Culture

President Obama Reads the Bible at 10th Anniversary Commemoration 9/11

The President:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea.
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake
with its swelling,
there’s a river
whose streams shall make glad
the City of God,
the holy place of the Tabernacle
of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her.
She shall not be moved.
God shall help her
just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged,
the kingdoms were moved.
He uttered his voice.
The earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come behold the works of the Lord
who has made desolations in the Earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the Earth.
He breaks the bough
and cuts the spear in two.
He burns the chariot in fire.
Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the Earths.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46. Most appropriate.

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Church

Pope Prays for Sept 11 Victims, Condemns Hate Crimes

Reuters:

Pope Benedict on Sunday prayed for the victims of the Sept 11 attacks and appealed to those with grievances to resist the temptation to resort to hate and violence to resolve their problems.

The pope, who also sent a message to U.S. Catholic Church leaders to mark the anniversary, offered prayers for victims and their families during a visit to the Adriatic city of Ancona, where he traveled to close an Italian Church conference.

He called on all people to “always reject violence as a solution to problems and resist the temptation to resort to hate but to work within society (to resolve issues) and be inspired by the principles of solidarity, justice and peace.”

In a letter sent to U.S. Catholic Church officials on Saturday, he condemned violence in God’s name but said that 10 years after September 11, the world still had much to do to address the grievances that give rise to acts of terrorism.

Church

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William Set to Quit Next Year

Off to more druidy things in the Welsh hill, no doubt.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to resign next year, nearly a decade before he is due to step down, it can be revealed.

Dr Rowan Williams is understood to have told friends he is ready to quit the highest office in the Church of England to pursue a life in academia.

The news will trigger intense plotting behind the scenes over who should succeed the 61-year-old archbishop, who is not required to retire until he is 70.

Bishops have privately been arguing for Dr Williams to stand down, with the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, telling clergy he should give   someone else a chance after nearly ten years in the post.

Lambeth Palace would not be drawn into confirming or denying whether the archbishop will be leaving next year.

A spokesman would only say: “We would never comment on this matter.”

Sources close to the archbishop say he will leave after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next June and having seen the Church finally pass legislation to   allow women to become bishops.

It is understood that Trinity College, Cambridge, is preparing to create a professorship for Dr Williams, who studied theology and was a chaplain at   the university.

After presiding over one of the most turbulent periods in the Church’s history, the archbishop has told friends he would like to give his successor adequate time to prepare for the next Lambeth Conference – the summit of Anglican bishops held once every decade…

There’s more bad news for academia here.

Now, perhaps, as one commentator asks:

Will he be replaced by an Imam for the Grand Mosque of Canterbury?

Well such grand ecumenical matters aside, the truth is that no one really bothers to listen to the ineffectual drivel Rowan Williams spews, which is generally more political than anything else. I suppose he may have tried his best to keep the Anglican rabble in order, but his tenure was a Christ-dishonouring failure and we are but left to wonder (fear) what future theological students will be taught at his hand.

Church

9/11

Shield of the fearful,
Source of hope,
as we mourn the sudden violence
and the deaths of our brothers and sisters,
show us the immense power of  your goodness
and strengthen our faith.
Come swiftly to our aid,
and  have mercy on all who call on you.
Comfort those who mourn this day
and  gather the dead in your mercy.
Bring to us at last the peace
you promise  in Jesus Christ
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

– From the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Again we pray for the blessed memory and eternal repose of the souls of the innocent victims of the barbaric attack of September 11th, of those who unjustly lost their lives and of those who heroically fell in the line of duty  attempting to help these victims.

– From the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.