Is the ecumenical project any more than just politeness?

Oct 13, 2016 by

CEN Editorial: The meeting in Rome between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, was widely reported. Dr Welby gave his pectoral cross to Francis in a grand gesture of goodwill and brotherhood in the faith. But he also said that there were major differences between the two communions over women bishops and clergy, and also over ‘sexuality’. Why the Archbishop stated this latter as a disagreement is a major surprise to the people of the Church of England – as far as...

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Archbishop Foley Beach addresses Provincial Council 2016

Jun 30, 2016 by

from ACNA press release: […] Since we have met last year, we continue to see our discussion with other Christian bodies grow and deepen. I could hire Bishop Ray Sutton full-time, and he still would not be able to keep up with it all. To use the terminology of the His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill, of the Russian Orthodox Church, we are part of a “new ecumenism” which is spreading through the Christian Church.  With so many Churches abandoning Scriptural and Historical theology and morality,...

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Today Each Church is Facing a Serious Moral Choice to Stay Faithful to Christ or to Evade Its Historical Calling

Sep 20, 2014 by

by Metropolitan Hilarion: Your Eminence, recently the Lutheran Archbishop of Turku, Kari Mäkinen, stated that the Russian Orthodox Church has suspended dialogue with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland because of the differences concerning the situation of sex and gender minorities. Can you comment on this statement? The dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland began in 1970. For the past period, many theological and other issues were...

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Church of England and Vatican congregate for cricket and charity

Sep 19, 2014 by

By Richard Williams, Guardian: The two cricket teams sat facing each other across the aisle and as the organ played and the congregation waited for choral evensong to begin in Canterbury Cathedral it was not difficult to tell them apart. The players of the Church of England XI had turned up in jeans, an assortment of open-necked shirts, a variety of boy-band haircuts and even one hipsterish beard. The cricketing representatives of the Vatican, by contrast, were arrayed along their pews in...

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Russian Orthodox spokesman: female bishops in Church of England will harm ecumenical dialogue

Jul 18, 2014 by

STATEMENT BY COMMUNICATION SERVICE OF THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE’S DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS REGARDING THE DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND TO ALLOW WOMEN TO SERVE AS BISHOPS At the session that took place on the 14th of July 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England made a decision allowing women to serve as bishops. The Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations is authorized to make the following statement in this regard:...

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Archbishop writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops

Jul 18, 2014 by

Archbishop Justin has written to ecumenical partners about the General Synod’s decision to allow women to become bishops, emphasising that churches “need each other”. The text of the letter, which is being posted to partner churches, is printed below: This comes to you with warm Christian greetings and the wish to communicate personally to you the decision of the General Synod of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate. This is an occasion of deep rejoicing for...

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