Category Archives: Religion

Defrocked Methodist minister who officiated son’s same-sex wedding is refrocked

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, after the UMC appeals committee resolution to refrock and restore ministerial credentials. (Image: charisma.org)

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, after the UMC appeals committee resolution to refrock and restore ministerial credentials. (Image: charisma.org)

 

 

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania Methodist minister, who was defrocked after solemnizing his son’s same-sex wedding, won an appeal Monday to have his credentials reinstated.

Schaefer, 52, was suspended for 30 days, six months ago, on Nov. 18 after a jury of United Methodist Church pastors found him guilty of violating church law, outlined in the UMC Book of Discipline. After the suspension ended, he was defrocked for refusing to vow he would never perform another same-sex marriage ceremony . . .

Click here to read about the refrocking of UMC pastor, Frank Schaefer.

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Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to allow same-sex weddings

Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to allow gay marriage with stipulatons: church leader approval and only tates where same-sex marriage is legal. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to allow gay marriage with stipulatons: church leader approval and only states where same-sex marriage is legal. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

During a biennial General Assembly meeting in Detroit, Presbyterian Church (USA) top delegates voted Thursday to allow its ministers to perform same-sex weddings.

An amendment to change the definition of marriage to between two persons was approved Thursday by the General Assembly but must be ratified from a majority of 172 regional presbyteries. The regional groups will vote on the change over the course of a year . . .

Click here to read about the Presbyterian Church (USA) vote to allow same-sex weddings.

Christmas: A pagan holiday evolved into a ‘Christian’ one

Sculpture of ancient Romans celebrating the Saturnalia Festival. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Sculpture of ancient Romans celebrating the Saturnalia Festival. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25 because of its pagan origins, but the holiday later became known as Christian. What may be surprising is that there are Christians who do not celebrate Christmas. For some, like members of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, it is because the church abides by the tenet “solo scriptura,” a Latin phrase which means by scripture alone. Since Jesus did not leave instructions for his followers to celebrate his birth, the FPCS does not. Other Christians stop celebrating the holiday when they discover its roots . . .

Click here for a story on the pagan roots of Christmas.

Gay priests: ‘Who am I to judge?,’ asks Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis at Varginha, Brazeil, July 27, 2013, reaching out to the people. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Tânia Rêgo/ABr)

Pope Francis at Varginha, Brazil, July 27, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Tânia Rêgo/ABr)

On Monday, in an 80-minute press conference aboard the papal aircraft during a return trip to the Vatican from Brazil, Pope Francis answered journalists myriad questions. Concerning gay priests, he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Fox news reported Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 stating men with “deep-rooted homosexual tendencies” should not be considered for the priesthood , , ,

Click here to read Pope Francis’ thoughts on gay priests.