September 14, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Just before I met her parents, my girlfriend confessed to me that she had been married before. She was quite young, and divorced after a short time. Our church, which we attend together, is pretty much against remarriage after divorce. Our pastors almost certainly wouldn't marry us if they knew her history. My girlfriend is not from around here, so she feels she can just keep this a secret and get married in our church. I had never thought much about divorce and remarriage.
September 13, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH & STATE Jefferson was clear President Thomas Jefferson was extremely cogent of what he was writing when he used the term "wall of separation" in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Church in 1802 ("Twisted meaning," Thursday). The second paragraph reads: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
September 10, 2016 |
On Saturday, members of Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon will hoist a yellow-and-black banner at South Valley Forge Road and Maplewood Avenue, in a jewel-green neighborhood of expansive homes and decorous sensibilities. Two feet by seven feet, embellished with the outline of a heart, the panel will hang eight feet off the ground - maybe high enough, maybe not. "Hopefully, nobody will be able to reach it," said the Rev. Neal Jones, who leads the 600-member church. "If they do, we'll just replace it. " The pastor knows the power, for good and ill, of the banner's message: "Black Lives Matter.
September 9, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH & STATE Twisted meaning It is disturbing to see a distortion of the words of President Thomas Jefferson ("County seal not the place for a cross," Tuesday). In 1801, Jefferson was asked to clarify whether government would interfere with a Connecticut church. As smart as Jefferson was, he used an unfortunate choice of words: "a wall of separation between Church and State. " He meant to mollify the church's concerns by explaining that the "wall" would prevent any government interference with their faith.
September 9, 2016 |
JUAN CRUZ was a humble, religious man who was often called upon by people in the Latino community to pray for the sick and dying. Even people who didn't know him personally heard about his kindness and prayers, and asked him to come pray for them, said a granddaughter, Carmen Harris. "He was a living saint," Harris said. "He was a living example of how a Christian life should be led, despite his own struggles. People sought him out for spiritual advice. " On Saturday, Sept.
September 4, 2016 |
The service that will take place Sunday in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will not be the biggest such celebration the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has seen. After all, Pope Francis said Mass on the Parkway in September, and John Paul II did the same on his visit to the city in 1979. But make no mistake: Chance the Rapper will be taking the Budweiser Made in America mass audience to church Sunday. (Side question: Since Budweiser has officially changed its name to America this Olympic and election-year summer, shouldn't the concert properly be called the America Made in America Festival?
September 2, 2016 |
A late-July lightning strike left the venerable pipe organ inside Riverton's Christ Church "sounding like a haunted house," Deacon Naomi Cressman recalls. Says Jeff Mack, a lifetime member of the Episcopal parish, who is its senior warden, or lay leader: "The noise was just ungodly. " Lightning strikes have occurred before at the church, a landmark that rises over Fourth and Main Streets in the Burlington County borough's leafy heart. But the July 25 bolt disabled office computers, telephones, and even a coffeemaker; knocked out part of the air-conditioning system; and ripped a limb from a black cherry tree in the churchyard.
August 31, 2016 |
A massive fire Monday morning gutted a century-old Overbrook church that has been both a place of worship and a community center. The blaze was reported just before 9 a.m. in the basement of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church on the 6400 block of Lansdowne Avenue. It sent flames through the roof, darkening the sky with smoke and causing major damage to the building. No injuries were reported. The granite and limestone church had housed about five congregations and served about 300 people, according to the wife of Good Shepherd's pastor.
August 28, 2016
Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church will host a daylong event Sunday, rain or shine, with food provided from 1 to 4 p.m. At noon, Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Philadelphia Archeparchy will be the main celebrant of the Divine Liturgy. A Living Rosary will be prayed at 2:30 p.m. before a jeweled 18th century copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Pochaiv. At 4 p.m., pilgrims will gather at the outdoor chapel for a candlelight procession to the church, and the Blessing of Water for the Jubilee Year of Mercy will take place at the Grotto of the Holy Cross.
August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.