The Church of England is closer to moving away from its traditional position of electing only men as bishops after an overwhelming majority voted in favor of female bishops at the General Synod in London on Wednesday.
"These measures look to the day when the Church of England as an ecclesial entity will have made a clear decision to open all orders of ministry to women and men without distinction, whereby all those so ordained are true and lawful holders of the office which they occupy," said the Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester.
"If anyone had told me that one year on from last November we would be where we are, I would have said: 'That's impossible,'" added Christina Rees, a member of the archbishops' council, according to The Guardian. "But by the grace of God it has been possible and here we are. And I believe that what we are considering now is better than what we had last year and I also believe that we are better as a synod." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
China's official government news agency announced Friday that the county will be loosening its controversial One Child Policy, as well as end its equally controversial re-education through labor program. These announcements come after top communist leaders met in Beijing for four days of closed meetings to design the country's future over the next 10 years.
The new policy reached by communist officials will allow families in which one parent is an only child to have two children, the country's official Xinhua News Agency said in a policy document released Friday. The previous policy only allowed two children per family if both parents were only children. The country's controversial One Child Policy was enacted in 1979 as a method of population control, but critics stipulate that as the country seeks to move ahead economically, it may have chosen to loosen its policy to allow a population surplus.
"Until now, the growth of the Chinese economy has been propelled by a demographic surplus, and that has been turning into a demographic deficit," Steve Tsang, a professor of Chinese studies at the University of Nottingham, told The Guardian regarding the policy change. Tsang added that the change in policy "should lead to a significant reduction in the abuse of human rights, in terms of forced termination." more >>
Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips reiterated yesterday that his decision to resign from his leadership position was the proper outcome following his acknowledgement that he had "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who was not his wife.
"Some have suggested that my sin was not sufficiently serious to step down. Let me be clear: it absolutely does merit my resignation. My resignation is sincere and necessary given the weightiness of my sin," Phillips said in a statement on the Vision Forum Ministries website on Nov. 14.
Phillips also elaborated on the details of his relationship which he had previously only disclosed as "inappropriately romantic and affectionate" and asserted that he had not known the woman in a "Biblical sense." more >>
An all-girls' Catholic high school in Kentucky is receiving attention for its latest advertising campaign aimed at recruiting young students. The campaign seeks to take a feminist approach to education by distributing advertisements that read: "You're not a princess," and "Prepare for real life."
The all-girls Catholic high school Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky has teamed up with the Lousiville-based advertising agency Doe-Anderson to create a new series of recruitment advertisements that have been plastered on billboards, websites, and bus shelters as of last week. The advertisements seek to encourage young female students to be independent and driven.
"You're not a princess […] prepare for real life," reads one of the advertisements, accompanied by a sketch of a glass slipper reminiscent of the one Cinderella wore to the ball in the classic Disney fairy tale "Cinderella." more >>
A pair of pro-LGBT organizations have demanded that a Texas school allow a transgender student born female to wear a tuxedo for her yearbook photo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign have told La Feria Independent School District to allow a high school transgender student to have a photo in the yearbook wearing a tuxedo.
Alesdair Ittelson, staff attorney at the SPLC, wrote the school board on Wednesday arguing that Jeydon Loredo be allowed to have the photo published alongside her peers. more >>