Polarization of liberal and conservative groups noted
Oct 31, 2006
As women in mainline Protestant denominations rejoice over decades of ordination—United Methodists and Presbyterians this year celebrated 50 years of women ministers and Episcopalians the 30th anniversary of women priests—conservatives continue to argue that the pulpit is not an appropriate place for them.
Milingo excommunicated after installing married bishops
Oct 17, 2006
The Vatican on September 26 announced the excommunication of African archbishop emeritus Emmanuel Milingo as a penalty for his having installed four married men as Roman Catholic bishops two days before. The four men consecrated by Milingo during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., were also excommunicated.
Six years after her groundbreaking appointment, the first full-time female professor at Calvin Theological Seminary has resigned, alleging sex discrimination at the Christian Reformed Church school for ministers.
Ruth Tucker did not return to the Grand Rapids, Michigan, campus when classes began last month, charging that she was “excluded and sidelined” by seminary administrators.
Three-quarters of the World Council of Churches’ 348 member bodies paid their membership contributions in 2005, compared with 55 percent in 1999, the main governing body of the world’s biggest church grouping reports.