June 11, 2010 |
Standing before more than 10,000 Roman Catholic priests, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday strongly reaffirmed the Vatican's commitment to priestly vows of celibacy, cutting off speculation that he might reconsider the issue in light of the church's sexual abuse scandal. At an outdoor vigil in St. Peter's Square that veered between moments of deep reverence and outbursts of enthusiasm more characteristic of a soccer game, the pope told the gathering of priests, believed to be the largest in history, that celibacy "is made possible by the grace of God … who asks us to transcend ourselves."
August 18, 2009 |
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination opened debate Monday over a proposal to allow noncelibate gays and lesbians to serve in the clergy. Leaders of the 4.7-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are expected to decide during their weeklong Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis whether to alter existing policy, which requires gays and lesbians in ministry to remain celibate. The new policy would permit local congregations, if they wanted, to choose ministers or lay leaders who were in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships."
November 19, 2007 |
A Lutheran church in Chicago has ordained a lesbian who refuses to take a vow of celibacy, becoming the first to test a new resolution that gives bishops leeway in disciplining such violations. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America requires vows of celibacy for gay but not for heterosexual clergy -- a policy the Rev. Jen Rude, 27, calls discriminatory. Chicago's bishop, Wayne Miller, did not try to block Rude's ordination at Resurrection Lutheran Church, but he did not attend the ceremony.
October 6, 2007
Re "God and gays," editorial, Sept. 29 It is rather ironic that a religion born of an adulterous monarch seeking a divorce so he could marry his mistress would be in such a tizzy over homosexuality. That being said, sexual orientation is not a choice, but sexual expression is determined by one's own personal will. Insisting that priests have satisfying sex lives and partnerships condoned by the public while serving God is completely missing the point of a life of religious vocation.
August 12, 2007 |
A national assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America urged its bishops Saturday to refrain from defrocking gay and lesbian ministers who violate a celibacy rule, but it rejected measures that would have permitted ordaining gays churchwide. Still, advocates for full inclusion of gays were encouraged, calling the resolution a powerful statement in support of clergy with same-sex partners.
December 10, 2006 |
The renegade Roman Catholic archbishop who was excommunicated by the Vatican after he installed married priests as bishops acknowledged that the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was supporting his crusade against mandatory celibacy. At a weekend conference in Parsippany of married priests, Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo distributed a statement headlined "Thanks," crediting the Korean evangelist.