News for Week Ending 9/13/2010
Pope visits UK this weekThe long awaited visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland and England takes place this week. The visit begins September 16, 2010, and ends September 19. The official Web site of the visit can be found here. The ostensible reason for the visit is the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the one-time nineteenth-century Anglican who converted to Roman Catholicism. A preview of the visit, which will include a service in Westminster Abby, can be read here. The Living Church offers a view of the divisions that provide a backdrop to the papal visit here. As usual, ongoing coverage of the visit can be expected from Thinking Anglicans.
Second Moravian body joins Episcopalians in full communionEpiscopal News Service reported September 10, 2010, that the Southern Province of the Moravian Church has voted for full communion with The Episcopal Church. As we reported in earlier—see Pittsburgh Update story here—the 2009 General Convention approved full communion with both the Southern Province and Northern Province of the Moravian Church, the latter of which approved the agreement on June 18. The ENS story pointedly notes that, on the same day that the Northern Province approved full communion with The Episcopal Church, the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, was telling The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council “that the communion’s ecumenical dialogues ‘are at the point of collapse’ because of the church’s decision to ordain as bishop an openly gay and partnered priest for the second time.”
Fort Worth bishop hopeful about litigationAccording to Episcopal News Service, Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, “is optimistic about the progress of litigation over disputed property and assets in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, after several recent court actions.” Ohl also asserted, however, that legislation “is not the center of our diocesan life.” (The most recent Pittsburgh Update reports on the Fort Worth litigation can be read here and here.)
On September 2, 2010, a Hood County case involving a bequest to an Episcopal Church now held by a breakaway congregation was halted. It appears that the case will now be heard in the same Tarrant County court in which the Episcopal diocese and the breakaway diocese led by Bishop Leo Iker is being heard. Additional details can be found in the ENS story. The Episcopal diocese also has information on its Web site and links to pleadings here.