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April 1, 1990 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At odds over the future of a Pacific Palisades park, environmentalists and a synod of the Presbyterian Church have locked horns in a dispute that may now be left for the courts to decide. The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii has filed a lawsuit in a bid to force a state agency to build a 48-foot-wide road into Temescal Gateway Park. Opponents say the plan would ruin the 20-acre park, which is a favorite of hikers.
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December 4, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino, an urban ministry that serves the poor and homeless, has been stripped of its official recognition because it installed an associate pastor who is in a committed lesbian relationship. The decision is the harshest punishment of a Lutheran congregation with a gay pastor in more than a decade. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America allows gay clergy only if they are celibate, a requirement not imposed on heterosexual pastors.
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October 10, 1987 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
The determination to forge a greater role for women within the Roman Catholic Church short of actual ordination is emerging as a central theme at an international synod of bishops here. But American bishops said Friday that the monthlong deliberations are not likely to produce any specific recommendations for Pope John Paul II to pursue in this direction. "No theme has been more frequently mentioned in this synod than that of women and their role in church and society," Archbishop John L.
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December 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
The Rev. Gerald Kieschnick, new president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has emerged the winner in an internal spat over another clergy member's participation in an interfaith prayer service. Two pastors wanted Kieschnick's church membership revoked because he tolerated a third pastor joining with non-Christians at a Yankee Stadium interfaith service following the Sept. 11 attacks. But a panel ruled in Kieschnick's favor, saying only the next church convention could take any action.
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October 2, 1987 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
With Scripture readings by two women from the majestic main altar of St. Peter's Basilica to fuel their thoughts, Roman Catholic bishops from around the world convened here Thursday in white-robed splendor to weigh the role of the laity within their church. "We nourish a profound esteem for our lay brothers and sisters," Pope John Paul II told 232 bishops gathered for a monthlong debate on the obligations and responsibilities of the faithful.
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January 26, 1985 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
In a surprising move, Pope John Paul II on Friday called for an extraordinary general conference of Roman Catholic bishops to meet next fall and review the Second Vatican Council, which led to major reforms in the church 20 years ago. Speaking from the same altar at the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls where the late Pope John XXIII first summoned the modernizing council exactly 26 years before, John Paul called for the extraordinary synod to meet from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8 this year.
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November 28, 1985 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
The presidents of two national bodies of Roman Catholic bishops Wednesday urged a special synod of their fellow bishops to take a more liberal attitude towards divorced Catholics who remarry. Archbishop Karl Berg of Salzburg, head of the Austrian bishops' conference, suggested that remarried Catholics "after sincere penance . . . be readmitted to the sacraments" of the church, including Communion.
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November 29, 1985
A world assembly of Roman Catholic bishops meeting at the Vatican voted to issue a pastoral message to the church's 800 million members when the synod ends Dec. 8. Pope John Paul II called the synod to assess the impact of church reforms initiated 20 years ago at the Second Vatican Council. A Vatican spokesman said the pastoral message will not be a major theological or teaching document so much as "a short message to Christian people to explain the work of the synod."
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October 23, 1986 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
The influential Dutch Reformed Church, whose religious teachings helped form the ideological basis of apartheid, declared Wednesday that South Africa's system of racial separation and minority white rule is morally wrong and has done the country and its people grievous harm.
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January 5, 1985 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
A highly charged standoff between legal authorities and dissidents at a Lutheran church--where supporters of its jailed pastor had barricaded themselves for nine days--ended without violence Friday when sheriff's deputies broke down a door and arrested seven persons. After 44 deputies armed with billy clubs ringed the church grounds, Sheriff Eugene Coon said the dissidents--who had brandished baseball bats earlier in the stalemate--offered "no resistance whatsoever."
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September 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Gerald Kieschnick has been installed as the 12th president in the 154-year history of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Kieschnick, 58, was elected in July to succeed Alvin Barry, who died in March of complications from leukemia. Kieschnick served for 10 years as president of the church's Texas district. In his installation speech, he called on Lutherans to revitalize the denomination.
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June 9, 2001 | Larry B. Stammer
The Rev. Dean Wesley Nelson of Torrance has been elected the new bishop of the five-county Southern California (West) Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Nelson, 57, succeeds Bishop Paul W. Egertson, who bowed to national denominational leaders and resigned his post after defying church rules by participating in the ordination of a noncelibate lesbian as a Lutheran minister in St. Paul, Minn., in April.
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March 27, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Alvin L. Barry, president of the nation's second-largest Lutheran denomination, has died. He was 69. Barry, president of the 2.6-million-member Missouri Synod, died Friday of complications from kidney and liver failure in Orlando, Fla. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1995, Barry was hospitalized in Florida in February for treatment of the disease. An antibiotic-resistant staph infection helped accelerate his decline. Robert T.
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October 21, 2000 | Religion News Service
The membership of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod totaled more than 2.5 million in 1999, a drop of almost 12,000 members from the previous year. Congregations reported a total baptized membership of 2,582,440 in 1999, down 11,964. Congregations also reported a slight decline in average weekly attendance at worship services. The 1999 figure was 155.1, down by 1.5 from 1998. Financial giving by congregations surpassed the $1-billion mark for the second year in a row.
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November 27, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Roman Catholic bishops assembled at Vatican City from all over Europe recently, Pope John Paul II came to their daily meetings in a black Mercedes-Benz bearing the papal coat of arms. As the convertible top popped open and the ailing pontiff was helped to his feet, a retinue of bishops knelt and kissed his ring.
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October 30, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Roman Catholic bishops assembled here from all over Europe this month, Pope John Paul II came to their daily meetings in a black Mercedes-Benz bearing the papal coat of arms. As the convertible top popped open and the ailing pontiff was helped to his feet, a retinue of bishops knelt and kissed his ring.
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January 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
A worldwide synod of Roman Catholic bishops on the priesthood will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 1990, the Vatican announced Thursday.
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July 18, 1998 | Religion News Service
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, concluding it triennial meeting last week, has voted to criticize the ecumenical activities of other Lutheran bodies. Expressing profound disagreement, delegates to the national convention of the synod passed a resolution that criticized their spiritual siblings in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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July 18, 1998 | Religion News Service
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, concluding it triennial meeting last week, has voted to criticize the ecumenical activities of other Lutheran bodies. Expressing profound disagreement, delegates to the national convention of the synod passed a resolution that criticized their spiritual siblings in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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December 6, 1997 | From Religion News Service
Roman Catholic bishops from North and South America are wringing their hands over such problems as the impact of non-Catholic faiths on their continents, the role of poor nations' international debt on their societies and lackluster parish life throughout the hemisphere. But with only one week remaining in the four-week Synod on America, which will advise Pope John Paul II on the hemispheric issues, one of the most glaring omissions has been women's aspirations inside the church and in society.
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