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May 4, 2012
In a generally good commentary on bullying ("Bullies also lurk in government, pulpits," May 2), Bonnie Bricker, a Howard County public school teacher, goes just a bit too far when she issues her blanket condemnation of "bullying" from church pulpits. This type of preaching only occurs in fundamentalist churches whether Christian or otherwise. Her blanket observation is entirely inappropriate in reference to the vast majority of churches in America and their clergy, most of whom concentrate on messages of inspiration based upon their respective scriptures.
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By William E. Lori | September 14, 2014
Domestic violence is an issue that has been on the minds of many people in recent days, prompted by the horrifying abuse committed by Ray Rice against his now-wife. His status as a professional football player, coupled with the fact that the attack was captured on video and has been seen by millions, has helped to shine a bright light on this often-neglected yet serious societal problem. Lesser known but not less tragic was the murder of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, mother to two young boys, by her estranged husband exactly two years ago today in front of their Baltimore County home.
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June 14, 2010
I was among the many thousands of Baltimore's working class and poor children who greatly benefited from a Catholic school education. The present closing of many Baltimore schools can be attributed to changing demographics, the nearly prohibitive cost of any private education (whether religious or secular), a wounded American economy and the lack of teaching nuns. Dan Rodricks' twisted reasoning ("Education and atonement," June 13) in equating the Baltimore school closures with the tragedy of child abuse was shrill and illogical.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  CANON Though a little word, canon  has proved versatile.  It was once, the Oxford English Dictionary indicates, an alternative spelling for cannon . That sense has been obsolete for centuries, so you may hold your fire.  It comes to English from French, ultimately from the Greek kanon , or "rule," and it fits in many places where we look for rules.  It can mean a rule, criterion, or principle, as when one speaks of the canons of good taste.  It can mean a law or set of laws.
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By Annie Linskey | February 8, 2012
Eight Maryland religious leaders make a pitch for same-sex marriage in a web video released today by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the latest in a series put out by the advocacy group.  Leaders include Rev. Stephen Anderson of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church in Silver Spring who says he wants his gay and lesbian neighbors to have "the same legal protections my wife and I have enjoyed for years. " Also featured is Rev. David T. Gilmore, a Baptist minister, who says: “I have not always walked this walk or been a part of this struggle.” The video is part of an increased push by advocates to show that some members of the clergy approve of legalizing gay marriages.
NEWS
November 13, 2002
AMERICAN CATHOLIC bishops meeting in Washington this week are saying that revisions to their tough child sexual abuse policy won't compromise the safety of children. They further say that changes under consideration won't diminish efforts to bar from ministry sexual predator priests. But the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church has a credibility problem. For decades, cardinals and bishops shielded accused clergy from the law and, worse, transferred them to new parishes where they could abuse again.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | May 9, 1993
The 209th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland concluded yesterday with a spirited warning from U.S. Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning about the danger of frenetic clergy lifestyles leading to alcohol, drug or sex abuse.Bishop Browning, the New York-based national head of the Episcopal Church, has been serving as chaplain to the three-day convention at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn near Cockeysville.His comments yesterday afternoon were in response to a report by a committee on the ordained ministry.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,Sun reporter | January 13, 2007
Baltimore school officials are appealing to clergy to help spread the message that students have one week left to receive chickenpox and hepatitis B immunizations before they'll be shut out of school. About 6,500 city students in fifth through ninth grades have not submitted proof that they have received the vaccinations. As of Jan. 22, students will not be allowed back to school without immunization records.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Religion Editor of The Sun | June 12, 1991
Delegates of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting in Baltimore, voted overwhelmingly yesterday to crack down on sexual misconduct by the clergy, calling such behavior a growing spiritual and legal crisis for the denomination.Also by a large margin, the delegates voted to abolish a three-year statute of limitations in such cases, noting that "child sexual abuse may not be recognized until the victim of abuse reaches adulthood." Even an adult victim, the delegates were told, may not be willing to come forward to name an abuser for many years.
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | March 11, 1991
For computer-savvy clergy in the hinterlands of North America, the Rev. John Sharp has been a godsend.Sharp, the minister of Govans Presbyterian Church, is the founder and "editor" of an international computer service called Sermonshop. Each week, up to 125 Christian clergy and lay people in the United States and Canada sign on to the service to share ideas about upcoming sermon themes."Imagine you're a minister in some far-off rural area and you want to get to a theological library to research an idea," Sharp says.
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Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected its first woman bishop Friday, narrowly voting for the Rev. Canon Heather Cook to hold the post of bishop suffragan. Cook was among four candidates for the position - all of whom were women - and was elected after four rounds of voting among clergy and laymen at the diocese's convention in Ellicott City, according to a news release. A bishop suffragan is akin to a vice-president and helps run the diocese with its bishop diocesan. The rest of the Episcopal Church's dioceses must consent to the election before Cook is consecrated.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Some gambling opponents are hoping to block a sixth casino from being built in Maryland by focusing their energy in one place: Prince George's County. The county is a key battleground because of a provision in the new gambling law that says the state can build a casino in Prince George's County only if a majority of county voters support it in November - even if the referendum is approved statewide. That provision, added at the request of Prince George's County lawmakers, essentially gives the county veto power over the new casino allowed by the law, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.
NEWS
May 4, 2012
In a generally good commentary on bullying ("Bullies also lurk in government, pulpits," May 2), Bonnie Bricker, a Howard County public school teacher, goes just a bit too far when she issues her blanket condemnation of "bullying" from church pulpits. This type of preaching only occurs in fundamentalist churches whether Christian or otherwise. Her blanket observation is entirely inappropriate in reference to the vast majority of churches in America and their clergy, most of whom concentrate on messages of inspiration based upon their respective scriptures.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
Religious leaders joined hundreds of children and parents in a march around Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Thursday afternoon to protest Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed budget cuts to after-school programs. "Our children are our jewels, not the Inner Harbor," Bishop Douglas Miles, co-chair of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, said in front of the Baltimore Convention Center as children and parents cheered. Parents said they rely on after-school programs threatened by Rawlings-Blake's budget to provide opportunities for children to play and learn.
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By Annie Linskey | February 8, 2012
Eight Maryland religious leaders make a pitch for same-sex marriage in a web video released today by Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the latest in a series put out by the advocacy group.  Leaders include Rev. Stephen Anderson of the Pilgrim United Methodist Church in Silver Spring who says he wants his gay and lesbian neighbors to have "the same legal protections my wife and I have enjoyed for years. " Also featured is Rev. David T. Gilmore, a Baptist minister, who says: “I have not always walked this walk or been a part of this struggle.” The video is part of an increased push by advocates to show that some members of the clergy approve of legalizing gay marriages.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
The reported highlights of the John Jay University study of the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which were also emphasized in Archbishop Edwin O'Brien's op-ed ( "We can't let it happen again," May 22), are that the general sexual climate of the 1960s and 1970s was to blame and not homosexuality among priests or the requirement of celibacy. It is hardly surprising that this study reflects the institutional interests of its sponsor, much as drug trials and partisan and special interest polling reflect the interests of their sponsors.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 28, 1992
Two clergy groups, representing an array of religious organizations, yesterday urged approval of Question 6, the new abortion law on Maryland's ballot next Tuesday.At a downtown news conference, members of the Maryland Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights -- representing 23 Christian and Jewish groups -- urged voters to approve the new law, which would allow abortion without government interference early in pregnancy.The Rev. Thomas Culbertson, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, said, "It is, in the last analysis, the woman who has the right to decide about terminating a pregnancy."
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | October 30, 1992
After 17 weeks of controversy over a ceremony in a Bolton Hill church that many Episcopalians are calling a lesbian wedding, Bishop A. Theodore Eastman has ordered the clergy of Maryland's Episcopal diocese not to bless any more homosexual unions.In letters mailed Wednesday afternoon to every priest and senior warden under his jurisdiction, Bishop Eastman said:"Because the Episcopal Church has made no official provision for the blessing of same-gender covenants, and because there is clearly no consensus locally or on the wider scene about the significance of these rites, I have directed the clergy of the Diocese of Maryland to refrain from such blessings."
NEWS
April 5, 2011
Two and a half years ago Archbishop Edwin O'Brien initiated the Archdiocesan Immigration Coalition. Bishop Mitch Rozanski is the chairman of the coalition. The coalition is made up of priests, deacons, sisters and lay leaders from across the State of Maryland. At our monthly meeting at St. Gabriel's Church in Woodlawn in March, we expressed our support for the Maryland Dream Act. We support in-state tuition rates for the immigrant students who meet the requirements of residency, tax-paying parents and attendance at a community college.
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