Lisa Fullam is associate professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She is the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic (Edwin Mellen Press).
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The General Synod of the Church of England rejected a proposal to permit women to serve as bishops. In order to pass, a 2/3 majority vote was required in all three houses: the house of bishops, of clergy, and of laity. The measure passed easily in the first two, and was approved 132-74 in the house of laity, falling just 6 votes shy for 64%. (One wonders how the Supreme Governor of the C of E, Queen Elizabeth, feels about this exclusion of women from the episcopacy.
Today is the anniversary of the murder of 6 Jesuits, their housekeper and her 15 year old daughter at the University of Central America in San Salvador.Ignacio Ellacura, S.J., Ignacio Martn-Bar, S.J., Segundo Montes, S.J., Juan Ramn Moreno, S.J., Joaqun Lpez y Lpez, S.J., Amando Lpez, S.J., Elba Ramos, and Celina Ramos were murdered after 20 armed men stormed the house between 2 and 3 a.m. on November 16, 1989.
Another interesting result in the 2012 election is the legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in CO and WA. Rachel Maddow offered a deft comparison to the end of Prohibition and the questions that remain now:
Among the notable electoral events last night were 4 ballot initiatives concerning same-sex marriage. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved same-sex marriage, and voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned gay unions. Boston.com reports:
NPR (et al) reported yesterday that 17 year old Ryan Andersen has been denied the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America. Here's the organization's statement:
It was months ago when Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, IL, compared Obama to Hitler, Stalin, and Bismarck in the heat of the contraception mandate debate. The diocese was challenged by Americans United for Separation of Church and State for violating the regulations for tax-exempt institutions.
Today I distribute the first exam of the semester to my Fundamental Moral Theology students. A few years ago, I started using films for this exam: part of the task is to identify (clearly!) a moral question within the film. The moral question doesn't have to be an earth-shattering dilemma or a painful quandary, (though "Sophie's Choice" is on the list.) I've learned to avoid movies that present themselves as loaded with moral questions: after reading stacks of essays on "Batman. The Dark Knight," I took it off the list. So, I'm looking for recommendations.
It began with Douthat taking potshots at the Episcopal Church (USA) in a recent NYTimes editorial. He points to a 23% decline in Sunday attendance over the last decade, and concludes with a sneer:
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So said David V. Mason in an edgy op-ed in the NYT last week. His point was theological: that Mormons are theologically as different from Christians as Christians are from Jews. Further, he looks to the day when Mormonism might be recognized as a fourth Abrahamic religion, an opinion he shares with Richard D. Land, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.He's got a point.