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  • Welby Hails New Beginning for Church as Women Bishops Becomes Law

    11/17/2014 6:26:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | John Bingham
    Archbishop of Canterbury hails a “completely new phase” of its existence after enabing women to become bishops The Church of England has entered what the Archbishop of Canterbury hailed as a “completely new phase” of its existence as legislation enabling women to become bishops came into force. Forty years of debate and campaigning over the role of women in leadership in the Established Church was brought to an end in just 10 minutes as the Church’s General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of paper....
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury signals end of C of E's resistance to gay marriage [UK]

    03/28/2014 10:39:52 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/27/2014 | Andrew Brown
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers. Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church. "I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being." Justin Welby told the Guardian. His comments mark a shift in tone, if not...
  • Christians now suffering mass martyrdom, says Archbishop of Canterbury

    09/26/2013 8:47:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35PM BST 25 Sep 2013 | John Bingham
    Christians are being deliberately attacked because of their faith across parts of the Muslim world and even martyred for their faith in large numbers, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the bombing of All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 85 were killed and more than 200 injured. But he said that Christians were also being singled out for violence in a string of other countries. …
  • Church of England to act against anti-gay bullying

    07/06/2013 9:20:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
    The archbishop of Canterbury has announced a campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in Church of England schools, acknowledging that attitudes toward sexuality have changed. Archbishop Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglican Communion, stressed that the Church of England wasn’t changing its teaching on gay relationships, but that it would be “absurd and impossible” to ignore shifting cultural attitudes. …
  • Archbishops to Ask Clergy: 'Are You Having Gay Sex?'

    06/15/2013 7:43:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/14/13 | John Bingham
    Openly gay clerics will be questioned about the intimate detail of their sex life on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury or York before they can be considered to be a bishop, the Church of England has disclosed.A legal briefing sent to members of the General Synod reveals that under a new policy any priest in a civil partnership will have to convince an archbishop that they are not sexually active before their name can go forward. It was drawn up in light of a u-turn by the church last year which lifted a blanket ban on anyone in a...
  • Archbishops To Gay Clergy: 'Are You Having Gay Sex?' [“Wholesome Examples” To “Flock of Christ”]

    06/14/2013 1:12:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June14 | John Bingham
    Archbishops To Ask Clergy: 'Are You Having Gay Sex?' Openly gay clerics will be questioned about the intimate detail of their sex life on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury or York before they can be considered to be a bishop, the Church of England has disclosed. Dr Jeffrey John, who is in a celibate civil partnership, was twice in line to become a bishop but his appointment was blocked because of opposition from conservatives within the Church By John Bingham 14 Jun 2013 A legal briefing sent to members of the General Synod reveals that under a new policy...
  • Gay marriage weakens society, says Archbishop of Canterbury (lukewarm overall)

    06/03/2013 3:28:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:06PM BST 03 Jun 2013 | Tim Ross and John Bingham
    In his first major intervention in the debate, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said he could not support David Cameron’s same-sex marriage Bill in its current form. He warned that the reform “weakened” the concept of the “normal” family as the basis for a strong community and replaced traditional marriage with something “less good”.Archbishop Welby has been reluctant to join the public condemnation of the reforms, despite widespread opposition from Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Muslims and other faith organizations. The Church of England has previously adopted a more conciliatory position towards the reforms, acknowledging that parliament was likely to pass the...
  • Ruins of Oldest Protestant Church in America Found at Jamestown

    11/18/2011 11:39:32 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 11-14-11 | Michael Gryboski
    Researchers at Jamestown, Va., may have found the site where the first Protestant church in North America was built. Dr. William Kelso, head of the research team at Jamestown, which was founded as a settlement established by the Virginia Company of London in the 17th century, explained in an interview with The Christian Post that the group began excavating at the site where they may have found the church in the summer of 2010. Kelso, an American archaeologist specializing in Virginia’s colonial period, believes the ruins found are the church because of a “Record of construction in Spring of 1608,...
  • Bishop of Willesden, must resign (Predicts William & Kate marriage lasts only 7 years)

    11/25/2010 10:43:32 PM PST · by jocon307 · 8 replies
    Blogspot (hat tip First Things) ^ | 11-21-2010 | Archbishop Cranmer (nom de blog)
    It is reported in The Mail on Sunday that Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, has prophesied that the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will last just seven years. That's precisely what the Established Church needs: generous, humble and optimistic shepherds of the sheep who set their minds on all that is noble, pure, lovely and of good report. He really ought to read what the Bible has to say about soothsaying..... Bishop Pete is a self-confessed republican. Apparently, when news of the Royal engagement was announced, he tweeted: ‘Need to work out what date in the spring or...
  • Gay bishop Gene Robinson announces plan to retire early

    11/07/2010 4:07:59 AM PST · by Racehorse · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 November 2010 | Riazat Butt
    An openly gay bishop whose appointment split the Anglican church is to resign, saying the last seven years had "taken their toll" on him, his family and his flock. The Right Rev Gene Robinson, of New Hampshire, revealed his plans yesterday, at at annual diocesan meeting. He will be 65 when he steps down, seven years below the retirement age. He told the convention that being in the eye of the storm had proved too much. He said: "Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain, not just on me,...
  • Nigeria: Muslims Burn Down 8 Churches

    02/26/2010 2:43:03 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Logans Warning ^ | February 26th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    The Islamic scriptures state that Jesus will return as a Muslim, and destroy Christianity. Of course I do not believe this, but in the mean time Muslims are certainly doing their part in attacking Christianity. As I have said in the past, all non-Islamic religions, and Atheists need to take a stand against this common enemy, before they destroy life as we know it. “Muslim Mob Burns Down Christian Shops, 8 Churches in Nigeria”
  • Unholy row over New Zealand Mary and Joseph billboard

    12/17/2009 11:06:27 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 857+ views
    bbc ^ | 17 December 2009
    An unholy row has broken out in New Zealand over a church billboard aimed at "challenging stereotypes" about the birth of Jesus Christ. A dejected-looking Joseph lies in bed next to Mary under the caption, "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow". St Matthew-in-the-City Church in Auckland, which erected the billboard, said it had intended to provoke debate. But the Catholic Church, among others, has condemned it as "inappropriate" and "disrespectful". Within hours of its unveiling, the billboard had been defaced with brown paint. The church's vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the aim of the billboard had been...
  • 400,000 former Anglicans worldwide seek immediate unity with Rome

    10/21/2009 9:49:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 1,989+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 10/22/09 | Ruth Gledhill, Sophie Tedmanson, Giles Whittell and Richard Owen
    400,000 former Anglicans worldwide seek immediate unity with Rome Ruth Gledhill, Sophie Tedmanson, Giles Whittell and Richard Owen Leaders of more than 400,000 Anglicans who quit over women priests are to seek immediate unity with Rome under the apostolic constitution announced by Pope Benedict XVI. They will be among the first to take up an option allowing Anglicans to join an “ordinariate” that brings them into full communion with Roman Catholics while retaining elements of their Anglican identity. The Pope’s move is regarded by some Anglicans as one of the most dramatic developments in Protestant christendom since the Reformation gave...
  • Big Doings in Rome & London?

    10/19/2009 10:10:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 784+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | 10-19-09
    Now what can this be all about? I get an email from my Li’l Bro Thom (who likes show tunes, a lot, and is often peppering his emails with Broadway lyrices) “Could be, who knows? There’s something due any day, I will know, right away…soon as it shows…” He was writing about this bit of a blurb from Deacon Greg, who got it from American Papist, who got it from Damian Thompson: *** We inform accredited journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2009, at 11am, in the John Paul II Hall of the Press Office of the Holy See, a...
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • The Church of England: On the Origin of Darwin

    09/15/2008 8:53:59 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 3 replies · 182+ views
    The Church of England ^ | September 2008 | The Church of England
    Produced by Mission and Public Affairs in association with the Communications Office Statue outside Shrewsbury Library, formerly Shrewsbury School - © Shropshire County Council Introduction As the world of science prepares to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the seminal 'On the Origin of Species', an opportunity arises to look back on the relationship between Darwin, his supporters and the Christian Church. What is extraordinary is that Darwin was surrounded by the influence of the Church his entire life. Having attended one of the best Church of England boarding...
  • Going their own way, by God

    08/04/2008 8:31:33 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 121+ views
    The Economist ^ | 7-24-08
    The simplest way of describing the cracks running down the middle of the 80m-strong Anglican family is to say that the traditionalists, reflecting the conservative social mores of Africa, are at odds with liberals from the rich world, especially over the issue of homosexuality. To explain the Africans’ conservatism, many point out that they are on the front line of a contest with Islam; and that missionary work in Africa was carried out by evangelicals who reflect a rather fundamentalist strain of British Christianity. All that is correct up to a point, and it explains why bishops from Kenya, Nigeria,...
  • Top evangelical theologian leaves Anglican Church of Canada [J.I.Packer]

    04/28/2008 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies · 384+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | April 28, 2008 | Douglas Todd
    One of the world's most famous evangelical theologians quit the Anglican Church of Canada this week because he believes many of its bishops are "arguably heretical" for adhering to "poisonous liberalism." James (J.I.) Packer, whom Time magazine recently named as one of the planet's 25 most influential evangelicals, said he hesitated before using the harsh terms to describe the Anglican bishops, but believed he must do so in the name of truth. Vancouver-based Packer, who has sold more than four million copies of his many books, said he and 10 other B.C. Anglican clergy left the national denomination this week...
  • "No-go" bishop defends comments (Anglican bishop and family threatened)

    02/24/2008 4:35:36 AM PST · by Nextrush · 38 replies · 238+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/24/08 | BBC
    A Church of England bishop who claimed Islamic extremism has made some places no-go areas for non-Muslims insists he was right to speak out on the issue. The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali raised the issue last month in a Sunday Telegraph interview. Now in a follow up inverview with the same newspaper, he accuses church leaders of not confronting the matter. "The issue had to be raised. There are times when Christian leaders have to speak out. It's my duty," he says. 'Spiritual leaders' Since making the comments in January he has received threats against...
  • Islam: Canadian activist slams faith-based courts

    02/16/2008 12:39:38 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 128+ views
    AKI ^ | 15 Feb. 2008 | Staff
    Rome, 15 Feb. (AKI) - Islamic courts must be be ruled out in Britain and other Western countries if the democratic rights of all their citizens are to be safeguarded, Iranian born activist Homa Arjomand, told Adnkronos International (AKI). Homa Arjomand spearheaded a successful campaign to end faith-based arbitration in Canada. She strongly disagreed with remarks made earlier in February by the head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who claimed that Islamic (Sharia) courts in Britain seemed "inevitable" and could aid "social cohesion". Arjomand told AKI that adopting Sharia courts, promoting Islamic schools and Islamic...
  • Bishop loses gay employment case

    07/18/2007 3:57:18 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 293+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK | anon
    Bishop loses gay employment case http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6904057.stm Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK A gay man has won his case for unlawful discrimination after he was refused a youth official's job by a Church of England bishop. The employment tribunal said John Reaney, 42, was discriminated against "on grounds of sexual orientation" by the Hereford diocesan board of finance. Mr Reaney, from Colwyn Bay, Conwy, said he was "delighted" at the decision. The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, said he was "naturally disappointed" and may appeal. During the tribunal in Cardiff in April, Mr Reaney said...
  • More clergy are leaving before Schori's installation

    11/02/2006 6:02:53 PM PST · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 666+ views
    The Connecticut Six ^ | 11/02/2006 | The Rev. Henry Pendergrass
    SOURCE: http://www.stnicksonline.org/DIRECT LINK Sunday, October 29, 2006 Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus our Lord, As you know, the past several years have been a time of intense turmoil within the Episcopal Church. The events of General Convention 2006 have only confirmed that the Episcopal Church is deliberately moving away from the Apostle's teaching as found in Holy Scripture. Despite the relative strength of our own diocese, it is nevertheless the case that we remain part of a withered branch of Christ's Church that has turned its back on His saving Gospel and squandered its spiritual inheritance. After much prayer...
  • Tutu Says Church Stand on Gay Priests Made Him Ashamed to be Anglican

    09/25/2006 8:32:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 1,117+ views
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in the first authorized biography of the Nobel peace laureate, said he was ashamed of his Anglican Church's conservative position that rejected gay priests. In the book "Rabble-Rouser for Peace," by his former press secretary, John Allen, Tutu also criticized the last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, for not accepting accountability for apartheid atrocities. He said the failure caused him to regret having nominated de Klerk, along with Nelson Mandela, for their 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Excerpts from the book were scheduled to be appear in South Africa on Friday and the biography was scheduled for release...
  • Dean in 'gay marriage'

    08/02/2006 11:23:04 AM PDT · by Dane · 10 replies · 685+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | August 2, 2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    Dean in 'gay marriage' By Ruth Gledhill The Dean of St Albans, Jeffrey John, has taken part in a private “gay marriage” ceremony at St Albans register office. Dr John, the most senior gay cleric so far to tie the knot, registered his civil partnership with the Rev Grant Holmes, a hospital chaplain. The congregation at St Albans Cathedral applauded when the warden delivered the news at the end of the parish announcements on Sunday.About 150 guests attended a reception in the deanery garden after the Eucharist. Dr John and Mr Holmes, who both wore clerical garb for the ceremony,...
  • The Lambeth walk: The Archbishop of Canterbury shows true leadership

    06/27/2006 4:12:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 459+ views
    June 28, 2006 ^ | June 28, 2006 | anon
    The Lambeth walk: The Archbishop of Canterbury shows true leadershiphttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,542-2246425,00.html http://tinyurl.com/hqebd No one could accuse Rowan Williams of not saying that extra prayer or going the extra mile along the rocky road. He has wrestled with the tensions, arguments and conflict over homosexual clergy for more than three years in an attempt to hold together a Church of England more rent with division than at any time for the past two centuries. The effort has cost the office of archbishop dear and has brought the Church to the brink of schism. Now he has decided that the time for emollience...
  • Worldwide Anglican church facing split over gay bishop

    06/27/2006 2:23:14 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 294+ views
    Times Online ^ | June 27, 2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    Worldwide Anglican church facing split over gay bishop http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2245849,00.html http://tinyurl.com/opnva By Ruth Gledhill Times Online June 27, 2006 The Archbishop of Canterbury has outlined proposals that are expected to lead to the exclusion of The Episcopal Church of the United States from the Anglican Church as a consequence of consecrating a gay bishop. The US branch of Anglicanism faces losing its status of full membership of the Anglican Church in the wake of its consecration of the openly gay Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, an act which has propelled the worldwide church to the brink of schism. The...
  • Bible supports homosexual partnerships, says bishop

    05/27/2006 9:45:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 44 replies · 1,485+ views
    Telegraph ^ | May 28, 2006 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Bible supports homosexual partnerships, says bishophttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/05/28/nchurch28.xml http://tinyurl.com/lb2b9 By Jonathan Wynne-Jones (Filed: 28/05/2006) One of the country's most senior bishops has reignited the Church of England row over homosexuality by claiming that same-sex partnerships are supported by the Bible. The Rt Rev Richard Harries, the Bishop of Oxford, said that traditionalists in the Church needed to be "converted" to see that homosexual unions are confirmed by the scriptures. He reaffirmed his controversial belief that an openly gay man should be allowed to be appointed a bishop. His remarks have angered traditionalists and are set to rekindle the debate on homosexual "marriages"...
  • Afghans stage Dublin (Episcopalian) Cathedral protest

    05/14/2006 6:32:31 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 3 replies · 343+ views
    RTE, Dublin, Ireland ^ | 14 May 2006 22:56 | RTE News Staff
    A group of Afghans are staging a sit-in at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The group of around 30 have been at the Cathedral since earlier this afternoon. It is understood those involved in the protest are failed asylum seekers facing deportation. Advertisement They have said they were planning to go on hunger strike. Gardaí say they are demanding to speak to officials at the Department of Justice.
  • Civil Partnerships in Ireland?

    04/27/2006 2:55:44 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 8 replies · 434+ views
    American Anglican Council ^ | 4/27/2006 | Reform Ireland
    A further blow to the Moral Fibre of the Nation 15th April 2006 Source: Reform Ireland It is with grave concern that Reform Ireland listened to Bertie Ahern advocating the creation of Civil Partnerships in the Republic of Ireland. Reform Ireland would encourage and call upon the senior clergy in the Republic of Ireland to make representations to the Irish Government that such legislation would be a further blow to the moral fibre of the Irish nation and undermine heterosexual marriage as the foundational relationship for family life. We note that in the UK the take-up rate of such partnerships...
  • Church magazine with Muhammad cartoon recalled (Anglican Church asks readers to return magazines)

    03/21/2006 4:57:19 AM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 22 replies · 662+ views
    AP via Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 21, 2006
    The Anglican Church in Wales on Tuesday asked readers to send back copies of a church magazine that contains a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The church said it was recalling the magazine to avoid causing offense to Muslims. Sunni Muslim tradition bans any image of the prophet, favorable or otherwise. Several people have been killed in angry protests around the world against cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper last year and later reprinted in European newspapers.
  • Episcopal group plots takeover

    10/23/2005 10:36:47 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 67 replies · 1,832+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/23/5 | Tony LaRussa
    An Episcopal group has a doomsday plan that calls for ousting conservative bishops and seizing church property if they attempt to break from the denomination over its increasingly liberal position on homosexuality. The so-called "Day After" plan could kick in as early as June, when the Episcopal Church USA holds its General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, according to minutes from a closed steering committee meeting of the group Via Media. Joan Gunderson of Aspinwall, who served as recording secretary for committee meeting in late September, said nothing from the strategy session has been approved by the group's leadership. "The minutes...
  • (Flashback to 2003) Christian History Corner: Our Brothers and Sisters, the Episcopalians

    10/18/2005 1:01:04 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 5 replies · 455+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | posted 10/03/2003 | By Chris Armstrong
    The fast-growing liberal-conservative rift within the Episcopal Church has dominated the headlines of late, along with the rancorous exchanges between liberal Episcopalians and conservatives in world Anglicanism. But who are the Episcopalians? And why does their Church-of-England tradition matter in America? To understand Episcopalianism, you need to know that it arose from the Church of England, or Anglicanism. Remember? —that's the church that divided from Roman Catholicism when Henry VIII needed a quickie divorce. OK, but what are they like? How do they worship? What do they believe? First impressions of this worldwide communion only confuse: Some Anglicans are into...
  • Picked off: A liberal bishop attacks—and may hasten an Anglican breakup

    07/22/2005 2:10:43 PM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies · 1,180+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 30, 2005 | Edward E. Plowman
    One down, five to go. At 9:30 a.m. on July 13 liberal Episcopal bishop Andrew Smith of Connecticut, several of his administrators, a pro-gay feminist priest, a locksmith, and a computer technician swooped into conservative, 200-congregant St. John's Episcopal Church in Bristol, Conn. They pried open the locked pastor's office, confiscated pastoral and church records, took down the church's website and redirected traffic to the diocese's website, changed the locks on all the doors, and announced to protesting church leaders and members that the diocese had taken over St. John's. Bishop Smith said he had suspended Rev. Mark Hansen from...
  • The Episcopal Church Self-Destructs over Homosexuality

    07/15/2005 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Dane · 145 replies · 3,547+ views
    VirtueonLine ^ | 7/15/05 | Allan Dobras
    The Episcopal Church Self-Destructs over Homosexuality Episcopalians Defend the Consecration of a "Gay" Bishop By Allan Dobras The Episcopal Church has been flirting with a disastrous schism for the last thirty-five years, and now a formal breakup seems inevitable following an unapologetic June 17–22, 2005, appearance before the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Nottingham, England. The purpose of the meeting was to hear the church's defense of its consecration of "gay" Bishop V. Gene Robinson. Over the years, the denomination continued to hang together as it blundered through several divisive issues while causing its rolls to plummet by about 1.3...
  • American Churches Shown Door as Gay Row Deepens

    06/26/2005 6:51:40 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 31 replies · 1,253+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | June 23, 2005 | Ruth Gledhill
    THE Anglican Church moved closer to schism yesterday when members of its central administrative council formally asked the Churches of Canada and the US to go. Unconvinced by the justifications offered by both Churches on Tuesday for their actions in ordaining an openly homo- sexual bishop and authorising same-sex blessings, members of the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Nottingham asked them to leave the council and its central finance and standing committees. Although the motion invites the Churches to withdraw voluntarily, it amounts in effect to a punishing expulsion. The debate was held behind closed doors at Nottingham Univers-ity yesterday,...
  • Episcopal clergy meet with bishop, no decision announced

    04/19/2005 4:07:06 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 29 replies · 1,095+ views
    WTNH news ^ | 4/18/05
    (WTNH, Apr. 18, 2005 11:20 PM) _ A meeting between six Episcopal priests and Connecticut's Bishop has ended with no decision being announced. The six have been in the spotlight ever since they took a stand against the church's first openly gay bishop. The six are Reverend Christopher Leighton, rector of St. Paul's Church in Darien, the Reverend Mark Hansen of St. John's Church in Bristol, the Reverend Ronald Gauss of Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, the Reverend Gilbert Wilkes of Christ and the Epiphany Church in East Haven, the Reverend Don Helmandollar of Trinity Church in Bristol and the...
  • History made in Canada by first ACiC Confirmation services

    03/17/2005 5:44:48 PM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 165+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/17/2005 | David Virtue
    VANCOUVER (March 15, 2005)--History was made last week when 102 people were confirmed by the Rt Revd TJ Johnston during the 450 strong ACiC Celebration at Richmond Emmanuel Church, British Columbia, Canada. The Celebration came at the end of a week long visit by ACiC Bishop TJ and his wife Rees. They traveled to meet with members of the 11 ACiC congregations visiting Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Greater Vancouver. Three new Canadian deacons, who were recently ordained during the AMiA Winter Conference, were privileged to assist in the Eucharist held as part of the 18th annual Renewal Mission...
  • Anglican Church of Canada Told to Make a Choice [Venables lays down the law]

    03/05/2005 4:38:32 PM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 413+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/05/2005 | Cheryl Change, the Anglican Network in Canada
    Main Entry: pri'mate Pronunciation: *pr*-*m*t or esp for 1 -m*t Function: noun Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus Date: 13th century 1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER 3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers) -pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun --pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective
  • Church Is Rebuked Over Gay Unions and a Gay Bishop

    10/18/2004 7:42:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 515+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 19, 2004 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    An Anglican Church commission rebuked the Episcopal Church USA yesterday for ordaining an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire and for blessing same-sex unions, and called for a moratorium on both practices "until some new consensus in the Anglican Communion emerges." In a report issued in London, the commission asked the Episcopal Church to apologize for causing pain and division in the global Anglican Communion, the second largest church body in the world, with 77 million members in 164 countries. The report also calls for the bishops who consecrated the gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, to consider withdrawing from Anglican...
  • Anglicans Criticize U.S. Church on Gays

    10/18/2004 6:32:28 AM PDT · by bd476 · 48 replies · 2,689+ views
    Yahoo News Europe AP ^ | October 17, 2004 | By ROBERT BARR, Associated Press Writer
    "LONDON - An Anglican church commission sharply criticized the U.S. Episcopal Church on Monday for consecrating a gay bishop and called on the church to apologize and refrain from promoting any other clergy living in a same-sex union. The report of the commission headed by Irish primate Robin Eames also proposed that the 38 national churches that constitute the Anglican Communion sign a covenant expressing their support for what it called current Anglican teachings. The report also called on conservative bishops — including some from Africa — who have offered to forge relationships with disaffected Episcopal congregations to desist from...
  • ANGLICAN: GAY ISSUE HAS SHATTERED CHURCH

    10/08/2004 7:32:30 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 173 replies · 2,169+ views
    Miami Herald (vIA ap) ^ | Oct. 08, 2004 | AP Staff
    An African Anglican leader said the Episcopal Church's confirmation of a gay bishop is tantamount to creating a new religion. NEW YORK - (AP) -- The most influential Anglican leader in Africa -- home to nearly half the world's Anglicans -- said Thursday that the U.S. Episcopal Church has created a ''new religion'' by confirming a gay bishop in New Hampshire, breaking the bonds between the denominations with roots in the Church of England. Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, in an Associated Press interview, also said he views the head of the Episcopal Church as an advocate for gays and...
  • Anglican delegation to recommend divestment

    09/22/2004 11:17:15 PM PDT · by yonif · 23 replies · 548+ views
    Haaretz ^ | September 23, 2004 | Daphna Berman
    Leading members of the Anglican church will recommend that their decision-making body adopt an anti-Israel divestment policy similar to the one the Presbyterian church passed earlier this summer. The announcement, made yesterday in Jerusalem by representatives of the Anglican Peace and Justice Network (APJN), came at the close of the delegation's 10-day tour of the region. "We will return home and recommend that the Anglican Consultative Council [the church's decision-making body] adopt a resolution calling for divestment from Israel, and if our delegation is representative of the larger Anglican sentiment, then I'd say we're in good shape," Dr. Jenny Te...
  • Pedophile's (organist) job at St. John's under review by (Ottawa) Anglican bishop

    05/18/2004 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 495+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | May 18, 2004 | Greg McArthur
    Sexual predator was barred in 1994 from holding leadership role in church The bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is considering whether to enforce a 10-year-old ban prohibiting a convicted pedophile from playing the organ and conducting an adult choir at a downtown church. Bishop Peter Coffin said he is pondering what to do with John Gallienne, a sexual predator and former choirmaster barred by senior Anglican officials in 1994 from holding a leadership position in the church, but who is now an organist at Elgin Street's St. John the Evangelist. "I just might mull it over for a...
  • Being dad is a job for marriage - Australians look at U.S. model

    04/16/2004 11:50:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 209+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 17, 2004 | Bettina Arndt
    Are Australian churches too cowardly to suggest it is in the best interest of children to have married parents? That's the impression I received two years ago when I questioned the wisdom of naming Pat Rafter as Australian of the Year - a tennis icon about to become an unmarried father. Midst the flood of responses, churchgoers wrote in large numbers about the stony silence of their churches on the subject. One woman mentioned she had just been to Mass, where her priest had given a long sermon praising Rafter and never mentioned the marriage issue. "Are we now too...
  • )After Gay Row, Anglicans Question Vatican Ties (Religion alert}

    02/10/2004 3:15:55 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 9 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon February 9, 2004 06:21 AM ET | By Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - After the furor over the ordination of a gay Anglican bishop in the United States, the Church of England now faces a theological conundrum -- who is the ultimate Christian leader? The Pope runs the Roman Catholic Church through a rigid hierarchy. In contrast, the Archbishop of Canterbury is spiritual leader to 70 million Anglicans who rules by consensus. At the General Synod of the Church of England opening on Monday, Anglican-Catholic relations could take a turn for the worse as clerics broach the sensitive issue of whether the pontiff could be some kind of head of...
  • As Long As We All Get Along: Selling Truth for Unity

    02/05/2004 7:12:24 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 30 replies · 205+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 5 Feb 04 | Chuck Colson
    Peter James Lee was one of the sixty Episcopal bishops who voted to approve the appointment of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as bishop of New Hampshire. Since the vote, Lee has faced stiff opposition from conservative evangelical churches in his diocese. In his speech to the annual meeting of his diocese, Bishop Lee said this, "If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy." I can think of nothing more dangerous. What Lee is basically saying is that we can tolerate anything within the Church just to keep the Church together. What would cause...
  • Church cuts ties with US over gay bishop

    11/22/2003 1:16:56 PM PST · by Clive · 77 replies · 184+ views
    Kampala - Uganda's Anglican Church announced Saturday that it had severed relations with its counterpart in the United States after an openly gay bishop was consecrated earlier this month. "The Province of the Church of Uganda (Anglican) cuts its fellowship and communion with the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUS) on their action of consecrating and enthroning an openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, in their Anglican communion," the House of Bishops said in a resolution. The resolution, sent to AFP on Saturday, said the church in Uganda was ready to do the same with any other province that follows...
  • Anglican Defends Marrying Lesbians (Diocese of Niagara): His Flock Supports Him

    11/18/2003 8:53:34 AM PST · by Loyalist · 19 replies · 130+ views
    National Post ^ | November 18, 2003 | Francine Dubé
    Reverend Peter Wall performed a same-sex marriage in August in his Anglican church. CREDIT: Peter J. Thompson, National Post An Anglican priest who defied his church by performing a marriage between two women in a cathedral in Hamilton said yesterday he acted in "a moment of grace" and he does not regret his decision. "I know that it was probably an error," said Rev. Peter Wall, dean of the diocese of Niagara and rector of Christ's Church Cathedral. "But ... while it's been uncomfortable, I'm content to believe that what I did was the right thing to do." The...
  • Conservative Episcopalians ready showdown

    10/13/2003 11:15:20 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 27 replies · 173+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2003 | Julia Duin
    <p>OXFORD, England &#8212; Conservative Episcopalians say the majority of the world's Anglican archbishops will support their efforts this week to punish the Episcopal Church for elevating a practicing homosexual to the post of bishop.</p> <p>Starting tomorrow, the world's Anglican primates, or leaders of the various national churches, will be at Lambeth Palace in London for a showdown meeting over the Aug. 5 ratification of Canon V. Gene Robinson, a homosexual, as Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire.</p>