Jeff Walton

Jeff Walton directs the Anglican program at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C.

Irreconcilable Similarities

 

News of the impending divorce of retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson from Husband Mark Andrew swept into the papers this past weekend. In what was no doubt a pre-planned rollout, a statement was released to Robinson’s former diocese on a Saturday, followed by a guest column in the Daily Beast in which Robinson opined […]

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Seat of Liberalism

 

Is the Washington National Cathedral the spiritual center of the nation? In the mind of the liberal Episcopal cathedral’s new dean, it should be. Such an assertion would surprise many of America’s churchgoers, the vast majority of whom are not even Oldline Protestants, let alone Episcopalians. But since assuming leadership of the Cathedral in October, […]

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Abortion’s Holy Worker


 

War is being waged, and it isn’t overseas extremists, but rather Roman Catholic bishops who perpetrate the assault, according to the new head of a religious left group that fights for abortion on demand. “We can’t let religious bullies silence us,” argues Harry Knox, the former head of the Episcopal Church’s LGBT caucus, and now […]

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Spiritual Decay

 

It’s commonly remarked that obfuscation is a job requirement for liberal bishops in the Episcopal Church. Never content with reading scripture’s plain meaning, they often explain away parts of the Bible that sound unpleasant to today’s supposedly enlightened ears. As if out of habit, this practice carries over into church operations, where decaying Mainline Protestant […]

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End of the Mainline

 

The Episcopal bishop whose acquittal in a church “heresy” trial 15 years ago ignited the ongoing schism within the U.S. Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion died last week in Pittsburgh. Bishop Walter Righter, 87, set off a firestorm of controversy when he ordained an openly non-celibate homosexual man to the Episcopal deaconate in […]

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Whatever Happened To Jennifer Knapp?

 

After an intense burst of publicity following her decision to come out as a partnered lesbian, folk rock musician Jennifer Knapp is now touring for a different audience. Later this week, the former Christian music star will lecture at a liberal United Methodist congregation in Sacramento alongside New Hampshire’s Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson, whose […]

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Too Messy Even for Liberals

 

New Jersey Governor James McGreevey famously declared himself a “gay American” at a 2004 press conference, where, flanked by his parents and wife, he resigned in disgrace after a male staffer alleged sexual harassment. He subsequently went through a bitter public divorce and sought ordination to the priesthood in the highly inclusive Episcopal Church. But […]

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A Cathedral Wedding

 

The New Year’s Day lesbian wedding of an Episcopal seminary president to a high ranking diocesan official has accelerated the long-running controversy over same-sex unions in both the U.S.-based Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion. At least eleven Anglican Primates (heads of national churches) have said they will not attend the annual Anglican Primates […]

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Is the U.S. Government Promoting Homosexuality Overseas?

 

Revoking “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has gotten all the attention of late. But the Obama Administration is involved in another related initiative that is potentially no less significant. Religious liberals in the United States have accused U.S. evangelicals of “exporting the culture wars” to Africa by preaching conservative cultural norms. But signals emanating from the […]

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Religious Coalition Slams Alveda King

 

Glenn Beck got a lot of flak for his August 28 spiritual rally at the Lincoln Memorial from some who alleged he was usurping the memory of Martin Luther King’s iconic 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech there. But equally as noteworthy was a religious pro-abortion coalition, including several Mainline denominations, which lashed out at […]

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