A Presbyterian Church (USA) special committee has recommended that the denomination look to add more racial and ethnic diversity to its process for clerical ordination.
The PC (USA) General Assembly special committee filed its interim report late last month and included recommendations for the "Standard Ordination Examinations" clergy candidates undergo.
"That presbyteries be encouraged to broaden the pool of readers of the exams to be more representative of the diversity of the PC (USA) and to include more representation from racial/ethnic persons," recommends the report. more >>
Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have criticized the LGBT-backed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2013, which was passed on Thursday by the U.S. Senate, arguing that it punishes those who show a disapproval of same-sex sexual conduct.
"Our dignity as children of God extends to our sexuality. Being a male or a female is a reality which 'is good and willed by God,' and this complementarity is essential for the great good of marriage as the union of one man and one woman (CCC, no. 369). Sexual acts outside of marriage serve neither these goods nor the good of the person and society as a whole," Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco; and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said in a joint statement addressed to the U.S. Senators.
"Given these principles, the USCCB continues to promote the dignity of both work and marriage and to oppose unjust discrimination on any grounds, including those related to homosexual inclination or sexual identity. But we cannot support a bill, like ENDA, that does not justly advance the dignity of all workers and authentic non-discrimination." more >>
While legal disputes continue over the name and property of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the two competing parties are holding their annual church conventions separately.
In 2008, the leadership of the Texas-based diocese voted to cut its ties with The Episcopal Church over growing theological differences. Since then, dispute over who owns the diocese's property has been debated in court.
This weekend, The Episcopal Church's faction is holding its 31st Annual Convention at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall of the Multi-Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls. more >>
Angola Archbishops speaking at the Plenary Assembly of the CEAST (Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tomé) have warned that abortion is not only something that goes against the law of God, but also threatens the very existence of the African nation.
"Remembering that life is sacred 'from conception' because 'we are faced with an independent life with one own's DNA', the message stresses that 'no human being can claim the right to suppress it under any pretext. Thus, parents, friends, educators and health care operators should not recommend or facilitate abortion. Rather, they should encourage the acceptance of a new life, regardless of the circumstances in which it was conceived," Agenzia Fides reported on the bishops' comments on Thursday.
The bishops argued that the Angola culture states that abortion is a disregard for the fundamental values of society, as regardless of religion, life is always viewed as sacred. Any threat against life, including unborn life, therefore destabilizes the society, they added. more >>
An organization for the homeless has called for the lavish $42 million residency built by Germany's recently suspended "Bishop of Bling" to be turned into a soup kitchen, as Catholic commentators continue wondering how Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg justified the expenses.
"The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake," said a spokesman for the Caritas organization for the homeless last week, according to The Independent. "People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence."
The Diocese of Limburg did not respond to a request for comments by The Christian Post by press time. more >>
The World Council of Churches (WCC) elected eight new presidents during its 10th Assembly on Monday in Busan, South Korea, while religious leaders talked about the importance of water in Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths during a ceremony on the same day.
The eight newly elected presidents are strategically positioned to represent the different continents in regions of the world, including one for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, Pacific, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox. Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada was elected as North America's WCC president.
The highest governing body of the WCC meets every seven years to promote prayer and celebration, and to elect new presidents. The 1st Assembly was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1948, while the last one took place in Brazil in 2006. more >>