The Guardian reports that Zen Buddhism in Japan is facing an existential crisis, as the faith dwindles and temples are forced to close.
Part of the problem seems to lie in the exorbitant cost of the Zen funeral, which many families can no longer afford in the modern Japanese economy. One Buddhist priest, Bunkei Shibata, told the Guardian that Zen Buddhism has outdated practices around appointing priests, and hasn’t kept pace with societal changes, noting that it was focused more on […]
UPDATE at 9:20 p.m. CT: The Seventh-Day Adventists have voted not to allow women to be ordained. From the Washington Post:
Although the vote at a major conference was one of the most watched in years by the denomination, its specific purpose and impact were not immediately clear.
Leaders from the denomination, based in Silver Spring, Md., set aside all of Wednesday for discussion, pleaded for unity and encouraged all delegates to vote their conscience. For hours, people went to the microphone […]
Writing in the National Catholic Reporter, Maureen Fiedler wonders when her church will have women in the priesthood. Meanwhile, Pope Francis asks “Why is it expected that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. The disparity is a pure scandal.”
Women And The Church (WATCH) has issued a statement on the upcoming consecration of The Rev. Philip North as Suffragan Bishop of Burnley and Provincial Episcopal Visitor (PEV) for the Province of York.
The group asks about the rationale of the decision by Archbishop Sentamu to preside but not ordain North, and the fact that while this ordination is supposed to hold the Church of England together, it does so at the expense of the unity of the Church that the office of Bishop […]
On January 26, the Reverend Libby Lane will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Stockport at York Minster. On February 2, the Reverend Philip North will be consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Burnley in the Blackburn diocese.
Lane is the first woman bishop in the Church of England; North is a traditionalist who does not support the ordination of women as priests.
As a result, those bishops who were involved in the consecration of the Reverend Lane will not be part of the laying […]