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Pedophiles Want Same Rights as Homosexuals

This was inevitable.

Claim unfair to be stigmatized for sexual orientation.

Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.

Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.

In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA…

Rest here.

The position of the Church should be obvious. Christians cannot in any way approve or support such sinful, evil behavior (cf.  (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

 

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Drought to Impact Altar Bread Prices

CNA reports:

Manufacturers of altar bread are preparing to face rising costs of wheat flour as grain prices fluctuate in the wake of a severe drought that continues to plague the Midwest and Western Canada, although they expect to pass along only a minimal price increase to their customers.

In Clyde, Mo., Benedictine Sister Rita Claire Dohn, manager of the altar bread ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has witnessed a 25 percent increase in the price of wheat flour since the convent last received a delivery two months ago.

“That’s pretty steep when there isn’t a large profit margin,” Sister Dohn emphasized, adding that the convent is the largest religious producer of altar breads in the world. The sisters offer their altar breads wholesale to many smaller convents that resell the life-giving breads to support their community.

“You have to be competitive,” she continued, noting that the sisters are being cautious and have yet to increase the prices of their goods.

She added that the sisters will “hold off as long as possible,” on passing on to their customers any price increases. In addition to making altar bread, the 52-member community is supported by the sale of liturgical vestments and gourmet popcorn.

Sister Dohn said the Clyde monastery produces about 125 million altar breads per year, from whole wheat or white bread. A package containing 500 hosts costs $5.

A farmer in Kansas produces the whole-wheat flour they use, and the white flour comes from a commercial miller in Missouri. Because of contractual obligations, the sisters would not release specific information regarding wheat prices or their suppliers.

Sister Dohn said that the prolonged drought has already taken a toll on the monastery grounds, where new landscaping has withered and died.

“The trees are totally burned,” she lamented. “It looks like fall; the leaves are falling off the trees.”

She added that many of the monastery’s lay employees are also farmers, and many have had corn and soybean crops destroyed by the drought.

According to the National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center, based in Maryland, drought has affected more than 60 percent of the contiguous 48 states as of mid-August, although significant expansion stopped during the last two weeks.

About one-quarter of the country has experienced extreme to exceptional drought, primarily in a large area extending from the central Rockies eastward through the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. Many parts of the Midwest received 8 to 12 inches less precipitation than normal from April 1-August 14, with a few areas reporting deficits exceeding one foot of rainfall.

Locally, at the Cavanagh Company, in Greenville, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of altar breads, the Midwest drought has yet to make its impact felt.

General Manager Andy Cavanagh said the company hasn’t yet witnessed an increase in the price it pays for its wheat flour, although it has been notified by its supplier to expect higher prices in the near future as the price of wheat continues to rise.

“We have not felt the effects of this yet,” Cavanagh said, adding that the price of wheat flour doubled in 2008 when a wheat shortage developed as a result of Midwestern farmers shifting their focus to corn, which at the time was more lucrative.

“It’s tough to foresee what the future prices will bring,” Cavanagh added, noting that the company currently pays about $29 for 100 pounds of wheat flour.

The fourth generation altar bread manufacturer said that while his company is utilizing its current inventory of wheat flour, he does expect a slight increase in the cost of the next shipment in a few weeks.

“I’m assuming it won’t be much of a price difference,” he continued. “We pass it on as gently as possible.”

Cavanagh added that the company would increase prices by two percent on October 1, which he attributed to rising employee medical insurance and energy costs, and other operational factors, but not because of an increase in the price of wheat flour.

The company currently produces hosts in whole wheat and white varieties and larger celebration breads in whole wheat.

Cavanagh said that the company operates 24 hours a day, and uses 100 pounds of wheat flour every 20 minutes, for a total of 1.9 million pounds a year. The altar breads are distributed to church goods stores and other retailers, such as convents, throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Africa and the Caribbean.

He emphasized that because the company produces altar breads in volume, the cost to retailers should not be significantly higher.

Father David Green, pastor of St. Martha Church, East Providence, said he has witnessed slight periodic increases in the cost of altar breads during the 11 years he has been a pastor.

“It hasn’t become prohibitive,” he said, noting that the higher prices are in line with the cost of living increases that affect most products…

 

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Jesus Christ ‘May Have Suffered from Mental Health Problems’, Claims Church of England

Again, making the case as to why one CANNOT in good conscience remain an Anglican in communion with the Church of England.

A Suggested sermon produced by the Church of England for clerics attempting to tackle the stigma of mental health pulls no punches.

Written by the Rev Eva McIntyre on behalf of the Church’s Archbishops’ Council and the Time to Change mental health campaign, it suggests John the Baptist, St Paul, St Francis and other figures from the Bible may all have been mentally ill.

It even asks followers to consider accusations made in the New Testament that Jesus “had lost his mind”.

It reads: “Many of the people we read about in Bible stories might today be considered as having mental health issues. “For example, ‘Would Jesus’ family maybe on occasion have said, ‘Cousin John is a bit odd, bless him!’ when John the Baptist took to his eccentric style of life?

“It has long been thought that King Saul, in the books of Samuel, was displaying mood swings that suggest he had bi-polar disorder and some think that St Paul’s Damascus Road experience was the result of some sort of breakdown or psychotic episode…

Good grief! What convoluted and inaccurate theology. Heresy.

The rest and what is a downright blasphemous sermon (written by a priestess) is here.

 

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Anglican Use Conference – 2012

For those in the US who may be interested, Fr Christopher Phillips posts:

The 2012 annual conference of the Anglican Use Society will be held from Thursday, November 8 through Saturday, November 10. It will be hosted jointly by the parish of St. Therese of Lisieux and the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The Ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, will take part in the conference. Most activities will be held at the Catholic Center at 20 West Ninth St. in Kansas City.

Reservations for the conference and for the hotel can be made at the Conference web site.

The Society’s website is here.

 

Bible Archaeology

Tabernakel: Een Tentkleed van Ramsvellen

Aantekeningen bij de Bijbel with an interesting note on the Tabernacle: A tent of rams’ skins.

U moet ook voor de tent een dekkleed van roodgeverfde ramshuiden maken,

Exodus 26:14a (HSV)

Hadden we een vorige keer gesproken over de tachasvellen, deze keer over het tentdoek van ramshuiden die er onder lag. Ook tegenwoordig zien we nog vaak nomaden in het Midden-Oosten gebruik maken van tenten die zijn bespannen met tentdoeken gemaakt van ramsvellen. Meestal zijn deze zwart door 1)  de huid van zwarte geiten en rammen is gebruikt, of 2) deze zijn in de loop der tijd zwart geworden vanwege het vele vuil. In onze tekst zien we dat wordt gesteld dat deze huiden rood gemaakt moeten worden en zowel door looi-technieken (toegevoegde chemicaliën) als door achteraf het verven met kleurstoffen van bijvoorbeeld de meekrap behoren tot de mogelijkheden. Voor het nabouwen van de tabernakel is uiteindelijk onderstaande template gebruikt, welke is samengesteld uit verschillende huiden. Voor hen die geïnteresseerd zijn is het leuk om te weten dat alle zijkanten precies op elkaar aansluiten zodat straks als het op het tentdoek wordt geprojecteerd ze naast elkaar kunnen worden gelegd. Hoewel de template al behoorlijk bruin/rood is zal deze later de rode kleur krijgen als apart onderdeel van het tentdoek.

Belangrijk is om te weten hoeveel huiden werden gebruikt en een ram is een stuk kleiner dan de eerder besproken Dugong. Na enige berekeningen kwam ik uit op een kleine 200 rammen die nodig waren om het tentdoek te maken. Een van de voordelen van zo’n tentdoek is dat als het vochtig wordt het enigszins uitzet waardoor het waterdicht wordt. Wat perfect is om de tabernakel droog te houden. Daarnaast is het zo dat door het opgenomen vocht er een microklimaat ontstaat waardoor het een paar graden koeler is dan buiten.

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Anglican Church of Canada Demographics

Anglican Samizdat with some scary stats:

The Anglican Journal conducted a survey to find out who is reading the paper. The age of those who read the Journal and who are, therefore, interested in the Anglican Church of Canada’s version of Christianity is revealing. You can view all the results here. These are the age groupings:

Let’s make the not unreasonable assumption that the age demographics of those who read the Journal are an accurate reflection of the age of church attendees. If we do, it means that unless things change and the church manages to attract younger people, in around 20 years, there will be 42% fewer Anglicans, in 30 years 72% fewer and in 40 years 94% fewer. That’s assuming the 6% currently between ages 18 to 49 don’t leave in the meantime.

The average Sunday attendance in the Anglican Church of Canada is around 320,000. If the above figures are any indication, in 40 years the average attendance will be 19,200.

The C of E I imagine would look rather similar?