“This is the week the Anglican church might fall apart”

A major meeting of the world-wide Anglican Communion is taking place this week in Canterbury.  And it may result in the conservative churches of the old “mission fields” breaking fellowship with the liberals in the West.  Or, if any unity at all will be preserved, it will be in the form of a new “looser” arrangement.  (See this.)

Charles Moore has some trenchant things to say about this in a column in the London Telegraph entitled “This Is the Week the Anglican Church Might Fall Apart.”  He says, for example, that African Anglicans look upon the West’s embrace of same-sex marriage like the old missionaries looked at polygamy and cannibalism.  They consider the imposition of gay bishops and liberal theology as a sign of imperial oppression. [Read more…]

The new colonialism

The left continues to condemn colonialism.  Western nations taking over “third world” countries was indeed morally problematic and the source of many problems today in our “post-colonial” world.  But today the left is championing a “new colonialism,” one that insists on imposing the modern West’s views of sexual permissiveness, contraception, and abortion on cultures that recoil from them.  Now Pope Francis is speaking out against this “ideological colonialism.”

Maybe this will encourage the left to abandon multi-culturalism and moral relativism!  Then again, those are the ideas they are trying to impose on traditional cultures. [Read more…]

Sexual ethics are part of social justice

Many people, including the Pope, are saying that the church should devote more attention to social justice as opposed to to sexual ethics.  First Things editor Matthew Schmitz, a Catholic, reminds us that sexual ethics are part of social justice. [Read more…]

Barbie for boys

Mattel is jumping on the fluid gender bandwagon by marketing a Barbie to boys.  Not as in boys playing with Barbie as with any other action figure, but targeting boys who are confused about their gender.  A new ad features a Barbie with clothes from a high-end designer and the thrilled response of an effeminate little boy.  See the ad and an account of what Mattel is trying to do after the jump. [Read more…]

Christian teaching on marriage as discrimination?

The Catholic church of Australia published a booklet about marriage, explaining why the institution is for men and women, not same-sex couples, and setting forth basic Christian teachings on the matter.  Now it faces a discrimination complaint filed by a transgendered gay activist (a man in a relationship with a woman, but then he had sex change surgery so now he is also a lesbian).

Anyone can file a complaint, of course. and surely this will be thrown out.  Australia doesn’t even have same-sex marriage. But we see here the impulse on the part of some activists not only to gain a right but to suppress those who disagree. [Read more…]

LCMS dissolves relationship with Boy Scouts

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has formally dissolved its Memorandum of Understanding with the Boy Scouts of America.  As of now, congregations may still sponsor troops, though a task force will apparently study whether that should continue.  The action is due to the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow for gay scoutmasters and various legal issues that grow out of that decision.

I wonder if this could help the LCMS relationship with the Wisconsin Synod (WELS) and the Evangelical Synod (ELS), who rejected scouting a long time ago, though on grounds of syncretism and unionism rather than the gay revolution. [Read more…]