News for Week Ending 1/14/2013
Welby now officially slated to succeed WilliamsJust as Americans do not technically elect the President of the United States on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November—the Electoral College does the “real” voting—even the blessing of the Queen does not make a person the next Archbishop of Canterbury. On January 10, 2013, however, a vote taken by the College of Canons of Canterbury Cathedral made it official that Justin Welby will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. He will be enthroned (i.e., consecrated) on March 21. The Archbishop of Canterbury-elect technically becomes #105 on February 4. (See stories here and here.)
Note that the Web site for the new archbishop can be found at http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org. The Web site for Rowan Williams that was at this address has been archived at http://rowanwilliams.archbishopofcanterbury.org, and links to the former site will be redirected to the appropriate page of the archived site. That is, old links should still work.
Fallout continues from CoE decision on bishops in civil partnershipsThe decision of Church of England bishops to allow priests in civil partnerships to become bishops, as long as they are celibate, continues to attract commentary. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) Neither the decision of the House of Bishops nor the process by which it was made has escaped criticism. Thinking Anglicans continues to provide extensive coverage of the ongoing controversy, and readers intent on following it closely can read Thinking Anglican posts here, here, and here.
On January 12, 2012, nine Global South primates issued a statement expressing deep concern about the decision of the English bishops. They call it wrong and complain about the lack of consultation on the matter, charges paralleling those leveled at The Episcopal Church over the selection of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire a decade ago. The communiqué from the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (see story below) echoes complaints about the Church of England policy articulated by the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). Reuters also wrote about the dissatisfaction of Anglican leaders in Africa here.
GAFCON II set for NairobiIt had already been announced that the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) II would take place in October 2013. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, chairman of the Primates’ Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, has now announced that the meeting will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. according to Anglican Ink.
ACNA bishops meet in OrlandoThe College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America met in Orlando, Florida, January 7–11, 2013. George Conger reported on the meeting for Anglican Ink. Topics discussed included the ongoing study of female ordination, prayer book revision, and overlapping dioceses. The communiqué from the meeting is included in Conger’s story and can also be found on the ACNA Web site here.
Washington National Cathedral to perform gay marriagesThe Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of Washington National Cathedral announced in an e-mail message January 8, 2013, that the cathedral will begin performing same-sex weddings, effective immediately. The cathedral, which is located in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriages, will use a liturgy adapted from the rite approved by last summer’s General Convention. The story was covered by Episcopal News Service and other media outlets.
Va. Supreme Court grants rehearing to dioceseOn January 8, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court granted the request of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church for a rehearing of their cross-appeal in the Falls Church case. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) The court had previously ruled that it would not consider the trust interest asserted in the Dennis Canon, but it is now going to consider arguments as to whether it should. The Episcopal parties have been given until January 21 to file any additional materials with the court. The court ruling can be read here.
Provisional bishops to take over in Pa. and S.C.According to Episcopal News Service, the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, who has served for 15 years as the Bishop of East Carolina, resigned from that position to become the candidate for provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He was elected at a special diocesan convention January 12. Daniel replaces the the Rev. Charles Bennison, who retired at the end of last year after a contentious episcopate.
Episcopal News Service reported January 10, 2012, that the Rt. Rev. Charles Glenn vonRosenberg, retired bishop of East Tennessee, has been nominated to be the provisional bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, from which its former bishop, Mark Lawrence, and his supporters defected. Bishop vonRosenberg is slated to be elected by a special diocesan convention on January 26.