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Your Turn / Robert Stuenkel Reinstated Fully
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:13:32 PM »
I have just now learned that Pastor Robert Stuenkel has had his suspension removed. He is reinstated fully in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. I think that was a good thing.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Benedict XVI Resigns on 28 February
« on: February 11, 2013, 06:15:34 AM »
I just saw that breaking news on the morning news here in NY. Resignation of a pope is something that hasn't happens since the 13th century (according to channel 2). Here we can make comments and report developments that will certainly follow.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / ALERT - 60 Minutes on Palestinian Christians
« on: April 21, 2012, 06:29:18 AM »
I have just learned that 60 Minutes is scheduled to run a piece on the (shrinking) Christian population in the Holy Land. We can expect that some Lutherans will be featured.

Tomorrow, April 22.

Peace, JOHN

Your Turn / Richard Koenig, STS + (Former Editor of FL)
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:47:36 AM »
I am saddened to announce that Pastor Richard Koenig died on Reformation Day at 11:00 PM. He was the first editor of Lutheran Forum. (Richard Johnson is the fourth.) Koenig was the son of a pastor and a descendant of a succession of pastors going back to the Reformation. He served parishes in New England and for a time was much involved in publications for the LCA and the ELCA. He was a faithful defender of the faith.

May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.

For the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau

« on: August 13, 2010, 08:39:28 AM »
I just ran accross this.


Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

“A child’s first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion with him: the beginning of a friendship destined to las and to grow for his entire life,” wrote Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llover.

Today, he said, “children live immersed in a thousand difficulties, surrounded by a difficult environment that does not encourage them to be what God wants them to be.”

“Let us not deprive them of the gift of God,” the cardinal wrote Aug. 8 in the Vatican newspaper, L’Obsseratore Romano.

The cardinal’s article marked the 100th anniversary of the decree of Pop Pius X, “Quam Singulari Christus Amore” (“How Special Christ’s Love”), which reversed the decades-old practice of delaying first Communion until a child was 10 or 12.

St. Pius said delaying the reception of Communion until long after the child reaches “the age of reason,” generally accepted to be about 7 years of age, was the result of the erroneous belief that “the most holy Eucharist is a reward rather than a remedy for human frailty.”

The late pope pointed out that the ancient tradition of the Church, still kept by many of the Eastern Catholic churches, was to give babies Communion immediately after their baptism. The practice died out in the West, largely because of concerns that the baby would spit out the consecrated bread and wine.

“This practice of preventing the faithful from receiving, on the pea of safeguarding the August sacrament, has been the cause of many evils. It happened that children in their innocence were forced away from the embrace of Christ and deprived of the food of their interior life,” Pope Pius wrote.

In his article, Cardinal Canizares said that Pope Pius’ insistence on the careful preparation of children to receive first Communion still stands, but so does his concern that children have access to the grace that will help them to be good and to mature into strong Christians.

“The encounter with Jesus is the strength we need in order to live with happiness and hope,” he wrote.

“We cannot, by delaying first Communion, deprive children–the soul and the spirit of children–of this grace,” he said.

The cardinal said he wanted to use the anniversary of St. Pius’ decree to remind pastors that children should receive first Communion when they have “the use of reason, which today seems to be even sooner” than age 7.

A recent trend of delaying Communion, he said, is not recommended.

Catholic New York, August 12, 2010 (Catholic News Service)

Your Turn / Padre Dave's Column
« on: December 17, 2008, 06:01:22 PM »
Our own Dave Poedel now has a rugular coumn on


His first column is excellent. It should be read by every American Lutheran pastor, congregational council member, and candidate for confirmation.


Your Turn / Avery Cardinal Dulles RIP
« on: December 12, 2008, 01:01:49 PM »
I have just learned that our home town (the Bronx) theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles, died this morning. He had had polio as a child and apparently was overcome with residual effects of that. He has been ailing for sometime now.  He accomplished very much in his long life time. I still refer to his watershed Models of the Church. He was never impressed by his own iimportance. I once heard the President of Fordham introduce him for his annual lecture. When he asked Dulles what sign should be put on his room in the Jesuit Residence after his elevation to Cardinal, Dulles said it should remain just "Father Dulles."

May he rest in peace and eternal light shine upon him.


Your Turn / Confessional Fidelity
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:23:38 AM »
I was trying to respond to Fr Dave Poedel's latest remark on the Lutheran Confessions. I could not find the "REPLY" feature, so I started a new subject. Thanks to our moderators who explained that the other day. They do earn their pay.

I, like Dave, am less than impressed by the LCMS claim to be the only one subscribing with a quia. To paraphrase Janielou (and Kieschnick) "This is not your grandfather's General Synod." In fact, there is no more Schmucker, no more General Synod, no more quatenus.

I will be impressed when the LCMS can honestly say "...we are not neglecting anything that can in any way serve the cause of reconciled Christian harmony, insofar as it can be done with God and a good conscience." (AC, Preface, 13)

Instead we use the BOC to prove our better standing before God, Luther, and the 17th century theologians. (Like the fellow in Luke 18.)

Christ is risen! JOHN HANNAH

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