The day of Fr. O'Donnell's installment, around 50 people showed up protesting, carrying anti-Catholic signs reading "No Popery."
David McLaughlin, secretary of the Government and Morals committee of the Free Presbyterian Church, helped organize the protest and said it was to defend "the doctrine of justification by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone" -- a doctrine introduced by Martin Luther, a Catholic priest who broke from the Church in the 15th century.Read more
"I had to move out from the parish where I was staying to my rural home. But my children were the subject of ridicule and my wife had a difficult time coping," he said, adding that shortly afterwards, his father's health deteriorated leading to his death. His mother-in-law also died shortly thereafter.Read more
Average Sunday attendance for over-18s had fallen from 30,424 in 2014 to 29,019 in 2015: a fall of five per cent. Easter communicants were down one per cent to 51,435, while the number of Christmas communicants had fallen three per cent to 49,972.
"I'd like to make clear I am not here as a doom-and-gloom merchant, merely to present the facts," the chairman of the Representative Body,James Turner, said.Read more
Director of AMiE Brian O'Donoghue said that the new Anglican churches would not be necessary if the church took a "strong, orthodox" stance on sexuality.Read more
Episcopal Church officials, including former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori -- who completed a nine-year term in office in late 2015 -- have predicted that decline would level off after years of internal dispute and the departure of dioceses, congregations and individual members. While there were no major congregational departures in 2015, the denomination still exceeded its baseline rate of decline of approximately 28,000 members a year by a substantial margin.Read more
In his address Freedom of Belief and the Persecution of Christians and Others, each of the world's major religions, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, have a history of freedom and tolerance, but this is now all but abandoned. The Roman Empire in 313AD issued the Edict of Milan which granted tolerance and religious freedom to Christians.Read more
The first paragraph in a 19-page response to Bishop Jon Bruno's (VI Los Angeles) desire to drop all Title IV charges against him, says it all.Read more
"The calling of bishops is to ensure that in sharing the love of God in Jesus, Christian churches are led by ministers faithful to biblical teaching. The question facing the Church of England is not whether to amend the biblical teaching on marriage but how sensitively to pastor those in the church who find the calling to follow that teaching a particularly difficult challenge.Read more
The conference follows the decision of the Governing Body to authorise the consecration of women as bishops in the Church in Wales. The organising committee says it hopes to bring together those who rejoice at this decision and those who are perturbed by it. The aim is to see how much common ground there is and to consider carefully what is required to enable people of differing convictions to feel secure and able to flourish within the Church in Wales.Read more
At the most recent Diocesan Convention this past March, the Affiliation Task Force recommended the Diocese affiliate with ACNA. The day-long clergy gathering was spent outlining the ACNA structure, the process of affiliation and the steps that need to be taken to move forward. The clergy were urged to share the information with their parishes. The Diocese will put the affiliation question to a vote at the upcoming Diocesan Convention in March of 2017.Read more
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