No sex as an “orientation”

Some people don’t have sexual desires.  The Bible describes that as a gift of God (Matthew 19:11-12; 1 Corinthians 7).  Today it’s being called a”sexual orientation,”  an identity.  There is now an “asexual community,” whose members call themselves “Aces.” [Read more...]

The first New Class president

Sociologist Peter Berger discusses the Houston mayor subpoening sermons (which have been cancelled, by the way), the progression of punishment for those who do not agree with gay sex, and President Obama as the first president from the “new class”  (the elite social class that trades in information rather than tangible goods). [Read more...]

Family synod’s final statement is more conservative

The initial statement from the Roman Catholic synod on the family was hailed for its welcoming language for divorced Catholics and same-sex partners, but the final version emphasized more traditional moral teachings.  But votes on the sections show a very divided group of bishops.  The deliberations will continue next year with a broader selection of participants. [Read more...]

Vatican pushes back against initial report

There are liberal Catholics and there are conservative Catholics.  The latter faction at the Synod on the Family is criticizing the revisionist views of sexual morality that appeared in a preliminary working document. (See here and here.) [Read more...]

Houston subpoenas sermons

Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston, is cracking down on churches that are opposing “HERO,” the latest city ordinance that forbids discrimination against homosexuals.  She has issued subpoenas of pastors’ sermons to see if they are preaching against the bill, which could be construed as politicking from the pulpit, which in turn would endanger congregations’ tax-exempt status.  See Bryan Preston, who quotes the mayor’s tweet:  “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A.”

Some pastors are refusing to send in their sermons, citing their First Amendment rights.  But Lutheran pastor Chris Thoma is calling on pastors to deluge Houston’s city hall with sermons. [Read more...]

Synod says, look for the good in gay & non-marital unions

More from the first working document from the Catholic synod on the family:  The Church should “appreciate the positive values” that can be found in gay unions and with couples living together out of wedlock.  Traditional marriage, it says, is “ideal,” but the synod is raising the question, “What good can we find” in non-marital unions? [Read more...]


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