Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
News for Week Ending 9/19/2011
New Zealand dioceses vote for, against CovenantTwo more dioceses in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have passed resolutions regarding the Anglican Covenant. The Church as a whole will not make its decision about the Covenant until next year. According to Anglican Taonga, the Diocese of Wellington passed a resolution supporting the Covenant, and the Diocese of Dunedin rejected the covenant because of Section 4.2. (See Pittsburgh Update story about earlier diocesan actions in the New Zealand church here.)
Anglican Mission in England clarifies intentionsThe Anglican Mission in England—see Pittsburgh Update story here—has published an essay titled “AMIE is a game-changer.” It is difficult not to read this essay as announcing a program of subversion of the Church of England (CofE), in the manner of the Anglican Mission in America (now the Anglican Mission in the Americas). The essay concludes:
The summer ordinations in Kenya were part of the process of saying that we will remain Anglican but not on the current terms of the CofE establishment. The process of welcoming the ordinands, launching the AMIE and now expanding its membership is a process of moving to the public square of Church of England life and saying: “We will not be robbed of our Anglican identity. We will not be marginalized. You are the usurpers. We will not allow you to deprive us of our Anglican heritage of faithfulness to the Bible. We will find a way of being faithfully Anglican in being true to the Bible which does not depend on you.”
Episcopal bishops meet in EcuadorEpiscopal News Service reported September 15, 2011, that the bishops of the Episcopal Church are meeting in Quito, Ecuador, September 15–20. Although ENS is reporting daily on the meetings, it is unlikely that any substantive news will be forthcoming from the meeting until it is ended.
Additional post-trial briefs posted in Virginia disputeThe Episcopal Diocese of Virginia added additional post-trial briefs from both sides of the ongoing property dispute on its Web site September 16, 2011. The briefs can be read here. See Pittsburgh Update story here for background information.
Monday, September 12, 2011
News for Week Ending 9/12/2011
Archbishop of Canterbury may retire earlyNot for the first time, it is being suggested that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will retire early. Williams, 61, is not required by the Church of England to retire before age 70. The Telegraph, however, reported September 10, 2011, that Williams is likely to take a position at Trinity College, Cambridge, after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next June and after the Church of England has approved women bishops. Other news outlets, such a the Daily Mail, have also reported that friends of Williams have said that the archbishop is planning to retire. Lambeth Palace had not commented on the story, however. There is speculation as to who might become the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Bishop Walter Righter diesRetired Bishop of Iowa Walter C. Righter died September 11, 2011, at 87. Righter is best know for having been tried for heresy and cleared by The Episcopal Church for having ordained an openly gay man when he was an assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. (The presentment against Righter can be read here. The final judgment can be read here.) For a number of years, Bishop Righter had been living in Export, Pennsylvania, in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, with his wife Nancy. For a time, he was a member of Progressive Episcopalians of Pittsburgh, for whom he provided a visible connection to the wider church from which the diocese had been progressively isolated. Righter was an advocate for The Episcopal Church for lay and clergy alike. Episcopal News Service reported on Righter’s death September 12. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Righter’s death the same day and is expected to publish a longer story in the September 13 newspaper. The Pittsburgh diocese also published a story on the career of Bishop Righter.
There will be a service for Bishop Righter at Calvary Church on Thursday, September 15, at11:00 A.M.
Monday, September 5, 2011
News for Week Ending 9/5/2011
Two NZ dioceses reject CovenantThe diocesan synods of two dioceses of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have dealt blows to the attempt to have that church adopt the Anglican Covenant. The Diocese of Auckland passed a long resolution on the Covenant September 3, 2011, according to the New Zealand church’s Web site. The resolution noted that the church has passed the first three sections in principle. It calls section 4.2, which is the primary section relating to disciplinary procedures “contrary to our understanding of Anglican ecclesiology, to our understanding of the way of Christ, and to justice.” The section was described as “unacceptable to this Synod.”
New Zealand priest and blogger Bosco Peters reported that another New Zealand diocese, the Diocese of Waiapu, has rejected the Covenant by an overwhelming vote. Its resolution affirmed a desire to remain in the Anglican Communion but expressed the belief that the Covenant would not “enhance the life of the Communion.”
Two other New Zealand diocese have already rejected the covenant. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.)