Female senior pastors in
The number of female senior pastors in U.S.
Protestant churches has doubled over the last 10 years, new research has
suggested. Still, the study by the California-based Barna
Group indicates that the number of such pastors remains small at 10 percent.
The figure stood at five percent in 1999. The research also indicates that,
despite being generally better educated than their male counterparts, women
serving as ministers of U.S. Protestant churches are paid less than men.
Though the Barna study
indicates that 77 percent of female pastors have a seminary degree, compared to
63 percent of their male counterparts, the average annual compensation package
for female pastors in 2009 is US$45 300, compared to US$48 600 for men. Still,
the study notes that, "While male pastors have experienced a substantial
increase in compensation packages since 1999 - up 21 percent -femalepastors received an even greater jump, growing by 30
percent. In other words, the difference in compensation has been cut by more
than half, from US$6900 per year to about US$3300 annually''
In a 2005 study of
The 2009 Barna research
suggests that a key reason female clergy continue to be paid less than men is
due to the size of their churches. Male pastors, the
study says, "lead congregations that average 103 adults
Six out of 10 women serving as clergy, the survey
found, are affiliated with what are called "mainline" Protestant
churches, such as the
Full study at: www.barna.org/
Ecumenical News International Daily News Service, 16
The Missing Archbishop
The man who filled Nobel laureate Desmond
Tutu's shoes as
Now his estranged wife, Nomahlubi
Vokwana-Ndungane, who had kept her husband's
disappearance "in the family" has turned to
the courts in a desperate bid to force him to support her financially. The
shocking allegations surfaced this week when the couple was called to the
Family Court in
The archbishop, who heads the Historic Schools
Restoration Project since removing his mitre, did not attend the hearing.
Instead, he sent a lawyer to ask for a postponement.
In an exclusive interview, his 69-year-old wife told
the Sunday Times that she could barely support herself. Holding back tears, she
said in the past two years her only source of news about her husband was the
media. She said they had only met once during this period, when she
"I was still living in Bishops court when he
left," Vokwana-Ndungane said. "When it was
time for the new archbishop to move in, I got a call from Rob Rogerson, the diocesan secretary, to ask me where I'd b e
moving to. I told him that I'd move to an apartment that I owned in
"I never thought I'd be undergoing things like
this at this age. One wants to retire without any stress."
She said she had sold her supermarket in Khayelitsha, which was left to her by her first husband, to
allow her more time to travel with Ndungane when he
was archbishop of
"When I married him in 1987, he was still a
provincial executive officer to Archbishop Tutu. My business was doing
excellently and I carried the brunt of payment for every household cost. He
would say: 'When I take retirement from the church, I'll be the one to take
care of you,'" she said.
she had approached the court because she did not know what else to do. She
claimed she has had to put up with rumours that her husband had divorced her.
"One friendly parishioner told me she had heard
that I'd been divorced. When she saw my shock, she clammed up."
The couple met during the archbishop's first year of
study at the
"When he came back, I had married and so he got
They later reunited when both their spouses died and
were married in Newlands,
of a life of juggling a business to keep food on the table, being a priest's
wife and the hardships involved in helping her husband to rise in the Anglican church's ranks.
Her husband helped her to raise her two children from
her previous marriage. But now she feels like the rug had
been pulled out from under her.
Trying to explain her feelings of confusion and
betrayal, Vokwana-Ndungane said: "Having to live
like this is not pleasant. You keep asking yourself a lot of questions and
providing your own answers."
Ndungane declined to
comment. His lawyer, Kaamilah Paulse,
said he would file responding papers in court this week.
Vatican-SSPX talks to start "in next few days" - Schonborn
Doctrinal negotiations between the
In particular, he told the Passauer
Neue Presse newspaper in
This is going to be interesting. The SSPX has been
insisting for decades that it represents the true Roman Catholic faith while
By allowing wider use of the traditional Latin Mass
and revoking the excommunication of the four SSPX bishops, Pope Benedict has taken two of the groups
main rallying points off the table. Now it comes down to the core issue of
accepting the fundamental reforms of the 1962-1965 Council concerning Catholicisms relations with other religions.
So will the SSPX accept the
In their public statements, SSPX bishops were
triumphant after the decree lifting the excommunications was published and determined
to stand firm in its meetings with the
Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, one of the four readmitted, said the bishops had
no intention of changing their views in these sessions." No, absolutely
not," he said. "We do not change our positions, but we have the
intention of converting
Bishop Richard Williamson, whose denial of the
Holocaust-era gas chambers overshadowed the reporting of the ban lifting, wrote
on his blog:"No doubt some Conciliarists
in Rome are hoping that the Decree will serve to draw the SSPX back into the
fold of Vatican II, but the Decree itself, as it stands, commits the Society to
nothing more than to entering into those discussions to which the Society
committed itself in 2000 when it proposed the liberation of the Mass and the
ending of the "excommunications" as preconditions in the first place."
SSPX Superior General Bernard Fellay,
who has said the negotiations would be "not necessarily short, maybe even long,"has been more nuanced.
On the one hand, he told the Italian agency APCom
(here in English) in July: "We will not make any compromise on the
Council. I have no intention of making a compromise. The truth does not
tolerate compromise. We do not want a compromise, we
want clarity regarding the Council."
On the other hand, at the ordination of eight new SSPX
The German SSPX chapter seems
French religion writer Nicolas Seneze,
author of a history of the SSPX called La crise integriste (The Traditionalist Crisis), wrote on Faith
World from Econe that Fellay
s statement was "a timid opening." Could it actually be an audacious
opening gambit? Up until now, the SSPX only aimed to convince the
Reuters, H October 2009
Testing the Faith
'Gay' man sues Bible publisher for 'mental anguish'
$10 million sought for 'negative connotation' toward homosexuals
A homosexual man is suing a third national
Bible publisher for "mental anguish" after he says the company
published Bibles with a negative connotation toward homosexuals.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler of
"One Bible dictates
homosexuals will not inherit the
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As WND reported, Fowler, who had a blog
on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website last year, filed
his initial complaint against Christian publishers Zondervan
and Thomas Nelson Publishing. Fowler, who represented himself in both lawsuits,
said in his complaint against Zondervan that the
publisher intended to design a religious, sacred document to reflect an
individual opinion or a groups conclusion to cause "me or anyone who is a
homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and
physical violence ... including murder."
He told the
According to JoAnne Thomas
Fowler explained his complaint on his blog last year,
referencing the I Corinthians 6:9 passage: In 1970, I Corinthians 6:9
read as followed [sic] - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulteres [sic], nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
In 1982 ,the same scripture
read like this - Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the
In 2001 the same scripture reads like this - Surely
you know that the people who do wrong will not inherit God's kingdom. Do not be
fooled, those who sin sexually, worship idols, take part in adultery, those who
are male prostitutes, or men who have sexual relations with other men, those
who steal, are greedy, get drunk, lie about others, or rob thses
[sic] people will not inherit God's kingdom.
When Fowler filed his initial claim against Zondervan, he allegedits Bibles'
references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributedto physical discomfort and periods of
"demoralization, chaos and bewilderment."
Both civil complaints were dismissed because Fowler
did not file his complaints before the three-year federal statute of
However, Fowler filed a lawsuit against Tyndale House Publishers in
Fowler wrote on his blog
that he has "a long battle awaiting him."
"When William Tyndale
Publishing [sic], Inc., Zondervan Publishing, Inc.,
and Thomas Nelson Publishing, Inc. began revising the scriptures, each
publisher implemented the term homosexuals within its Bible, yet failed to
follow what the scripture teaches about doing so," Fowler wrote on his blog. 'As a result, homosexuals have endured a life long
struggle of being accepted within the American culture." WorldNeWaily, 9 October 2009
Polish Lutherans shy away from women pastors
A leader of
Jerzy Sojka, spokesperson for the Evangelical Church of the
Augsburg Confession in Poland, which has 80 000 members, told Ecumenical News
International that the matter of women clergy was not excluded from discussion
but added, "Our situation is not conditioned by theological considerations
alone but also by economic, social and cultural questions, as well as by
ecumenical relations. Although a debate on this issue is taking place, it also
needs quiet reflection."
The lay Lutheran was responding to a conference
declaration by 30 women theologians from
In their declaration at the end of the 9 to 13
September conference at Mikolajki, a town in
north-eastern Poland, the female theologians said that qualified Lutheran women
in Poland were still waiting to "live their vocation to the full,"
while colleagues in Latvia had been admitted to the ordained ministry in 1975
but were debarred again in 1992.
The statement added that Lutheran women in
The declaration called on leaders of both churches to
comply with European standards by ensuring a "just partnership for women
In an interview with ENI on 18 September, Sojka said his church's governing synod had studied women's
ordination, and hoped to debate it. Still, he noted that the forthcoming 16 to
18 October synod session would be preoccupied with choosing a new presiding
bishop to replace Janusz Jagucki,
whose term was shortened in April after media reports that he had informed for
the secret police under communist rule.
"Work on this theme [of women's ordination]
continues but we must give the synod time to study the relevant
materials," said Sojka. "We are,
unfortunately, only a small community here, and we have to take the
conservative Polish context into account."
At least 15 women deacons have teaching rights in the
Although synod members instructed a theological
commission to prepare a position statement in 1999, the Polish church's bishops
reiterated in December 2003 that only men were to be admitted to its
priesthood, and said that Lutheran Polish clergy should abide by the church's
law when participating in services with other denominations.
Jonathan Luxmoore Ecumenical
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