Archive for 1999

Archive pour 1999

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Bishops between a rock and a hard place

Catholics are permitted to support attempts to limit the evil aspects of an abortion law, says Pope John Paul in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae. In Germany, however, the moral complexities have made the Church draw back, which threatens to reduce its influence in society. A journalist on the weekly Rheinischer Merkur highlights the German bishops’ dilemma.
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Posted: August 21, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6689
Categories: The TabletIn this article: abortion, Catholic, ethics, social policy, theology
Transmis : 21 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6689
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : abortion, Catholic, ethics, social policy, theology


ELCA Assembly Praised for Ecumenical Work

DENVER (ELCA) — The 1999 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly received greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and three Reformed churches that are in full communion with the ELCA the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Reformed Church in America, and United Church of Christ. The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority
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Posted: August 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4698
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 25 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4698
Catégorie : ELCA News


Ecumenism must Be More Popular, less Elitist, Says WCC Official

by Jerry L. Van Marter, Ecumenical News Service GENEVA – The ecumenical movement of the 21st century must focus less on church institutions and more on the church as “the whole people of God,” the moderator of the World Council of Churches‘ (WCC) central committee said on August 26. At a press conference following his
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Posted: August 30, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4867
Categories: ENIIn this article: ecumenism
Transmis : 30 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4867
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : ecumenism


Parliament of World’s Religions to Hold Conference in Louisville

The founding director of “No More Violence” will reveal the numerous community factors that influence youth violence at a special conference, 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. The event will preview the Dec. 1 -8 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Posted: August 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4952
Categories: NewsIn this article: Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Transmis : 31 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4952
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions


After Many Delays, WCC Prepares to Deal with Orthodox Complaints

by Stephen Brown, Ecumenical News Service [GENEVA] A special commission set up by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a bid to resolve complaints by its Orthodox member churches is scheduled to hold its first meeting in December. The scheduling of the meeting follows a series of delays and apparent unwillingness by some Orthodox
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Posted: September 2, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4949
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 2 septembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4949
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


Irish Presbyterians Say Ecumenism Doesn’t Extend to Catholics

An effort to make an existing Protestant-Roman Catholic committee the top ecumenical body for Ireland has been stymied by a vote of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).

The plan, which had been approved by the three other major denominations in both the Republic and in Northern Ireland – the Anglicans, the Methodists and the Roman Catholics – went down by a 224-144 vote during the Belfast General Assembly in June. Its opponents say it was defeated by the fact that an institutional identification with the Roman Catholic Church would imply approval of its doctrine.

And that is, in a word, apostasy.

If this all sounds like theological separatism, it is. But this is Northern Ireland, where politics and religion stay unintelligibly and painfully entangled – no matter how much distance Catholics and Protestants put between themselves, and no matter how many centuries go by.

The political stalemate isn’t so dissimilar.

Ulster’s major unionist (and largely Protestant) party is refusing to form a four-party administration to govern Northern Ireland – including Sinn Fein, the radical republican party – because the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) has refused to disarm, and because of apparent breaches of the outlawed group’s 1997 cease-fire.
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Posted: September 15, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4874
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, PCUSA NewsIn this article: Catholic, Ireland, Presbyterian, religious hatred
Transmis : 15 septembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4874
Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, PCUSA NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Ireland, Presbyterian, religious hatred


Anglican, United church dialogue advances in Canada

Anglican, United church dialogue goes one step further [Belleville, Ontario] Talks between the Anglican and United churches in Canada — the first formal dialogue since the collapse of a proposed Plan of Union in 1975 — are progressing slowly, but enough to warrant two meetings this month. A recent gathering of church representatives in eastern
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Posted: September 16, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4955
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Consultative Council, UCC, United Church of Canada
Transmis : 16 septembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4955
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Consultative Council, UCC, United Church of Canada


Brief biographies of those signing the Joint Declaration

The Rev. H. George Anderson, 67, was appointed a Vice-President of the Lutheran Federation (LWF) in 1997. He has been the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1995. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Yale, Anderson earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia,
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Posted: October 23, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4977
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 23 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4977
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


Signing of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Anglican Communion Office letter to the Lutheran & Roman Catholic churches, October 25, 1999 His Eminence Edward Cardinal Cassidy Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity 00120 Vatican City The Revd Dr Ishmael Noko General Secretary The Lutheran World Federation PO Box 21 00 1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland Dear Cardinal Cassidy and Dr Noko, The signing
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Posted: October 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 25 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


WCC welcomes signing of the Joint Declaration on Justification

The World Council of Churches (WCC) warmly welcomes the forthcoming signing of the Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The signing will take place on 31 October, in Augsburg, Germany. According to the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, WCC Faith and Order, bilateral relations and
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Posted: October 28, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 28 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


History in our own time: The Joint Declaration on Justification

By Nicholas Jesson This homily was presented on Sunday, October 31, 1999 during Mass at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. “How are we saved?” This was the central question of the Protestant Reformation. Or, as Martin Luther phrased it: “How are we, as sinners, found righteous in the sight of a just God?” This
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Posted: October 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6258
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 31 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6258
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Lutheran Officials Meet, Discuss Variety of Goals and Challenges

BALTIMORE (ELCA) — The Committee on Lutheran Cooperation, a group that includes top officials of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) met here Oct. 25. The officials discussed a variety of current concerns and issues. The meeting was held here to mark the dedication of the Lutheran Center
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Posted: November 2, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4701
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 2 novembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4701
Catégorie : ELCA News


Elephant ‘Outed’ at Covenant Network Conference

Participants discuss homosexuality without apology or discomfort by John Filiatreau, PCUSA News Service [ATLANTA, Ga] Homosexuality, the seldom-mentioned “elephant in the living room” during previous meetings of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, emerged – came out, if you will – during the group’s national conference last week. Speakers and participants discussed homosexuality without apology and
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Posted: November 12, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4983
Categories: PCUSA NewsIn this article: human sexuality
Transmis : 12 novembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4983
Catégorie : PCUSA NewsDans cet article : human sexuality


Communiqué: Evangelical-Catholic consultation 1999

1. A theological consultation between Evangelicals and Catholics took place from 7-13 November 1999. Jointly sponsored by the World Evangelical Fellowship‘s Theological Commission and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the meeting took place at the George Williams Campus of Aurora University, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA. It followed on from two previous consultations between WEF and Catholic Church representatives, held in 1993 in Venice, Italy and in 1997 at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute near Jerusalem. [Note: The World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) changed its name to World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in 2000.]

2. The Williams Bay meeting sought to deepen mutual understanding and respect between Evangelicals and Catholics, using the occasion to hear how each understood one another’s traditions, convictions and concerns. More particularly its aim was to face misunderstandings that put stumbling blocks in the way of the Good News being proclaimed and heard.

Four papers were prepared for the consultation. On the theme of koinonia (fellowship or communion) two papers were discussed: “An Evangelical Perspective on Church Koinonia” by Henri Blocher and “The Church as Communion: A Catholic Perspective,” by Avery Dulles. Later discussion of evangelization and common witness and their difficulties began on the basis of a paper by M. Daniel Carroll R., “The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Issues Revolving around Evangelization. A View from Latin America” and one by Thomas Stransky, “Religious Freedom, Christian Witness and Proselytism.”
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Posted: November 13, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2193
Categories: Communiqué, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, World Evangelical Alliance
Transmis : 13 novembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2193
Catégorie : Communiqué, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, World Evangelical Alliance


Inaugural Meeting of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation

[WCC News] The Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet from 6 to 8 December in Morges, on Lac Léman, Switzerland. At its inaugural meeting the Commission will deal chiefly with matters of planning and procedure for the series of its Protestant-Orthodox discussions to be held over the
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Posted: December 3, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4986
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 3 décembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4986
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


The priesthood of Mary

With our short ecclesiastical memories, we have almost forgotten that in the run-up to its dogmatic definition in 1854, Mary’s Immaculate Conception was often justified on the grounds of her being a priest. Tradition frequently applied the words found in Hebrews 7:26 to her: “It is fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” The Benedictine prior Jacques Biroat wrote in 1666 that “Paul’s reasoning” in Hebrews 7:26 “is relevant to Christ’s mother. She shares in the priesthood of her son and is the origin of our reconciliation to God. Therefore, she had to be entirely innocent and separate from sinners. She had to be preserved from original sin.” Mary was immaculately conceived because she had to be a priest without stain. Mary has captured the Catholic imagination more than any other person except Jesus. Generation after generation has seen in her the highest reflection of saintliness and love. Catholics have been fond of Mary because she is Jesus’ own mother. They also respected her as his closest associate in redemption, as his first “priest”.
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Posted: December 4, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6697
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, Mary, ordination, women
Transmis : 4 décembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6697
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, Mary, ordination, women


SONday citywide millennial celebration

What will you be doing on Jan. 2, 2000 — the first Sunday of the new millennium? Church leaders in Saskatoon hope you’ll be among the many thousands expected at SaskPlace to attend SONday 2000, a “city-wide day of celebration of Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.” The 15-member task force organizing the event explains
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Posted: December 4, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6181
Categories: NewsIn this article: events, millenium, Saskatoon
Transmis : 4 décembre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6181
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : events, millenium, Saskatoon


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