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  • Archbishop of Canterbury to resign, reports

    09/11/2011 4:23:49 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies ^ | September 11th 2011
    THE Archbishop of Canterbury will resign next year, almost a decade before he is due to step down, British media report. Dr Rowan Williams, 61, has been the head of the Church of England for about 10 years and although he is eligible to remain in the position until the age of 70, he is considering quitting, according to sources. Friends of the archbishop say that having overseen a period of turbulence in the church, he is considering a life of academia, British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph reports.
  • The intolerance of the tolerance preachers

    09/09/2011 8:59:50 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 9-9-11 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    The Washington National Cathedral, in its commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, has deliberately and carefully excluded evangelicals from their multi-religious commemoration. The service includes Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims, but not evangelical Christians. Mind you, I am opposed to interfaith services in any shape or form and that is why, in a previous blog, I stated that I was relieved that the mayor of New York spared us the agony of watching the One, True God of the Bible “worshipped” alongside false gods. National Cathedral (Washington, DC)The National Cathedral is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Having...
  • Anglican Diocese on Support for GLBT Members

    09/08/2011 2:41:04 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Press Bureau
    St Matthew-in-the-City Congratulates Anglican Diocese on Support for GLBT Members Saturday, September 3 was a huge day in the ongoing struggle to end discrimination against GLBT members of the Anglican Church. The Revd Glynn Cardy rejoiced that, “Never before has an Auckland Synod so clearly, overwhelmingly, and emphatically endorsed the being, relationships and ministry of its gay and lesbian memberships!” For the first time an Auckland Diocesan bishop publicly said he would be willing to discern and ordain GLBT candidates for ordained ministry, including if they were in committed same-sex relationships. The Revd Cardy observed, “We thank him for his...
  • Church in Wales inquiry after rector burns Bible pages (thought parts of KJV were hateful)

    07/22/2011 3:32:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/22/11
    The Church in Wales says it is investigating after a Gwynedd rector burnt some pages from the Bible. The Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth of St Peter ad Vincula Church, Pennal, also cut up pages from the King James Bible to create an artwork. Unveiling it at a church event, he said it revealed a "cruel and vile God". The Bishop of Bangor said: "Destroying parts of the Bible we don't like is disrespectful and will offend many people." Mr ap Iorwerth told BBC Wales he had burnt scraps of cut up the passages at the public event because he had...
  • Bath man's anger over 'gay cure' letter in newspaper

    07/21/2011 3:22:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 July 2011 | BBC
    A gay Bath resident has said a letter claiming that homosexuality can be "cured" is "absolutely disgraceful".Baz Harding said he was "shocked and dismayed" after the letter, titled 'It is still a sinful act', appeared in the Bath Chronicle earlier in July. It was written by Julie Trollope in response to a letter by gay church leaders claiming the Church of England was failing to embrace diversity. The newspaper said she had a right to have her views aired. Ms Trollope, who signs off the letter with Bath Christian, said she wrote it in response to an open letter to...
  • Could the Church of England Be Dead in 20 Years?

    07/17/2011 10:58:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 17, 2011 | Michael Youssef
    The headline on the July 14, 2011, edition of the British paper, The Telegraph, heralded some very bad news for British Anglicans. It declared, “Aging Church of England 'will be dead in 20 years.'” They buttressed their argument in two ways: 1. The average age of a Church of England attendee is 61 (you do the math).2. In the last 40 years, church attendance has been cut in half.You would think that the Archbishop of Canterbury would wake up and smell the coffee. Instead, a few weeks earlier, he finally came clean. Well, he was forced to come clean. For...
  • Graveyard vandal pleads guilty {Anglican in Australia}

    07/14/2011 6:13:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies ^ | 14 Jul 2011 | Gordon Taylor
    A 24-year-old Canberra man has pleaded guilty to vandalising historic gravestones at Canberra's oldest church.James Dudley March pleaded guilty to damaging 14 headstones in the graveyard beside the Anglican Church of St John the Baptist in Reid in May.Many of the headstones vandalised are more than 100 years old and of significant historic value. St John's was consecrated in 1845, 70 years before Canberra was named the national capital. The ACT Government has already pledged $20,000 to restore the headstones. Today in the ACT Magistrates Court, the prosecution indicated it will be seeking $30,200 from March in compensation for...
  • Anglican Church ‘may cease to exist in 20 years’

    07/14/2011 6:09:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Yorkshire Post ^ | 13 July 2011 | Yorkshire Post
    The Church of England will no longer be “functionally extant” in 20 years time according to some projections, a member of the General Synod has warned. The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond, from Norwich, told members of the Church’s national assembly that they were facing a “perfect storm” of ageing congregations and falling clergy numbers. The average age of congregations was 61, with many above that, he said. “These congregations will be led by fewer and fewer stipendiary clergy ... 2020 apparently is when our congregations start falling through the floor because of just natural wastage, that is people dying. “Another...
  • Christians should learn how to be a 'minority' from Muslims, {Anglican}bishop says

    07/12/2011 6:38:57 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 July 2011 | Tim Ross
    The Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, said some parishes in his diocese were 95% Muslim but that this should not be seen as “a problem”.“This is a fantastic opportunity,” he told the General Synod, the Church of England’s national assembly, in York. “It is a challenge, yes, but it’s an opportunity to rethink what it means to be a Christian community. We often ask Muslims to learn what it is to be a Muslim as a minority culture....They voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plan to tackle the Church’s “pale, male and stale” image by using methods...
  • National Conference of Anglican Use Society Begins Thursday {Catholic/Anglican Caucus}

    07/08/2011 3:45:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies ^ | 7 July 2011 | Randy Sly
    .........In addition to Catholics, attendees for annual event come from a variety of traditions, including Anglican, Lutheran and other Protestant denominations.With the beginning of the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate anticipated for the near future, attendees will be eager to hear the latest news on its establishmentThe original purpose of the Anglican Use Society, established in 2003, was to promote the usage of the liturgical practices contained in The Book of Divine Worship and evangelical outreach to members of the Anglican Communion seeking union with the Roman Catholic Church and to promote an understanding of the special pastoral provision initiated by Pope...
  • Seeds of the Anglican Ordinariate are Beginning to Sprout {Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican Caucus}

    07/07/2011 7:32:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies ^ | 28/6/2011 | Randy Sly
    There have always been Anglicans "on the journey" to the Catholic Church and many have come into full communion over the years. With the exception of a handful of parishes that entered through the Pastoral Provision, most had to come in through a solitary journey and those who were clergy wondered if there might ever be another opportunity to offer the sacraments.The Anglican Ordinariate, however, through to the terms of the apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, has given pilgrims a real sense "welcome" and expectation while they are on their way." Catholic parishes are opening their doors to Anglican Use liturgies...
  • Anglicans on the Move {Conservatives come to Catholicism} Catholic-Anglican Caucus

    07/05/2011 10:58:03 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5 July 2011 | Charlotte Hays
    “As we began to think about certain matters, our hearts began to melt, and we moved towards Rome,” said Father Mark Lewis, rector of a church that was formerly St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bladensburg, Md. St. Luke’s has made headlines as the first Episcopal church in the Washington, D.C., area and the second in the state of Maryland to avail itself of Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to Anglicans. That offer was outlined in Anglicanorum Coetibus, an apostolic constitution that makes it possible for groups of Anglican congregations to enter the Catholic Church For the St. Luke community, that will...
  • Finally, a settlement at St. Francis (Anglican - gays get church, conservatives leave)

    07/05/2011 10:51:09 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    El Paso Inc ^ | 4 July 2011 | David Crowder
    The fight over the Westside church on the hill has finally ended. The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande has agreed to settle a 2008 lawsuit that challenged the ownership of St. Francis on the Hill Church. The settlement means the conservative breakaway Anglican group now occupying the church has to be out by the end of July. It also means a smaller group of Episcopalians who felt forced out of the church a few years ago will take control of the property, but not its financial assets.The departing Anglicans have found a new home down the hill, off Mesa...
  • Anglicans should throw out dry tradition ( should rip up the pews and encourage real participation)

    07/05/2011 3:43:55 PM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 July 2011 | Theo Hobson
    I wrote an article on this site a few months ago in which I expressed a change of mind. After many years of kicking against my native Anglicanism, I found that the American version of it, the Episcopal church, was to my liking.As I previously explained, this church is proof that Anglicanism is not necessarily defined by the intolerable (to me) conservatism of the C of E. There is a world elsewhere. I always vaguely knew this on a theoretical level, but since moving to New York I have experienced its truth.....I've been attending a well-known arty-liberal church in Manhattan...
  • Christian leaders reach agreement on guidelines for evangelizing

    07/01/2011 1:37:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | July 1, 2011
    CNA STAFF, Jul 1, 2011 / 05:35 am (CNA).- Leaders representing 90 percent of all Christians worldwide issued guidelines on acceptable missionary conduct based on the witness of Christ and the early Church. “The example and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the early church must be the guides for Christian mission,” church leaders wrote.“Christian witness is always a sharing in his witness, which takes the form of proclamation of the kingdom, service to neighbor and the total gift of self even if that act of giving leads to the cross.”The document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” was issued...
  • Nigerian Anglican Primate Will Snub Canadian Counterpart in Visit

    06/22/2011 4:03:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Virtue online ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | David W Virtue
    In what is being billed as an "historic moment", the Archbishop of Nigeria Nicholas Okoh will visit Canada, but he will not see his counterpart, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, the Anglican Primate of Canada. In what can only be described as a deliberate snub by the African Archbishop, the head of 20 million Nigerian Anglicans, Archbishop Okoh will visit some of his CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America) Churches in Canada between July 15 - 25th, 2011. CANA was formed following a complete break from the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) as a result of its departure...
  • Anglican Church set to bless gay bishops

    06/22/2011 4:01:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    brimbankweekly ^ | 21 Jun 2011 | Riazat Butt
    The Church of England is ready to approve the appointment of openly gay bishops, providing that they are celibate. Britain's established church was to publish its legal advice on the issue yesterday in an attempt to clarify its policy following years of controversy and debate. The document, Choosing Bishops - The Equality Act 2010, summarises the points that those involved in the nomination process ''need to keep in mind'' when considering candidates in order to avoid breaking the law. It states there is no bar to the promotion of gay clergy to a bishopric as long as they are not...
  • Church of England To Allow Gay Clergy To Become Bishops [A Religious Abomination!]

    06/19/2011 9:09:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 19, 2011 | Donna Bowate
    Church of England To Allow Gay Clergy To Become Bishops The Church of England is using the Equality Act as a “smokescreen” for allowing gay clergymen to become bishops, according to the leader of the National Secular Society. By Donna Bowater 19 Jun 2011 Guidance due to be published on Monday was expected to pave the way for homosexual clerics in civil partnerships to become bishops provided they remained celibate. The document, published in response to last year’s Equality Act, will be sent to the General Synod before it meets in York next month. The paper said: "Someone in a...
  • Southwark: seven priests ordained for the Ordinariate {Anglican-Catholic Caucus}

    06/06/2011 12:04:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Independent Catholic News ^ | 5 June 2011 | Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham/Archdiocese of Southwark
    Seven former Anglican clergy were ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by Archbishop Peter Smith in Saint George's Cathedral  Southwark, on Saturday, 4 June. In his homily Archbishop Peter promised them the support of the Archdiocese: " know you will have the companionship and support of the people to whom you have been pastors for many years, as well as the wider community, God's people in the Archdiocese - priests, deacons, religious and laity." He concluded: "I pray that your example and way of life as shepherds of the flock will bring...
  • First 53 Anglican clergy defects to Roman Catholic church (Catholic - Anglican Caucus)

    06/05/2011 11:54:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Daniel Blake
    Overall more than 50 former Anglican clergy will complete their defection over the next two weeks in a series of Pentecost ordinations. The first of these will see seven former Church of England clergy be ordained in London by the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark. The event will further establish the new Ordinariate formed by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglicans that wished to defect from the Anglican Church of England in protest against its moves to accept women bishops. In excess of 900 laity have already moved to the Catholic Church and have been waiting for their clergy...
  • Crackdown on Anglican Church in Zimbabwe

    06/05/2011 11:51:47 PM PDT · by Cronos
    Christian Today ^ | 4 June 2011 | Karen Peake
    The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is being harrassed by police and an ex-communicated bishop(AP) The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is facing a tough battle against state authorities and an ex-communicated bishop trying to take away its property and its freedom to worship. In the latest incident, sixteen churchgoers, including an elderly woman, were arrested and detained, and several priests turned out of their homes in the Diocese of Harare. The Anglican Church of Zimbabwe has faced attacks, police raids and random arrests since the excommunication of former Bishop of Harare, Dr Norbert Kunonga. Dr Kunonga, a staunch ally of President...
  • Episcopal Church property dispute back in court

    05/21/2011 10:00:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-04-25
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A years-long fight between The Episcopal Church and several conservative congregations has landed back in a courtroom in Virginia. Several prominent congregations with roots dating to Colonial times, including Truro Church in Fairfax and The Falls Church, voted in 2006 to split from The Episcopal Church and align with a group of conservative Anglican churches. The congregations disagreed with what their members felt was liberal Episcopal doctrine on homosexuality and other issues.
  • Killing of Unarmed bin Laden Leaves Anglican Head 'Uncomfortable'

    05/08/2011 9:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/05/2011 | Karen Peake
    The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion admitted on Thursday that he felt “very uncomfortable” with the killing of Osama bin Laden when he was unarmed. Contrary to initial reports that bin Laden had engaged in a 40-minute gun fight with U.S. Navy Seals, it emerged on Wednesday that the al-Qaida leader had been unarmed when he was shot dead in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday. Answering a question about the killing at a press briefing, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams also criticized conflicting reports coming from the White House about the events surrounding bin Laden’s death....
  • Royal Wedding: Archbishop Backs William and Kate's Decision to Live Together Before Marriage

    04/30/2011 2:38:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 345 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/29/11 | Tim Ross, Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Gordon Rayner
    The Archbishop of York has given his backing to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s decision to live together before marriage.The Archbishop of York backed Prince William and Kate Middleton’s decision to live together before marriage, saying that many modern couples want to “test the milk before they buy the cow”. Dr John Sentamu argued that the royal couple’s public commitment to live their lives together today would be more important than their past. But Anglican traditionalists criticised the Archbishop, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, for failing to reinforce Christian teaching which prohibits sex outside marriage....
  • The Children of the Ordinariate (Catholic/Anglican Caucus)

    04/28/2011 1:41:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | April 28, 2011 | Joanna Bogle
    The evening was hot and sultry, the first really warm day of the year. The church was an ugly modern one, with fans whirling in the ceiling in an unsuccessful attempt to keep the heat at bay.But nothing could spoil the sense of being at a moment of history. There are occasions when you can hear, even in surroundings that do not seem very grand or important, the beat of time in a special sense. This was one such evening. We were there to witness the uniting of a group of former Anglicans into full communion with the Catholic...
  • Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriage [Royals Can Marry Muslims But NOT Catholics]

    04/24/2011 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 24, 2011 | Rosa Prince
    Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriages The Church of England has blocked a Government move to scrap a centuries-old law which prevents members of the Royal family from marrying Roman Catholics, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. If the Supreme Governor of the Church of England was a Roman Catholic, they would ultimately be answerable to a separate sovereign leader, the Pope, and the Vatican. 24 Apr 2011 Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, began work towards repealing the 1701 Act of Settlement, under which heirs to the throne must renounce their claim on marrying a Roman Catholic, in order to...
  • Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?

    04/21/2011 3:45:20 PM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 54 replies
    The historical evidence contradicts this popular notion.Anyone encountering anti-Christian polemics will quickly come up against the accusation that a major festival practiced by Christians across the globe, namely, Easter, was actually borrowed or rather usurped from a pagan celebration. I often encounter this idea among Muslims who claim that later Christians compromised with paganism to dilute the original faith of Jesus.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY, 04-13-11

    04/13/2011 9:09:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 04-13-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANTERBURY From A.D. 597, when the Roman Benedictine who became St. Augustine went to England, until 1558, when Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-58) died, Canterbury was the primatial Catholic see of England. With the establishment of Anglicanism as the state religion, Canterbury became the world center of the Anglican Communion. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Anglican bishop compares Rio de Janeiro Islamic murderer to Catholic and Evangelical pro-lifers

    04/13/2011 8:56:38 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 3 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Nero and his friends are among us Anglican bishop compares Rio de Janeiro Islamic murderer to Catholic and Evangelical pro-lifers By Julio Severo Satan, the Supreme Blamer, was the first to rise up with accusations against the children of God. Centuries later, Nero, an insane emperor, rose up. He had Rome torched and blamed Christians. Centuries still later, Satanist Karl Marx arose. He was a former Protestant and blamed God, family and Christians for the evils in the world. Today, the Supreme Accuser uses not only people like Nero and Marx, but also nominally Christian individuals who, while claiming to...
  • Anglicans Prepare for a Dive in The Dark

    04/04/2011 10:25:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/4/11 | Mark Greaves
    Mark Greaves meets the brave members of an Anglo-Catholic parish in Kent who are preparing to cross the Tiber together in Holy WeekAt an Anglican theological college in Oxford two 25-year-olds were sitting by a computer. They had the Vatican website up and were clicking “refresh”. They had an inkling that a document was being published that day. Eventually, the words “Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus” popped up on screen. They clicked on it and read, for the first time, the details of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic offer to Anglicans. The document was issued on November 4 2009. Then, the two...
  • 'The greatest temptation of my life'

    03/31/2011 6:02:38 PM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 14 replies
    The Narthex at The Catholic Review ^ | March 31, 2011 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Dominican Father Carleton Parker Jones calls it the “greatest temptation” of his life. It happened 21 years ago in the library of the Anglican Centre in Rome, where Father Jones was completing research for his doctoral dissertation on Blessed John Henry Newman. Blessed Newman, an Anglican priest who was received into the Catholic Church in 1845, was one of Father Jones’ greatest heroes. Inspired by Blessed Newman’s writings, Father Jones had followed in the Englishman’s footsteps – leaving the Anglican priesthood to become a Catholic priest in 1982. Deep in the stacks of the acclaimed library, Father Jones pulled out...
  • Manchester Cathedral to host tarot card readers and healers at 'new age' festival

    03/28/2011 9:34:56 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Manchester Evening News ^ | March 28, 2011 | Yakub Qureshi
    Manchester Cathedral is to host a ‘new age’ festival featuring tarot card readers, crystal healers and ‘dream interpretation’. Local Anglican leaders have agreed to throw open the doors of the historic cathedral in a bid to embrace alternative forms of Christianity. Fortune tellers, meditation experts and traditional healers will fill the pews during the day-long festival in May. The Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, said he wanted to celebrate ‘all forms of spirituality’. The Spirit of Life festival on May 2 will also feature stalls and workshops on angels, prayer bead-making and massage. Fire-breathing vicar Rev Andy Salmon,...
  • TAC: The Unhappy Anglican House - Confusion reigns over Pope's offer of Anglicanorum Coetibus

    03/22/2011 2:29:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 22, 2011 | David W. Virtue
    TAC: The Unhappy Anglican House of Archbishop John HepworthConfusion reigns over Pope's offer of Anglicanorum Coetibus By David W. Virtuewww.virtueonline.orgMarch 21, 2011 A personal ordinariate offered by Pope Benedict XVI for traditionalist Anglicans has divided the American branch of the of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) - the Anglican Church in America - causing an irreparable schism in that body of Anglo-Catholics. The Traditional Anglican Communion was formed in 1991. Archbishop Louis Falk served as its first primate. He was succeeded in 2002 by Archbishop John Hepworth of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia. The TAC exists in Africa, Australia,...
  • Church in Wales Recommends Action Against 'Homophobic' Clergy

    03/18/2011 8:25:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Ugley Vicar ^ | 3/18/11 | Rev John P Richardson
    UPDATE: the full report is here. The relevant paragraphs would appear to be 22, 29 and 35: 22. It is necessary to provide a policy with guidance to clerics on the dangers of emotional abuse arising out of the inappropriate use of pastoral supervision or theological teaching. 29. The cleric as role model, as seen by children and young people is significant. This needs to be fully recognised and appreciated by the Church in Wales. Inappropriate and unacceptable conduct such as discriminatory behaviour involving aggression, bullying or attitudes such as homophobia should not be tolerated and can in some instances...
  • Nearly 1,000 (UK) Anglicans converting to Catholicism

    03/16/2011 12:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Christian Century ^ | March 15, 2011 | Trevor Grundy
    LONDON (RNS/ENInews) More than 900 Anglicans formally expressed a desire to convert to Catholicism at special services held at Westminster Cathedral -- including the first Anglicans to join a new branch of the Catholic Church. The annual ceremonies held last weekend (March 12-13), included 62 adults who will become Catholics as part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, presided. The "personal ordinariate" was set up by Pope Benedict XV1 as an extra-geographical body for Anglican converts who left over...
  • Hundreds (600) of Anglicans start move to Catholic church on Ash Wednesday

    03/09/2011 1:30:07 PM PST · by NYer · 118 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | March 9, 2011 | Robert Barr
    LONDON - Hundreds of disaffected Anglicans left the Church of England to become Roman Catholics on Ash Wednesday, the Christian day of penance.The day set by the church to welcome converts wishing to join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a unique grouping created by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglicans left feeling isolated since the Church of England decided in 1992 to ordain women as priests. Tensions have grown further as the governing General Synod moves to allow women to become bishops while denying special structures to protect the sensitivities of the objectors."I believe that synod is trying to...
  • Anglicans Need to 'Rediscover' Celibacy: Primate

    03/05/2011 4:05:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Record (Australia) ^ | 3/2/11 | Anthony Barich
    ANGLICANS seeking communion with the Church via the Pope’s unique offer that allows married priests must recapture and understand the gift of celibacy in the priesthood, a global leader of Anglo-Catholics said. Adelaide-based Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion which claims a global membership of 400,000, said Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus (“Groups of Anglicans”) “challenges us in a most wonderful way”. “I want to be quite clear that when becoming Primate eight years ago I wrote to my people saying celibacy is part of the unity deal, just start getting used to it....
  • British Anglicans Preparing Mass Defection to Roman Catholic Church

    01/30/2011 3:57:33 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | January 30, 2011
    LONDON -- Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans were preparing Sunday to defect from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent, Sky News reported. It follows a campaign by a former Anglican bishop in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy. Father Keith Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate -- a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope -- to welcome protestant defectors. Despite the efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglo Catholics have begun leaving following the conversion of three Anglican bishops in mid-January. The Church of...
  • More Anglican priests to join Catholic Church

    01/23/2011 5:06:50 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 Jan 2011 | BBC
    Seven Anglican priests and 300 members of six congregations are to join a new section of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood says. The move involves three parishes in Essex, and three in east London. It is the largest known influx to date into the Ordinariate The Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, said he was disappointed that 300 members in Essex were converting to Catholicism. "Although I'm sorry these people are going, I do respect their decision. But it is a small group of people. The Church of England remains the church for everyone."
  • One good reason for leaving the Anglican "Church"

    01/13/2011 7:38:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Caritas in Veritate ^ | 1/13/11 | Fr John Boyle
    The Anglican bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt Revd M Thomas Shaw SSJE, witnesses the "marriage" of the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary on New Year's Day 2011.By Father James Bradley of St John the Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, Kent who, by the way, are using the Evangelium course to learn about the Catholic Faith.
  • The Ordinariate Has Got Off to an Impressive Start – But Now it Needs a London Church

    01/18/2011 12:58:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/18/11 | Damian Thompson
    At the first Mass of Fr Andrew Burnham at the Oxford Oratory on Sunday, the great Dominican theologian Fr Aidan Nichols described the Ordinariate as “nothing less than the reconfiguring of Anglicanism by union with the Petrine centre and its criteria of orthodoxy”. That is a sweepingly ambitious statement of the Ordinariate’s purpose – and it might have seemed over the top had it not been for the extraordinary scenes at Westminster Cathedral the day before, when Archbishop Vincent Nichols ordained the former Anglican bishops of Fulham, Ebbsfleet and Richborough. Rather to the surprise of some commentators, the Bishops of...
  • History overturned as Anglican bishops are ordained as Catholic priests

    01/17/2011 3:16:02 PM PST · by NYer · 62 replies
    Guardian ^ | January 15, 2010 | Peter Stanford
    In its 100-plus years Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of English Catholicism, will have seen few stranger sights than Saturday's procession of three Anglican bishops' wives, in matching beige coats, one with an outsized brown hat, going up on to the high altar to embrace their husbands, all newly ordained as Catholic priests. Catholicism isn't that keen on women on the altar – to the pain of the demonstrators from the Catholic Women's Ordination movement protesting outside the cathedral's doors – and it doesn't usually countenance priests having wives.But this was no ordinary ceremony. Almost everyone who spoke during it...
  • Athanasius Contra Ecclesiam Anglicana

    01/08/2011 4:40:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Energetic Procession ^ | 1/8/11 | Gary Jenkins
    When still an earnest Calvinist I saw the Anglican church as the proper heir of Swiss Reformed thought, or even Calvinism, for that matter. It was largely the accident of Knox having published in Geneva his First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women without Calvin’s consent or knowledge – - or so Calvin claimed in a letter to Elizabeth’s secretary, William Cecil – -that had put Geneva on the outs with Elizabeth. Consequently, not Geneva, but Zurich became the primary court of appeal for the English Protestants in the first decades of Elizabeth’s reign, and the...
  • Here Come The Anglicans!

    01/03/2011 8:17:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    (American Catholic Magazine) - The 1230 Mass today at London's Westminster Cathedral looked like any other. But for the hint in the booklet for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, that after the homily would be a "Rite of reception and confirmation", there was nothing at all to indicate the significance of what was to happen. The celebrant, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, Alan Hopes, said nothing at the start of Mass, and it wasn't until the end of a lengthy homily on Mary as Theotokos, or God-bearer, and the controversies of the fourth-century Council of Nicea which led...
  • Boston Globe portrays homosexual Episcopal bishop as crusader for progress

    01/02/2011 5:26:49 PM PST · by massmike · 26 replies ^ | December 31, 2010
    The most powerful propaganda is often the most subtle. If a person is portrayed as doing great, humanitarian things versus doing divisive or hurtful things, that person's cause and message are also given a psychological boost. In today's culture wars the mainstream media does this in spades. When writing about people involved in these issues, there is rarely any middle ground -- as we've warned pro-family people for years. Although the casual reader may not realize it, the media takes this very seriously. On Dec. 5 the Boston Globe ran a prominent feature article on Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the...
  • Anglican bishops 'to become Catholics at Westminster Cathedral today'

    01/01/2011 1:28:42 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    As midnight approached, bloggers began reporting that several former Anglican bishops – including Andrew Burnham (Ebbsfleet), Keith Newton (Richborough) and John Broadhurst (Fulham) – will be received into the Roman Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral today, January 1, 2011. You can read reports here, here and here, with a hat-tip to The Anglo-Catholic. It looks as if the Ordinariate has begun. Happy New Year.
  • Praying to the Saints - Why do Catholics Venerate the Saints?

    12/28/2010 1:10:16 PM PST · by NYer · 163 replies · 9+ views
    The historic Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ—the saints—for their intercession has come under attack in the last few hundred years. Though the practice dates to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, the other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans—meaning that all-told it is shared by more than three quarters of the Christians on earth—it still comes under heavy attack from many within the Protestant movement that started in the sixteenth century.   Can They Hear Us? One charge made against it is that the saints in heaven...
  • Traditional Anglican leader expects 150 clergy to become Catholic

    12/07/2010 4:33:06 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 6, 2010
    Archbishop John Hepworth The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion has announced that more than 150 of the group's clergy are actively seeking to reunite with the Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI's Anglican Ordinariate proposal.“This is a moment to reflect on the prophetic wisdom of Pope Benedict,” wrote Primate John Hepworth, who heads up a group of 15 traditional Anglican provinces around the world. “It is a moment to thank him for his daring trust that Anglicans would respond. It is a time to intensify our prayers for him.”In his pastoral statement, he noted some “exquisite difficulties” that...
  • Britain's queen tours world's largest mosque

    11/25/2010 12:25:48 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | AP
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II toured one of the world's largest mosques Wednesday in her first state visit in more than 30 years to the United Arab Emirates, a country with deep British ties. The 84-year-old monarch wore a white hat covered by a gold scarf at Abu Dhabi's Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, part of a massive marble complex that contains the tomb of the late Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE after it gained statehood following more than 100 years as a British protectorate. The queen, accompanied by...
  • British, Welsh bishops announce plans to receive ex-Anglicans into the Church

    11/19/2010 2:15:47 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | November 19, 2010 | Alan Holdren
    Anglican Bishop John Broadhurst, one of five bishops who will become Catholic Westminster, England, Nov 19, 2010 / 02:41 pm (CNA).- Five Anglican bishops who announced earlier this month that they are quitting the Church of England, will be the first to join a new “personal ordinariate” established by the bishops of England and Wales this coming January. The bishops unveiled their plans for the new ordinariate, or jurisdiction, in a Nov. 19 statement. They said that Pope Benedict XVI will formally establish the ordinariate and name a bishop to lead it in early January 2011.Pope Benedict invited Anglicans...