NEW JERSEY PRIEST PRAISES TRANSGENDER LUTHERAN PASTOR, SILENCE FROM ARCHDIOCESE

NEW JERSEY PRIEST PRAISES TRANSGENDER LUTHERAN PASTOR, SILENCE FROM ARCHDIOCESE

by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 13, 2018

Pro-Life priest smeared in hit piece, archdiocese looks to silence him

NEWARK, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A diocese’s double standard penalizes conservative priests but allows for others to openly praise transgender Lutheran ministers.

Father Alexander Santora, pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, wrote and tweeted praise for Lutheran Pastor Rose Beeson’s renaming ceremony that was held on Sunday. “Hoboken’s Lutherans Make history, in the spirit of Luther’s 500,” he tweets, “as Pastor Beeson transitions from Rose to Peter in renaming ceremony this Sunday.”

In his Faith Matters article he wrote for the Jersey Journal on February 7, he opened it with, “When Jesus called Simon to be his first apostle, he changed his name to Peter,” going on to praise Beeson’s persistence and the “gay-friendly” congregation.

Father Santora’s Twitter feed is populated with almost daily criticisms of President Trump, including crass language and links to his article describing his first trip to a marijuana dispensary.  Santora called Hillary Clinton, “the Healer in Chief.”

Church Militant reached out to Jim Goodness, director of communications for the archdiocese of  Newark, to find out if they were concerned about the political nature of Fr. Santora’s social media posts. Goodness did not respond to our request for comment.

Goodness had promised in 2017 to look into the posts of another diocesan priest for his political Facebook posts and tweets. Father Peter West, pastor at St. John’s Catholic Church in Orange, New Jersey, was bashed in a 2017 article in NJ.com for “withering attacks” on Muslims and liberals on social media.

Jim Goodness, the director of communications for the archdiocese of Newark, told N.J. Advance Media:

Certainly, a priest doesn’t give up his civil liberties when he is ordained, and he maintains the same right to freedom of expression as anyone else in the United States. That said, we are concerned about Fr. West’s comments and actions and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the Church.

Reports at the time pointed out the double standard of the diocese, explaining that Fr. Santora was posting equally political statements in praise of Hillary Clinton and bashing Trump.

Reacting to the lies as if they are true, by silencing Fr. West, would be the worst decision the archdiocese of Newark could make.Tweet

Father West spoke to LifeSite telling them the NJ.com article “has half-truths, distortions of the truth, and I would say outright lies in it.” Fr. West denied that he was dissenting from the teachings of the Church, saying he considers himself a “faithful Catholic.”

“I may have some opinions that diverge from that of some of the bishops. I have promised in the future that I’m not going to take a position on anything that’s contrary to the stated positions of my ordinary,” he said.

Supporters of Fr. West even started a petition for him urging the “archdiocese of Newark to condemn the false, inaccurate and out of context article by NJ.com.” The petition states, “Reacting to the lies as if they are true, by silencing Fr. West, would be the worst decision the archdiocese of Newark could make” and calls on the diocese to “correct NJ.com, as well as call them out on their falsehoods, mischaracterizations and obfuscation.”

Father Santora has also written praise for John J. McNeill, the Jesuit ex-priest who wrote The Church and the Homosexual, where he pushed the theory that homosexual relations are moral and have inherent goodness. McNeill left the priesthood to marry his gay lover.

Father Santora ended his piece on the transgender Lutheran pastor writing, “In the 501st year since Martin Luther shook up the Catholic Church, a quiet, determined Hoboken priest is challenging Christianity’s understanding of gender and morality.”

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Martin Luther (/ˈluːθər/;[1] German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈlʊtɐ] ( listen); 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546), O.S.A., was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk[2] and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the Catholic view on indulgences as he understood it to be, that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

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Adherents of Anglicanism are called “Anglicans”. The great majority of Anglicans are members of national or regional Anglican Churches, known as ecclesiastical provinces, which are part of the international Anglican Communion,[4] which is the third-largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.[5] As the name suggests, the churches of the Anglican Communion are linked by bonds of tradition, affection, and common loyalty. They are in full communion with the See of Canterbury, and thus the Archbishop of Canterbury, who in his person is a unique focus of Anglican unity as the primus inter pares. He calls the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference, chairs the meeting of primates, and is President of the Anglican Consultative Council.[6][7] There are, however, a number of churches that are not within the Anglican Communion that also consider themselves to be Anglican, such as those referred to as continuing Anglican churches[8] and those which are part of the Anglican realignment movement.

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 Presbyterianism is a part of the Reformed tradition within Protestantism which traces its origins to the British Isles, particularly Scotland.

Presbyterian churches derive their name from the presbyterian form of church government, which is governed by representative assemblies of elders. A great number of Reformed churches are organized this way, but the word Presbyterian, when capitalized, is often applied uniquely to churches that trace their roots to the Scottish and English Presbyterians, as well as several English dissenter groups that formed during the English Civil War.[2] Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Christ. Presbyterian church government was ensured in Scotland by the Acts of Union in 1707[3] which created the Kingdom of Great Britain. In fact, most Presbyterians found in England can trace a Scottish connection, and the Presbyterian denomination was also taken to North America mostly by Scots and Scots-Irish immigrants. The Presbyterian denominations in Scotland hold to the theology of John Calvin and his immediate successors, although there is a range of theological views within contemporary Presbyterianism. Local congregations of churches which use presbyterian polity are governed by sessions made up of representatives of the congregation (elders); a conciliar approach which is found at other levels of decision-making (presbytery, synod and general assembly).

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptists

Baptists are individuals who comprise a group of Christian denominations and churches that subscribe to a doctrine that baptism should be performed only for professing believers (believer’s baptism, as opposed to infant baptism), and that it must be done by complete immersion (as opposed to affusion or sprinkling). Other tenets of Baptist churches include soul competency (liberty), salvation through faith aloneScripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local congregation. Baptists recognize two ministerial offices, elders and deacons. Baptist churches are widely considered to be Protestant churches, though some Baptists disavow this identity.[1]

Diverse from their beginning, those identifying as Baptists today differ widely from one another in what they believe, how they worship, their attitudes toward other Christians, and their understanding of what is important in Christian discipleship.[2]

Historians trace the earliest church labeled “Baptist” back to 1609 in Amsterdam, with English Separatist John Smyth as its pastor.[3] In accordance with his reading of the New Testament, he rejected baptism of infants and instituted baptism only of believing adults.[4] Baptist practice spread to England, where the General Baptists considered Christ’s atonement to extend to all people, while the Particular Baptists believed that it extended only to the elect. In 1638, Roger Williams established the first Baptist congregation in the North American colonies. In the mid-18th century, the First Great Awakening contributed to Baptist growth in both New England and the South.[5] The Second Great Awakening in the South in the early 19th century greatly increased church membership, as did the preachers’ lessening of support for abolition and manumission of slavery, which had been part of the 18th-century teachings. Baptist missionaries have spread their church to every continent.[4]

The largest Baptist association is the Southern Baptist Convention, with the membership of associated churches totaling more than 15 million.[5]

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methodism

Methodism, or the Methodist movement,[nb 1] is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John WesleyGeorge Whitefield and John’s brother Charles Wesley were also significant leaders in the movement. It originated as a revival within the 18th century Church of England and became a separate Church after Wesley’s death. Because of vigorous missionary work,[3] the movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States and beyond, today claiming approximately 80 million adherents worldwide.[4]

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jehovah’s Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity.[3] The group claims a worldwide membership of more than 8.2 million adherents involved inevangelism,[4] convention attendance figures of more than 15 million, and an annual Memorial attendance of more than 19.9 million.[5] Jehovah’s Witnesses are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group ofelders in Brooklyn, New York, which establishes all doctrines[6] based on its interpretations of the Bible.[7] They prefer to use their own translation, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures,[8] although their literature occasionally quotes and cites other translations.[9][10] They believe that the destruction of the present world system at Armageddonis imminent, and that the establishment of God’s kingdom over the earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity.[11]

The group emerged from the Bible Student movement, founded in the late 1870s by Charles Taze Russell with the formation of Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society, with significant organizational and doctrinal changes under the leadership of Joseph Franklin Rutherford.[12][13] The name Jehovah’s witnesses[note 1] was adopted in 1931 to distinguish themselves from other Bible Student groups and symbolize a break with the legacy of Russell’s traditions.[14][15][16]

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Felix Ysagun Manalo (born Félix Ysagun y Manalo,[note 1] May 10, 1886 – April 12, 1963), also known as Ka Félix,[2]was the founder and first Executive Minister (FilipinoTagapamahalang Pangkalahatan) of the Philippine-based religious organization Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), and incorporated it with the Philippine Government on July 27, 1914. He is the father of Eraño G. Manalo, who succeeded him as Executive Minister of the INC, and the grandfather of Eduardo V. Manalo, the current Executive Minister. Read more from the source: Felix Manalo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Manalo

Because there were no precursors to the registered church, external sources and critics of the INC refer to him as its founder.[3] The official doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo is that Felix Y. Manalo is the last messenger of God, sent to reestablish the first church founded by Jesus Christ, which the INC claims to have fallen into apostasy following the death of the Apostles.[4]    

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episcopal_Church_(United_States)

 The Episcopal Church (TEC) is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a Christian church divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the United StatesTaiwanMicronesia, the CaribbeanCentral and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission. The current presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Bruce Curry, the first African American bishop to serve in that position.

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