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By PHILIP ELLIOTT (AP)
Update from Fr. Haskell
Friday, October 23, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
One caution: Many of the details remain up in the air
A number of valuable ecclesiastical treasures given to a former Archbishop of Canterbury have been found dumped in a river.
"If the assembly votes in favor of these resolutions, it will be a "protest of conscience," and a pullback from the national church, but not a full disassociation, Bishop Mark Lawrence said."
October 24th, 2009
October 23, 2009
Fri, 23 Oct 2009
Update from Fr. Haskell
October 22, 2009, 8 pm
By DAVID STOUT
By Julia Duin
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The confounding attraction of the Christian worldview.
OCTOBER 21, 2009
By WILL CONNORS
LAGOS, Nigeria -- The Vatican's invitation to Anglicans could have far-reaching repercussions across Africa, where about half of the world's 80 million Anglicans now live.
African clergymen have been some of the harshest critics of their Anglican colleagues in the West, whom they accuse of liberally interpreting the Bible. But it's far from clear whether churches here, many of which have already distanced themselves from Anglican churches in the U.S., Canada and England, would see the need to embrace the Vatican's offer.
Unlike the more tightly controlled Catholic Church, Anglican churches in Africa are largely autonomous, operating with a level of freedom that they wouldn't likely enjoy under Rome's fold.
Archbishop Peter Akinola, head of the Church of Nigeria, and the spiritual leader of Africa's 40 million Anglicans, is "still weighing the implications of the Vatican's offer" and is consulting with colleagues, according to an aide reached by telephone Wednesday. the rest
Vatican Complicates Anglican Leader's Job
Archbishop Williams is the top official in the Church of England and the "first among equals" of the global church leaders that guide the 80-million-strong Anglican Communion. That puts him in the crucial position of holding the Anglican faithful together in the wake of the Vatican's surprise move this week to make it easier for disgruntled Anglicans to convert to Catholicism.
Hundreds of Anglican clergy to meet after Vatican offer
About 500 members of Forward in Faith, the leading traditionalist grouping, will be in London to debate Pope Benedict XVI’s offer of an Anglican “ordinariate” or diocese to operate under a new Apostolic Constitution.
Will Michael Nazir-Ali go to Rome?
A former Catholic, he was received into the Anglican church into his country of birth, Pakistan, at the age of 20. He is married with two children and has just retired as Bishop of Rochester in order to work with the persecuted church.
Rome's Anglican option may change both churches
But the Pope has made a decision that may bring about the most profound change in relations between Rome and Canterbury since Henry VIII repudiated papal authority in the 16th century.
Priests in London and Yorkshire say they are tempted to join Rome
The three parishes in the united benefice voted in the 1990s for resolutions granting them distance from the Bradford Diocese. Now the three parochial church councils may face a further vote: whether to join their priest and defect en masse to Rome, albeit a version of Roman Catholicism that would allow them to maintain much of their Anglican identity.
Anglican leaders welcome new Catholic structure
"We rejoice that the Holy See has opened this doorway, which represents another step in the growing cooperation and relationship between our Churches," commented the Most Rev Robert Duncan, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (Anglican).
How will the Vatican deal with the disparate Anglican groups that may now wish to join the Church of Rome?
By Michael Root
Distress of soul and grief of heart can only bring on destruction of body. Joy alone is a healer, and ye can have it in the darkest hour if ye will force thy soul to rise to Me in worship and adoration. I have not failed thee and ye have not failed Me. Remember that I am in the midst when ye praise me. Never let any kind of anxiety crowd out thy praises. ...Frances J. Roberts
Police seek suspect, victims hospitalized
Oct 21, 2009
A terrified woman's compassionate words brought an armed robber to his knees in prayer.
October 21, 2009
October 20, 2009
Letter from Bishop Love
Realpolitik and misplaced faith in diplomacy keeps trumping human rights.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
October 19, 2009
October 20, 2009
Today's announcement of the Apostolic Constitution is a response by Pope Benedict XVI to a number of requests over the past few years to the Holy See from groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full visible communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and are willing to declare that they share a common Catholic faith and accept the Petrine ministry as willed by Christ for his Church.
Pope Benedict XVI has approved, within the Apostolic Constitution, a canonical structure that provides for Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony.
The announcement of this Apostolic Constitution brings to an end a period of uncertainty for such groups who have nurtured hopes of new ways of embracing unity with the Catholic Church. It will now be up to those who have made requests to the Holy See to respond to the Apostolic Constitution.
The Apostolic Constitution is further recognition of the substantial overlap in faith, doctrine and spirituality between the Catholic Church and the Anglican tradition. Without the dialogues of the past forty years, this recognition would not have been possible, nor would hopes for full visible unity have been nurtured. In this sense, this Apostolic Constitution is one consequence of ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.
The on-going official dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion provides the basis for our continuing cooperation. The Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) agreements make clear the path we will follow together.
With God's grace and prayer we are determined that our on-going mutual commitment and consultation on these and other matters should continue to be strengthened. Locally, in the spirit of IARCCUM, we look forward to building on the pattern of shared meetings between the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Church of England's House of Bishops with a focus on our common mission. Joint days of reflection and prayer were begun in Leeds in 2006 and continued in Lambeth in 2008, and further meetings are in preparation. This close cooperation will continue as we grow together in unity and mission, in witness to the Gospel in our country, and in the Church at large.
+ Vincent + Rowan
(*I will be adding to this post as I come across related stories-PD)
Pope Benedict to Anglicans: Come Home to Rome
October 20, 2009, will go down in history as a turning point in Catholic-Anglican relations. This morning, at 11 A.M. Rome time (5 A.M. EDT), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced new procedures through which entire congregations of Anglicans can be reunited to the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI has approved a structure for admitting large groups of Anglicans wishing to come into communion with the Catholic Church
The Apostolic Constitution, which Cardinal Levada said “provides a reasonable and even necessary response to a world-wide phenomenon”, will be a “single canonical model for the universal Church which is adaptable to various local situations and equitable to former Anglicans in its universal application.
Anglicans 'welcomed' by Catholics-BBC
Anglican clergy and worshippers can join the Roman Catholic church but maintain a distinct religious identity under changes announced by the Pope.
Gledhill: Pope unity move 'not act of proselytism or aggression' says Rowan Williams
"It remains to be seen what use will be made of this provision, since it is now up to those who have made requests to the Holy See to respond to the Apostolic Constitution; but, in the light of recent discussions with senior officials in the Vatican, I can say that this new possibility is in no sense at all intended to undermine existing relations between our two communions or to be an act of proselytism or aggression."
Vatican opens the doors to Anglican traditionalists
Religious Intelligence: BY THE TIME Pope Benedict XVI descends on England next year, swathes of Anglican clergy and parishioners could have flocked to the Roman Catholic Church following a new Apostolic Constitution devised by the Holy See to welcome disgruntled Anglicans.
Rome converts urged to decide by February 22
NYT: Vatican Creates New Structure for Anglicans
The new Catholic church structures, called Personal Ordinariates, will be units of faithful established within local Catholic Churches, headed by former Anglican prelates who will provide spiritual care for Anglicans who wish to be Catholic.
The Anchoress: Pope: Anglicans, Liturgy, Welcome!
Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans Entering the Catholic Church
In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony. Under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution, pastoral oversight and guidance will be provided for groups of former Anglicans through a Personal Ordinariate, whose Ordinary will usually be appointed from among former Anglican clergy.
The Living Church: Rome Welcomes Sojourning Anglicans
The boundless stores of Providence are engaged for the support of the believer. Christ is our Joseph, who has granaries full of wheat; but He does not treat us as Joseph did the Egyptians, for He opens the door of His storehouse and bids us call all the good therein our own. He has entailed upon His estate of Providence a perpetual charge of a daily portion for us, and He has promised that one day we shall clearly perceive that the estate itself has been well-farmed on our behalf and has always been ours. The axle of the wheels of the chariot of Providence is Infinite Love, and Gracious Wisdom is the perpetual charioteer.
By Audrey Barrick
Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster at joint press conference
Surgeons report success in first human bone growth procedure using fat stem cells--with no culturing necessary
October 19, 2009
It's you and me, moving at the speed of light into eternity …." So begins this past summer's viral YouTube video, "Jill and Kevin's Wedding Entrance."
What at first seems like a somber church processional becomes choreographed exuberance, as the couple and their friends shake and boogie down the aisle to Chris Brown's club hit, "Forever." Little did Jill and Kevin know that 22,875,767 others would join those in the pews to watch the show.
The video has triggered varied responses from evangelicals. Many have compared the couple's dancing to King David's joyful jig, while others have questioned the couple's silliness upon entering such a serious affair. Others just turned their speakers up and watched again, "because it just makes me feel so darn good!" as one commenter put it. In the midst of this, perhaps it's time for the church to ask, What is the purpose of the wedding ceremony, anyway? the rest
Executives, who critics say are using scare tactics, contend proposed penalties for opting out are too low.
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Oct. 19 2009
Before the overflowing crowd at Bethel Church of Baoding, located about 120 miles south of Beijing, Graham stressed that each person there isnot just one figure in China’s 1.3 billion population nor too insignificant to meet God. To the Almighty Lord, each of them is important as was Zacchaeus, who was given the choice to accept or reject Jesus’ invitation to come down and meet him.
“I’m here today to tell you that not only does God know who you are, He loves you,” the evangelist said, according to Decision Magazine, the publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
Sunday's appearance marked the second time in the past two years that the American evangelist has preached to thousands in China. Last May, Graham preached the Good News to some 12,000 people in mainland China's largest church, Hangzhou Chong-Yi Christian church. the rest
Obama's EEOC doesn't believe in religious liberty.
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Britain does not need a new leader, it needs a revolution - an Islamic revolution."
Saturday, October 17, 2009
By BRUCE SMITH
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori stated she was “not able to comment” on what the numbers were, as “I don’t have it in my head.”
October 16, 2009