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Archbishop calls upon politician to put the country first

Nigeria’s parlous political state was the theme of the presidential address of Archbishop Nicholas Okoh to the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee last month.


No decision on gay blessings from South African bishops

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has been unable to come to a common mind on the issue of gay blessings, but have agreed to continue dialogue


Martin Heidegger believed Jews responsible for the Holocaust newly printed diaries show

The existentialist philosopher held the Jews to be responsible for the Holocaust, claimed Italian scholar Donatella Di Cesare last week in the Corriere della Sera.


Episcopal Church statement on Fort Worth ruling

On Tuesday, March 2, 2015, the Hon. John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas, denied the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments.


Ft Worth Press Release on Court Decision

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the 141st District Court granted our Motion for Partial Summary Judgment regarding all diocesan property, with the exception of All Saints’, Fort Worth, which Judge Chupp severed for a separate trial.


ECUSA and the Freedom of Association: a Showdown Is Coming

Litigation between the Episcopal Church (USA) and its parishes has been ongoing for more than fifteen years


Court rules in Favor of Ft Worth Diocese

Late this afternoon, Judge Chupp released his ruling in our case.


Lord Carey's speech in favor of Mitochondrial DNA donations

The former Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Daily Mail in support of legislation permitting "three parent families"


Bishop Orris J. Walker, Jr., of Long Island dead

The Rt. Rev. Orris Walker Jr., retired bishop for the Diocese of Long Island and bishop-in-residence locally at Christ Church, Detroit, died Saturday evening after an extended illness.


Coptic support for Egyptian strikes against ISIS

Coptic Orthodox Bishop of New York writes to the New York Times saying al-Sisi government's strikes against ISIS are uniting Egypt against a common foe


New Cathedra and Cross for Leicester Cathedral

A new Cathedra, or bishop’s chair, and free standing cross will be part of the £2.5m refurbishment of Leicester Cathedral in preparation for the burial next month of the last Plantagenet King, Rich


Patrick Sookhdeo convicted of assault

The Rev. Patrick Sookhdeo has resigned as director of the Christian relief agency, Barnabas Aid International, after an English court found him guilty of assault.


Maori bishop suspended over hostile statements about Islam/Judaism

The archbishops of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have suspended Bishop John Gray over remarks he made at an inter faith round table.


GAFCON Lenten Pastoral Letter

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has commended to Anglicans round the world, Dr. Martin Davie's critique of "Living Reconciliation", which the archbishop believes is "not faithful of the Bible's teaching that reconciliation has evangelism at its heart."


Austin parish seeks affiliation with Fort Worth Diocese

Bishop Iker has received a letter from the Rev. Canon Len Giacolone, Rector of St.


SC Court Makes Short Shrift of ECUSA's Motion

Once you get past all the parties who had to be served with it, Judge Goldstein's order disposing of ECUSA's motion is just two pages in length


Motion for Reconsideration denied

Report from the Episcopal Church in South Carolina


Motion for Reconsideration Denied in South Carolina

For the second time in less than a month, South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein rejected arguments by The Episcopal Church and its subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, that the two groups are rightful owners of the churches, symbols and other assets of the Diocese of South Carolina.


Bishops' Betrayal

Gavin Ashenden writes about the Church of England Bishops' Pastoral/Political letter


Court Order holding Episcopal Church liable for sanctions in the Diocese of Quincy case

"Although we thought the following conclusion was clear from our determination in Altgilbers, we will make it clear now: plaintiffs won." Judge Mark Drummond


Sanctions handed down by Illinois court against the Episcopal Church

On Friday, the trial court judge in the Quincy case issued a strongly worded order to TEC and its attorneys that began with these words:


Bishops political pastoral letter was not political, Archbishop Welby claims

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has rejected charges that the Church of England's pre-election pastoral letter backs the Labour Party.


Phase 1 of Washington National Cathedral repairs complete

National Cathedral reports on its rebuilding campaign following the 2011 earthquake


St George's Jerusalem advertises for a new dean

Applications accepted until May 15 for dean of the cathedral and college in Jerusalem


General Synod February 2015

The Administrative Secretary of the Church of England's Central Secretariat has prepared a summary of last week’s General Synod business


The Eco-Bishops are coming to town

Anglican bishops from some of the regions of the world most challenged by climate change – from Fiji to Argentina, and Namibia to Alaska – are to meet in Cape Town next week to work out strategies for achieving climate justice.


Legal challenge filed to NZ gay blessings motion

A challenge has been filed with the Judicial Committee of the ACANZP over the constitutionality of a Motion adopted by last year’s meeting of General Synod that permitted clergy to bless civil same-sex unions.


Fort Worth trial court ruling expected soon

Oral arguments on each side’s motion for partial summary judgement were heard this morning in a two-hour hearing before the Hon. John Chupp


Maori vicar general demoted, or maybe not

A Maori bishop has been demoted following comments he made last month to an interfaith meeting that church leaders believed offended Muslims and Jews. The Rt. Rev.


Alpha Course can end tribal hatred in Africa

The Archdeacon of Lusaka has called upon Anglicans to be a witness to the people of Zambia by setting aside tribal hatreds


Clerical Concern

A letter to the editor printed in The Times of London on 20 Feb 2015


House of Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the 2015 General Election

The House of Bishops of the Church of England have today expressed the hope for political parties to discern "a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be" ahead of the General Election in May of this year.


‘People of the cross’ murdered by IS militants

The Archbishop of Sydney says Australians should be shocked, repulsed and outraged by the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, murdered for their faith in Libya.


Archbishop Beach on the martyrs of Libya

Please join me in mourning with the families of the 21 Egyptian Christians who gave their lives for Christ, and please join me in prayerful expectation for what the Lord may be preparing to do in North Africa.


The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr. Graham Kings, appointed Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church Mission Society and Durham University have become partners in creating an innovative seven year post: Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion.


Archbishop of Egypt's statement on Libyan martyrs

"It is with great sadness I write you today about the heinous murder of 21 Egyptian Christians at the hand of the so-called lslamic State branch in Libya"


Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on Libyan martyrs

Responding to events in Denmark, Libya and Nigeria over recent days, the Archbishop of Canterbury issued the following statement this morning:


Australia's first women priest dead at 67

Australia’s first female priest has died. The Rt. Rev. Barbara Darling, the former Bishop of the Eastern Region of Melbourne died on 15 Feb 2015.


Living Reconciliation ‘Deeply Problematic’

GAFCON highlights critical review of ACC book justifying indaba


Welby denies apologizing for the bombing of Dresden

Justin Welby angered by Daily Mail characterization of his remarks in Germany


Justin Welby condemns anti-Semitism as 'blasphemy'

Opening remarks by Archbishop of Canterbury at the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, hosted by the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace on 9 Feb 2015


Sydney archbishop calls for release of illegal immigrant children

Dr Glenn Davies says the situation of children in detention 'should concern every Australian'


ECUSA to Judge Goodstein: "We, not You, Get to Say What Is Ours"

As predicted in this space, the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group have, precisely on the last possible day to do so, filed a motion asking Judge Goodstein to "reconsider" (actually, replace


Episcopal Church files motion for reconsideration in South Carolina case

The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, on 13 Feb 2015 file


Canterbury offers his 'regrets' for the 1945 bombing of Dresden

Speech given by Archbishop Justin Welby at the Frauenkirche in Dresden today, during a service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the allied bombing of the German city.


Plea from church leaders to curtail Hindu extremists

The Moderator of the Church of South India has called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against the campaign by Hindu extremists to convert by force Christians to their faith.


Snap resignation for Manicaland bishop

The Church of the Province of Central Africa has postponed the resignation of the Bishop of Manicaland, the Rt. Rev. Julius Makoni, saying he must remain in office until March 1.


Mandela holiday plea from Archbishop Makgoba

The Archbishop of Cape Town has issued a call for South Africans to mark


South Sudan diocese releases 2015 lenten study on reconciliation

The Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan’s diocese of Wau has developed a course titled “Reconcile - Moving Forward in Peace”, inviting people to be peace-builders this Lenten season.


John Sentamu to lead Janani Luwum celebrations this weekend

Church of Uganda announces preacher for Sunday's celebration of the life and martyrdom of Archbishop Janani Luwum


PA Bishops urge adoption of gay rights bill

The Episcopal Bishops in Pennsylvania have released an open letter urging adoption of the commonwealth's Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing, and other public accommodations.


NZ archbishops apologize for bishop's remarks

The Archbishops of this Church have issued a public apology in the wake of remarks by Bishop John Gray that have offended Jews and Muslims.


Free Speech has its limits, writes Michael Ingham

The Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham argued that he supported in principle the right of free expression and satire, but said these rights must be expressed in inoffensive ways


Archbishop Hiltz's statement on Canadian Euthanasia Ruling

The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada, striking down the long held ban on physician-assisted dying is cause for celebration among many Canadians and cause for great concern among many others.


Presiding Bishop further restricts ministry of Heather Cook

[February 10, 2015] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori today issued a formal canonical Restriction on Ord


Fort Worth Pastoral Letter on South Carolina

Bishop Iker writes to his diocese about Judge Diane Goodstein's ruling in the South Carolina property dispute


Bishop Rowell returns from ISIS fact finding trip

The Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Rowell has released a report on his fact finding trip to Kurdistan undertaken on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury to examine the plight of Christian refugees


ANiC response to Canadian Euthanasia Court Ruling

Bishop Charlie Masters condemns Supreme Court ruling permitting Euthanasia


“ ’Play Nicely on Twitter’- Advice from the Last Archbishop of Canterbury?”

Schisms and Anathemas

In 1054, the way you expressed the deepest disapproval for a theological opponent was to slap a bull of excommunication on his altar. 


Grateful: Bishop Lawrence Writes the Diocese Following Ruling

Dear People of God in the Diocese of South Carolina,

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers….”(Ephesians 1:16)


Pastoral Letter from the Bishop in South Carolina

'We believe that this action is an indication that justice has been delayed'


Houston priest's son arrested for murder of his parents and brother

The son of a Houston Episcopal priest has been charged with murder in the bludgeoning death of his mother, father and brother.


ECSC leaders expected court loss, says their attorney

Diocesan Chancellor Thomas S. Tisdale. "The result of the recent trial was not unexpected and road ahead in the judicial system is clear to us."


South Carolina Decision a Full Vindication for Victims of ECUSA's Oppression

Judge Goodstein's carefully crafted 46-page decision in the case brought by Bishop Lawrence's Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina against the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group is a complete vindication of the positions taken and arguments advanced for so long, by so many, inside and outside the Church.


South Carolina Court decision

The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church do not forbid a diocese to withdraw from the national church,states the ruling handed down on Feb 3, 2015 in the Dorchester County Court


Lambeth Palace staff sees split in the offing for the CoE

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s staff believes the Church of England could lose up to 20 percent of its members in the fight over gay marriage,


Bishop warned 815 of Heather Cook's public intoxication before her consecration

Concerns over Heather Cook’s drinking were shared with the Presiding Bishop’s Office by the Bishop of Maryland before her consecration as Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, a


Canterbury lambastes social media's role in Anglican disputes

Writing on his blog on 28 January 2015, Archbishop Justin Welby reflects on the limits of electronic media in solving disagreements.


Cover-up alleged in investigation of episcopal abuse

An English law firm has accused the chairman of the inquiry into clergy sexual abuse of attempting to protect Bishop Peter Ball


Allah ban unconscionable, archbishop declares

Archbishop Lapok disappointed that a Malaysian appellate court has refused to review the ruling banning a Catholic newspaper from using the world “Allah” to refer to God


Indian bishop warns of ecological disaster if rivers diverted

Plans to link three Indian rivers could see a disaster akin to the destruction of the Aral Sea, Bishop Thomas Oommen warns


Kitgum bishop sues Archbishop Ntagali

The Bishop of Kitgum has brought a legal action against his primate, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, accusing him of using unlawful means to remove him from office


Creating disciples takes prayer, not cash says archbishop

Money is a very powerful tool and manipulation can happen with varying degrees of subtlety. ... but the best defence is for ordinary Christians to have renewed minds that are profoundly shaped by the Bible. When each local church is able to see itself as a colony of heaven, its members will be much more resistant to being colonised by non-Christian ideologies.


Maryland Standing Committee asks Bishop Cook to step down

"Bishop Heather Cook can no longer function effectively in her position as Bishop Suffragan."


Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming “Every Life is a Gift”

A delegation of one dozen bishops from the Anglican Church in North America joined in the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22 in Washington, D.C.


Statement by York on the consecration of a traditionalist bishop for Burnley

The Archbishop of York will delegate the consecration of a traditionalist bishop in his province to bishops who do not ordain women priests


African Anglicans fall out over support for the Episcopal Church of the USA

CAPA is on the verge of disintegration after leaders of the Gafcon coalition called upon its chairman, the Archbishop of Burundi, to repent or resign in the wake of an October communiqué he endorsed that backed the Episcopal Church of the USA.


Gafcon letter to Burundi

A letter was sent from the December 2014 Gafcon primates meeting in Nairobi to Archbishop Ntahoturi, and as no reply has been received, the letter is now being made public in order to avoid misunderstanding.


Foley Beach's Martin Luther King Day sermon

“Dr. King demonstrated that one man, devoted to Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, and obeying the call of God, can literally change a nation, and impact other nations throughout the world.”


"Onward, Christian Soldiers" manuscript to be auctioned

BOSTON, MA – A rare handwritten manuscript of “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” signed by Sabine Baring-Gould will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this week. Baring-G


Pretoria bishop backs call for holiday honoring martyred miners

Bishop Jo Seoka has asked the South African government to declare August 16 a national holiday in honor of the 34 mineworkers killed by police in a 2012 labor strike.


Religion not poverty is driving Boko Haram, Anglican leaders warn

The threat posed by Boko Haram to the people of Nigeria was the focus of discussion at last week’s meeting of the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria.


Anglican greetings for Francis in Sri Lanka

The Anglican bishops of Sri Lanka were amongst the ecumenical guests to greet Pope Francis on his tour of Asia last week.