Daily Archives: October 20, 2009

Washington Post: Making the Grade Isn't About Race. It's About Parents.

“Why don’t you guys study like the kids from Africa?”

In a moment of exasperation last spring, I asked that question to a virtually all-black class of 12th-graders who had done horribly on a test I had just given. A kid who seldom came to class — and was constantly distracting other students when he did — shot back: “It’s because they have fathers who kick their butts and make them study.”

Another student angrily challenged me: “You ask the class, just ask how many of us have our fathers living with us.” When I did, not one hand went up.

I was stunned.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Education, Race/Race Relations

Sewanee Trustees welcome new members

The continuing diocese of the Episcopal Church in Forth Worth was reconstituted in February 2009 and is now led by Provisional Bishop The Right Rev. Edwin F. Gulick, Jr., Bishop of Kentucky. As a Bishop, Gulick already is a Trustee of the University; Kent Henning also is a Trustee from the continuing Ft. Worth Diocese and will continue in his appointment.

The Committee on Credentials recommended to the full Board that only the Trustees elected by the continuing Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth be seated on the University board.

“This action by the Board was carefully studied over a period of months and is consistent with the governance of the University as mandated by the Constitution and By-Laws,” Chancellor Parsley said.

The Constitution states that the University “must in all parts be under the sole and perpetual control of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America,” and represented in part by Trustees elected by the 28 dioceses that comprise the owning dioceses.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Education, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Fort Worth

The Mere Anglicanism Conference 2010

Consider making plans to come. The theme is Human Identity: Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality–Speculation or Revelation?

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, - Anglican: Analysis, Theology

Longer AP Story: Vatican creates new structure for Anglicans

The announcement was kept under wraps until the last moment: The Vatican only announced Levada’s briefing Monday night, and Levada only flew back to Rome after finalizing the details at midnight.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), Ecumenical Relations, Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

America Magazine Blog: Rome offers new home to Anglican trads

The Apostolic Constitution establishing these Personal Ordinariates offers “a single canonical model for the universal Church which is adaptable to various local situations and equitable to former Anglicans in its universal application”, the statement continues. Among its features:

1. The Ordinary can be either a priest or an unmarried bishop;

2. The Ordinariate provides for the ordination as Catholic priests of married former Anglican clergy;

3. The Ordinariate allows seminarians to be trained in separate houses of formation in order “to address the particular needs of formation in the Anglican patrimony”.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster told journalists this morning that the new Apostolic Constitution was a response to various approaches made in the past three or four years by groups in the United States, Australia and the UK. Some were in communion with Lambeth, while others — such as the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), which claims 400,000 members worldwide — were not.

The Personal Ordinariates would allow for the pastoral care of lay people, clergy and religious in a corporate body under an Ordinary, but in collaboration with existing dioceses. Their geographical scope would correspond to the territory of a bishops’ conference. It would be a “cumulative jurisdiction”, meaning that the jurisdictions would overlap — insofar as the activity pertained to the wider Church, the authority would rest with the bishop of that diocese; insofar as it pertained to an internal activity, it would be a under the Ordinary of the Ordinariate. The process of reception of married Anglican priests would be unlikely to differ much from the current system, he said. Nor would he expect transfers of church property as part of the process of corporate reception.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

MPs want God-fearing remnants of empire to downgrade Christianity

The Government is being urged by a group of powerful MPs to axe references to Christianity from the constitutions of Britain’s far-flung outposts.

To the dismay of Church leaders, the Foreign Affairs Committee is pressing for the change amid claims that references to traditional Christian morality could undermine gay rights in the overseas territories.

The committee, chaired by Labour MP Mike Gapes, also objects to Christianity being singled out above other faiths.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Church/State Matters, England / UK, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

VP Biden: For the millions of Americans without jobs, the U.S. economy is in a 'depression'

For the millions of Americans without a job, “it’s a depression,” Biden said.

“My grandpop used to say — there was a suburb of Scranton called Minooka. He said, ”˜When the guy in Minooka’s out of work, it’s an economic slowdown. When your brother- in-law’s out of work, it’s a recession. When you’re out of work, it’s a depression,'” Biden said.

“Well, it’s a depression — it’s a depression for millions of Americans, through no fault of their own,” he said.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Economy, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Politics in General

Joint Statement by The Archbishop of Westminster and The Archbishop of Canterbury

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.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, Archbishop of Canterbury, Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

RNS: Conversion and controversy

First there was Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy torn between two nations. Then there was Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman torn between two families. Now comes Rifqa Bary, the teenage runaway torn between two faiths.

If you’re involved in a high-stakes custody fight, Florida, it seems, is the place to be.

Could Rifqa’s father in Ohio really kill her for leaving Islam to embrace Christianity? Has the 17-year-old read too many fundamentalist Christian Web sites? Or is it all just teen dramatics?

Those are the questions swirling around the 17-year-old Ohio girl who became a Christian several years ago and sought shelter with an Orlando pastor after she feared for her life because, as she said, her father is bound by his Islamic faith to kill her.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

In the Diocese of New Jersey a Dwindling Congregation Prompts Closing Of Church

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Fair Haven will be celebrating its 125th anniversary on October 24.

However, after celebrating that milestone, the church will be closing its doors and the property will be placed on the market.

The closing is largely due to increased competition amongst the nine Episcopal churches in the immediate area.

“This has been a mission church and the mission is completed,” Reverend Nancy Hite Speck said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Parishes

Living Church: Healing is Goal of Rio Grande Diocese

“There is a real spirit of joy [in the diocese],” said the Very Rev. Kathleen McNellis, who is serving as vicar of St. Francis on the Hill, El Paso, Texas. The congregation has moved out of its church building and is meeting in a synagogue after the vestry voted to leave the Episcopal Church. The congregation and the Episcopal Church are suing the departed St. Francis parish in a property dispute.

The Rev. Lew Powell, deacon at St. Thomas of Canterbury, Albuquerque, said there’s “a real sense of collegiality that I haven’t always felt. The presence of the Holy Spirit is healing the diocese.”

Among the changes to the diocesan canons was to call its annual gatherings “conventions” instead of “convocations.” The latter term had been introduced by Bishop Kelshaw, who saw the gatherings as “the bishop calling the people together,” Canon Kelly said. The new term is a more democratic form. “A convention is the people of God coming together,” he said.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Diocesan Conventions/Diocesan Councils

AP: Vatican creates new structure for Anglicans

Cardinal Joseph Levada, the Vatican’s chief doctrinal official, said Tuesday the new legal entity will allow Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while maintaining their Anglican identity and many of their liturgical traditions.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), Ecumenical Relations, Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

SMH: Jesus saves, but shattered Sydney Anglicans regret not having that luxury

The shaken Anglican Archbishop of Sydney admits he has wondered whether God had decided to punish his diocese.

Peter Jensen confessed yesterday to being grief-stricken by the size of the diocese’s $160 million financial loss and called on his faithful not be panicked or paralysed by the money crisis but to turn to God in ”active faith”.

In an impassioned speech aimed at lifting morale at the annual synod, Dr Jensen said he had been struggling emotionally to come to terms with the losses which have triggered cuts to ministries and jobs, including senior clergy positions. He believed the loss could be a warning to the wealthiest Anglican diocese in Australia not to rely on its wealth.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Economics, Politics, Anglican Church of Australia, Anglican Provinces, Economy, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Pope announces plans for Anglicans to convert en masse

“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.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Religion News & Commentary, - Anglican: Latest News, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), Ecumenical Relations, Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic

AP: Meeting considers future of SC Episcopal diocese

In June, four breakaway conservative dioceses formed the Anglican Church in North America, a rival national province to the Episcopal Church. Dozens of individual parishes have also joined.

But the Diocese of South Carolina is not considering that.

“The only model that’s been out there for us has either been leave or acquiesce, and that hasn’t been working,” Lawrence said Monday.

“We need to get the 30,000 members of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina awakened to the challenges before us,” he added. “Once we have done that, then the question is how do we engage the larger Episcopal Church?”

One of the resolutions to be debated Saturday says the national church has “failed to operate within the boundaries of its canons and continued participation in such behavior would make the Diocese of South Carolina complicit in this dysfunction.”

It authorizes the bishop and the diocesan Standing Committee “to begin withdrawing from all bodies of the Episcopal Church that have assented to actions contrary to Holy Scripture, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.”

Harmon likened the resolution to a wife in a troubled marriage moving to a room down the hall.

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