267 bishops say they will attend Gafcon conference

May 8, 2008 by

By George Conger for CEN Organizers of the June Gafcon meeting in Jerusalem report that as of April 25, 267 bishops have registered for the June meeting in Jerusalem. Denounced as a rival gathering to the July Lambeth conference, a detailed agenda has yet to be released. Like Lambeth much of the conference will be devoted to worship and spiritual reflection. However, Gafcon will play host to bishops, clergy and lay leaders, and will also seek to formulate a common approach to the divisions of doctrine and discipline within the Anglican Communion. Approximately 150 bishops and conferees from Muslim majority countries unable to travel freely to Israel along with the Gafcon leadership team will meet at a resort on the Dead Sea in Jordan from June 18-22, while a further 600 are expected to join the self-styled “pilgrimage” in Jerusalem from June 22-29. Organizers note that many of the...

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Memorandum Concludes Presiding Bishop is Subverting Constitution and Canons:

May 1, 2008 by

By George Conger for CEN Sufficient legal grounds exist for presenting Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for ecclesiastical trial on 11 counts of violating the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church, according to a legal memorandum that has begun circulating among members of the House of Bishops. A copy of the April 21 document seen by a reporter representing The Living Church states Bishop Jefferts Schori demonstrated a “willful violation of the canons, an intention to repeat the violations, and a pattern of concealment and lack of candor” in her handling of the cases of bishops Robert W. Duncan, John-David Schofield and William Cox, and that she “subverted” the “fundamental polity” of The Episcopal Church in the matter of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Prepared by an attorney on behalf of a consortium of bishops and church leaders seeking legal counsel over the canonical implications of the Presiding...

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Nigeria has more dioceses than the USA

Apr 14, 2008 by

By George Conger for CEN The Church of Nigeria has surpassed the Episcopal Church in the United States as the Province with the largest number of dioceses, following the creation of 19 dioceses at a joint meeting of the Church’s House of Bishops and Standing Committee on March 26-29 in Nnewi. “Plans and funds are now in place for the creation of one full-fledged and eighteen new missionary dioceses,” the Church reported, and twenty new bishops were elected to fill a vacant post and the new sees. The Nigerian Church will now boast 131 dioceses and missionary jurisdictions. “The creation of new dioceses as a deliberate evangelistic strategy is bearing remarkable fruit,” the final communiqué said, as “those missionary dioceses created twelve months ago have reported that they have already planted over three hundred new congregations.”   Read the article...

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Australia's Flying Bishops

Apr 12, 2008 by

By George Conger for CEN Archbishop of Adelaide has circulated a proposal for alternative episcopal oversight for those opposed to the ministrations of women bishops ahead of this week’s meeting of the Australian House of Bishops. In a split 4-3 decision released on Sept 28, 2007 the Church’s Appellate Tribunal found the language of the Law of the Church of England Clarification Canon 1992 did not require a bishop to be male in order to meet the definition of ‘canonical fitness’ for the Episcopal ministry. Two suffragan sees, one in Melbourne and one in Perth, are presently vacant and supporters of women bishops hope a woman cleric will be appointed to fill the vacancy in time for the Lambeth Conference. However, opponents of women bishops, led by the evangelical Archbishop of Sydney and Anglo-Catholic Bishop of Ballarat have protested the decision, saying such an innovation must go through General...

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