The five-year-old lay Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful awarded retired Detroit auxiliary Bishop ThomasGumbleton its “Priest of Integrity” honor February 24 in Washington. Gumbleton was honored for his advocacy on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse and for promoting greater lay involvement in the church.
Attorney general announces DOJ religious-liberty project
Mar 20, 2007
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s decision to launch a new Justice Department “First Freedom Project” during a recent meeting of Southern Baptist leaders riled a number of advocates of church-state separation.
Made in Japan: A Japanese Christian women’s leader has joined opposition political groups in urging the country’s health minister to resign because he said that women are “birth-giving machines.” “We Christian women cannot tolerate the idea that life is produced with machines. We believe that life is created by God and that we receive it,” said Junko Matsuura, chair of the Women’s Committee of the National Christian Council in Japan (Ecumenical News International).
Anglican leaders from around the world have told the Episcopal Church’s bishops they must declare unequivocally that they will not authorize same-sex blessings and that no one living in a same-sex union will be made a bishop.
Bruce Metzger, a preeminent New Testament translator and textual critic, died February 13 at his Princeton, New Jersey, home at age 93.
The professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught for 46 years, was termed the “greatest American scholar” in his field in the 20th century by Iain Torrance, president of the seminary.