Day: June 18, 2012

The bishops are overreacting

The logic of accommodation on religious grounds has never meant that the law in question—requiring military service, say, or vaccinations—is itself a violation of religious liberty and must be repealed. That is the argument that the bishops are trying to make, but it is muddled and unconvincing.

Breaking: Bishop Packard and others found guilty in OWS v. Trinity, Wall Street

Updated Retired Bishop George Packard and seven other defendants have been found guilty of trespassing for climbing a fence and entering an empty lot owned by Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street in December. Packard and six others defendants were sentenced to four days of community service and assessed fines. One defendant, Mark Adams, was sentenced […]

Boy preacher

Ezekiel Stoddard is 11. Last month, he was ordained as a minister in his family’s independent Pentecostal church, an act sanctioned by the state of Maryland.

General Convention predictions

Okay, we’ve compiled our wish lists for General Convention. Now tell us what you think will happen to key legislation. Two guess from me: the resolution to permit Communion before Baptism or without Baptism, or regardless of Baptism will not be approved. The degree of alarm over this resolution has always seem disproportionate to the […]

U. S. Supreme Court denies appeal by breakaway parish in CT

The United States Supreme Court has decided to let stand a ruling that upholds the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut’s victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court. The court denied a petition filed by former clergy and members of Bishop Seabury Episcopal Church in Groton for a writ of certiorari. A writ is issued if four justices […]

Cloud (and Mountain)

“Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, resting upon it, the Israelites would remain in camp and would not set out; but when it lifted they would set out.” (Numbers 9:22)