Day: February 4, 2015

Update on Houston arrest: Statement from the Bishop of Texas

Updated at 5:36 p.m. ET: The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has published a statement on its website, with a response from the bishop: “While I am relieved authorities have found Isaac, I am heartbroken that he has been charged with capital murder,” said the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of Texas. “This only adds […]

Secularism: Not as easy as it seems

Secularism: Not as easy as it seems

Columnist David Brooks explores the rise of secularism in a February 3 New York Times op-ed piece, “Building Better Secularists,” challenging the idea that secularism (encompassing atheism, agnosticism and being “without religious affiliation”) is a simple absence of faith, focusing specifically on points made by sociologist Phil Zuckerman in his book, “Living the Secular Life”: […]

The Vatican discusses women’s issues, but they’re not in the room

The Vatican discusses women’s issues, but they’re not in the room

The Vatican can’t seem to get it right: this week, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture is holding a plenary assembly to discuss “Women’s Culture: Equality and Difference,” but as the Boston Globe‘s Crux points out, [Cardinal Gianfranco] Ravasi said women were invited to make presentations on various issues to be taken up in the […]

SC: Circuit court rules in favor of breakaway diocese; bishop’s lawsuit ruling appealed

SC: Circuit court rules in favor of breakaway diocese; bishop’s lawsuit ruling appealed

Update 2/4 10:49 AM: The loyal diocese has posted a statement and the ruling (PDF).   Thirty-six parishes that left The Episcopal Church in 2012 over theological differences can retain $500 million in physical property according to a ruling by a S.C. circuit court, as reported in The State: The parishes have been at the […]