November 27, 2012 |
Religious conservatives in the United States have been complaining that developments in the political arena - the Obamcare contraceptive mandate, the progress of same-sex civil marriage - threaten religious freedom. They're crying wolf, but similar alarums in the Mother Country make a bit more sense. Because England has an established church, some of whose bishops sit in Parliament, the political question of same-sex marriage has religious reverberations that don't sound here.
February 26, 1987 |
The Church of England today approved the drafting of legislation that would admit women to the all-male priesthood. Church leaders voted 317 to 145 to approve a report by 44 diocesan bishops that outlines the steps needed to bring women into the priesthood. The vote cleared the way for the drafting of legislation that would allow women to become priests. The bishops were also asked to prepare a code of practice to safeguard individuals and congregations opposed to female priests.
July 14, 1987 |
Leaders of the Church of England, mother church of the world's 70 million Anglicans, on Monday overwhelmingly endorsed a church study accusing Freemasons of blasphemy and heresy. Some Christians find Masonic rituals disturbing and "positively evil," said the 56-page report. It said some found Masonic rituals had a "psychic effect" on individuals. The report was approved 394 to 52 by the policymaking General Synod at its regular summer session. Five synod delegates abstained.
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June 22, 1986 |
Judging by his appearance, the youthful minister of Anaheim Hills Community Church could have worked his way through school modeling for the label of the Dutch Boy paint can. For Tim Van Heest, who attended his denomination's college and seminary in Holland, Mich., the resemblance is not accidental. His father and both his grandfathers were ministers of the Reformed Church in America, a 350-year-old denomination once known as the Dutch Reformed Church.
October 8, 2004 |
Australia's Anglican Church voted not to allow the ordination of homosexuals or blessing of same-sex relationships. The vote was a victory for conservatives at the church's General Synod in the western city of Fremantle. This week, the synod also voted against allowing women to become bishops.
November 7, 1989 |
The general synod of the Church of England voted overwhelmingly today in favor of allowing women to become priests. The controversial question of whether women should be ordained will now be considered by diocesan synods, and the change ultimately must be approved by both houses of Parliament and by the queen. Archbishop of Canterbury Robert A. K.