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Archbishop of Canterbury commissions independent review of Peter Ball case

he Archbishop of Canterbury has commissioned an independent review of the way the Church of England responded to the case of Bishop Peter Ball


Abortion-by-phone is ‘commerce not care’

The Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, Chris Edwards, (pictured right) says the proposal that Australian women would be able to access abortions by phone and mail smacks of a program driven by commer


Groundbreaking for Zimbabwe's Anglican university

The Church of the Province of Central Africa broke ground Saturday for Zimbabwe’s newest university.


Clergy protected by civil employment law, court finds

A Zambian Industrial Relations Court (IRC) has dismissed the claim of an Anglican priest that he was wrongfully terminated by his diocese.


Condolences from Christian leaders in the wake of the Mecca stampede

Christian leaders have expressed their condolences to Muslims round the world following the death of 717 people in a stampede during the annual Hajj in Mecca.


Bulgarian Orthodox calls for country to close borders to migrants

The Holy Synod has called upon the government to accept no more Muslim migrants or refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, saying they represent a threat to the nation


New Fire in London

Bishop of London delivers Lambeth Lecture on church growth in the capital: Church must be “vision-led not problem-led”, says Bishop Richard Chartres in the third of the Lambeth Lectures series.


Israel school strike ends

An agreement has been reached between the Israeli Ministry of Education and the country’s Christian schools to end the student and teacher strike 


Churches bombed in Kathmandu

Religious extremists have responded to the vote by the Nepalese parliament to declare the country a “Hindu religious country” in the nation’s new constitution by bombing three churches.


Archbishop of York statement on mill closure

The Archbishop of York has today issued a statement following the decision to mothball the iron and steelmaking plant at Redcar.


Anglican Church in North America and the Orthodox Church in America meet

The ecumenical leaders of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) dialogue met this week at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas.


Communion and Catholicity in the Church of England

A statement of principles by the council of bishops of The Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda


A Catholic Life in the Church of England

A statement of policy and pastoral guidance from the bishops of The Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda


Archbishop of Canterbury consecrates three new bishops at Canterbury Cathedral

The Archbishop of Canterbury consecrated three new Church of England bishops at Canterbury Cathedral today.


Archbishop consecrates new bishops at St Paul's Cathedral

Archbishop Justin Welby consecrated the new Bishops of Aston, Taunton and Islington today.


Archbishop commissions church credit champions set to bring £2m benefit to communities

The first phase of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s project to help local churches engage with issues of credit and debt is on course to secure benefits worth over £2million for local communities.


Bishop Bakare rejects accusations of being an American stooge

The former Bishop of Harare has denounced claims that he is a tool of the US government and an enemy of the regime.


Church leaders call for govt action over Israeli school strike

The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem has joined the heads of the Christian churches in calling for the Israeli government to resolve the national strike by students and teachers in Israel's Christian schools


Zambian president declares national day of prayer and fasting

The President of Zambia has declared 18 Oct 2015 a day of fasting, repentance and prayer for the Central African Nation.


Religious education in state schools cuts youth crime, declares dean

The blame for the shooting deaths of ten people, including a 12 year old boy, in an outburst of gang violence in Trinidad last week lay in the collapse of the family, faith and morals, the Dean of


NZ priest jailed for assault

The Bishop of Waiapu in the Anglican Church of New Zealand has defrocked a priest for sexually assaulting a young woman.


Ntagali warns bishops to steer clear of politics

The Archbishop of Uganda has chastised one of his bishops for lending the prestige of his office to the support of politicians.


Church in Wales backs away from gay marriage

The Governing Body of the Church in Wales has rebuffed the push backed by its primate, the Most Rev. Barry Morgan, to introduce rites for the blessing of same-sex marriage.


Kenyan episcopal election cancelled

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya has cancelled the election of a bishop for the Diocese of Mount Kenya Central after complaints were lodged of electoral irregularities.


PEARUSA Moves Legally to ACNA, Remains Relationally Connected

The Synod of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, at its regular meeting on September 23rd, 2015, has initiated a bold move for Anglican unity.


On the Oral Arguments in South Carolina

Your Curmudgeon watched the arguments in the case of Bishop Lawrence and his diocese and parishes against the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church in South Carolina yesterday, and reviewed the


Blatant Bias on Display in ECUSA's South Carolina Case

"This was truly a disgraceful performance and display of impropriety by one of the country's highest sitting judges."


No conciliation in Bruno affair

The misconduct complaint filed against the Bishop of Los Angeles by members of St James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach has been handed back to the national church’s disciplinary panel


USCIRF Marks Three-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini’s Imprisonment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) marks the three-year anniversary of the imprisonment in Iran of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor.


Federal Court rejects TEC petition for reconsideration

U.S. Judge Delays Hearing on Episcopal Church Appeal Demanding Identity of Diocese of South Carolina, Pending State Court Decision


St Matthew's Day letter from Archbishop Wabukala

[O]ur strength and unity does not depend upon institutional structures, new or historic, but upon an unshakeable commitment to obey the call of Jesus Christ and follow him. 


Battle of Britain heroes honored at Westminster Abbey service

The extraordinary feats of the RAF’s Battle of Britain heroes, who fought to save Britain from a Nazi invasion 75 years ago, were honoured during a special service at Westminster Abbey today 


Australian bishop backs same-sex marriage

The Bishop of Wangaratta in the Anglican Church of Australia has broken ranks with his episcopal colleagues and offered his support for same-sex civil marriages.


Police harassment of Christians reported in North India

Two priest of the Church of North India have been arrested by police in the northern Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, charged with proselytizing Hindus.


Rumors of the death of the Anglican Communion are premature, but relevant?

Once again we return to the media myth that the doctrinal wars in the Anglican Communion were caused by the 2003 election of the first openly gay and noncelibate bishop in the U.S.


The Times doesn't get religion

Gavin Ashenden responds to The Times leader of 17 Sept 2015 on the Primates gathering


Welby seeking "unity in diversity" at primates gathering: says Archbishop Moxon

The former Archbishop of New Zealand and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome offers his views on the January primates gathering


Clergyman killed in flash flood

The Garda are seeking the assistance of the public in locating relatives of a retired Church of England clergyman, who was killed in a motoring accident in Co. Mayo over the weekend.


Kenyan priests dismissed over homosexuality allegations

The Diocese of Mount Kenya West has disciplined five clergymen, accusing them of engaging in homosexual acts.


No decision from Gafcon on primates gathering invitation

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a meeting of Primates in January 2016 shows that he has recognised the deep concerns of faithful church leaders around the world ...


AS Haley on the primates gathering "Finally! An Anglican Post"

News from the Anglican Communion has been non-existent, largely because it is no longer functioning as a Communion (remember what the Primates warned in October, 2003?), and because developments in


Archbishop Beach going to Canterbury

Many of you have heard the news that I have been invited to attend a gathering of the Primates of the Anglican Communion this coming January.


ACC Sec-Gen responds to Welby's call for primates meeting

Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion has welcomed the announcement today of the Archbishop of Canterbury of a special Meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.


Election of George Sumner as Bishop of Dallas confirmed

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev.


Welby calls January primates gathering -- Foley Beach invited

The Archbishop of Canterbury today wrote to all 37 Primates inviting them to attend a special Primates’ gathering in Canterbury 


End near for Anglicanism in Quebec

Anglophone migration out of Francophone Canada has decimated the Anglican Church with the number of members of the Diocese of Quebec falling almost in half over the past two years, a document relea


A Christians call to halt mass Muslim migration to Europe

"What we call moderate Muslims are theologically and politically out-manoeuvred by radical Muslims. The inexorable rise of ISIS is predicated on this theological principle of Koranic interpretation. Milder Islam will always give way to violent Islam."


Recife diocese loses property appeal to IEAB

A Brazilian appeals court has upheld a lower court decision granting the property of the Diocese of Recife to the rump group loyal to the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil (IEAB).


Kidnapped bishop freed

The Primate of All-Nigeria has written to the bishops of his church to report the Bishop of Gwagwalada has been freed. 


South African court weighs claim of gay discrimination from defrocked minister

South Africa’s Constitutional Court heard oral arguments last month on a case pitting the right of a church to order its internal affairs against gay rights.


Jamaican church schools "pillars of socialisation", govt minister says

The West Indies relies upon the church schools to provide the moral and social foundation for the education of children,Jamaica’s Minister of Education said last week at a national service marking


Solomon Islands archbishop steps down

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) presided at his final service as archbishop this week at a ceremony broadcast by state television across the Solomon Islands.


Govt mediator appointed in NZ cathedral fight

The New Zealand government will appoint an independent consultant to help negotiate the dispute over the future of Christchurch Cathedral.


New Archbishop for South East Asia

The Bishop of West Malaysia has been elected Primate of the Anglican Province of South East Asia.


Social media ban lifted for Stephen Sizer

The Bishop of Guildford has lifted the ban on using social media given to the rector of Virginia Water, the Rev.


Archbishop calls for ‘warm and generous welcome’

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Australia will permanently resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria on top of the current humanitarian


New Bishop of Grantham announced

HM The Queen has approved the nomination of the Revd Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain as the next Bishop of Grantham.


Toronto Archbishop calls on Anglicans to ‘step up’ for refugees, migrants

Some images sear themselves into your mind. You cannot unthink them. They change how you see the world.


Retired Bishop admits indecency offences

Following an investigation by Sussex Police, a retired Church of England Bishop, Peter Ball, has been convicted of a series of offences over 15 years against 18 young men known to him.


Bishop of Durham's statement on the conviction of Bishop Ball for abuse

A Statement on conviction of Bishop Peter Ball has been issued from the Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England


Archbishop speaks in House of Lords debate on Syrian refugees

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in the House of Lords on 7 Sept 2015 in response to the Prime Minister's statement on Syrian refugees and counter-terrorism.


Cook pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

Prosecution asks court to sentence former Maryland bishop to 20 years in prison, with ten years suspended, for killing Thomas Palermo


Heather Cook to appear in court today

The former suffragan Bishop of Maryland, Heather Cook, will appear in a Baltimore City Court at 2:00 pm today to stand trial for causing the death of Thomas Palermo.


Archbishop of Wales joins anti-euthanasia coalition

The Archbishop of Wales has joined more than 20 faith leaders in signing a letter to MPs highlighting the dangers of the Assisted Dying Bill scheduled for debate on 11 Sept 2015. Vulnerable people would be placed at risk should Parliament approve proposals to legalise assisted suicide the letter printed in the Observer stated.


Kidnapped bishop's car found abandoned

Police have recovered the car driven by the Bishop of Gwagwalada when he disappeared last week, but his whereabouts continue to remain unknown.


George Carey: British refugee policy discriminates against Christians

The dramatic and disturbing developments of the past few days have introduced a new, heart-rending dimension to this refugee crisis.


Archbishop calls for Ireland to open its doors to Syrian refugees

Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, made the following statement yesterday to the Belfast Telegraph on the Syrian refugee crisis.


Archbishop urges MPs to reject assisted dying bill

As UK faith leaders unite to urge MPs to reject the Assisted Dying Bill, the Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Observer that changing the law on assisted suicide would be seriously damaging - both to individuals and to our society.


Syrian crisis ‘too great to be ignored’

Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies has called on the Federal Government to develop a comprehensive response to the Syrian refugee crisis.


Ransom demand received for kidnapped bishop

$200,000 demanded for safe release of the Bishop of Gwagwalada


Nigerian bishop kidnapped

The Rt Rev Moses Bukpe-Tabwaye was kidnapped yesterday at the boundary of Edo and Delta States. 


Chelmsford bishops call for sanctuary for ME refugees

The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have created an unprecedented refugee crisis in the Middle East.


Plea deal in the works for killer bishop, speculates Baltimore tv station

WBAL reports that a plea deal may have been reached in the vehicular homicide trial of Heather Cook


Presidential praise for Idowu-Fearon

President Buhari of Nigeria has written to  Josiah Idowu-Fearon, newly installed secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council, congratulating him upon his appointment,


ACC Standing Committee statement on Burundi

The Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council issued a statement on Burundi at its meeting today, 3 September, in London.


ACC Standing Committee statement on South Sudan

Meeting in London today the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) heard reports from South Sudan. 


Anglicans demand troops protect churches from Boko Haram

Forty five bishops from Northern Nigeria met in Abuja last week to discuss the Church of Nigeria’s response to the depredations of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.


Bishops hopeful that peace will break out in the Sudan

The Episcopal Church in South Sudan is cautiously optimistic the 26 Aug 2015 peace deal signed last week by President Salva Kiir may end the two year old civil war in Africa’s newest nation.


Fraud trial begins for the Archdeacon of Brandon

The former Archdeacon of Brandon, the Ven. Noah Njegovan (32), has entered a not guilty plea before the Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench in Manitoba.


Cathedral vigil for peaceful elections in Trinidad

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain has organized a series of prayer across across Trinidad & Tobago in preparation for the country’s general elections this week.


Archbishop of Canterbury statement on the migrant crisis

In a statement on the ongoing migrant crisis facing Europe and the Middle East, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, said today:


Retired archdeacon appointed Bishop of Newcastle

No 10 Downing Street has announced this morning that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Christine Hardman for election as Bishop of Newcastle


'Disagreeing well on Europe': Church launches new EU website

Archbishop writes first post on new website seeking ‘new ways of disagreeing well on Europe’.


Episcopal national church leaders issue call for solidarity on racism

"We ask all Episcopal congregations to join this ecumenical effort" to combat racism -- Katharine Jefferts Schori


Peace and Reconciliation Focus at Provincial Secretaries' Meeting

The Provincial Secretaries of the Anglican Communion gathered in Dublin at the weekend for their eighth periodic meeting.


The Church of England Pensions Board issues £100 million of bonds to fund clergy retirement housing

The Church of England Pensions Board ("the Board") today announced that it has issued £100 million of bonds, giving it access to long-term finance to purchase additional retirement properties, whic


Anglican leaders received in Moscow

Archbishop Foley Beach, at the invitation of Patriarch Kirill of Russia, led a delegation from the Anglican Church in North America to Moscow for formal ecumenical meetings with the Russian Orthodox Church. . 


West Indian Anglicans rejects claims that poverty spawns crime

The Commission on Advocacy and Social Justice has rejected claims the rise in violent crime can be explained by the Caribbean's stagnant economy. 


Former Jerusalem archbishop dies

The Most Rev. Samir Kafity died at his home outside San Diego. He was 81.


Caste rivalries divide Christians over port project in South India

A government-backed industrial development project has divided Catholics and Anglicans along caste lines in the Southern Indian state of Kerala


Church of Uganda clergy gather in Mukono

Over 2000 priests from the Church of Uganda met today at Uganda Christian University in Mukono for the first all clergy conference for the East African church in 35 years.


Moscow meeting for Foley Beach

The primate of the Anglican Church in North America has travelled to Russia to meet with leaders of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.


Sri Lanka's elections free and fair Anglican bishop reports

The Bishop of Colombo has lauded Sri Lanka’s general election, saying it was the most free and fair held on the island since independence.