January 25, 1992 |
Call the Pope on the telephone and help the Catholic Church close its $90-million budget deficit by using a service dubbed "the world's first electronic collection plate." Since Monday, AT&T and Global Telecom, a London-based telecommunications company representing the Holy See, have established a 900 telephone number in the United States on which callers can hear a daily message from Pope John Paul II. The cost is $1.95 per minute.
December 21, 1991 |
A batch of 30 workers at Episcopal headquarters, including several officers for specialized ministries, recently were laid off to cut denominational costs. It's the kind of belt-tightening being forced on many national religious organizations these days. General economic doldrums and heavier demands on local congregations, such as for helping the homeless and AIDs sufferers, have siphoned off some support from national programs. The pinch on them came despite increased U.S.
November 30, 1991 |
Episcopal Church traditionalists are predicting that more and more parishes and dioceses will opt to withhold funds from the national church to protest what they perceive as extreme liberalism at top levels of the denomination. The Rev. Robert Shackles, president of the traditionalist Prayer Book Society based in Louisville, Ky., predicts that a budget crisis in the denomination could be the result of dissenters withholding funds.
September 21, 1991 |
Ask and ye shall receive. That is a lesson the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has learned--a lesson that could prove valuable to the 5.2-million-member denomination, which has run up sizable deficits each fiscal year since its founding in 1988. In August, 1990, 13 congregations had to put their building plans on hold because the church's property and building loan fund had simply run out of available cash. But now, a year later, no one has to wait.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1991 |
It has been four months since famed gospel singer and pastor James Cleveland died, leaving the members of his Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church to hold his organization together. But some of them now say it is going to take a miracle to prevent infighting from destroying the well-known church, as members battle over money Cleveland left in trust and whether the building at the corner of Slauson and Western avenues should be sold.
May 29, 1991 |
Bishop Norman F. McFarland of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange was named Tuesday as temporary administrator of the Fresno diocese, six months after leading an investigation into problems and discontent there. At the same time, Pope John Paul II transferred Bishop Joseph J. Madera from Fresno, effective July 1, to become an auxiliary bishop for Roman Catholics in the military. McFarland's three-bishop panel conducted one of the highest-level inquiries within the U. S.
May 29, 1991 |
Bishop Norman F. McFarland of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange was named Tuesday as temporary administrator of the Fresno diocese, six months after leading an investigation into problems and discontent there. At the same time, Pope John Paul II transferred Bishop Joseph J. Madera from Fresno, effective July 1, to become an auxiliary bishop for Roman Catholics in the military. McFarland's three-bishop panel conducted one of the highest-level inquiries within the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1991 |
The Crystal Cathedral has laid off about 20 employees, cut back work hours and discontinued some religious programs because of a slowdown in the economy, church officials said Friday. Among those who lost their jobs in the cost-cutting efforts in recent months is Robert W. Owen, a figure in the Iran-Contra hearings who served as a fund-raiser for Crystal Cathedral, according to Beth Owen, his wife and Crystal Cathedral spokeswoman.
April 20, 1991 |
After spending the first three years of its corporate life on a financial roller coaster, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in danger of derailing--unless some drastic steps are taken soon. And drastic steps are precisely what the 5.
March 30, 1991 |
Eric and Pearl Wright, joint pastors of a small church, were looking for ways to help Israel during the recent Persian Gulf War. Their answer was on page 9 of the sports section in a newspaper. "State of Israel Bonds Launches Emergency Campaign," said the full-page ad, placed by the Jewish state as Iraqi missiles hit Tel Aviv, Soviet immigrants poured into Ben-Gurion Airport and tourism all but vanished. All this strained Israel's hard-pressed finances, the ad said.