Church

Explaining Papal Infallibility

Thought this might interest a few, considering the volatility of this particular doctrine.This is presented by Fr. Robert Barron for the upcoming PBS series on Roman Catholicism.

Yes Joel (HT), interesting indeed.

Looks like it’ll be a great series…

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Church

Archbishop John Hepworth: Vatican Likely to Approve a New Structure

Would that it were true:

The primate of a breakaway church in Australia says the Vatican is likely to approve a new structure later this year to bring the Anglican and Catholic churches closer together.

Archbishop John Hepworth from the Traditional Anglican Communion says he has been negotiating ways to allow Anglican priests to be accepted by the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Hepworth says it is expected to be rolled out across parts of the world later this year, including the Traditional Anglican Communion in central Queensland.

“The Anglican parish that is going into this in Rockhampton with three priests and their congregation has all agreed to it,” he said.

“The priests have applied to be Catholic priests in the ordinariate, those applications are in the process of being approved.

“We expect that they’ll be re-ordained as Catholic deacon and priest immediately the ordinariate is announced.”

Especially after this fiasco, which has turned into an embarrassing PR nightmare for the entire Traditional Anglican Communion…

Church

Israel in Peril

National Review Online from earlier in the week:

Several years ago, Charles Krauthammer pointed out that small nations can disappear, and they know it. Like Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s, Israel is a small nation and it has never been in more danger of disappearing. Today, Israel is surrounded by an armed alliance of Jihadist fundamentalists and nationalists, from North to South to East. Its West is the Mediterranean ocean, where Israel’s enemies would like to push her Jewish population. And Pres. Barack Obama has just put Israel’s very existence in more peril…

Read on here.

Culture

Christian Counsellor’s Attempt to Cure Gay man was ‘Malpractice’

So much for trying to help someone.

A Christian psychotherapist who tried to convert a gay man to become heterosexual has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

The Telegraph reports:

Lesley Pilkington was criticised by the professional body for counsellors after an undercover journalist posing as a patient secretly recorded her during a therapy session at her home.

Despite finding that Mrs Pilkington’s client, Patrick Strudwick, “deliberately misled her”, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ruled that she had breached the profession’s ethical code.

She now faces being struck off the association’s widely recognised professional register and is considering an appeal.

Mrs Pilkington, 60, practises “reparative therapy”, a controversial method which holds that homosexual orientation can be “theraputically changed” in clients who are motivated.

Mr Strudwick met Mrs Pilkington in 2009 at a largely Christian conference on therapy of homosexuality. He told her he said he was unhappy with his gay lifestyle and that he wanted treatment for his same-sex attraction.

Mr Strudwick then attended Mrs Pilkington’s private practice, based at her home in Chorleywood, Herts, and recorded a session on a tape machine strapped to his stomach.

He gathered material which he later used in a complaint against Mrs Pilkington to the BACP. A decision by the BACP panel was made earlier this week but both sides were told to treat the matter as confidential while Mrs Pilkington considered whether to use her right to an appeal.

However, Mr Strudwick wrote about the BACP’s decision for the Guardian newspaper. Mrs Pilkington then issued her own press statement through the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting her case. The BACP has declined to comment, stating that the process has not yet concluded.

The disciplinary panel described Mrs Pilkington as “reckless”, “disrespectful”, “dogmatic” and “unprofessional” and ruled that her treatment of him constituted “professional malpractice”.

The ruling stated that her accreditation to the organisation will be suspended and she will be ordered to complete training. If she fails to comply she will be struck off the register.

In his newspaper article, Mr Strudwick said: “I am an out, happily gay man. I was undercover, investigating therapists who practise this so-called conversion therapy (also known as reparative therapy) – who try to ‘pray away the gay’…

There’s more  here.

What a deceptive act. To think that people go around wasting the time of others (who want to help). I’m glad that I stay nowhere near depraved England with all their spineless politically correct laws!

Heaven forbid you are to call homosexuality a sin!