Monday, January 07, 2013

SC: Dean of downtown cathedral discusses lawsuit against Episcopal Church

By Haley Hernandez
January 06, 2013

The Diocese of South Carolina said they have filed a preemptive lawsuit against the Episcopal Church to prevent them from assuming the Diocese's identity, such as their seal and historical names.

The Diocese, which is now independent from the mother church, is filing suit to protect more than $500 million dollars in local belongings. They said about 74% of the members in the state are participating, including the downtown Cathedral Church of Saint Luke and Saint Paul.

"We're not seeking out any punitive damages," Dean Peet Dickinson said. "Those who have decided to stay with the Episcopal Church, our bishop has said and I would echo it, go in peace. We don't desire to take anyone's property but likewise we would ask that we be able to be what we are and have always been and not have that under threat."

The Episcopal Church has yet to respond to the lawsuit... the rest

SC Episcopal schism now over name, property

Other Anglican News:
Senior Anglican condemns gay bishops as a compromise too far
The leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans has condemned the Church of England for “compromising with the secular preoccupations of the West” in an attack that significantly ratchets up the latest fallout between liberals and conservative over the thorny issue of homosexuality.

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the Primate of Kenya and the leader of the influential Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, made the comments in a statement reacting to the recent decision by the Church of England to lift the ban on gay but celibate men becoming bishops.

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans represents conservative congregations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia who are vehemently opposed to same sex unions and gay clerics. They formed four years ago and threatened to break away from the global Anglican Communion if openly gay men continued to be welcomed as clerics in more liberal dioceses such as the United States and Britain.

Their threats to create “a church within a church” were dampened last year when the Church of England, which is the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, signalled that there would be a moratorium on any gay men being appointed bishops in their dioceses. But the row has erupted once more after senior bishops announced that they were now lifting that ban...

Statement by Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

Canada: Blessings endorsed for gay, lesbian couples at Island Anglican parishes
Anglican parishes on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands can now seek permission to formally bless married homosexual couples.

Bishop James Cowan of the Diocese of British Columbia, in a letter dated Thursday, announced the creation of guidelines and a rite to be used in the blessing of same-sex unions. The guidelines and rites took effect Jan. 1...

Priests Can Bless Gay Unions
Episcopal priests in the Rio Grande Diocese can begin to bless same-sex relationships following an announcement by Bishop Michael Vono that he would provide an official liturgy, as of Sunday, for that purpose...

U.K. Anglican Ordinariate Given ‘Beautiful’ London Parish
The Archdiocese of Westminster has designated the historic Our Lady of the Assumption parish in London to a group of former Anglicans who have joined the Church and are known as an ordinariate.

“I hope that the use of this beautiful church ... will enable Catholics in the ordinariate to prosper and to offer to others the particular gifts of the ordinariate,” Archbishop Vincent Nichols announced Jan. 2.

For six years, the parish has hosted biweekly “Soho Masses” that are organized for the attendance of "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" Catholics in London. The group responsible for the Masses is now meant to “focus their effort on the provision of pastoral care” for people with same-sex attraction and will transfer to London’s Jesuit parish, Immaculate Conception on Farm Street...


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