the Tucson Resolution is not binding.
Why all this maneuvering? Why were Lutherans misled? Because top ELCA leaders knew all along that the ELCA must adopt the threefold hierarchy of bishop, priest, and deacon to fully achieve full communion with the Episcopal Church. Read more here and here.
Episcopal official Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright spoke at the 1997 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. He said that Episcopalians were troubled by the way ELCA leaders “were fudging” on the ordination of bishops and the future requirement for ordained deacons. Read more here.
In August 2016 the ELCA will adopt the order of deacon as required to achieve full communion with the Episcopal Church. The fix is in. The fix has been in for a long time. An ordained diaconate is a done deal. Read more here.
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Jesus’ Wife? — Charlotte Allen
Muslim ‘refugees’ threaten Minnesota community with rape – Leo Hohmann
Obergefell and the New Gnosticism – Sherif Girgis
The ELCA will take a big step towards sacramental bishops, priests, and deacons (as required by CCM) at its August 2016 Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.
See proposed ELCA constitutional change ¶7.54.01: “Ministers of Word and Service shall be known as deacons.” Read more here.
In defense of dissidence — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Great Question — Andrew Klavan
“Body Art” and Conservative Values – Michael Medved
Surveys show that a full fourth of tattoo decorated Americans, including the trendiest young people, already regret their decision to ink their bodies. Read more here.
At St. John we were surprised by the high level of participation in a special memorial service that we held on a Saturday night for our members and the community. The service had almost twice as many people in attendance as during a regular Sunday service. Read more here.
New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – Isabel Kershner
Send provisions to the troops in Judah. Read more here.
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African delegates now represent over 40% of the church. Read more here.
The LGBT Movement Will Self-Destruct — Rachel Lu
Keep explaining again and again that traditional sexual morality is not a
rejection of persons but of behaviors that are inimical to real human good. Read more here.
Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution — Paul Mchugh
A drastic physical change doesn’t address underlying psycho-social troubles. Read more here.
A Methodist Culture-War Showdown – Mark Tooley
“United Methodism, with more than seven million American members, is the largest of the big seven mainline Protestant denominations. Nearly all the mainline churches in recent years have officially affirmed same-sex marriage and actively gay clergy, followed by schism and decline. The United Church of Christ, once a flagship mainline denomination, recently predicted losing 80% of its members over the next 30 years.” Read more here.
Female permanent deacons coming for the RCC? No real change
Pope Francis has agreed to study the matter. As Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi emphasized:
“The Pope did not say he intends to introduce the ordination of female deacons, and even less did he talk about the ordination of women as priests. In actual fact, the Pope made clear in his preaching during the course of the Eucharistic celebration that he was not considering this (question) at all.”
In 1994 Pope John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis declared that “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful” (#4).
Nuns already do a lot that a female permanent diaconate would do. But raising the possibility of a female diaconate at this time gives the impression of openness and deflects attention from divorce and homosexuality. Read more here.