Bishops – St Matts Laramie http://stmattslaramie.com/ Thu, 12 May 2022 20:20:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stmattslaramie.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-25T213047.278.png Bishops – St Matts Laramie http://stmattslaramie.com/ 32 32 Methodist bishops predict some churches in Texas will switch to new conservative offshoot https://stmattslaramie.com/methodist-bishops-predict-some-churches-in-texas-will-switch-to-new-conservative-offshoot/ Thu, 12 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/methodist-bishops-predict-some-churches-in-texas-will-switch-to-new-conservative-offshoot/ When Houston-based Bishop Scott J. Jones sees divisions or disagreements among his fellow parishioners, he often reflects on the words of John Wesleythe founder of the Methodist movement in England. “Although we can’t think alike, can’t we love alike?” said Jones, a fourth generation preacher, quoting the 18th century clergyman. Jones is likely reflecting more […]]]>

When Houston-based Bishop Scott J. Jones sees divisions or disagreements among his fellow parishioners, he often reflects on the words of John Wesleythe founder of the Methodist movement in England.

“Although we can’t think alike, can’t we love alike?” said Jones, a fourth generation preacher, quoting the 18th century clergyman.

Jones is likely reflecting more on Wesley’s famous reflection this month after a historic split in the United Methodist Church, a Protestant denomination numbering more than 6 million. members in the USA.

Following years of disputes within the United Methodist Church over same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, a breakaway sect called the World Methodist Church was launched on May Day. Jones, the resident bishop of UMC’s annual conference in Texas, said he now expects a migration to the more conservative World Methodist Church.

“I think we will experience a significant split across Texas, with mainstream churches affiliated with the Methodist World Church,” said Jones, whose conference includes over 600 congregations and nearly 300,000 members. “It will take several years for everything to fall apart, but we are going to see a major split.”

Jones said the church officially prohibits same-sex marriages and members of the LGBTQ community from being in ministry, but several bishops and conferences have willfully disobeyed those rules for some time.

“So the traditionalists in the church decided it was time to move on rather than wait for the next general conference,” he told The Texas Newsroom.

This general conference has been postponed to 2024 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On its website, the World Methodist Church said it had decided to establish itself beforehand.

“Leaders of The United Methodist Church have not made timely arrangements for a general conference to be held in 2022, and have therefore postponed it a third time,” the statement read. “The Transitional Leadership Council has decided that it should launch The World Methodist Church this year so that local churches, annual conferences and central conferences wishing to join can do so as soon as possible.”

The statement adds that for the next 12 to 18 months, the GMC will be a “church in transition” as it prepares for its calling conference.

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, who was named president of the UMC Council of Bishops last month, said the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled on Tuesday that an entire conference cannot disaffiliate. of the UMC. But current rules allow individual churches to decide to leave over time, making it difficult to predict how many churches will eventually join the GMC.

“It’s a regional response, really. It depends on where you are,” he told The Texas Newsroom. “We believe the majority of departures will be in the southern and south-central United States, where a large concentration of conservatives reside.”

He posits that Texas will likely see more disaffiliations for this reason.

“We expect the Texas conference to be one of those with significantly higher percentages,” he said.

Prior to the UMC Judicial Council’s decision, the Lubbock-based Northwest Texas Conference had to decide whether to leave the UMC at its annual conference this summer. The conference last summer approved a non-binding resolution announcing its intention to join a conservative church, Religion News Services reported.

Churches at the Rio Texas annual conference, which includes Austin to the Rio Grande Valley and parts of West and South Texas, “have expressed an interest in learning more about the disaffiliation process,” said spokeswoman Mary Catherine Phillips.

“The process is long and includes a time of discernment, education and prayer. We would not be able to speculate on a total at this time,” she said.

Although the process will take time, the World Methodist Church believes that many congregations will migrate to the more conservative and traditional faction.

“Many United Methodists have grown impatient with a denomination that is clearly struggling to function effectively at the general church level,” the Reverend Keith Boyette, chairman of the Transitional Leadership Council and president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, said in a statement. published on the GMC website. .

“Local churches and theologically conservative annual conferences want to be free from divisive and destructive debates, and have the freedom to move forward together,” Boyette added. “We are confident that many existing congregations will join the New World Methodist Church in waves over the next few years, and new church plants will spring up as faithful members leave the UM Church and merge into new congregations. .”

A “big tent” philosophy

Bickerton said it’s too simple to label The United Methodist Church as the liberal counterpart of the Methodist World Church, because the UMC sees itself as a “big tent” organization.

“United Methodism is made up of conservatives, centrists and liberals. It is a very diverse denomination of age, ethnicity, theology. It is not a liberal church. It is not a conservative church. It is not a centrist church. In fact, it’s all of that,” he said. But he admitted that over time, the issue of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy were just two factors.

“They challenged our policy, our approach and our administration and created their own set of rubrics and protocols, if you will. So it goes way beyond the issue of human sexuality,” he said. “And while we wish them no ill will, there is a sense of disappointment that they have decided to leave.”

For Bishop Jones of the Texas Annual Conference, the best way forward is to respect and listen to the concerns of each church in the conference.

“I try to bless all of the churches in my conference — whether progressive, traditional or intermediate — and help them find their best ways to serve Christ and further their mission,” he said.

But, he added, it will not come without pain. When asked if he laments the split, Jones didn’t hesitate.

“It breaks my heart. I am a fourth generation Methodist preacher, and I have worked for the past 18 years to prevent this. But it will happen now,” he said.

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Deadlock in key vote as Anglican bishops block Tory statement on marriage https://stmattslaramie.com/deadlock-in-key-vote-as-anglican-bishops-block-tory-statement-on-marriage/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:35:30 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/deadlock-in-key-vote-as-anglican-bishops-block-tory-statement-on-marriage/ A motion to affirm traditional marriage passed in two of the three Anglican General Synod (GS) houses held on the Gold Coast, but was blocked in the Bishops’ house. In the laity (of the Lower House) – the vote was 63-47 and in the clergy 70-39, but the motion failed in the House of Bishops […]]]>

A motion to affirm traditional marriage passed in two of the three Anglican General Synod (GS) houses held on the Gold Coast, but was blocked in the Bishops’ house.

In the laity (of the Lower House) – the vote was 63-47 and in the clergy 70-39, but the motion failed in the House of Bishops 10-12.

When the vote was announced, Kanishka Raffel, Archbishop of Sydney, said: “I have had people approach me saying they will leave the synod. I urged them not to.

Raffel recounted the moves of Canadian, American and New Zealand Anglicans to leave when same-sex blessings were approved in their churches.

“Failing to make these affirmations today has left us in a perilous situation,” he said.

The GS voted on whether to make a statement on gay marriage proposed by Raffel. The statement says that marriage between a man and a woman is the only form of marriage taught by Jesus and that the blessing of same-sex civil marriages is also contrary to the teaching of Christ. (The full statement is at the bottom of this story.)

The GS responds to actions by the Church’s Court of Appeals – its highest legal body – which ruled last year that blessing same-sex civil marriages is not contrary to the Church’s constitution, narrowing the vision from the doctrine of the constitution to questions relating to salvation.

During the debate, the Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier wished there had been a select panel to hammer out a compromise “which would receive an amen”.

Bishop Rod Chiswell (Armidale) said he is being brought to justice and the exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act that his case can rely on require a statement of doctrine.

Archdeacon Tiffanny Sparkes (diocese of Grafton) highlighted Eternityof yesterday’s debate report to suggest that there is a complementary theology behind the statement.

The declaration will not prevent dioceses wishing to bless same-sex civil marriages from doing so.

Dean Peter Catt (Brisbane) reminded the SG that amendments suggesting that the understanding of marriage had evolved and used words like ‘currently’ and ‘traditionally’ to capture this idea, had been lost.

The declaration will not prevent dioceses wishing to bless same-sex civil marriages from doing so. Same-sex marriage itself is not legal in the Anglican Church.

Bishop Mark Short (Canberra-Goulburn) “It is because I support this inclusion of women at all levels of ordained ministry that I support this statement.”

Bishop Garry Weatherill (Ballarat) “The Synod of Ballarat urged me, by a vote of 85%, to act on human sexuality. I refused to do so for the good of the Church. My episcopal office remained open to discussion. I want to urge a similar person to leave the doors ajar in this difficult situation so that we can continue the discussion.

“Since 2020, there have been two same-sex marriage blessings in our Church. Not a tsunami.

Craig Roberts (Sydney) “I urge you to support this motion as a member of the clergy and as a father of an adult child with same-sex attraction.”

In response, Archbishop Raffel (Sydney) said that “the GS has made much the same statement, but in light of the change in the Marriage Act and the decision of the Court of Appeal, it must be done If this statement does not pass through every house, there is something wrong.

The statement

“In accordance with the authority recognized in Articles 4 and 26 of the constitution to make pronouncements concerning the faith, ritual, ceremonial, or discipline of this Church, and in accordance with the procedures set forth in Rule V, the General Synod by present states:

1. The faith, ritual, ceremonial and discipline of this Church reflect and sustain marriage as ordained from the beginning, being the exclusive union of one man and one woman resulting from mutual promises fidelity for life, which is in accordance with the teaching of Christ that “from the beginning the Creator made them male and female”, and in marriage, “a man will leave his father and his mother and will cleave to his woman, and the two will become one flesh” (Matt 19:4-5).

2. In 2004 (Resolutions 62/04, 63/04), the General Synod “did not tolerate the liturgical blessing of homosexual relations” nor “the ordination of persons engaged in homosexual relations”, recognizing that the two issues were subject to ‘ongoing debate in this Church and that we all have an obligation to listen to each other with respect.

3. In 2017, the Commonwealth Parliament amended the definition of ‘marriage’ in the Marriage Act (1961) to mean ‘a union of 2 persons to the exclusion of all others, entered into voluntarily for life, thus making lawful the marriage of two persons”. of the same sex and presenting this Church in a profoundly modified missionary and pastoral context.

4. The celebration of a marriage between a same-sex couple is contrary to the teaching of Christ and to the faith, ritual, ceremonial and/or discipline of this Church.

5. Any rite or ceremony that purports to bless a same-sex marriage is not in accordance with the teaching of Christ and the faith, ritual, ceremonial and/or discipline of this Church. ”

In earlier discussions, the GS appreciated funding for defense force chaplains, but noted a shortage of Anglican ministers taking on these roles.

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Catholic bishops ask U.S. Supreme Court to review California sexual abuse law https://stmattslaramie.com/catholic-bishops-ask-u-s-supreme-court-to-review-california-sexual-abuse-law/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:40:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/catholic-bishops-ask-u-s-supreme-court-to-review-california-sexual-abuse-law/ Could California end up in another dispute with the US Supreme Court? Nine Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in California have asked the nation’s highest court to reconsider their case against a law of 2019 signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, who created a three-year window for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against alleged […]]]>

Could California end up in another dispute with the US Supreme Court?

Nine Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in California have asked the nation’s highest court to reconsider their case against a law of 2019 signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, who created a three-year window for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against alleged perpetrators at school, church or elsewhere, regardless when the alleged abuse occurred. The law also allowed defendants to be prosecuted for a new offence: the activity of “concealment”.

In the Petition of April 15what was first reported last week by the Catholic News Agencylawyers for the Catholic bishops say the law is unconstitutional because California already gave victims the option to sue in 2002 – when it opened a year-long portal for victims of sexual abuse to file complaints claims without time limit – and because it retroactively adds new Liabilities.

  • The lawyers wrote: ‘Review is essential now, before the Catholic Church in the largest state in the union was forced to litigate hundreds or thousands of cases seeking potentially billions of dollars in retroactive punitive damages under an unconstitutional dual revival regime.
  • They added that their customers have already paid more than $1.2 billion to resolve claims filed during the initial one-year window, and “to fund these settlements they have spent significant resources, sold vast expanses of Church property and, in some cases, depleted or discontinued insurance coverage for past and future abuse claims.
  • Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests Slams Bishops’ Petition“The 2002 window lasted a year, barely enough time for the victims to regain their courage or their voice. Many did not hear of the window or found their courage too late. This new three-year window gives survivors in dire condition time to speak out, get help, and come forward. We believe it is this bravery that frightens the Catholic bishops of California. »

Newsom’s office declined to comment: “We have nothing to add at this time,” Daniel Lopez, Newsom’s deputy director of communications, told me in an email.

But the petition, which arrived less than a month before Politico released a draft majority opinion from the United States Supreme Court showing that the judges are on the verge of overturning the federal constitutional right to abortion, could trigger the latest standoff between California and the High Court.

In other reproductive justice news: Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Monday that Kings County District Attorney Keith Fagundes dropped criminal charges against Adora Perez, whom he previously charged with manslaughter after she gave birth to a stillborn baby while on meth. “California law is clear: we don’t criminalize people for pregnancy loss,” Bonta said.

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Bishops say UK is punishing asylum seekers by sending them to Rwanda https://stmattslaramie.com/bishops-say-uk-is-punishing-asylum-seekers-by-sending-them-to-rwanda/ Tue, 10 May 2022 16:55:42 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/bishops-say-uk-is-punishing-asylum-seekers-by-sending-them-to-rwanda/ MANCHESTER, UK — The British government is unfairly punishing Channel migrants for the crimes of human traffickers by sending the migrants to Rwanda for asylum claims to be processed, the English and Welsh bishops have said. In a May 9 statement, the bishops said a plan to stop people from entering England illegally in small […]]]>

MANCHESTER, UK — The British government is unfairly punishing Channel migrants for the crimes of human traffickers by sending the migrants to Rwanda for asylum claims to be processed, the English and Welsh bishops have said.

In a May 9 statement, the bishops said a plan to stop people from entering England illegally in small boats fails to treat migrants with justice and does not honor “their dignity as people.” human”.


“Our Christian faith demands that we respond generously to asylum seekers, whose dignity must be protected and respected,” the statement said.

“Those seeking refuge in the UK should be provided with safe routes to travel, given the opportunity to tell their story, be heard and have their cases rightly assessed,” the statement said. “We keep in mind that there are no illegal asylum seekers – seeking asylum is a human right.”

“Modern human smugglers and traffickers profit from the desperation and misery of refugees,” the Bishops continued. “We fully support their pursuit. However, it is imperative to make a clear distinction between the victims and those who exploit them. Crime is defeated by confronting the perpetrators, not by punishing the victims.

Speaking to reporters at an online press conference on May 9, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said the statement was unanimously accepted by the bishops at their plenary assembly in Cardiff, Land of Wales, May 2-6.

He said the plan, introduced by the Nationality and Borders Act 2022, was flawed because it outsourced the government’s responsibility to process asylum claims in another country.

“Clearly, we accept the complexity of these processes. We clearly accept the weight of responsibility on (the) policy maker,” said Nichols, president of the English and Welsh Bishops’ Conference. He said the law had not “provided a due process for the testing of claims”.

“Politics should not aim at the wrong targets,” he said. “We suggest the law threatens to criminalize people who have been victimized…and has the potential to start a process by which they could be deported.”

The £120million deal with Rwanda means any single men who arrive by small boats on British shores will be sent around 4,000 miles away while their asylum claims are processed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted the plan is ‘morally right’ as he believes it will reduce the risk of migrants drowning as they attempt to cross the body of water between England and France. It also seeks to disrupt the business model of human traffickers, who charge migrants large sums of money for crossing by boat.

The majority of migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Africa, who attempt to enter England illegally through this route have already passed through several safe European countries where they could have sought asylum.

In 2021, more than 30,000 migrants entered England illegally across the English Channel, but more died trying, including 27 who drowned on one occasion in November.

During their plenary meeting, the bishops also announced that they would reinstate the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days in England and Wales for the first time since the first national lockdown against COVID-19 more than two years ago.

In a statement released May 9, the bishops said that “the pressing challenges of the pandemic have abated considerably” and they believe “that the reasons that have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days in obligation no longer apply”.

“We thank God that this situation has now changed,” they said in the statement.

The bond will be reinstated on Pentecost, June 5. In Scotland, it was reinstated on March 6, the first Sunday of Lent, but with a government rule that worshipers must wear face coverings.

In England and Wales, however, almost all restrictions – including the use of face masks – were lifted shortly after Christmas.

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End Hunger in Nigeria, Methodist Bishops Tell Buhari https://stmattslaramie.com/end-hunger-in-nigeria-methodist-bishops-tell-buhari/ Tue, 10 May 2022 03:58:39 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/end-hunger-in-nigeria-methodist-bishops-tell-buhari/ The Methodist Bishops on Monday called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) to fight hunger in the country. This was part of the communiqué released after the 39th Episcopal Council Conference held in Lagos. The church said ending hunger in the country would positively affect other social variables and end the socially-driven crisis […]]]>

The Methodist Bishops on Monday called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) to fight hunger in the country.

This was part of the communiqué released after the 39th Episcopal Council Conference held in Lagos.

The church said ending hunger in the country would positively affect other social variables and end the socially-driven crisis the society has been facing in recent times.

The theme of the conference was “Prepare for the Second Coming of Christ”.

The Prelate of the Church, His Eminence, Samuel Uche, said people should speak out against the social upheavals which have been a challenge for social peace.

The cleric urged the government to end hunger in the country as such social upheaval had endangered the peace of the nation.

He said, “As a church, we remain committed to the welfare of the people and will continue to advocate for the good of the people for the authorities to encourage people-centered policies to prevent conflict in the country.

“We will continue to show determination and drive, capable of moving us forward in the direction of the progress that society desires.

“The Council of Bishops urges everyone to lead a holy life, as it is essential to win the war against the social vices, perversion and corruption that pervade society.

“Our government has a duty to secure people’s lives by extending its economic dynamism to the agricultural sector which has the capacity to employ many young people and deter them from becoming involved in crime.”

He added that reshaping the national economy through mechanized agriculture would keep young people away from crime.

Uche described the protracted strike by university professors as unproductive, urging the authorities to make peace with the striking professors, to allow young people to return to school.

“There is a need for undergraduate students to continue their studies without interruption from the program.

“Such a lull in the system, as seen in the more than three-month-long industrial action, could be counterproductive for students and society,” he said.

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Bishops call for moral judgment https://stmattslaramie.com/bishops-call-for-moral-judgment/ Mon, 09 May 2022 07:43:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/bishops-call-for-moral-judgment/ The briefing was part of CBCPNG&SI’s Annual General Meeting, held April 26-May 4, 2022, at Rondon Ridge Lodge in Mt Hagen, themed “Salt and Light”. Presenters were the Archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Cardinal Ribat; CBCPNG&SI President, Archbishop Anton Bal of Madang; and CBCPNGSI Vice President, Bishop Otto Separy of Bereina. The bishops of […]]]>

The briefing was part of CBCPNG&SI’s Annual General Meeting, held April 26-May 4, 2022, at Rondon Ridge Lodge in Mt Hagen, themed “Salt and Light”.

Presenters were the Archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Cardinal Ribat; CBCPNG&SI President, Archbishop Anton Bal of Madang; and CBCPNGSI Vice President, Bishop Otto Separy of Bereina.

The bishops of the different dioceses, the personnel of CBCPNG&SI, the personnel of the traditional and Catholic media were present for the occasion.

The statement reaffirmed the neutral position of the Catholic Church in politics, but also urged citizens to be rational and sane for the common good.

“The Catholic Church maintains its neutrality. As an organization of the Church, we do not endorse any particular candidate or political party in this and any other election. We want the process to be free, honest and without fear or favour. Votes should not be taken because the candidates are members of your family, a tribal group or belong to your associations,” it reads.

Emphasizing the rights and freedom of all citizens to support and elect candidates of their own choice, the document further reads: “Using their own careful judgment and conscience, they have their democratic right to choose trustworthy and God-fearing people. We ask you to vote wisely because your vote is your power and it determines your future and that of your children.

Abbé Bal warned that if this year’s elections were not guided by the right decisions, the long-term impacts would be detrimental to the whole country.

Cardinal Ribat urged eligible voting citizens and potential candidates to be mindful of their conduct in the upcoming elections and called on all to be guided by their own hearts and choices. “He must not be motivated or influenced in any way by potential candidates. Vote for people you trust to make better decisions and who are honest and willing to serve the people of our country with humility and humility. Our vote has power and when we vote, we help improve our society. Let’s be responsible and don’t compromise our moral standing for short-term gain,” he said.

Bishop Separy recalled the history of Papua New Guinea’s election periods, saying they had come such a long way since gaining independence in 1975, and implored citizens to access their basic democratic right without fear, favor or intimidation.

He stressed that a leader is an elected representative of the people and should always listen to the people, speak on behalf of the people, drive change for them and not impose their own ideas.
“Those who are elected to parliament become lawmakers, and the laws they make must be for the good of the country and its citizens, and they must also be in accordance with our Christian principles and values,” he added. .

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There is hope for West Africa – Catholic Bishops https://stmattslaramie.com/there-is-hope-for-west-africa-catholic-bishops/ Sat, 07 May 2022 19:43:29 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/there-is-hope-for-west-africa-catholic-bishops/ Despite their challenges, the 16 West African countries will overcome their current difficulties, Catholic Bishops in the sub-region said on Saturday. They insisted that political leaders must end the draconian policies and practices that allow the exploitation of the masses. The Bishops under the auspices of the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa have […]]]>

Despite their challenges, the 16 West African countries will overcome their current difficulties, Catholic Bishops in the sub-region said on Saturday.

They insisted that political leaders must end the draconian policies and practices that allow the exploitation of the masses.

The Bishops under the auspices of the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa have also resolved to work with key stakeholders to remove all obstacles to peaceful coexistence, development and productivity in the region. West Africa.

The clerics expressed these views in a statement made available to journalists following their fourth General Assembly, which was held in Abuja.

While acknowledging that West African countries were struggling with common challenges of insecurity, corruption and sectoral marginalization among others, they said there was no need to despair as hard times don’t last forever.

The Catholic Bishops said, “We recognize the dangers inherent in our current society, but we remain optimistic that none of the problems plaguing our sub-region are insurmountable.

“However, we must work together, with like minds in politics, religion, economics, social life and the media, in synergy to combat all forms of human inhumanity to man. ”

The statement which was signed by the President of RECOWA, Revd. Alexis Touabli Youlou, further stressed that all stakeholders must sustain advocacy for positive change in society.

The statement read, “As a Church, we call on politicians, other leaders, and even our people to bring order to their endless thirst for self-glorification and the acquisition of wealth.

“We urge Christian politicians, traditional leaders, technocrats, professionals, especially those in the media, businessmen and women, and indeed all our people to live their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption, ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society.

“We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and undermining of our people and endanger the future of our children.

“Tragically, some individuals engaging in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our sub-region. We therefore call on all to never tire of denouncing and rooting such evils among us.

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Guarantee the freedom to demonstrate freely – Anglican Bishops https://stmattslaramie.com/guarantee-the-freedom-to-demonstrate-freely-anglican-bishops/ Fri, 06 May 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/guarantee-the-freedom-to-demonstrate-freely-anglican-bishops/ Bishops and clergy of the Colombo and Kurunagala dioceses of the Church of Ceylon yesterday deplored the recent conduct of the police in the arrest of a group of young people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration without any threat of breaking their the peace. “These arbitrary arrests and illegal actions by law […]]]>

Bishops and clergy of the Colombo and Kurunagala dioceses of the Church of Ceylon yesterday deplored the recent conduct of the police in the arrest of a group of young people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration without any threat of breaking their the peace.

“These arbitrary arrests and illegal actions by law enforcement are a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of our people. Such conduct will not help alleviate the suffering of our people,”

The Church of Ceylon, in a statement issued under the direction of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Ceylon and the Bishop of Kurunagala Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando and Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo said the Anglican Church agrees with the protesters that the elected leaders of the country have failed the people of the nation.

“We recognize that our nation has faced different crises for decades and that in many of them, justice and fairness continue to be denied.” The Church also warns those involved in organizing the current struggle not to allow it to be manipulated for political ends or to satisfy the ulterior motives of unscrupulous forces who may attempt to hijack the real intentions of the people.

Full Statement: Bishops and Clergy of the Colombo and Kurunagala Dioceses of the Church of Ceylon Gathered to Confer Together Under the Theme “Love of Christ Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity” Take Serious Note of Crises economic and socio-political issues that affect all Sri Lankans, especially the most vulnerable, which has resulted in an unprecedented grassroots movement that has launched a courageous and disciplined protest.

It is clear that there is a rejection of nepotistic family politics, corruption and the attitude of impunity in the face of the burning problems with which our people are forced to struggle daily. We agree with the protesters that our elected leaders have failed the people of the nation.

We recognize that our nation has faced different crises for decades and that in many of them justice and fairness continue to be denied. Among these are the long-standing, unresolved grievances of northerners and easterners, the plantation community and the Muslim community. We are also aware of the complex struggles of farmers, daily wage earners and victims of unemployment and underemployment, as well as the severe strain on health and education systems and threats to freedom of expression. It is further regrettable that the decision to approach the International Monetary Fund for a bailout has once again exposed the incompetence of those in power to make the right decisions at the right time, the outcome of which threatens well-being term and common good of the vast majority of our fellow citizens, many of whom will be forced into situations of abject poverty. We further express our deep concern over the militarization and intimidation that has taken place under the guise of the Prevention of Terrorism Act which we believe should be abolished. We raise our voice in support and solidarity with the political victims of our country and continue to maintain our position so that their aspirations are taken into account in a comprehensive way as we move forward as a nation. We call on those engaged in the current struggle to join those whose long-term aspirations remain unfulfilled.

We deplore the recent conduct of the police in the arrest of a group of young people who were participating in a peaceful demonstration without any threat of breaking the peace. Such arbitrary arrest and illegal action by law enforcement is a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of our people. . Such conduct will not help alleviate the suffering of our people.

As representatives of a faith community, 1. We believe that now is the time for the whole nation to stand up, but also to engage in a process of self-examination.

2. We warn those involved in organizing the current struggle not to allow it to be manipulated for political ends or to satisfy the ulterior motives of unscrupulous forces who may attempt to hijack the true intentions of the people .

3.We propose that dialogue take place between groups of people with diverging political views so that the voices of those who diverge can be heard with respect and given serious consideration during the process of constitutional reform. 4. We further call for thoughtful proposals for a new political system that takes into consideration the fundamental rights of all people in Sri Lanka to live with dignity and equity.

5. We join our voices with those engaged in the ongoing peoples’ struggle and call on those responsible to step down and allow a comprehensive change in the system of government, including the abolition of the executive presidency and the 20th amendment to the Constitution.

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California Catholic Bishops Ask Supreme Court to Revisit Case Challenging Statute of Limitations https://stmattslaramie.com/california-catholic-bishops-ask-supreme-court-to-revisit-case-challenging-statute-of-limitations/ Thu, 05 May 2022 20:32:38 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/california-catholic-bishops-ask-supreme-court-to-revisit-case-challenging-statute-of-limitations/ (RNS) – The Catholic bishops of California have asked the United States Supreme Court to consider a case challenging a state law that extends the time survivors of childhood sexual abuse have to file their complaints. The petition, first reported this week by the Catholic News Agencywas filed on April 15 by nine Catholic dioceses […]]]>

(RNS) – The Catholic bishops of California have asked the United States Supreme Court to consider a case challenging a state law that extends the time survivors of childhood sexual abuse have to file their complaints.

The petition, first reported this week by the Catholic News Agencywas filed on April 15 by nine Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in California after the California Supreme Court declined to hear the case – Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland v. California Superior Court of Los Angeles County – in November.

In 2002, California decreed a one-year window allowing plaintiffs to file sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church and others “even though the statute of limitations had expired decades earlier,” the bishops said in their petition.

By the end of that year, the state attempted to revive lapsed claims three more times, but former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed every bill, the petition notes. But Brown’s successor, Gavin Newsom, signed legislation in 2019 that gave some assault victims more time to sue, in what the bishops call “an unconstitutional double-rebirth scheme.”

“This time,” reads the Bishops’ petition, “the defendants’ past conduct is subject not only to claims for compensatory and punitive damages that were previously twice barred, but also to additional penalties (under the form of “treble” damages) based on a newly defined category of “cover-up” activity.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, blasted the bishops’ petition in a statement Wednesday (May 4).

“Attempting to invalidate this law by circumventing lawmakers now is dishonest at best and also a slap in the face to the thousands of victims – not just Catholic victims – seeking comfort and justice,” SNAP said in the statement.

Map of Catholic dioceses and archdioceses in California. Image via CACatholic.org

The extension of the time window for filing complaints, SNAP said, was necessary because survivors of abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s “have yet to realize the damage done to them and remain silent. in their pain.

But the dioceses say that during the initial one-year window, they faced more than 1,000 lawsuits alleging misconduct dating back to the 1930s and reached a series of settlements worth more than $100,000. a billion dollars “to put an end to this business”, according to the petition.

“To fund these settlements, they expended significant resources, sold vast tracts of Church property, and in some cases exhausted or abandoned insurance coverage for past and future abuse claims,” ​​the petition reads. .

“The review is critical now, before the Catholic Church in the largest state in the union is forced to litigate hundreds or thousands of cases seeking potentially billions of dollars in retroactive punitive damages,” the clerics said. bishops.

The nine dioceses and archdioceses listed in the petition are represented by: Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles; Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange; Bishop Joseph V. Brennan of Fresno; Bishop Daniel E. Garcia of Monterey; Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland; Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco; Bishop Oscar Cantú of San José; and Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Santa Rosa.

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ASIA/LEBANON – Legislative elections: the Maronite bishops demand the conditions for a peaceful process https://stmattslaramie.com/asia-lebanon-legislative-elections-the-maronite-bishops-demand-the-conditions-for-a-peaceful-process/ Thu, 05 May 2022 11:14:34 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/asia-lebanon-legislative-elections-the-maronite-bishops-demand-the-conditions-for-a-peaceful-process/ ASIA/LEBANON – Legislative elections: the Maronite bishops demand the conditions for a peaceful process Bkerké (Agence Fid Wednesday, May 4 at the Patriarchate of Bkerké, for their monthly meeting, chaired by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Raï. The bishops of the Maronite Church – reads the 6-point statement issued at the end of the meeting – hope […]]]>

ASIA/LEBANON – Legislative elections: the Maronite bishops demand the conditions for a peaceful process

Bkerké (Agence Fid Wednesday, May 4 at the Patriarchate of Bkerké, for their monthly meeting, chaired by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Raï.
The bishops of the Maronite Church – reads the 6-point statement issued at the end of the meeting – hope that any potential obstacle to the smooth running of the electoral process will be removed, recognizing that only an expression of the will of the people, free from any form of conditioning and intimidation, will allow the country to change course and avoid the national collapse which seems to threaten the Country of the Cedars. Earlier, in his homily on Sunday May 1, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Harissa, Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï asked for active participation in the elections if they really want to protect their right to self-determination and preserve the future of country of groups fighting for the collapse of Lebanon and to erase its historical identity.
In the statement, the Maronite bishops also deplored the inaction of the national politico-institutional class, which has not implemented the necessary reforms to initiate cooperation between Lebanon and the International Monetary Fund and thus attempt to implement implement the economic recovery plan necessary to save the country. of economic and financial collapse. The Maronite bishops also expressed their condolences to the families of dozens of Syrian migrants who died in the recent tragedy off the coast south of Tripoli, when the boat in which they were trying to leave Lebanon sank. According to the Maronite bishops, all necessary measures must be taken to target gangs that profit from human trafficking, “exploiting the misery and despair of people and putting them at risk of losing their lives.” The Maronite bishops also recall that the Church consecrates the month of May each year to honor the Virgin Mary, and they invite all the baptized “to revive this month through prayer, sobriety and acts of charity, asking to God, through his intercession, to give humanity mercy, joy and peace, as fruits of redemption”. April, had been considered imminent by various parties.The first rumor of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Lebanese soil circulated via Twitter from the office of Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday, April 5. “The Lebanese”, underlined the Head of State in a press release issued by the presidential palace, “have waited a long time for this visit to express their gratitude for the attention that His Holiness pays to Lebanon, for the initiatives that he has taken for the country and for the pray es he has offered for his peace and stability. On Tuesday evening April 5, the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni, replied to a question from some journalists on a possible next trip by the pope to Lebanon that such a possibility “is a hypothesis under study”. The Maronite bishops, at the end of their monthly meeting held on April 6 at the patriarchal see of Bkirké, expressed in the usual final communiqué their “joy at the announcement of the visit of Pope Francis to Lebanon scheduled for next June”. . Pending details of the official program of the Pope’s visit, the bishops of the Maronite Church – as they write in their statement of April 6 – “ask God for his blessing and the fulfillment of all the wishes of the Pope Francis for the good of Lebanon and all Lebanese”. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2022)


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