PresbyterianChurch of Scotland relations strained by gay clerics
Relations between Irish Presbyterians and the Scottish church from whence they came four centuries ago have been strained by the Church of Scotland decision to allow gay ministers. On Monday the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to permit its ministers to enter homosexual relationships - while at the same time reaffirming traditional church teaching that such relationships are ...
Humanist Funerals Thrive In Post-Catholic Ireland
By Paresh Dave Religion News Service DUBLIN (RNS) Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn't in demand: a master's in bereavement studies. Having seen four family members die early, she wanted to understand how to adapt. As it turned out, the degree perfectly prepared her to enter one of Ireland's emerging professions. Wojnar is now ...
Catholic Priests Dont Like Mass Changes Survey Shows
By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) Nothing upsets the folks in the pews as much as changing the liturgy that they're accustomed to, and that seemed likely to be the case when the Vatican ordered revisions to the familiar prayers and rubrics of the Catholic Mass. But now, more than a year after the changes took effect in U.S. parishes, a survey of American priests shows that they ...