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Church Law

Justice on Trial: Another Minister Breaks Church Law to Perform Gay Marriage

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Rev. Thomas Ogletree performed a marriage ceremony for his own son. For that, he will stand trial in March before an ecclesiastical court of the United Methodist Church. You see, his son is gay. Ogletree officiated over his wedding to Nicholas Haddad.

Faith's Two Prison Positions

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed many significant moments in its churchwide assembly held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The highlight of the assembly was our overwhelming endorsement of the social statement concerning criminal justice.

What Church Law Says About Papal Resignations

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The process here is not unlike the retirement of any other bishop, with the caveat that the Pope does not answer to anyone, so there is no "technical" recipient of his resignation.