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August 18, 2009 | Duke Helfand
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."
August 3, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Episcopal Church leaders in Los Angeles on Sunday nominated two openly gay priests as bishops, becoming one of the first dioceses in the national church to test a controversial new policy that lifted a de facto ban on homosexuals in the ordained hierarchy. The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool of Baltimore are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S.
July 18, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Capping a 10-day convention in Anaheim, leaders of the Episcopal Church agreed Friday to consider marriage liturgies for same-sex unions and to give bishops greater latitude in meeting the spiritual needs of gay and lesbian couples. The new policy marked a second victory for liberals after the church gave final approval Tuesday to a measure ending a de facto ban on the ordination of gay bishops. Debate over liberalizing the rules underlined deep theological differences within the church of 2.
July 16, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Progressives in the Episcopal Church were on the verge of claiming another victory Wednesday as leaders endorsed the creation of blessing liturgies for same-sex unions one day after they ended a de facto ban on the ordination of gay bishops. The action by bishops at the church's General Convention in Anaheim left conservatives with little to celebrate. They said the twin measures would further divide the 2.
June 13, 2009 | Victoria Kim
A Fresno judge ordered a new trial Friday in a lawsuit brought by two brothers who accused the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno of failing to protect them from a Wasco priest who sexually abused them decades ago. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald S. Black ruled that the case should be tried again because of newly discovered evidence. A jury found in April that the Fresno diocese could not be held liable for the abuse of George and Howard Santillan, now 59 and 54, because diocese officials did not know about it at the time.
May 31, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
In a high-stakes battle that could affect California's share of federal funding and political representation, immigrant activists are vowing to combat efforts by a national Latino clergy group to persuade 1 million illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 U.S. census. The Washington, D.C.
April 27, 2009
Re "Gay bishop 'a walking, talking Rorschach,' " April 20 Bishop V. Gene Robinson brings up an interesting take on marriage in the United States when he says that, "in this country, it has become very confusing about where the civil action begins and ends and where the religious action begins and ends, because we have asked clergy to be agents of the state." Why don't we simplify the problem by having the government license civil unions to allow any two consenting adults to share their lives, property, insurance and anything else we now attach to the word "marriage"?
April 26, 2009 | Associated Press
Efforts to allow gays and lesbians to serve as clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been defeated again, sealed by votes tallied Saturday. But the margin of defeat -- the final tally has yet to be determined -- is guaranteed to be closer than in previous years. That is encouraging for supporters of gay clergy and cause for concern for opponents, with both sides expecting the issue to be revisited. Last summer, the General Assembly of the 2.
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