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Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches that same-sex couples could have religious weddings. Instead of "husband" and "wife," for example, the new church law will refer to "the couple." Under the new rules, clergy can decline to perform the ceremonies. The changes were...
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Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

...A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex...based on an assumption he would break church law in the future.The appeals panel...say clergy have no right to break church law just because they disagree with it...
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Alaska priest is stripped of his duties

...defrocking, which only the Vatican can grant. That process only can occur at the end of a lengthy process laid out under church law and it's not under consideration in Crowley's case. But it means that Crowley is no longer able to engage in priestly...
Reporting of sex abuse incidents in the church often incorrect is often assumed that the Vatican makes particular church law for Catholics in the United States. In reality, assure that the norms are consistent with universal church law). As a Catholic bishop, this has been a trying experience...
Episcopal Church diocese investigates allegations of wrongdoing against pastor

...carefully to people's concerns," MacDonald said. MacDonald is responding to the allegations as dictated by Episcopal church law, he said. He met with Bruschi on Feb. 9 to present the charges and discuss the church's course of action. Bruschi...
Alaska Digest

...deeply divided - as they ponder a church jury's decision to acquit an Ellensburg pastor of a charge that she violated church law by living openly in a lesbian relationship. Pastors at United Methodist churches in Yakima, Toppenish, Aberdeen and...
Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired

...84-year-old, both in what he is called to do and the implications if he were to stop.Popes are allowed to resign; church law specifies only that the resignation be "freely made and properly manifested."Only a handful have done so, however...
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Equal rights measure fuels passionate debate

...saying he should not be serving as a minister. Phoenix said he won the case because there was nothing listed in the church law against transgender ministers.Later, he was ready for a fresh start and moved to Anchorage in 2008 with his girlfriend...
This day in History

...Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law ignored growing demands for his resignation because of the sex scandal engulfing the church. (Law ended up resigning in December 2002.) Secretary of State Colin Powell's trip to the Middle East was marred by a...
Northwest Digest

...47, is charged with "practices declared by the United Methodist Church to be incompatible to Christian teachings." Church law prohibits ordination of self-avowed, practicing homosexuals, although the church's social principles support rights...


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