COMMENTARY: The Cloud of Loneliness

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) (UNDATED) Loneliness is like a cloud. You’re going along and suddenly become aware that the day doesn’t feel as bright. You discover the sun has gone behind a cloud.

COMMENTARY: The Cloud of Loneliness

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) (UNDATED) Loneliness is like a cloud. You’re going along and suddenly become aware that the day doesn’t feel as bright. You discover the sun has gone behind a cloud.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service `Kum Ba Yah’ Forbidden at Camp Talent Show in Florida (RNS) An 8-year-old girl was barred from singing “Kum Ba Yah” because talent show organizers at her Florida day camp said the campfire favorite violated their ban on religious songs. After practicing the song for a week, Samantha Schultz was told she could not sing it Friday (Aug. 11) at the North Port Boys & Girls Club talent show. The song repeated the word “Lord” and thus was excluded, the Associated Press reported.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service `Kum Ba Yah’ Forbidden at Camp Talent Show in Florida (RNS) An 8-year-old girl was barred from singing “Kum Ba Yah” because talent show organizers at her Florida day camp said the campfire favorite violated their ban on religious songs. After practicing the song for a week, Samantha Schultz was told she could not sing it Friday (Aug. 11) at the North Port Boys & Girls Club talent show. The song repeated the word “Lord” and thus was excluded, the Associated Press reported.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Denver Archbishop Orders Priests to Withdraw from Gay Masses (RNS) Catholic priests in religious orders have been warned by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput not to say Mass or officiate at same-sex ceremonies for the local gay Catholic organization, Dignity. The warning went out to provincials of men’s religious orders that have members in the Denver Archdiocese because, according to Chaput, Dignity “publicly dissents from Catholic teaching.” The Denver Dignity chapter has a Mass each Sunday at a local Presbyterian church. About 18 priests _ both those in religious orders and those attached to the diocese, who are called diocesan priests _ say Mass for the group on a rotating basis, said Sheryl Green, chairwoman of the Denver Dignity board. Chaput wrote that he has received “a number of concerned letters” about the Mass “and some inquiries” about a same-sex commitment ceremony that may have taken place during or before one of the Masses.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Denver Archbishop Orders Priests to Withdraw from Gay Masses (RNS) Catholic priests in religious orders have been warned by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput not to say Mass or officiate at same-sex ceremonies for the local gay Catholic organization, Dignity. The warning went out to provincials of men’s religious orders that have members in the Denver Archdiocese because, according to Chaput, Dignity “publicly dissents from Catholic teaching.” The Denver Dignity chapter has a Mass each Sunday at a local Presbyterian church. About 18 priests _ both those in religious orders and those attached to the diocese, who are called diocesan priests _ say Mass for the group on a rotating basis, said Sheryl Green, chairwoman of the Denver Dignity board. Chaput wrote that he has received “a number of concerned letters” about the Mass “and some inquiries” about a same-sex commitment ceremony that may have taken place during or before one of the Masses.

NEWS STORY: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Announces He Has Prostate Cancer

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, has announced he will undergo prostate cancer surgery next month. The 62-year-old bishop said the cancer has been found in the early stages and he expects a full recovery. “By way of encouragement, the surgeon showed (wife) Phoebe and me photographs of former patients who shortly after their surgery were kayaking, playing tennis and hiking up mountains,” Griswold wrote in an e-mail to his staff Monday (Aug. 7).

NEWS STORY: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Announces He Has Prostate Cancer

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, has announced he will undergo prostate cancer surgery next month. The 62-year-old bishop said the cancer has been found in the early stages and he expects a full recovery. “By way of encouragement, the surgeon showed (wife) Phoebe and me photographs of former patients who shortly after their surgery were kayaking, playing tennis and hiking up mountains,” Griswold wrote in an e-mail to his staff Monday (Aug. 7).

COMMENTARY: Comings and Goings

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) (UNDATED) “Let us take time to be still,” says the worship leader, “to center ourselves, to seek God alone.” At that instant, a train whistle sounds in that middle distance where train whistles seem to reside: not here, not there, but moving slowly across the land. It is a mournful sound, almost a beckoning to come along, as if loneliness needed company. While worshippers sit in silence, I listen for more of the sweet sadness.

COMMENTARY: Comings and Goings

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) (UNDATED) “Let us take time to be still,” says the worship leader, “to center ourselves, to seek God alone.” At that instant, a train whistle sounds in that middle distance where train whistles seem to reside: not here, not there, but moving slowly across the land. It is a mournful sound, almost a beckoning to come along, as if loneliness needed company. While worshippers sit in silence, I listen for more of the sweet sadness.

NEWS STORY: New Orleans Archdiocese Alters Policy on Sex Abuse

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ A year after it shelved a parent’s warning that a Roman Catholic school teacher might be sexually molesting his students only to see the warning vindicated by the teacher’s arrest and imprisonment, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to ask a panel of parents, psychologists and others to help it make the first crucial decisions about what to do in future such cases. The changes come just a few days shy of the date last year when St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Matherne and charged him with hundreds of counts of molesting his Catholic school students over many years, usually at a local duck hunting camp. Matherne, who had been a popular sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teacher and coach at Sacred Heart School in suburban Norco, later pleaded guilty to molesting 17 boys over a period of 15 years.

NEWS STORY: New Orleans Archdiocese Alters Policy on Sex Abuse

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ A year after it shelved a parent’s warning that a Roman Catholic school teacher might be sexually molesting his students only to see the warning vindicated by the teacher’s arrest and imprisonment, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to ask a panel of parents, psychologists and others to help it make the first crucial decisions about what to do in future such cases. The changes come just a few days shy of the date last year when St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Matherne and charged him with hundreds of counts of molesting his Catholic school students over many years, usually at a local duck hunting camp. Matherne, who had been a popular sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teacher and coach at Sacred Heart School in suburban Norco, later pleaded guilty to molesting 17 boys over a period of 15 years.