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Fall of Sudanese city leads to massacre by rebels

The South Sudan Council of Churches has called for an immediate ceasefire in the four month old tribal civil war, warning that if security is not restored to the countryside, Sudan will fall victim


Easter sermon of the Archbishop of Canterbury

"The announcement that Jesus is alive changes everything," the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said today in his Easter sermon. "It gives us hope where we were in despair, faith where we were lost, light where we were in darkness, joy where we were entirely in sorrow."


Easter message from Gafcon chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

Easter Message to the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council


Archbishop's kidnappers captured

Three men suspected of having kidnapped the Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province of the Church of Nigeria were arraigned last week before a magistrate in Port Harcourt, the Department of State Security (DSS) reports.


Supreme Court rejects ANiC appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied leave to appeal requested by the congregation of St.


Evangelical defections for Church of Scotland

Two evangelical congregations have quit the Church of Scotland this week in protest to last year’s vote by the General Assembly permitting the ordination of gay clergy.


Church leaders back secular parties in India's elections

The Moderator of the Church of South India has endorsed a joint pastoral letter with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Hyderabad calling upon Christians in Andhra Pradesh not to cas


An Archbishop for Northern Sudan

I first met the Rt. Reverend Ezekiel Kondo, Bishop of Khartoum, far from his diocese. He was in Ambridge, Pennsylvania for the ordination of my friend the Rev.


Igloo Cathedral deal proposed

The Diocese of the Arctic has offered C$2.65 million to the receivers of a construction company that went bankrupt while rebuilding St.


Lord Williams gives 2014 Dunning lecture in Baltimore

Lord Williams invited the capacity audience to engage in “theological behavior” that was unafraid of self-scrutiny, patient with life’s deepest mysteries, and hospitable to conversation.


Burma religious freedom law a threat to religious freedom, church warns

Burma’s proposed religious freedom law has drawn protests from Christian and civil society leaders, warning the bill submitted to Parliament by the government of Myanmar President  Thein Sein was a


Anglican Ordinariate falling short of its goals

"The Ordinariate has not grown as much as we hoped it might. The vision has not been caught." Msgr Keith Newton the ordinary of Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham observed at a Chrism Mass on 14 April 2014.


Archbishop Welby writes on religious broadcasting in the Radio Times

This year’s Easter television and radio schedules remind me that we have some outstanding religious broadcasting.


Frederick Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies inaugurated at LTSP

The Frederick Houk Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies was inaugurated at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in a brief ceremony in the seminary's Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel during


Court of Arches blocks church treasure sale

The Court of Arches has ruled that historical treasures and antiquities held by churches may not be sold to fund the upkeep of churches, save in extraordinary circumstances.


Strictly Come Dancing event pays off for cathedral

Hereford Cathedral raised over £20,000 this weekend by holding a dance competition modeled upon the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing program.


Christians must defy Allah-ban, archbishop declares

Archbishop Bolly Lapok of Kuching has warned Islamist extremists that Christians would not be silent in the face of demands that they be forbidden to use the word Allah.


Protests greet Manhattan cathedral's development plans

Protests over plans by Manhattan’s Cathedral of St John the Divine to build luxury condominiums on its precincts sparked a demonstration on 6 April 2014 led by local political leaders, who charged


Archbishop Welby clarifies remarks linking gay marriage to murder

Actions have consequences, the Archbishop of Canterbury, told Canada’s Anglican Journal, defending remarks he made last week to


Over 200 dead in terror attack on Nigerian commuters

Over 200 people have been killed in a terror attack at a bus terminal outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja today.


Trinity Wall Street's shareholder suit against Wal-Mart dismissed

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parish of Trinity Wall Street against the Wal-Mart Corporation, holding the parish could not compel the retailer to distribute proxy materials a


First gay clergy marriage for the Church of England

A serving Church of England priest has married his same-sex partner in open defiance of the church’s ban on clergy entering into same-sex marriages. On 12 April 2014, the Rev.


Archbishops' protest over Australia's immigration interdiction program

The archbishops of the Anglican Church of Australia have written an open letter expressing the "profound disquiet" over the government's treatment of asylum seekers.


Archbishop of Canterbury's address to the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace Conference in Oklahoma City

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave the following speech on April 10, 2014 at Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace, a conference in Oklahoma, USA, bringing together Episcopalians to consider ways of challenging 'the culture of violence'.


Archbishop Welby Struggles with a Greater Truth

As the Anglican Curmudgeon, it behooves me now and then to comment upon matters Anglican. And just now, there is a tempest in the Anglican teapot which I have refrained from noticing, because after all, it is still a small storm in a very small teapot.


Arab Spring has turned to Winter, Patriarch warns

The Arab Spring was “not a spring or even an autumn, it was a winter," said the Patriarch of Alexandria, Tawadros II, denouncing the revolutions that had stirred the Middle East an


SA Church leaders defend anti-corruption prosecutor from smear campaign

Church leaders in South Africa have defended the country’s Public Protector – the top anti-corruption official – from attacks made by allies of President Jacob Zuma over corruption allegations.


Half a million refugees fleeing Boko Haram, UN reports

The insurgency in Northeastern Nigeria waged by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram has forced nearly 500,000 people from their homes and threatens the stability of West Africa, U


Archbishop of Ghana to lead Church of the Province of West Africa

The Archbishop of Ghana, the Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, Bishop of Kumasi, has succeeded to the post of Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa.


Tsunami damaged cathedral reopens

Three years after it was all but destroyed by a tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Christ Church Cathedral in Sendai City has been reconsecrated.


Sacrificing gays on the altar of expedience

It's a "breaking story" today in Anglican News circles as Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby tied the persecution of African Christians to affirmation of LGBT people by "the western church."


Gay marriage a death sentence for Christian minorities, Archbishop of Canterbury warns

Changing the Church of England’s attitudes towards the morality of homosexual conduct was an unlikely prospect, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today, not least because of the catastrophe it would unleash upon Christians in the developing world.


Canadian bishop drops defamation suit against blogger

Bishop Michael Bird of the Hamilton, Ontario-based Diocese of Niagara has dropped his $400,000 defamation of character lawsuit against blogger David Jenkins.


Former British actor elected bishop in Australia

An evangelist and former actor, who is currently the rector of an central London church, has been elected as the new Bishop of Riverina. 


Death sentences for 3 Pakistani Christians convicted of blasphemy

Three Christians have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by secular courts in Pakistan.


Zimbabwe Anglicans launch university campaign

The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) has announced plans to build a technical college to prepare a new generation of Zimbabweans to compete successfully in the global economy.


Texas Bishop Responds to Ft. Hood Shooting

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, issued the following response to the shooting at Ft. Hood.


Canterbury greeting to new Syriac Orthodox Patriarch

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to congratulate His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election as the 123rd successor of St Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch and All the East, and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church.


Trinity Wall Street files suit against Wal-Mart over guns, rap music

The parish of Trinity Wall Street has filed suit in a Delaware Federal court against the Wal-Mart Corporation, alleging the company’s refusal to allow it to distribute proxy material at its April 22 annual meeting violates its rights as a shareholder.


Archbishop denounces legalization of polygamy

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya has denounced moves by his country’s Parliament to legalize polygamy.


No change to CoE clergy retirement age planned

There are no plans to change the Church of England’s mandatory retirement age of 70 for clergy, the Second Church Estates Commissioner told Parliament this week.


Noah meets the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury has met with actor Russell Crowe to discuss "faith and spirituality", the Lambeth Palace Press Office reports.


815 in Transparent Move to Punish Fort Worth

Your Curmudgeon has just received reliable word that ECUSA and its attorneys intend to ask the United States Supreme Court to review the (interlocutory!) decision by the Supreme Court of Texas in Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth v. Episcopal Church (USA), in which the Texas Court recently denied ECUSA's petition for a rehearing.


Channel Islands handed to Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover and each of the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey have today signed an agreement to give effect to the interim oversight arran


TEC to make desperate appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in Texas litigation

Local TEC attorneys notified us today that they will petition the United States Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of the Texas Supreme Court, which calls for the 141st District Court in Fort Wor


Lenten message from the Chairman of Gafcon

The presence of leaders from the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) at the South Carolina Convention was a sign of hope for the future. As a false unity that is based merely on institutional history breaks down, a new unity is emerging which finds its inspiration in the great historic truths of Anglican faith.


SC and TX Courts Show 815 Which Way the Wind Blows

In recent appellate decisions, the courts in both South Carolina and Texas have pointed to a decisive judicial rejection of the Dennis-Canon-based litigation strategy of the powers at 815 Second Avenue in New York, headquarters of what I (still) call ECUSA.


ECUSA applause for repeal of gay marriage ban

The Episcopal Bishops of Michigan have released a statement applauding a 21 March 2014 court ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.


TEC loses again in Texas; Supreme Court denies motion for rehearing

The Episcopal Church and its local supporters in Fort Worth have suffered a second defeat from the Texas Supreme Court.


TX Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in ECUSA Cases

The Texas Supreme Court has denied TEC's motion for a rehearing on the Fort Worth and San Angelo cases, sending them back to the local courts with directions they be adjudicated via "neutral principles of law."


Alban Institute to close

The Alban Institute announced that the "economic challenges and societal changes that have impacted all religious institutions" will force it to close its doors on 19 March 2014.


Church land cannot be touched to compensate abuse victims, archbishop writes

Church lands and buildings cannot be sold to compensate victims of child abuse, the Anglican Church of Australia has told a Royal Commission investigating child abuse.


Australian diocese failed abuse victims, Royal Commission told

The Diocese of Grafton’s priority in addressing child abuse claims was to minimize potential claims for compensation from victims and make the problem go away rather than seeing that justice was done, a Royal Commission investigating abuse has learned.


Uganda Martyrs Shrine fundraising campaign begins

The Church of Uganda has launched a fundraising campaign to build a shrine to the Martyrs of Uganda at Namugongo.


TEC appeal rejected in South Carolina case

The South Carolina Court of Appeals today rejected an appeal that would have delayed a trial in the Diocese of South Carolina lawsuit to protect diocesan and parish property from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local group, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC).


Faith initiative to combat slavery announced

Eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world by 2020 is the objective of a ground-breaking agreement announced today at the Vatican.


Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on the launch of joint Anglican-Roman Catholic initiative against modern slavery and human trafficking

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have given their backing to a ground-breaking ecumenical initiative to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. The agreement to help eradicate an injustice affecting up to 29million people was co-signed on March 17th by the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, Archbishop David Moxon, the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science, Bishop Sanchez Sorondo and Mr Andrew Forrest, the founder of the large international philanthropic anti-slavery organisation from Perth, Western Australia "Walk Free".


Who is the AAF?

Revelations that formal charges of misconduct have been filed against Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori have heated up the wires across the internet, prompting questions as to who brought


Misconduct charges filed against Katharine Jefferts Schori

A Washington-based conservative group, the American Anglican Fellowship has filed charges against the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, alleging her $30 million legal campaign against church conservatives is an abuse of office and violates church canons.


South Carolina accepts ecclesiastical oversight from Global South

On Saturday, March 15, the Diocese’s 223rd Annual Convention unanimously accepted an invitation to join the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) and temporarily enter into a formal eccl


Terry Fullam dead at 83

The Bishop of Central Florida reports the Rev. Everett L. Fullam has died. He had been in declining health for several years.

Eliud Wabukala

Gay Rights are not Human Rights, archbishop says

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya has opposed stiffening the East African country’s treatment of homosexuality, telling reporters the country’s current criminal code is a sufficient deter


Celibacy in marriage is a sin, Bishop tells Mothers Union

Women who withhold sexual congress with their husbands are sinning against God and their husbands, a Ghanian bishop said last week. 


US Supreme Court will not hear the Falls Church appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the Falls Church case. On 10 March 2014 it announced it was denying certiorari in the Virginia property appeal.


Heartbreaker: U. S. Supreme Court Denies Falls Church Petition

The order list published this morning by the United States Supreme Court shows that, after relisting the case for its conferences four times, it has denied certiorari (review) in No. 13-449, The Falls Church v. Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, et al.


South Carolina to request oversight from Global South Primates

A proposed resolution seeking archepiscopal oversight from the Global South Primates Steering Committee offered to the 14-15 March 2014 convention of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.


Call to convention for South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC,  March 5, 2014 – The Diocese of South Carolina will hold its 223rd Annual Convention at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, March 14-15.


Clarification from Uganda on its relations with the Church of England

The Archbishop of Uganda has clarified comments reported in the Daily Monitor of Kampala on the Church of Uganda's relationship with the Church of England.


Leadership transition for the Anglican Mission

H Miller has announced that he is stepping down from his post as rector general of The Mission (the Anglican Mission in the Americas) to pursue other ministry opportunities.


Gay advocacy may split Church of England from Ugandan church

The Church of Uganda is prepared to walk apart from the Church of England if the Church of England does not respect the African church’s views on sin and sexuality.


Anglican Church League statement of dissent on the consecration of the Bishop of Grafton

The fact that the diocesan Bishop will be a woman is of concern, especially considering there has been no publicly available provision by the Grafton diocese for those who cannot in good conscience accept her episcopal ministry. The matters raised in this document however are of more grave concern.


Church of Nigeria lauds Uganda's stance on gay marriage

The Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria has written to the Archbishop and standing committee of the Church of Uganda praising it for upholding the church's teaching on homosexuality in ligh


Bishop of Arkansas on gender confusion at Grace Church Pine Bluff

The announcement by your priest‐in-‐charge that he is transgender has resulted in our church taking a look at gender in ways that would not have likely ocurred in a previous generation.


Arkansas stands down transgendered priest from his parish

The Bishop of Arkansas, the Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield, has stood down the priest in charge of Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., after the Rev. Gregory J. Fry announced he wished to be considered a woman.


Gafcon call for clarity on the Church of England and gay blessings

My dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!


Forward in Faith statement on the Nashotah House controversy

The National Council of FIFNA endorses and affirms the ACNA College of Bishops’ statement issued on Feb 25, 2014, rega


Presiding Bishop mulls second term run

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori has not ruled out seeking a second nine year term as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA.


ACNA COB responds to Nashotah Crisis

At the request of the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, meeting in conference call on Tuesday, February 25, I have been asked to make the following statement:


Bomb blast rocks Anglican Cathedral in Zanzibar

Two bombs were detonated on the precincts of Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar today in the latest of a series of attacks on Christians on the East African archipelago.


Terror attack on Zanzibar cathedral

Suspected Islamist terrorists have attacked Christ Church Cathedral in Stone Town, Zanzibar, detonating two bombs at the cathedral's entrance and the Old Slave Market.


Seminary Invitation to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Sparks Uproar

An invitation to the primate of the Episcopal Church (TEC) to preach at an upcoming chapel service of an orthodox Anglican seminary has prompted one of the school’s longest serving trustees to resi


Church support for Nigeria's sodomy laws

Faith leaders in Nigeria have unanimously applauded the revisions to the country’s sodomy law, and have denounced as imperialist, racist and condescending Western pressure to change the country’s a


TEC invests in Indaba

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA has asked the church’s executive council to give an extra $312,000 to the Anglican Consultative Council to support the work of the continuing


An email from the Bishop of Fort Worth on Nashotah House

Bishop Iker has resigned as a trustee on the Nashotah House Board, where he has served for the past 21 years.


A Statement from Nashotah House

The term “Pax Nashotah” has been used for the last several years to describe life at Nashotah House.


Cairo Communique from the Global South Primates

Statement from the Global South Primates Steering Committee, Cairo, Egypt 14-15 February 2014


Overseas Anglican Archbishops applaud Welby on gay marriage, but urge action on America

The Archbishop of Canterbury has met with overseas archbishops seeking ways to save the Anglican Communion from further schism and collapse.


Religious leaders denounce British government's welfare cuts

27 Bishops of the Church of England along with leaders of the Methodist, Reformed and Quaker churches have published an open letter in the Daily Mirror addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron denouncing the government's welfare policy.


William Deiss appointed Executive Director of ARDF

AMBRIDGE, PENNSYLVANIA – Archbishop Robert Duncan, in consultation with the Board of Trustees of The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF), is pleased to announce that Mr. William E.


Women in the Episcopate: Reference to the Dioceses

The diocesan synods will shortly be voting on the Women in the Episcopate legislation – a draft Measure and a draft Canon.


Address to Church of Ireland Tri-Partite Conference on Sexuality

As I only have twelve minutes it is not my intention to refresh the conservative position on marriage and sexual behaviour.


Bishop Jefferts Schori to give annual C.S. Lewis Legacy Lecture

The first woman in the history of the United States Episcopal Church to become Presiding Bishop, Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori, will deliver the second annual C.S.


House of Bishops Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage

Following their meeting on 13 Feb 2014 at the close of General Synod, the House of Bishops of the Church of England have released a statement outlining the practices and principles to be used by the clergy in addressing questions on same-sex blessings, gay marriage and homosexuality.


Homosexuality to remain a sin for the Church of England

Homosexual behavior will remain a sin for the Church of England for now, the House of Bishops declared in a


$40 million in legal expenses for the Episcopal Church

In September 2010, I put up an analysis, based on ECUSA's monthly statements and their annual audited st


Archbishop of Canterbury's Presidential Address to the General Synod: Feb 12, 2014

A trip to the South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) brings home some pretty tough realities.  Two of those areas are post conflict and two are