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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Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury must not be afraid to argue

Apr 4, 2013 by

by Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald The ecumenical process will be enlivened by the Pontiff and archbishop having some spirited rows There can be little doubt that the new Pope and the new Archbishop of Canterbury will get along very well. The two men share an admirable concern for the poor and the disenfranchised. They have similar styles when it comes to meet-and-greets and, perhaps most significantly, there is considerable harmony when it comes to the taproots of their spirituality. Welby,...

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Orthodox fear for ecumenical future

Nov 29, 2012 by

by George Conger, CEN WOMEN BISHOPS, gay marriage and other innovations of doctrine and discipline will end meaningful Anglican-Orthodox relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) has warned. At a 26 November meeting in Moscow, Ambassador Tim Barrow and second secretary James Ford met with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to the official press statement, “Metropolitan...

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Westminster Abbey choir sings for Pope Benedict

Jun 30, 2012 by

Westminster Abbey’s Choir sang for Pope Benedict XVI, with the Cappella Musicale Pontificia ‘Sistina’, the Sistine Chapel Choir, at the Papal Mass marking the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on Friday 29th June, a historic occasion of great significance for Anglican-Catholic relations. The service was broadcast live across the world and was the first time in its 500-year history that the Sistine Chapel Choir had sung alongside another...

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We will all be changed

Jan 26, 2012 by

From Ancient Briton A further drop in Church of England attendance has been reported. Average Sunday attendance fell from 944,400 in 2009 to 923,700 the following year, continuing the long-term downward trend. Hardly the result one might have expected after the church decided to make itself more relevant to society by becoming ever more secular.   In an unhelpful Blog article for the Guardian on the prospect of women bishops in the CofE, Andrew Brown writes: "The Church of...

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