Showing posts with label International Religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International Religion. Show all posts

January 18, 2018

The Perfect Marriage Against LGBT and Democracy: Conservatives/Evangel. in Latin America

 You can't tell these people with the holy spirit that you are not
a Putin's Russia

pedophile just because you are gay. They will turn against you
if you say most pedophiles are religious and straaight men.

 Ecuadoreans at an evangelical church. Evangelicals today account for
almost 20 percent of the        
population in Latin America.
CreditRodrigo Buendia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 
Evangelical churches today can be found in almost every neighborhood in Latin America — and they are transforming politics like no other force. They are giving conservative causes, and especially political parties, new strength and new constituencies.
In Latin America, Christianity used to be associated with Roman Catholicism. The church held a near monopoly on religion until the 1980s. The only challenge to Catholicism was anticlericalism and atheism. There has never been another religion. Until now.
Evangelicals today account for almost 20 percent of the population in Latin America, up from 3 percent three decades ago. In a few Central American countries, evangelicals are near majorities.
Evangelical pastors embrace varied ideologies, but when it comes to gender and sexuality, their values are typically conservative, patriarchal and homophobic. They expect women to be completely submissive to their evangelical husbands. And in every country in the region, they have taken the strongest stands against gay rights.
The rise of evangelicalism is politically worrisome. Evangelicals are fueling a new form of populism. They are supplying conservative parties with nonelite voters, which is good for democracy, but these voters tend to be intransigent on issues of sexuality, which feeds cultural polarization. Intolerant inclusion, which is the classic Latin American populist formula, is being reinvented by evangelical pastors. 
Brazil is a prime example of the rising evangelical power in Latin America. The 90 or so evangelical members of Congress have thwarted L.G.B.T.-oriented legislative actions, played a role in impeaching the leftist president, Dilma Rousseff, and shut down museum shows. An evangelical pastor has been elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities. So grand are their successes that evangelical pastors elsewhere say they want to imitate “the Brazilian model.”
And that model is spreading. With the help of Catholics, evangelicals have also organized anti-gay marches in Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. In Paraguay and Colombia, they compelled the ministries of education to ban books dealing with sexuality. In Colombia, they even mobilized to defeat a referendum on a peace accord with the FARC, the largest guerrilla group in Latin America, arguing that the accords pushed feminism and L.G.B.T. rights too far.
How have evangelicals become so politically powerful? After all, evangelicals, even in Brazil, are still a minority, and in most countries, irreligiosity is also rising. The answer has to do with their new political tactics.
No tactic has been more transformative than the decision by evangelicals to forge alliances with political parties on the right.
Historically, right-wing parties in Latin America tended to gravitate toward the Catholic Church and disdain Protestantism, while evangelicals stayed out of politics. Not anymore. Conservative parties and evangelicals are joining forces.
Chile’s presidential election in 2017 provided a perfect example of this union of pastors and party. The two center-right candidates, Sebastián Piñera and José Antonio Kast, courted evangelicals. Mr. Piñera, who won, even had four evangelical bishops as campaign advisers.
There is a reason conservative politicians are embracing conservative evangelicalism. Evangelicals are solving the most serious political handicap that right-wing parties have in Latin America: their lack of ties with nonelites. As the political scientist Ed Gibson noted, parties of the right used to draw their core constituency from the upper strata. This made them electorally weak
Evangelicals are changing that. They are bringing in voters from all walks of life, but mostly the poor. They are turning right-wing parties into people’s parties.
This marriage of pastors and parties is not a Latin American invention. It’s has been happening in the United States since the 1980s, as the Christian right gradually became arguably the most reliable constituency in the Republican Party. Even Donald Trump — who many see as the antithesis of biblical values — ran on an evangelical platform. He chose his running mate, Mike Pence, precisely for his staunch evangelicalism.
That there is convergence between the United States and Latin American on evangelical politics is no accident. American evangelicals coach their counterparts in Latin America on how to court parties, become lobbyists and fight gay marriage. Few other civic groups enjoy stronger external ties.
In addition to forming alliances with parties, Latin American evangelicals have learned to make peace with their historic rival, the Catholic Church. At least on the issue of sexuality, pastors and priests have found new common ground.
The latest example of cooperation has been in framing — the language political actors use to describe their causes. For social scientists, the more actors manage to frame an issue to resonate for multiple constituencies, not just the core constituency, the more likely they are to influence politics.
In Latin America, both Catholic and evangelical clergymen have come up with an effective frame for their conservatism: opposition to what they have baptized the “ideology of gender.”
This term is used to label any effort to promote acceptance of sexual and gender diversity. When experts argue that sexual diversity is real and gender identity is a construct, evangelical and Catholic clergies respond that this is just ideology, not science.
Evangelicals are keen on stressing the word “ideology” because this gives them the right, they argue, to protect themselves, and especially their children, from exposure to these ideas. Ideology of gender allows them to call for the protection of children as cover for homophobia.
The political beauty of “ideology of gender” is that it has given clergymen a way to recast their religious stand in secular terms: as parents’ rights. In Latin America, the new Christian slogan is, “Don’t mess with my kids.” It is one of the results of this evangelical-Catholic collaboration.
Politically, we may be witnessing a historic truce between Protestants and Catholics in the region: Evangelicals agree to embrace the Catholic Church’s strong condemnation of abortion, the Catholic Church embraces evangelicals’ strong condemnation of sexual diversity, and together, they can confront rising secularism.
This truce poses a dilemma for Pope Francis, now on tour in Latin America. On the one hand, he has expressed rejection of extremism, and a desire to connect with the most modern, even liberal groups in the church. On the other hand, this pope has made “Christian encounters” a hallmark of his papacy, and he himself is not entirely allergic to the cultural conservatism of evangelicals.
As a political actor, the pope worries too about the church’s waning influence in politics, so an alliance with evangelicals seems like the perfect antidote against its political decline. A pressing question the pope needs to ponder is whether he is willing to pay the price of greater conservatism to rekindle Christian power in Latin America.
Evangelicalism is transforming parties and possibly the Catholic Church. Conservative parties used to think of themselves as the region’s essential check against populism. That pitch is no longer credible. These parties are realizing that going along with pastors generates voter excitement, even if only among churchgoers, and excitement equals power.

November 21, 2015

Pentecostals Persecuting BBC DJ Made to Resign For AskingAbout Bigotry, Homophobia


There have been calls from presenters, celebrities and license fee payers for Iain Lee to return to his Three Counties radio show.

Iain quit his BBC radio show after clashing with Libby Powell and accusing her of being a “bigot”. Ms Powell, a lawyer from Christian Concern, was on the programme because her organisation is supporting Pentecostal Minister Barry Trayhorn, who was allegedly forced out of his job at HM Prison Littlehey.  Trayhorn, who also worked as a gardener in the prison, was given a final written warning after he preached what prison bosses believed to be a homophobic verse from the book of Corinthians.
During the show Iain asked her:  “Do you support bigotry? Homophobia is bigotry.”
Ms Powell replied: “This  isn’t homophobia, this is God’s word.”
Iain went on to accuse Ms Powell of not knowing what bigotory was, saying: “Considering you are from a legal centre that’s a little bit worrying.”
After the interview, the BBC issued an apology on their corrections and clarifications site saying: “While the programme is well-known for its combative style, the BBC fully accepts that the language the presenter used, and the tone in which he conducted these interviews, was at several points inappropriate. The BBC – and Iain Lee himself – wish to apologise for any offence that may have been caused.” petition has now been started calling for Iain’s return to BBC Three Counties Radio, and many people have expressed their outrage on Twitter.

September 2, 2015

16 Tops Taboo Subjects and How Pope Francis Feels and Talks about Them


— Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here's a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.

1* GAYS: Francis famously uttered “Who am I to judge?" when asked in 2013 about a Vatican monsignor who purportedly had a gay lover in his past. Many took the comment to be a sweeping new opening by the church toward gays, as Francis has urged the church to be less judgmental and more merciful in welcoming saints and sinners alike. Asked about his position on homosexuality later, Francis stressed that when he said "Who am I to judge" he was merely repeating church teaching, and he responded with a question of his own: "When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person." But while he has met on several occasions with gays and even counseled a transgender couple, Francis hasn't changed official church teaching that while gays should be treated with dignity and respect, homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered."


2* GAY MARRIAGE: As archbishop of Buenos Aires before becoming pope, he opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage and proposed, unsuccessfully, that the country approve civil unions instead. As pope, Francis has upheld church teaching that marriage is a union between man and woman, said children deserve to grow up with a father and mother and praised the "complementarity" of the male and female bodies. He has denounced what he calls the "ideological colonization" of the developing world — a reference to how ideas about contraception and gay rights are often imposed on poor nations as a condition for development aid.


3* IMMIGRATION: Francis has denounced the “globalization of indifference” that the world shows migrants and urged Europe and other countries to open their doors to refugees seeking better lives. "We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery!" he has told European lawmakers. He has decried the "inhuman" conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and encouraged frontier communities to not judge people by stereotypes but rather welcome migrants and work to end discrimination.


4* INDIGENOUS: Francis has apologized for the sins and “crimes” of the church against indigenous peoples during the colonial conquest of the Americas. But he has also held up as a model economic system the Jesuit-run missions in Paraguay that brought Christianity and European-style education and economic organization to the natives in the 17th and 18th centuries. Some American Indian and Native American groups have opposed Francis' plan to canonize the 18th-century missionary, Junipero Serra, during his U.S. trip. They accuse Serra of forced conversions, enslaving converts and helping wipe out indigenous populations. The church considers Serra a great evangelizer who established 21 missions across California.


5* NUNS: Under Francis’ tenure, two sweeping Vatican investigations into U.S. nuns that had elicited alarm among sisters and outrage among liberal Catholics ended amicably. The investigations were launched during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate amid concern by conservative U.S. bishops and lay Catholics that the sisters, whose numbers have declined sharply in recent decades, had become too feminist and secular and weren't emphasizing church teaching on abortion and homosexuality enough. The first probe, into the quality of life of American sisters, ended up praising the nuns for their selfless work caring for the poor. The second one, into the main umbrella group of U.S. sisters, ended two years early with the Vatican declaring mission accomplished without any major changes.


6* RESIGNATION: Francis has said he expects his pontificate will be brief — maybe five years — and he has signaled he would follow in Pope Benedict’s footsteps and resign if he found he didn’t have the strength to carry on. He has praised Benedict for what he called his noble, humble and courageous gesture in retiring, and said the German pontiff set the precedent by "opening the door to retired popes."


7* SEX ABUSE: Francis was initially accused by victims’ advocates of not “getting it" as far as clerical abuse was concerned. He has since created a commission of experts, including two survivors of abuse, to advise the Vatican on best practices and accepted the commission's recommendation to create a Vatican tribunal to prosecute bishops who failed to protect their flock from abusive priests. Francis has accepted the resignations of two U.S. bishops accused of cover-up, Archbishop John Nienstedt of Minneapolis and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City. However, even members of Francis' abuse commission objected publicly when he appointed a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile.


8* VATICAN REFORM: Francis was elected on a mandate to restructure the outdated Vatican bureaucracy and reform the scandal-marred Vatican bank. He named nine cardinals from around the globe to advise him and created commissions of inquiry, involving outside experts and consultants, to propose a more efficient, transparent and accountable administration for the church and its assets. Two years on, the biggest change has been the creation of a new Secretariat for the Economy to put the Holy See's finances in order.

9* ENVIRONMENT: Francis became the first pope ever to use scientific data in a major teaching document by calling global warming a largely man-made problem driven by overconsumption in his landmark encyclical “Laudato Si” (Praise Be). In the document, Francis denounced a "structurally perverse" world economic system and an unfettered pursuit of profit that exploits the poor and risks turning the Earth into an "immense pile of filth." He is expected to speak about climate issues at the United Nations. While he has gotten a lot of attention for his encyclical, a long list of popes before him called for better care for God's creation, including Pope Benedict XVI who was dubbed the "green pope" for his environmental initiatives.

10*ABORTION: Francis has upheld church teaching opposing abortion and echoed his predecessors in saying human life is sacred and must be defended. But he has not emphasized the church's position to the extent that his predecessors did, explaining that by now the church's teaching on abortion is well-known and that priests "cannot be obsessed" with preaching only about "a disjointed multitude of doctrines." In an indication of his mercy-over-morals position, he has established a new type of roving confessor, dubbed "missionaries of mercy," who can absolve people of sins reserved to the Holy See, including abortion.


11* CAPITALISM: Francis has been accused by some U.S. conservative commentators of Marxist sympathies given his frequent denunciations of economic systems that “idolize” money over people and the failings of the trickle-down economic theory. He has said while globalization has saved many people from poverty "it has condemned many others to die of hunger because it's a selective economic system." Francis has said he's not preaching communism but the Gospel. Pope Benedict XVI voiced the exact same concerns, and in 2009 denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality blamed for bringing about the global financial meltdown and called for a new world financial order guided by ethics and the search for the common good.


12* CELIBACY: Francis said last year that celibacy for priests “is a rule of life, which I highly esteem and I believe is a gift for the church.” But he added, "since it is not a dogma of faith, the door is always open" to discussing the issue. In the book "On Heaven and Earth," the pope, when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, said he was in favor of maintaining celibacy "for the moment," but noted the Eastern Rite Catholic church makes celibacy optional.


13* CONTRACEPTION: Francis has defended the church’s opposition to artificial contraception, which is enshrined in the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. At the same time, he has said Catholics need not breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenthood" through "licit" methods. The church endorses the Natural Family Planning method, which involves monitoring a woman's cycle to avoid intercourse when she is ovulating. He has also said, though, that any good priest in confession must dispense mercy and take into account the individual needs of couples.


14* DEATH PENALTY: Francis has gone beyond his predecessors — and official Catholic Church teaching — in saying there is simply no justification for the death penalty today. He has said it is "inadmissible regardless of how serious the crime." He has called life prison terms a "hidden death penalty" and solitary confinement a "form of torture" — and said both should be abolished. He famously washed the feet of female and Muslim inmates weeks after he was elected. The United States is in the Top 10 list of countries that still execute people, along with China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and North Korea.


15* DIVORCE: Francis has divided the church by opening debate on whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Church teaching holds that, without a church-issued annulment declaring the initial marriage invalid, these Catholics are committing adultery and thus cannot receive the sacrament. Francis has called for a more merciful approach, insisting that these Catholics are not excommunicated and must be welcomed into the church.


16* DRUGS: Francis has called drug addiction “evil” and condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment. He has said the drug problem cannot be solved by liberalizing laws, as has been done in some U.S. states and many other countries, but by addressing the problem underlying addiction: social inequality and lack of opportunities for young people. Francis has years of personal experience ministering to addicts in the drug-laden slums of the Argentine capital.


August 13, 2014

The Evangelical leaders need virgins grounds than the old US: Latin America? Si

Evangelical leaders from the United States are looking to Latin America as the next battleground in the war against same-sex partnerships and abortion.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, one of the nation’s most prominent Latino faith leaders, and Mat Staver, a disciple of the late Jerry Falwell, who co-founded the Moral Majority, are working with evangelical pastors in Latin America to help strengthen their conservative message and outreach.
This spring, they formed a new group that merged the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC, which Rodriguez is the president and Staver a board member of) with Conela, a Latin American network of evangelical churches. The goal is to help Latin America’s conservative faith leaders become more politically influential, particularly on issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
“This merger is a win-win for both NHCLC and Conela, and we are thrilled to join together to better serve Hispanic Evangelicals worldwide,” said Rodriguez on the NHCLC website in May. “Under the new NHCLC, we will continue to unify, serve and represent the Hispanic Evangelical community with the divine and human elements of the Christian message.”
NHCLC’s website said that Conela’s president, Ricardo Luna, sought the merger. The new combined network, the website said, “will result in a worldwide organization that represents over half a million churches and millions of individuals, making it the largest Evangelical association in the world.”
The joint effort is having an impact in at least one nation, Peru.
Julio Rosas, a conservative lawmaker affiliated with NHCLC/Conela, as the merged organization is called, is fighting legislation there that would allow same-sex civil unions.
Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico City have legalized gay marriage in recent years.
"Because of what was happening in Latin America and what we are fighting here in America there needed to be a combination to be able to create a firewall for our Judeo-Christian values," Staver said, according to Reuters, adding, "That is what ultimately brought about this merger."
Staver, a former pastor, has argued against abortion before the Supreme Court. His nonprofit law firm, Liberty Counsel, threatened to sue businesses and public agencies that do not allow employees to have Christmas-themed messages or objects. Staver, vice president of Liberty University, a Virginia college founded by Falwell, has asserted that some people have sought to "censor" Christmas because they don't know the laws.
Reuters reported that Staver alleges that the U.S. government provides financial aid to gay rights groups in other parts of the world, and that that was one motivating factor in joining efforts with Latin American conservatives.
"They were looking to us in America for help. Why? Because America through this current administration has been using a bully pulpit to try to tell them what to do on abortion and homosexuality and they don’t like that,” he told Reuters.
Rosas' aggressive campaigning is a key reason, supporters of the civil union legislation say, that the measure faces an uphill battle.
"I expected a strong reaction from the Catholic Church, but I didn't expect evangelicals to be so aggressive," the bill's author, Carlos Bruce, told Reuters.
"I think it's the first time the evangelical church has such a strong political presence," he added.
Some experts say Staver and Rodriguez seem to be seizing on the strong conservative social views that dominate much of Latin America.
"If I were to speculate, the religious right in the U.S. sees the writing on the wall regarding gay marriage, and are going to try to influence global movements in Latin American and Africa – two places that still have very strong anti-gay secular and religious sentiments," said Arlene Sanchez-Walsh, a Latino church expert at Azusa Pacific University in California, told Reuters.
For his part, Rodriguez is not downplaying his ambition for Latin America.
He hopes, he said, that the new merged group will “serve as the catalyst for the global revitalization of evangelicalism."

August 12, 2013

Gays in Turkey and Their Religion

As americans keep changing their minds of how they felt 10 years ago towards the gay community and how they feel today there is a great divide. They have gotten informed and they have gotten to know real gays. The gays that they have known as co workers and family members because they have come out now.

It’s very true than in the process of coming out there have been different kind of casualties but the most common is been the one of embarrassment and one of separating yourself from the crowd to say you are different. Those things are always difficult because even though we all like to keep our own individualities still we want to be part of the group. That’s why we follow fashion and see whats in and what’s out.

While Americans got to know gays as people just like them, they were able to separate religion to a class of people. Everyone likes to think that they follow the right religion, but religion is based on personal faith.  You have your job, home, friends, family and if you follow a religion then you have a church or temple. All of those are different and most be treated respectfully differently. When you are able to do that you respect people for what they are not for what ever someone else says that they are. You get to know people that seem different are really just like you as a person is concern.Americans have learn and are learning this. There is no other reason why the process have been going almost at the speed of light as far as the changing of minds in cultures are concerned.

For people in other countries, these countries that have remained lock to new ideas and ways to do things it is very hard to come out because you just not risking your job like that was not hard enough but you are risking your life. But like we see in Jamaica and we see in Russia people still fight to come out and be them selves. They don’t see as having a life in the closet like they wear a garment to wear in different occasions.

Today I would like to talk about Turkey which falls in the category of Religion controlling all your aspects of your life.

I will give you the story of Ambre Tosunoglu in ISTANBUL }} "When I was a child, I was told that homosexuals would burn in hell," said Ertugrul, a Muslim fighting for greater freedom for gays in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

Ertugrul, who did not want to give his last name, is president of the group Muslims and Gays, which he says wants to "break taboos" in Muslim-majority Turkey, where gays are still subject to violence and abuse.
"There are still regions where people kill gays and lesbians to keep the honor of the family intact," he said.
"For religious clerics, homosexuality is a test. If you succumb to temptation, you will go to hell. If you resist, you will be pardoned and go to heaven," explained the 39-year-old, a practicing Muslim.
Homosexuality and transsexuality are not illegal in Turkey but police regularly swoop -- with or without authorization -- on parks, bars or hammams they believe gays frequent to check for prostitution.
People are then taken to police stations where officers check their identities and if they have a criminal record.

Critics say the checks are a way of putting pressure on the gay community.
In 2010, the Turkish minister for Women and the Family, Selma Aliye Kavaf, fell foul of gay rights groups when she classified homosexuality as "a biological disorder" and a "disease" which needed to be "cured".

When anti-government protests swept Turkey in June, members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) association used the demonstrations to try and highlight their cause, but in vain, as violent attacks and even murders continue.
Gulsen, a 24-year-old who is gay, told AFP that, just the previous day, a transsexual friend had been found dead.
"We have lost count of the number of attacks, there are so many of them," he said.

He was attacked in Istanbul's Gezi park, the site made famous after controversial plans for its redevelopment sparked the June protests.
"I was talking to a young guy the other evening in the park when I was attacked by two guys who stabbed me in the face with a knife," said Gulsen, who like Ertugrul, preferred that AFP did not use his last name.
But reporting the attack is out of the question.
"Why would I?" he said. "We know that there will be another version of events and that the attackers will never be punished."
As gay Muslims struggle to reconcile religious teaching and sexuality, some prefer to try and get rid of their feelings, eager to believe that being gay is merely a phase.

"I couldn't stay gay -- my family and friends could not accept it," said Mustafa, 26.
He underwent therapy to "better understand himself" and to "try to desire a woman's body". Convinced that he could change, Mustafa married a woman in June.

"She knows that I am not in the least attracted to women but that I'm working on it," he said. He wants "to be normal", he said, "like everyone else whose lives are simple". 

Adam Gonzalez
story By Ambre Tosunoglu

July 13, 2013

Dean of Chichester Cathedral Says”Homosexuality Not a Choice but a Given"

THE Dean of Chichester held a public talk on gay marriage at Chichester Cathedral on Monday (July 8).
The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling led the talk, called Gay Marriage - Sacrament or Scandal?.
The Observer was initially invited to attend but a reporter was refused entrance on the day.
After the event, a statement from the cathedral said: “As part of Chichester Cathedral’s Education Department’s series of Hot Topics, The Dean of Chichester, Nicholas Frayling, led a lively discussion in a packed Vicars’ Hall.
“Reminding the audience that ‘homosexuality is not a choice but a given,’ the Dean drew on theology to present arguments for both sides before opening up the debate to the wider audience.
“Feelings ran high as people felt able to express their views on this safe and unrecorded occasion, but good humour was retained throughout, and it became clear there was no simple solution to this 21st-century problem.
“Marilyn McInnes, the cathedral’s education officer, thanked the Dean and was struck by the number of people, during and after the session, who said how much they had been helped by the talk, in their own or their families’ personal circumstances.”
Earlier this month editor-in-chief of the Observer Colin Channon held a talk on Freedom of the Press as part of a Hot Topic event.
Pic: Wiki

June 14, 2013

Are You Having Gay Sex? If You Say YES But Not Running For Bishop,you r OK

Would be priests to be questioned about the details of their sex lives
Dr Jeffrey John, who is in a celibate civil partnership, was twice in line to become a 
bishop but his appointment was blocked because of opposition from conservatives 
within the Church  

A legal briefing sent to members of the General Synod reveals that under a new policy any priest in a civil partnership will have to convince an archbishop that they are not sexually active before their name can go forward.

It was drawn up in light of a u-turn by the church last year which lifted a blanket ban on anyone in a civil partnership becoming a bishop.
The House of Bishops voted in December to allow priests in same-sex unions to be considered as long as they claim not to be sexually active.
The decision was met with criticism from both liberals and traditionalists alike and triggered open calls from some clergy for their gay counterparts simply to lie.
 A briefing paper drawn up by the church’s legal office, assessing the implications of the new policy under the Equality Act, says that sexual orientation should be “irrelevant” in assessing someone’s suitability to become a bishop.
Gay rights campaigners derided the new policy questioning how the Church of England planned to “police” it.
But it maintains the requirement for celibacy adding that bishops' private lives must be in accordance with official church teaching and that they must set “wholesome examples” to the “flock of Christ”.
It goes on: “Before a priest in a civil partnership can be considered for episcopal nomination the archbishop of the province in which he is serving will wish to satisfy himself, following discussions between the diocesan bishop and the clergyman concerned, that his life is, and will remain, consistent with the teaching of the Church of England.
“As explained in the Archbishops’ guidelines, these assurances will be sought before a candidate comes to be considered for nomination to a diocesan or suffragan see.”
The Church of England has unveiled details of how it hopes to revive plans for women to become bishops, which were rejected by the Synod last year despite strong support.
A report by the House of Bishops, ahead of the first Synod debates on a new fast-track plan, warns that Parliament is likely to step in if the measure is defeated again.
The Secretary General to the Synod William Fittall said there was a strong desire to avoid a second “train crash”.
Under the new plans no traditionalist bishop would be able to declare their diocese a “no-go zone” for women’s ordination, as they presently can. It would mean that every diocese would have to have at least one bishop willing to ordain women priests. At present Chichester does not.

February 28, 2013

Archbishop Forced To Apologize to Gays Takes Over Resigning Cardinal

 Controversial Archbishop takes over Cardinal Keith O'Brien's role  A senior cleric who was forced to apologise after suggesting homosexuality can kill has stepped into the post held by Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s until his resignation


  In one of the final acts of his pontificate, Pope Benedict appointed the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, to run the archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh temporarily.The Vatican announced that Archbishop Tartaglia, the second most senior Catholic cleric in Scotland, would be the Apostolic Administrator until a permanent successor is found for Cardinal O’Brien.Cardinal O’Brien stepped down with immediate effect and announced he would not be joining the Conclave to elect the next Pope after allegations of “inappropriate” behaviour with male priests emerged.He denies the allegations and it in understood he has not been told even who his accusers are.
He suggested that the MP’s death from acute pancreatitis could be linked to his homosexuality.

Archbishop Tartaglia faced a furore last year when comments he made about the death of the Labour MP David Cairns in a speech at Oxford were published.
He said: "If what I have heard is true about the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men, if it is true then society is being very quiet about it.
"Recently in Scotland there was a gay Catholic MP who died at the age of 44 or so and nobody said anything. And why his body should just shut down at that age?
“Obviously he could have had a disease that would have killed anybody. But you seem to hear so many stories about this kind of thing, but society won't address it.” he was referring to homosexuality.
He later apologised to Mr Cairns’s family and said publicly that he wished he had never made the remarks.
In a short statement the Archbishop asked for prayers as he temporarily takes on Cardinal O’Brien’s role.
“These are painful and distressing times for the Archdiocese, I also feel pained and distressed,” eh said.
“With the grace of God, I will do my very best to oversee and govern the Archdiocese until the appointment of a new Archbishop. I ask for your prayers.”
In an open letter to worshippers, the Archbishop spoke of the "pain" caused by the allegations about the Cardinal and how Catholics had endured "jibes".
"These are painful and distressing times for this venerable Archdiocese" he said.
"You have lost your Cardinal Archbishop in the most difficult of circumstances.
"I am so sorry for everyone involved and I assure them of my prayers.
"I too feel pained and distressed.
"The people of the Archdiocese are having to bear the impact of these sad events as you go about your daily lives in your communities and at work.
"You have to cope with disturbing media reports and you have to face the questions, the critical comments, the unkind remarks and the jibes."
He said that the auxilliary bishop Stephen Robson would take charge of the day-to-day running of the archdiocese adding: "I want you to know that Bishop Robson, the priests of the Archdiocese and I are one with you in these unfortunate circumstances, and thank you for your faithfulness and love of the Church.
"At this time, we need more than ever to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ who alone is our Saviour, our Good Shepherd and our Consoler.” 

February 24, 2013

Britain’s Most Senior Cardinal Have Been Sexually Gay Playing Around for 30 years

Cardinal O'Brien has been reported to the Vatican
This posting goes very well from just the previous one about the gay priests being black mailed by gay rights advocates. This particlar report comes from Here we have his eminence Cardinal O’Brien, please read on:

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Catholic clergyman. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Three priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, to theVatican over allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.
The four, from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, have complained to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican's ambassador to Britain, and demanded O'Brien's immediate resignation. A spokesman for the cardinal said that the claims were contested.
O'Brien, who is due to retire next month, has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights, condemning homosexuality as immoral, opposing gay adoption, and most recently arguing that same-sex marriages would be "harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved". Last year he was named "bigot of the year" by the gay rights charity Stonewall.
One of the complainants, it is understood, alleges that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him, resulting in a need for long-term psychological counselling.
The four submitted statements containing their claims to the nuncio's office the week before Pope Benedict's resignation on 11 February. They fear that, if O'Brien travels to the forthcoming papal conclave to elect a new pope, the church will not fully address their complaints.
"It tends to cover up and protect the system at all costs," said one of the complainants. "The church is beautiful, but it has a dark side and that has to do with accountability. If the system is to be improved, maybe it needs to be dismantled a bit."
The revelation of the priests' complaints will be met with consternation in the Vatican. Allegations of sexual abuse by members of the church have dogged the papacy of Benedict XVI, who is to step down as pope at the end of this month. Following the announcement, rumours have swirled in Rome that Benedict's shock move may be connected to further scandals to come.
The four priests asked a senior figure in the diocese to act as their representative to the nuncio's office. Through this representative, the nuncio replied, in emails seen by the Observer, that he appreciated their courage.
It is understood that the first allegation against the cardinal dates back to 1980. The complainant, who is now married, was then a 20-year-old seminarian at St Andrew's College, Drygrange, where O'Brien was his "spiritual director". The Observer understands that the statement claims O'Brien made an inappropriate approach after night prayers.
The seminarian says he was too frightened to report the incident, but says his personality changed afterwards, and his teachers regularly noted that he seemed depressed. He was ordained, but he told the nuncio in his statement that he resigned when O'Brien was promoted to bishop. "I knew then he would always have power over me. It was assumed I left the priesthood to get married. I did not. I left to preserve my integrity."
In a second statement, "Priest A" describes being happily settled in a parish when he claims he was visited by O'Brien and inappropriate contact between the two took place.
In a third statement, "Priest B" claims that he was starting his ministry in the 1980s when he was invited to spend a week "getting to know" O'Brien at the archbishop's residence. His statement alleges that he found himself dealing with what he describes as unwanted behaviour by the cardinal after a late-night drinking session.
"Priest C" was a young priest the cardinal was counselling over personal problems. Priest C's statement claims that O'Brien used night prayers as an excuse for inappropriate contact.
The cardinal maintained contact with Priest C over a period of time, and the statement to the nuncio's office alleges that he engineered at least one other intimate situation. O'Brien is, says Priest C, very charismatic, and being sought out by the superior who was supposed to be guiding him was both troubling and flattering.
Those involved believe the cardinal abused his position. "You have to understand," explains the ex-priest, "the relationship between a bishop and a priest. At your ordination, you take a vow to be obedient to him.
"He's more than your boss, more than the CEO of your company. He has immense power over you. He can move you, freeze you out, bring you into the fold … he controls every aspect of your life. You can't just kick him in the balls."
All four have been reluctant to raise their concerns. They are, though, concerned that the church will ignore their complaints, and want the conclave electing the new pope to be "clean". According to canon law, no cardinal who is eligible to vote can be prevented from doing so.

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