News for Week Ending 12/20/2010
Episcopal newspaper publishing sees exit, entryAccording to a December 16, 2010, story from Episcopal News Service (ENS), The Episcopal Church is about it exit the newspaper publishing business. ENS ceased publication of Episcopal Life in January of this year. The replacement publications, Episcopal News Monthly and Episcopal News Quarterly will print their final issues in January 2011. Anne Rudig, director of the church’s Office of Communication, explained, “Diversion of our very limited staff and resources to support these publications is now impacting the news gathering and dissemination for the wider church.
On December 15, 2010, The Living Church reported that Jerrold Hames, former editor of Episcopal Life, will begin publishing a new newspaper, Episcopal Journal, beginning in February. The two official publications being discontinued by The Episcopal Church were being distributed along with diocesan newsletters. Episcopal Journal is intended as a replacement for those publications and will initially be distributed in a dozen dioceses, not including Pittsburgh.
Iker tries to delay trademark litigationAccording to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, former Bishop of Fort Worth Jack Iker filed a motion in U.S. District Court December 16, 2010, seeking an emergency stay to delay responding to the trademark infringement suit filed against his breakaway diocese. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) The diocese responded the next day, arguing that Iker did not follow proper procedure in his request and failed to establish that any emergency exists. Links to court documents are available from the diocesan Web site.
Martins nears required consent totalThe Rev. Daniel H. Martins, who was elected Bishop of Springfield on September 18, 2010, has nearly achieved the necessary consents for his consecration from Standing Committees. According to the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield Web site, Martins has collected 51 of the required 56 consents. Eleven Standing Committees have given Martins the thumbs down. To be consecrated, the bishop-elect also needs support from a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction, but, since these positions are not regularly revealed, it is unclear whether he is doing equally well with that constituency. Consents must be received within 120 days of the request for them by the diocese.
Martins’ has been a controversial election, as he was formerly resident in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, where he did not oppose the schismatic actions of Bishop John-David Schofield. Nonetheless, he has been supported both by liberals and conservatives, most recently in a letter dated November 1. (See also Pittsburgh Update story here.)