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Abstinence Update

Abstract: Rumblings about sexual abstinence from the Central Great Lakes Synod

Things are beginning to get tense in the Central Great Lakes Synod where 3 weeks ago Bishop Thorvald Noe-Effingway encouraged all clergy in the synod to abstain from sex until the ELCA adopts a Sexuality Social Statement, hopefully in 2009. A piece of email we received this week (we won't say from whom) had the following signature:
The papists had neither authority nor right to prohibit marriage and burden the divine estate of priests with perpetual celibacy. We are therefore unwilling to consent to their abominable celibacy, nor shall we suffer it. ~~ Martin Luther (Smalcald Articles)

(Vol. I, xliv September 14, 2007 )

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