The failure of the 'quiet, non-confrontational' approach: Anglican Essentials Canada

Apr 13, 2008 by

Letter to members from Federation leadership – An important call to action April 2, 2008 To our dear members and friends – As leaders of Anglican Essentials Federation, we understand that a majority of our constituency are moderate in their views and, like us, have been praying for an amicable way through the present crisis in our Church. Together we have been praying fervently that God would turn the tide and that He would cause repentance, revival and renewal. We all long for the Anglican Church of Canada to, once again, become the church envisioned when the Solemn Declaration of 1893 was penned. Our approach, within Federation, to effecting this change has been to quietly, faithfully, persistently work within our congregations, dioceses and synods to build God’s Kingdom. As your leadership, however, we sense that the time has come to change our approach. The “quiet” approach has simply not...

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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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Christian Aid has ‘backed the wrong horse’ in AIDS prevention strategy

Apr 8, 2008 by

From Church of Ireland Gazette In an open letter to the archbishops and bishops of the Church of Ireland, one of the Church’s leading evangelical laymen, Dermot O’Callaghan, has expressed criticism of the approach taken by Christian Aid in respect of HIV/ AIDS prevention. Mr O’Callaghan, who has been both a lay reader in the Diocese of Down and a member of General Synod for over 30 years, refers to his recent letters to the Gazette on combating AIDS (Letters, 11th January, page 7, and 15th February, page 9) and to the reply from Tendai Madondo, Programme Development Officer of Christian Aid Ireland (Letters, 25th January, page 7). In one of those letters, Mr O’Callaghan criticised the approach of Christian Aid to the ‘SAVE’ strategy to HIV/AIDS, suggesting that this method had abandoned moral responsibility in favour of political correctness, and advocating that the older ‘ABC’ method was a...

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Forward in Faith UK reacts to Welsh vote on women bishops

Apr 7, 2008 by

Forward in Faith notes the failure of the Bill for the ordination of women as bishops recently brought before the Governing Body of the Church in Wales. This was despite confident predictions to the contrary, and despite the unequivocal support given to the unamended legislation by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.  Many enthusiasts of the innovation in England had looked to Wales to give a lead – and many in Wales had hoped to pre-empt the English. Both parties need now to take stock. It is clear that the price of women bishops is clear and adequate provision for those whose obedience to scripture and to the Church’s two thousand year tradition prevents them from accepting the orders of ordained and consecrated women. The recent Welsh experience will no doubt inform the minds of members of the General Synod as they gather in July to consider the...

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