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Riga (ENInews). Archbishop Janis Vanags, widely known for his strong stand against the ordination of women and opposition to homosexuality, is to remain as the leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. Vanags, a dissident activist when the Baltic country was under Soviet rule, was chosen to lead the Lutheran church in his country after his predecessor died in a car accident in 1992. Seventy percent of the synod cast votes of confidence in Vanags, who told ENInews that he called the election because of his concern over the difficult situation in the church. [679 words, ENI-10-0816]
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US clergy's professional reputation hovers in the middle Washington DC (ENInews/RNS). What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common? U.S. Americans say they are all more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a Gallup survey released on 3 December, Religion News Service reports. Slightly more than half of Americans (53 percent) rate the moral values of priests, ministers and other clerics as "very high" or "high." . [250 words, ENI-10-0795]
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