Monday, June 23, 2003

Heard on the radio this morning that the fighting goes on in Iraq. Wow, they're shooting back: who'd have thought it?

US Supreme Court rules race can be used to admit or refuse students
Heroic Jennifer Gratz wins appeal, but verdict on second case vs. U. of Michigan upholds 'affirmative action'
It's official - the Old Republic value of fairness regardless of ethnicity is dead. Now, membership in a American university is detemined by and divided into Marxist soviets classed by race. Dreadful. What happened to Martin Luther King's 1963 rhetoric, 'not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character'? I have a dream today.

Saintly Italian beauty pageant is thanks to God

From blog correspondent Dave McLaughlin
Small-o orthodox priest suddenly ousted by RC bishop of Altoona-Johnstown

From David Virtue
Holy Kool-Aid, spiritual poison
by Kevin McCullough
A bit Protestant in tone but pretty good.

Sydney Anglicans risk split in Lord’s Supper rumpus
by Kelly Burke

Blog correspondent Lee Penn: Most of the news in the Anglican Communion pertains to the developing schism
over the gay question.

Lee: Meanwhile - as has been threatened for at least 10 years that I am aware of -
the Anglican province in Sydney, Australia is moving toward allowing the laity
to preside at the Eucharist. It would be another step (among many) away from
catholicity for the Anglican communion if this occurs.

Me: Well, why not? Since this group has 'bishops' in good standing who don't really believe in God, why even keep the pretence of the apostolic ministry?

Sydney has moved a step closer to splitting from the Anglican Church in
Australia in a radical move to change the nature of Holy Communion.

Documents obtained by the Herald outline how the Sydney diocese plans
to allow lay people to administer the Lord's Supper.

The diocese has already been warned by bishops here and overseas that
such a move would be theologically unsound and probably illegal, and
that Sydney faces likely expulsion from the Anglican Communion if it
goes ahead.

But a draft ordinance tabled in Sydney's Standing Committee on Monday
night claims it has found a way to overcome the legal hurdle, thanks to
a 1976 amendment to state legislation.

That amendment, the report argues, effectively frees the Sydney Diocese
from the Church of England's Act of Uniformity 1662, which states that
"no person whatsoever . . . shall presume to consecrate and administer
the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper before such time as he shall be
ordained priest".

The move has already prompted sabre-rattling from Sydney's neighbouring
diocese of Newcastle. Its bishop, Roger Herft, said the motive behind
Sydney's push for lay presidency was tied to the diocese's continuing
opposition to the ordination of women to the priesthood.

"Now that women are allowed to [administer] the sacraments and proclaim
the word of God, Sydney has said 'let's devalue the currency - now
anybody can do it'. It's very subtle and very sinful." [!]

The ordinance will be debated next month, but several sources within
Standing Committee were already conceding yesterday that the pro-lay
presidency lobby clearly had the numbers on its side. The draft
ordinance will be presented to Sydney Synod in October, and could
become law before the end of next year, providing the archbishop, Peter
Jensen, gives his assent.

Unlike his predecessor, Harry Goodhew, who vetoed a similar move in
1999, Dr Jensen has always said he supports lay presidency, as long as
it can be achieved legally.

Dr Jensen declined to comment yesterday. It is understood he plans to
write to bishops all over the world and gauge by their responses what
price Sydney might pay for its renegade action.

But Bishop Glenn Davies, who chaired the committee which drew up the
ordinance, has indicated that the issue is important enough to risk

"Sydney recognises that the preaching of the word is the heart and soul
of ministry," he said. "As we have authorised qualified lay people to
preach sermons, so we believe these people . . . should be able to
administer the sacrament, which is the visible word of God." [End.]

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
Secularizing a Catholic school in Dallas
Perhaps an example, per Lew Rockwell, why vouchers aren't a good idea after all. Once the state gets in, it owns you. Owns.

On the lighter side...

From The Rockall Times
Very fabric of society threatened by appointment of gay Satanist dope-smoking bishop
The other Times takes a shot at everybody - Dr Harries, the orthodox and secular Britain.

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