April 26, 2013 |
BEIRUT - In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint. Imams and preachers at mosques throughout the Syrian capital said in Friday sermons that the kidnappers were “violating the sanctity of Christian and Islamic clergymen,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were abducted Monday when gunmen stopped their vehicle near the battleground northern city of Aleppo, where both are based.
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November 11, 1985
What those critics of the bishops and many others fail to realize is that the bishops, as Christians, tend to view things in what appears to be a rather narrow and unrealistic perspective. It's not a question of being a socialist, communist, liberal, conservative, or belief in free enterprise; but rather of having a Christian outlook and a Christian mentality concerning social issues. Christian teachings have always seemed impractical to the vast majority, and indeed they are if one considers politics, economics and material goods more important.
November 20, 2012 |
LONDON -- The Church of England Synod on Tuesday voted down a measure to consecrate women as bishops, ending for now 12 years of debate on a question that has caused deep divisions between traditionalists and liberals and caused some members to flee to the Roman Catholic Church. The 470 participants of the annual synod were divided into three houses - bishops, clergy and laity, with a two-thirds majority in each house needed to pass the resolution. While a wide majority of bishops and clergy voted in favor, the laity vote, 132 to 74, caused the motion to just fall short of approval.
June 16, 2012 |
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to email@example.com, most of which are spam, messages sent as part of letter-writing campaigns and more. After deleting those messages, I'm usually left with 500 to 1,000 usable letters to the editor to consider for six weekly pages. Between 60 and 70 letters end up running in the paper during any given week. Here is a snapshot of this week's mailbag. 598 The number of usable letters to the editor submitted between 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
August 1, 2012 |
The intersection of politics and religion can sometimes resemble one of those spaghetti freeway interchanges. Cars go in and cars go out, but not always in ways you might expect. Take the recent case of the fight between President Obama and the nation's Roman Catholic bishops. A new poll has found that Catholics who are familiar with the issue tend to side overwhelmingly with the bishops. That is, they agree that the Obama administration is threatening their religious liberty by mandating that some church-affiliated institutions, such as schools and hospitals, provide free contraceptive services to their employees, in violation of church teachings.
February 13, 2013 |
In Pittsburgh, where I was born and lived for most of my life, Ash Wednesday was a powerful reminder of just how Catholic that city was. On the first day of Lent, downtown streets and office buildings teemed with people with dusky foreheads, a kind of religious census by smudge. But ashes aren't just for Roman Catholics anymore . When I emerged from the Foggy Bottom Metro station Wednesday morning, I encountered a bishop in miter and flowing purple cope affixing ashes to passersby, a reminder to them that from dust they came and to dust they will return. I knew it wasn't a Roman Catholic rite because the bishop was a woman, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde of the Washington Episcopal Diocese.