The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


1998 in review (world)

Top religion stories in the world

1. Some religious leaders urged President Clinton to resign after news of the alleged White House sex and perjury scandal.

2. World Anglican bishops declared homosexual activity to be "incompatible" with Scripture at last summer's Lambeth Conference.

3. John Hume and David Trimble were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.

4. The Supreme Court let stand a Wisconsin court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a tax-financed voucher program for Milwaukee parochial schools.

5. Following 30 years of conversation, Lutheran and Roman Catholic theologians reached "a consensus in the basic truths of the doctrine of justification." While the Lutheran World Federation approved the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the Catholic response was ambiguous. Efforts at clarity between the Vatican and the LWF continue. A signing is hoped for in 1999.

6. The Vatican invited historians and other experts to evaluate the Inquisition--the church tribunals from the 13th to the 19th centuries that tried suspected heretics.

7. Henry J. Lyons, beleaguered president of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., was forgiven by his board and wife after he confessed to an "inappropriate" relationship with a female employee. He still faces charges of using his position to steal millions from big corporations.

8. Representatives of 15 self-governing bodies of Eastern Orthodoxy recommended that the churches "express concern" about the World Council of Churches by shunning some aspects of the December assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, especially the worship services and common prayers.


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