Ahead of the official departure of Dr. Rowan Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury, officials are meeting to decide who will serve as the successor to Dr. Williams and become the spiritual leader of 77 million Anglicans.
The grouped tasked with recommending an appropriate candidate is known as the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC). Members of the CNC, who are also responsible for appointing senior Church of England officials, will begin a 3-day meeting today to choose a candidate that will fill the position that has been held by the Archbishop for the last decade.
The CNC will continue its deliberations at a secret location. The commission, which has 16 voting members, is chaired by former Conservative arts minister Lord Richard Luce. Once the members have decided on a candidate and a second-in-line candidate, a formal submission will be delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron. more >>
The Episcopal Church's 77th General Convention concluded Thursday with the adoption of a long list of resolutions, from one that calls on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to another providing rites for pet funerals.
Episcopal leaders, who met in Indianapolis for over a week, considered dozens of resolutions – the most controversial being the approval of transgender ordination and rites for the blessing of same-sex unions.
In protest, leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina, including its bishop, left the convention early after expressing clearly their belief that the decisions mark a departure from Scripture and Anglican tradition. more >>
Conservative Episcopalians are calling Tuesday night's approval by leaders in The Episcopal Church of a rite for the blessing of same-sex unions "unbiblical."
"This General Convention action is unbiblical, unchristian, unanglican and unseemly," said the Rev. Canon Dr. Kendall Harmon, canon theologian for the Diocese of South Carolina, in a statement Wednesday. "By making this decision, The Episcopal Church moves further away from Jesus Christ and his teaching."
The General Convention of The Episcopal Church passed, by a large majority, a resolution authorizing for provisional use the rite "The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant." Beginning Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, clergy – with permission from their bishop – will be able to bless same-sex relationships using the liturgy approved Tuesday. more >>
The General Synod of the Church of England deferred on Monday a final vote on whether to allow ordination of women bishops after traditionalists proposed a last-minute amendment.
The governing body of the global Anglican Communion's mother church voted Monday to hold further deliberations on a last-minute proposal that traditionalist parishes be allowed access to an alternative male bishop who shares their views about women clergy, Agence France Presse reported.
The amendment proposed at the meeting at the University of York angered senior female clergy of the church, who said it would reduce them to "second-class bishops." more >>
The Supreme Court has decided to not hear an appeal from a breakaway church in Connecticut regarding its property dispute with The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Seabury Church of Groton attempted to appeal a lower court decision ruling in favor of The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut regarding the property it used. The Rev. Ronald S. Gauss, pastor of the departing congregation, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that he was disappointed by the decision made on Monday.
"We are disappointed by the decision. We have not really had our day in court," said Gauss, whose congregation has been using the property for worship while the appeals were being attempted. more >>
Anglican and Roman Catholic authorities in Britain issued on Tuesday official declarations stating their firm opposition to government plans to change the legal definition of marriage, saying that despite reassurances claiming otherwise, clergy may very well be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
"The uniqueness of the institution of marriage is based on the fact that the human person exists as both male and female and that their union for the purpose of procreation, mutual support and love has, over the centuries of human history, formed a stable unit which we call the family," said the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in a statement.
The U.K. government has been deliberating whether to change the traditional definition of marriage to include same-sex couples by 2015, a proposal backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Same-sex civil partnerships have been legal in England since 2005. more >>