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New German Catholic leader stirs debate with celibacy remarks

The new leader of Roman Catholics in Germany has sparked controversy after being quoted as saying that priestly celibacy is not theologically necessary. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg made his comments in an interview with Der Speigel weekly publication after his election on 12 February as the new chairperson of the German (Catholic) Bishops’ Conference. "Of course the link between ...

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Lifeline supports Mackay flood victims

Lifeline Counsellors sprung into action in Mackay after after a severe weather system dumped more than 600 millimetres of rain in just six hours cutting off power, forcing schools and businesses to close down and flooding 200 houses in one suburb alone. Acting Lifeline Community Recovery Coordinator Richard Johnson said Lifeline activated the Community Recovery team in Mackay as soon ...

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Japan Christian activists protest after US soldier’s rape charge

Christian-led women’s groups in Japan have joined protests against an alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by a US Marine that was followed by a second such allegation against another US serviceman on the main island of Okinawa in the southwestern islands of Japan. "We the people and women of Okinawa Prefecture have been infuriated by the vicious incident again," ...

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US Presbyterian body rules out ordination of non-celibate gays

The highest court of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has issued a ruling that bars the ordination of non-celibate homosexual clergy in the US denomination. Opponents of the decision pledged to take the issue to the denomination’s 2008 general assembly, scheduled for 21-28 June in San Jose, California, after the court stated that ordination rules can only be changed by alterations ...

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Lutheran bishop’s recipe for media and the Church: Respect

Church leaders and journalists often have little idea of the pressures that each other face, according to German Lutheran Bishop Margot Kässmann, who has pleaded with the media and the Church to show mutual respect. "The fact that a newspaper needs a short sentence, or that radio stations have only a few minutes in which to report, often does not ...

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Scott Stephens cleansed by the Jesuits

Conservative columnist Andrew Bolt reported in his Herald Sun blog on Wednesday that the Eureka Street online magazine had “cleansed” its pages of an article written by Uniting Church Forest Lake minister and Journey columnist Mr Scott Stephens. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/dissent_erased   Bolt said Eureka Street claims to be a magazine offering “a distinctly Australian forum for conversation”. www.eurekastreet.com.au   “What conversation?,” he ...

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Uniting Church still talking about sexuality and leadership

As a direct response to the 2006 National Assembly’s request for a working group to consider the diversity of views across the Church regarding sexuality and leadership, the Uniting Church’s National Working Group on Doctrine facilitated a two day consultation in Sydney earlier this month. Six theologians from across Australia, representing a variety of viewpoints, were invited to write papers ...

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Evolution is no threat to thoughtful religion, say US churches

Hundreds of US churches and many thousands of religious believers defied the stereotype that American Christianity is a cipher for anti-science creationism last week, as they marked Evolution Weekend with sermons and seminars on the consonance of spiritual and scientific exploration. Pastors, theological educators, scientists and lay people also joined together to mark the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth ...

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Workers bear the Cross – sweatshop makes “Jesus junk”

A disturbing report from the US based National Labor Committee (NLC) claims that religious goods sold in Christian bookshops are manufactured in a Chinese sweatshop by workers labouring under abysmal conditions. Workers are reportedly paid just 26½ cents an hour, less than half China’s legal minimum wage of 55 cents, which is itself set at below subsistence levels. The report ...

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World Council of Churches leader shocked about university degree

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, says he was shocked and surprised to discover that the institution that gave him a doctorate in 2004 lacked accreditation to award degrees. "The revelation of the status of Fairfax University came as a shock to me," Kobia told journalists at a media conference on 14 February ...

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