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My wife wrecked my church – Pastor

She fights me at the slightest opportunity,she
is a pest in my life”.

With these words, Pastor Ope Balogun
pleaded with an Orile Agege Grade ‘B’
Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his three-
year-old marriage to his wife, Taiwo, who he
accused of troublesome acts and nagging.
The 54-year-old cleric, who lives at 7, Ilupeju
Street, Oke-Odo, Agege, testified that he
had not known peace since he married his wife.
”My wife, Taiwo, is a troublesome woman. She
has driven almost all my church members
away”,the petitioner stated
”My children from my previous marriage
cannot come to our house because they are
afraid of my wife.My family members cannot
visit me as well.
”My Bible school students cannot continue
their studies because of her incessant
troubles and even some pastors working
under me left the church.
Balogun also alleged that his wife drove him
out of his house on Nov. 2012.
”She pursued me from the house and she still
came to damage the windows of where I am
taking refuge,”he said.
Meanwhile, Taiwo, 36, denied the allegations.
She said, “I am the ninth wife of Pastor
Balogun. Trouble started when I took in and
he told me that he did not want a child again
but sex.
”He maltreated me during the pregnancy and
did not pay my hospital bills when I was
delivered of the baby.
”I love and respect everyone around my
husband,but what usually causes
misunderstanding between us is the issue of
money.
”He does not give me and my child money for
feeding.
”After the delivery, he told me that I should
be eating once a day, so how do you expect the
house to be peaceful?”
The defendant told the court that she doesn’t
want to leave her husband because of her
child.

VANGUARD

Gay Bishops: Nigeria Anglican Communion Threatens to Break away from Church of England

Following the decision of the Church of England to drop
opposition to gay bishops in civil partnerships, the Church of
has threatened to break away
from the Church of England.
The move by the Church of
England, if carried through, would
allow gay clergy to become
bishops if they promise to be
celibate. The move does not go
down well with Conservative
evangelical Anglicans.
After its 2013 annual retreat, held at the Ibru Centre,
Agbarha Otor, Delta State, the Bishops of the Church of
Nigeria (Anglican Communion) said they heard with dismay,
the news of the recent action of the Church of England
House of Bishops. The Primate, Church of Nigeria, the Most
Revd Nicholas Okoh said “the decision to permit homosexual
clergy in civil partnerships to now be considered for the
episcopacy is one step removed from the moral precipice that
we have already witnessed in The Episcopal Church (USA) and
the Anglican Church of Canada.
“When the Church of England failed to exercise its legal and
moral right to opt out of the civil partnerships legislation in
2005, warnings were given in England and around the
Anglican Communion that this was a first step towards the
recognition and institutionalization of behaviour contrary to
the plain teaching of scripture and reaffirmed for all
Anglicans by the 1998 Lambeth Conference in its Resolution
1.10.
“Sadly those warnings were ignored and we now face the next
step in a process that could very well shatter whatever hopes
we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved
Communion… We are also grieved by the timing of this
decision coming only days before the retirement of
Archbishop Rowan Williams and before Dr. Justin Welby
becomes the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
“We urge the House of Bishops to reconsider their decision
so as to allow for a full, prayerful and sober reflection on
the call on all clergy, especially bishops, to live holy lives and
not encourage what are, at best, morally ambiguous
partnerships that make it impossible for a bishop to be a
wholesome example to the flock. Especially, since the
supposed assurances of celibacy, while perhaps well
intentioned, are both unworkable and unenforceable.
“As a House of Bishops, while we acknowledge that we all fall
short of God’s call to holiness, we dare not compromise the
clear teaching of our Lord on faithfulness within Holy
Matrimony and chastity outside of it.
“Sadly we must also declare that, if the Church of England
continues in this contrary direction we must further
separate ourselves from it and we are prepared to take the
same actions as those prompted by the decisions of The
Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada
ten years ago.”

Source: Vanguard

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Catholic Church in Germany drops sex abuse inquiry

The Roman Catholic
Church in Germany has
terminated an
independent inquiry it
commissioned into
sexual abuse by clergy,
citing a breakdown in
trust.
It said that bishops’
trust in Prof Christian
Pfeiffer, head of the
Lower Saxony
Criminological Research Institute, had been “destroyed”.
Prof Pfeiffer accused the Church of obstructing his team’s
work by seeking to control the investigation.
The Church said a new inquiry would be commissioned with a
different partner.
Bishops approached the institute in 2011 after a wave of
revelations about sexual abuse broke and tens of thousands of
Catholics deserted the Church.
Hundreds of people had come forward to say they were
abused as minors between the 1950s and 1980s, amid
suspicion the crimes were concealed.
Pope Benedict XVI, the German-born head of the Catholic
Church, met victims when he visited Germany in 2011, and
abuse survivors have been offered financial compensation.
‘Censorship’
Prof Pfeiffer went public about his concerns, telling German
media that Church officials had hampered his team’s research
efforts by continually intervening.
Speaking to the German national broadcaster ZDF, he accused
the Church of seeking to censor the research and trying to
dictate the make-up of his team.
“We were meant to submit everything for approval,” the
professor said.
His team consisted of retired prosecutors and judges and was
allowed access to personnel records on Church employees
going back more than a decade, the German broadcaster
Deutsche Welle reports.
The German Bishops’ Conference announced that it had ended
its co-operation with Prof Pfeiffer’s institute.
“The relationship of mutual trust between the bishops and the
head of the institute has been destroyed,” the Bishop of
Trier, Stephan Ackermann, said.
“Trust is vital for such an extensive project dealing with such
a sensitive issue.”
About 34% of Germans are officially Roman Catholic,
according to recent figures

Source: BBC

Church Of England Approves Gay Bishops

Over time there has been debates on the Endorsement of
homosexuals to take major roles in churches in England
The latest announcement by the church’s House of
Bishops would allow a homosexual clergyman in a civil
partnership to become a bishop as long as he promised to
remain celibate.
“The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships,
and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on
human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the
episcopate,” said the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James.
The case of homosexuals has been dividing England State
Church since 2003, when gay priest Jeffrey John was named
bishop of Reading, in southeast England.
The move outraged conservatives within England’s state
church, and John was forced to resign. He was also a
candidate for bishop of Southwark in London in 2010, but
traditionalists again blocked his appointment.
All clergywomen, regardless of their sexuality, remain
banned from becoming bishops in the Church of England after
its governing body, the General Synod, failed to vote through
the change in November.
Gay men and women who are in civil partnerships — legal
unions giving them similar rights to those of married couples
— have been allowed to join the clergy since 2005 so long as
they vow to remain celibate.
The church has spent the past 18 months determining
whether the conditions should also apply to gay clergymen
who wish to become bishops.
The House of Bishops announced the change on December 20
but it was brought to light by the Church Times, an Anglican
newspaper, on Friday.
Gay couples have had the right to enter into a civil
partnership in Britain since 2005, offering them the same
legal rights as married heterosexual couples on a range of
issues such as inheritance, pensions and immigration.
The British government proposed last month to allow same-
s*x marriages in religious institutions that wish to provide
them, but the established Churches of England and Wales
would be exempt from the plans.
Married heterosexual clergy in the Church of England are not
expected to remain celibate. Justin Welby, the incoming
Archbishop of Canterbury who takes charge of the church in
March, is married with five children

Source: informationng.com

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WORLD

Whether we are actively religious or not,
religious belief permeates the very fabric of
our existence. Namely, it influences — if not
directly shapes — our legal systems; and
therefore our constitutions; and therefore our
nations’ policy choices, both at home and
abroad. It is then only logical to surmise that
religion also influences how we — individually
and collectively — view our role with regards to
protecting the environment. To suggest that
any one religion somehow cares more for the
Earth than the others would be foolish and
simplistic, but within each belief system there
lie subtle differences that, many argue, give an
indication as to how we view our position in
relation to it. Namely, there appear to be two
opposing questions that the world’s religions
have sought to answer over time: Are humans
an equal part of a greater organism which they
should therefore respect, serve and nourish?

By Rachel Oliver For CNN

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Mixed response to CofE decision to allow gay bishops

A decision by the Church of England to allow gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops has prompted criticism from both liberals and traditionalists.

The announcement would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise to be celibate.

Groups representing gay Anglicans have welcomed the move but conservative evangelicals have called it “divisive”.

Some critics say it is undermining church teaching about homosexuality in the hope of winning public approval.

The issue has split the church since 2003 amid a row over gay cleric Jeffrey John becoming Bishop of Reading.

Mr John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to withdraw from the role of Bishop of Reading shortly after having initially accepted it, following protests from traditionalists.

He said: “If it is genuinely true that all levels of ordained ministry are now more open to gay people than they were before, then this is a very good thing.”

The Church of England has already agreed to allow people in civil partnerships to become clergy, provided they promised they would remain celibate.

‘Searching examination’

In a statement on behalf of the House of Bishops, the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich said: “The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate .

“All candidates for the episcopate undergo a searching examination of personal and family circumstances, given the level of public scrutiny associated with being a bishop in the Church of England,” he added.

The BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott says the latest decision to make the same provision for bishops has reignited Anglicans’ most deep-seated and destructive dispute.

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement said although it was a step forward, gay bishops should not have to be celibate.

Ruth Hunt, director of public affairs for gay rights campaigners Stonewall, said: “I’m sure celibate gay men will be thrilled by this exciting new job opportunity, if perhaps somewhat perplexed as to how it will be policed by the Church.”

The Rev Colin Coward, director of the Changing Attitude group, which campaigns for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the Church, said the statement “will be laughed at by the majority in this country,” and added that insisting on celibacy was wrong.

The Rev Ian Stubbs from Glossop, Derbyshire, cautiously welcomed the moved but said his view was “mixed”.

“I still find it strange that a group of people, about 40 men which will include some gay men, have decided that people can be in a partnership but not express their loving relationships sexually. It’s mixed for me,” he said.

The church has been split on the issue since 2003 when Dr Jeffrey John (left) sought to become Bishop of Reading
Christina Rees, a member of the Synod and the Archbishops’ Council, said it was “good news” for gay male clergy, but highlighted the continuing lack of female bishops.

‘Wisdom of the age’

Norman Russell, the Archdeacon of Berkshire, said the issue of homosexuality and the Church is part of a much wider cultural debate.

“There’s a challenge between what one might describe as the ‘wisdom of the ages’, which in our case is what comes to us from Judo-Christian tradition and on the other hand what we might describe as the passing wisdom of the age.

“The Church has clearly got to engage with the culture in which we’re set, but at the same time is has got to bear witness to a wisdom which is intergenerational,” he told the BBC.

Conservative evangelicals denounced the concession outright and insisted that few people believed clergy in civil partnerships were genuinely celibate.

In a statement, Michael Lawson, chairman of the Evangelical Council of the Church of England, a traditionalist group which promotes Church heritage, said: “At the very least [it] will spread confusion and at worst will be taken as an effort to conform to the spirit of the age.”

And the Reverend Rod Thomas, a spokesman for Reform, an evangelical network which also pushes for the Church of England to be more traditional, said: “It’s a very worrying development.

“If someone were to be appointed who was in a civil partnership, that would be a very divisive step, both within England and across the Anglican Communion.

“Although the Church says they would be required to declare that they are celibate as part of their appointment, the fact is that this is unenforceable.”

Meanwhile, Canon Chris Sugden from Anglican Mainstream said: “Since a decision to move from the current position would be a grave departure from the Church’s doctrine and discipline; it should be made by Bishops in Synod not by Bishops alone.

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Nollywood Actor ‘Kanayo O Kanayo’ is now a Pastor

Kanayo Modestus Onyekwere (popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo, born March 1, 1962 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian actor.

In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1992 Kanayo made his debut film appearance in Nollywood’s first major film Living in Bondage. Kanayo has starred in over 100 films.

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Archbishop of Westminster attacks gay marriage plan

The Roman Catholic Church’s leader in England and Wales says government plans for gay marriage are a “shambles”.

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols told the BBC the government had no mandate to push through same-sex marriage laws in England and Wales.

And in his Christmas Eve sermon he said that marriage between men and women shares in “the creative love of God”.

The government plans to allow gay marriage but says it will not force religious bodies to perform services.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, in his final Christmas sermon in the role, admitted that the Church of England’s credibility had been damaged by the recent vote against women bishops.

Dr Rowan Williams is to retire from the post at the end of the month.

‘Shambolic’ process

Speaking in his sermon at Westminster Cathedral, Archbishop Nichols said “the love of husband and wife, which is creative of new human life, is a marvellously personal sharing in the creative love of God who brings into being the eternal soul that comes to every human being with the gift of human life”.

He added: “Sometimes sexual expression can be without the public bond of the faithfulness of marriage and its ordering to new life. Even governments mistakenly promote such patterns of sexual intimacy as objectively to be approved and even encouraged among the young.”

During his interview, Archbishop Nichols said of the gay marriage plans: “There was no announcement in any party manifesto, no Green Paper, no statement in the Queen’s Speech. And yet here we are on the verge of primary legislation.

“From a democratic point-of-view, it’s a shambles. George Orwell would be proud of that manoeuvre, I think the process is shambolic.”

He claims during a “period of listening”, those who responded were “7-1 against same-sex marriage”.

BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said this was Archbishop Nichols’s strongest attack yet on the government’s plans for gay marriage.

“There was anger in his passionate criticism of the government’s plans, and a call to Catholics to become involved in the political struggle against them,” our correspondent said.

In the past, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has likened committed gay relationships to “profound friendships”.

Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his opposition to gay marriage last week in a pre-Christmas address, saying it was destroying the very “essence of the human creature”.

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”

The UK government has previously announced that the Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, with other religious organisations able to “opt in” to holding ceremonies.

Announcing the plans, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “European law already puts religious freedoms beyond doubt, and we will go even further by bringing in an additional ‘quadruple legal lock’.

“But it is also a key aspect of religious freedom that those bodies who want to opt in should be able to do so.”

Referendum call

Although the Church of England has opposed gay marriage and is expected to oppose the government’s bill, it has also said it was not consulted on a plan for the bill to include a specific ban on it conducting gay marriages. And the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said he thought the ban was a “step too far”.

But Muslim leaders have called for the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in gay marriage legislation, with the Muslim Council of Britain saying it was “appalled” by the government’s “utterly discriminatory” proposals.

The Scottish government has also published its proposed legislation to introduce gay marriage and a draft bill is now being compiled to be put to the Scottish Parliament.

Under the plans, religious and belief bodies would need to “opt in” to perform same-sex marriages.

Scottish ministers have insisted that, as in England and Wales, no part of the religious community would be forced to hold same-sex weddings in churches but both the Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic Church are opposed to the gay marriage proposals.

Earlier this year Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, urged the Scottish government to hold a referendum on proposals to legalise same-sex marriage.

And in a newspaper article, he wrote that the proposal for same-sex marriage represented a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right

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