Category: Anglican / Episcopal Church

Episcopal Protest of Top Bishop Increases

More Dioceses Reject New Female Leader To visit Episcopal parishes across her huge but sparsely populated Nevada diocese, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori pilots a small airplane. She often bumps down on tiny airstrips, but wherever her single-engine Cessna 172 lands, she is welcome. That’s about to change. On June 18, the Episcopal Church’s General Convention elected Jefferts Schori to a nine-year term as the denomination’s presiding bishop, making her the first woman to head any branch of the Anglican Communion, the worldwide family of churches descended from the Church of England. Although she will not take up her new role

Revolt under way within Episcopal church

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Six conservative Episcopalian bishops opposed to the liberal drift in the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion are asking for a trial separation, a move hinting at an eventual divorce over irreconcilable differences, some analysts say. The bishops of the dioceses for Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Texas, South Carolina, Central Florida, Springfield, Illinois, and San Joaquin, California, appealed this past week to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to be assigned somebody other than Katharine Jefferts Schori as their leader. Conservative Episcopalians say Schori, presiding bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church, would continue to steer the church away from

Episcopalians Reject Ban on Gay Bishops

Columbus, Ohio (AP) — In the final hours of a national church meeting, the top Episcopal leader is trying to preserve world Anglican unity after Episcopal delegates rejected an Anglican demand that they stop electing openly gay bishops for now. Outgoing Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold called a special session Wednesday of the two policymaking bodies of the Episcopal General Convention — the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops — to find a last-minute way to address the issue before delegates go home. Top Anglican officials had asked the Episcopalians for a temporary ban to calm the outrage among

In historic vote, Episcopal Church elects female leader

Episcopal Church leaders chose Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as their leader Sunday, making her the first woman to head any denomination in the Anglican Communion worldwide. The decision to choose a female presiding bishop for the 2.3 million-member denomination, 30 years after the church first allowed women to become priests, might exacerbate tensions between Episcopalians and other branches of the Anglican church. Three years ago, Episcopalians angered many conservatives in the United States and abroad by electing an openly gay man from New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, as a bishop. Jefferts Schori, 52, a graduate of Stanford University and a

Anglican Church has fallen apart since I was in charge, says Carey

Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, has delivered a damning critique of the Anglican communion, claiming that it has fallen apart since he was succeeded by Rowan Williams. His remarks are set to send the relationship to a new low and give encouragement to critics of the current archbishop who are ever more vocal in expressing their dismay at his leadership. In a speech that will be seen as a direct attack on Dr Williams’s ability to maintain unity in the Church, Lord Carey accused liberals of devastating the communion “that we once loved”. Only weeks ago, an open

Episcopalians Reject Gay Candidates

Schism Is Averted As Church Elects Alabamian Bishop SAN FRANCISCO, May 6 — The story from the Grace Cathedral on Saturday was not so much about what happened but what didn’t happen. Episcopalians in San Francisco did not elect an openly gay candidate as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, thereby preventing a schism within the 75 million-member Anglican Communion already on the verge of crisis after the election of its first gay bishop in New Hampshire three years ago. Instead, about 700 voters representing clergy and laity chose Mark Handley Andrus, a violin-playing, yoga-practicing father of two, currently

Gay Bishop Is Treated for Alcoholism

Episcopal Church’s First Openly Gay Bishop Receiving Treatment for Alcoholism CONCORD, N.H. – The Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, has started treatment for alcoholism. “I am writing to you from an alcohol treatment center where on Feb. 1, with the encouragement and support of my partner, daughters and colleagues, I checked myself in to deal with my increasing dependence on alcohol,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail to clergy on Monday that was released Tuesday by the Diocese of New Hampshire. Robinson’s assistant, the Rev. Tim Rich, said Tuesday there was no crisis that led to Robinson’s

Nigerian Anglicans Break With Canterbury

Angry over other Anglican churches’ tolerance of homosexuality, the Anglican Church of Nigeria has deleted from its Constitution all references to “the See of Canterbury,” the British “mother” church that links Anglican churches worldwide into a global communion. The step further institutionalizes the division over homosexuality between Anglican churches in most of the developing world and those in Britain, Canada and the United States. The Constitution of the Nigerian church, led by Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, above, says it will now be in communion only with churches that “maintain the historic faith, doctrine, sacrament and discipline.” The Nigerians said the

‘Men-only branch’ plan for Church

The Anglican church could set up a ‘male clergy only’ branch under proposals aimed at ending the row over whether women can be bishops. The new province, with its own archbishop, is one of several options set out in the Church of England report which was published on Tuesday. Another option was to continue to allow women as priests but ban them from being ordained as bishops. Rochester Report “We need to give the highest priority to deepening the quality of our love for the other members of the body of Christ” Rochester Report in full (804kb) Readers’ Guide (235kb)

Gay Priesthood Unbiblical, Obasanjo Tells African Bishops

President Olusegun Obasanjo commenting for the first time on the gay bishop issue that has threatened the soul of the Anglican Communion , yesterday, saluted the wisdom, courage and resilience of the African Bishops for standing so firmly against attempts to undermine the Christian faith and falsify the gospel and the Word of God. Speaking in an address titled: “That Africa may excel” at the official opening of the first African Anglican Bishops Conference at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, the president said: “I have followed with keen interest, your principled stand against the totally unacceptable tendency towards same-sex