Since United Church of Christ delegates in July affirmed their support for same-gender marriage, the denomination has lost a total of 16 congregations from nine different regions—close to the number of 20 that officials expected.
“When I went to Washington as the pope’s envoy just before the outbreak of the [Iraq] war, [President Bush] told me, ‘Don’t worry, your eminence. We’ll be quick and do well in Iraq.’ Unfortunately, the facts have demonstrated afterward that things took a different course—not rapid and not favorable. Bush was wrong.” —Retired Cardinal PioLaghi, recalling a conversation with President Bush on March 5, 2003
Republican congressman Tom DeLay of Texas, indicted by a grand jury in his home state and bounced from his leadership position in Congress, has another distraction: interfaith groups are pressuring him to drop his opposition to Food and Drug Administration oversight of cigarette sales, which health experts say could save thousands of American lives.
Nearly half of the 38 primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion have rebuked the archbishop of Canterbury for not condemning the liberal attitude toward homosexuality shown by Anglican churches in North America. Of particular concern is the 2003 election and consecration of openly gay Episcopal Bishop V.
In a Vatican visit by a top U.S. Lutheran bishop, Pope Benedict XVI praised dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics but called on both groups to ignore neither their doctrinal differences nor “a general climate of uncertainty” about truths today.