The Church of England has been rocked by an independent report that found major failures within the church body when it comes to dealing with child sex abuse cases, prompting Anglican leaders to promise to implement changes.
"I was horrified to hear and read of the abuse suffered by the survivor in this case. It has clearly devastated his life. I apologize profusely for the failings of the Church towards him, and for the horrific abuse he suffered," the Bishop of Crediton, Sarah Mullally, responded to news of the Elliott Review on Tuesday.
"It has taken him years of heartache and distress to get his story heard and believed by those in authority and it is clear he has been failed in many ways over a long period of time. We should have been swifter to listen, to believe and to act. This report is deeply uncomfortable for the Church of England." more >>
The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told the denominational leadership they must "take Gospel high ground" following last month's Anglican Primate vote suspending the Church for its support of gay marriage.
In the opening speech at a meeting of the Church's Executive Council that took place last week in Fort Worth, Texas, Curry addressed the January vote to suspend TEC, saying,"Many Primates made their feelings clear, and we were equally clear that we are a house of worship for all people, and we were clear that we are not going to change," the Episcopal News Service reported Friday.
"We were not voted off the island. The result was an expression of profound disagreement and deep displeasure but not a breaking of relationship. We are part of the Anglican Communion." more >>
Three theologically conservative church bodies released a report championing progress in their latest round of ecumenical dialogue.
Representatives from the Anglican Church in North America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Lutheran Church-Canada have been engaging in an ongoing dialogue for the past six years.
Titled "On Closer Acquaintance", the interim report on ecumenical dialogue charts the progress made thus far on conversations between ACNA, LCMS, and LCC. more >>
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reflects on Jesus' central role in her life in a new book ahead of her 90th birthday, calling Christ "the King she serves" in the title.
"I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love," the British monarch writes in the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which is to be released in April.
"I have indeed seen His faithfulness," she adds. more >>
A controversial play that reimagines Jesus as a transgender woman who refers to God as "Mum" was performed at a church in England during the annual LGBT "sparkle weekend," offending many Christians and Church leaders.
The one-woman play by award-winning Scottish playwright Jo Clifford, who has herself changed gender, is called "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven," which imagines Jesus returning to Earth as a "trans woman" and retelling the parables with a transsexual slant.
The Church of England says there was nothing insincere about sending prayers for Richard Dawkins, who recently suffered a stroke, and argued that the famed atheist professor has more "nuanced" views than some would suspect.
The official CofE twitter account sent a message on Friday stating "Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family," in reference to the evolutionary biologist suffering a minor stroke on Saturday, which forced him to cancel a planned tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The tweet apparently stirred a great deal of discussion and debate on social media, and in a blog post over the weekend the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishops' Council, even acknowledged that some accused the Church of "trolling" and being insincere in its prayers. more >>