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12 February 2017: Anglican church tipped to reveal Western Australia abuse allegations
PerthNow reports on the ongoing investigations into sexual abuse complaints from 1980-2015 and a report expected to be made public later this week. Earlier this week, former priest Raymond Sydney Cheek was sentenced to two years in prison for offenses against five boys over the course of thirty years.

11 February 2017: Church faces new split over attitude to gay relationships
The Guardian reports on an open letter sent by fourteen retired Church of England bishops to their successor bishops over managing conflict rather than providing leadership on issues of LGBT persons and the continued marginalisation of the same.

9 February 2017: The Most Rev David Chillingworth announces his retirement
The Scottish Episcopal Church has announced that the Most Revd David Chillingworth will retire this July as Primus and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane after eight years as Primus.

8 February 2017: Former Chief Operating Officer of Episcopal Church (USA) sues church
The Rt Revd Stacy Sauls, former Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church (USA) has filed suit over concerns regarding 'tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job' according to The Living Church. The full text of the complaint is also available.

7 February 2017: St Peterís Basilica to host Anglican Evensong for the first time
The Catholic Herald reports regarding the first Anglican Evensong to be held at St Peter's Basilica. In conjunction with the Anglican Centre in Rome, the Choir of Merton College, Oxford will sing the service led by the Most Revd David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome with Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican preaching.

6 February 2017: Archbishop of the two Sudans to retire
Radio Tamazuj (Sudan) reports the Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul will step down as Primate and Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan in November of this year, having served since 2008.

4 February 2017: US Episcopal diocese proposing private dormitory surrounded by campus
As reported by the Athens Banner-Herald (Georgia, USA), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is proposing a novel approach to college chaplaincy at the University of Georgia. The 'multi-story mixed-use residential, retail and institutional structure' plans to replace the current property used for the campus chaplaincy with a structure that combines the chaplaincy with a private dormitory open to all students. Despite some zoning concerns from the county, the diocese is aiming to move forward with the complex not 'as a money-making proposition, but as an extension of its ministry', according to the attorney working on the rezoning.

3 February 2017: Critics call C od E Bishops' sexuality report 'ungodly'
As reported by the Church Times (London), LGBT Christians, gay-rights campaigners, liberal clerics, and members of the General Synod have reacted with anger and frustration to the conclusions and tone of the report on human sexuality from the House of Bishops, while conservative Anglicans, and campaigners against gay marriage in the C of E, have expressed concern about its 'ambiguous' recommendations. The Church Times has summarised the results and effect of the Shared Conversations on church doctrine.

1 February 2017: ABC sets out vision for 2017 Primates Meeting
The Anglican Communion News Service announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has written to every primate in the Anglican Communion to set out his hopes for the next Primates' Meeting, which will take place in Canterbury in October. He also gave details of last week's report by the Church of England's House of Bishops on human sexuality.

1 February 2017: ABC issues apology over Church of England links to child abuser
The Independent (London) reports on the apology issued by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for not reporting the head of a Christian charity accused of carrying out sadomasochistic attacks on young boys. Justin Welby issued an 'unreserved and unequivocal' apology on behalf of the church after admitting he had worked at the holiday camps where the teenage boys were groomed. Thinking Anglicans has gathered quite a number of reports and commentary on this sorry episode in the church's past.

29 January 2017: Wales is about to lose a radical archbishop as Barry Morgan retires
One of the longest serving archbishops in the Anglican Communion is set to retire, on 31 January according to Wales Online. Dr Morgan, who witnessed many changes to Wales and the Church in Wales, will have spent 24 years as a bishop and nearly 14 as Archbishop. He reflects to the BBC on his tenure as bishop.

29 January 2017: Sydney Anglican Church rife with abuse, recent synod acknowledges
The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) reports on a 'shocking admission' by the Diocese of Sydney that domestic abuse is rife within its ranks. At the recent synod, a motion was passed that acknowledged domestic abuse as a major problem within the church.

28 January 2017: Perth sex abuse reparations to cost diocese more than AUD $1 million
Perth Now states 'Child sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.'

25 January 2017: Presiding Bishop, other Episcopal leaders call on Trump to maintain refugee resettlement efforts
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church (USA) has called for newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump to continue 'the powerful work of our refugee resettlement program without interruption', following president's executive order forbidding the entry of citizens of certain countries from entering the US.

24 January 2017: Liberia: new Trinity cathedral dean opposes Christian state
The National Christian Council of Liberia was launched last year, calling for a return to the 1947 constitution, which prescribed Christian principles as the foundation for Liberia. The Liberian Council of Churches disagreed, feeling that peace in the nation would be better attained through interfaith collaboration. When Canon James Sellee was installed as dean of Trinity Episcopal cathedral, he stated his opposition to the movement to declare Liberia a Christian state. The Daily Observer (Monrovia) reports that Dr Sellee urged people of all faiths to work together for peace, rather than seeing each other as warring factions on a battlefield.

23 January 2017: Canada's Indigenous Affairs minister says Anglican apology is vital
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation quotes Carolyn Bennett, Canada's Minister of Indigenous Affairs: 'A long-awaited public apology from the Anglican Church for the rampant sexual abuse perpetrated by former priest Ralph Rowe in the 1970s and 1980s will be vital in helping victims heal.' The Anglican Church of Canada acknowledged last week the tragic legacy of Rowe, a former Boy Scout leader, who abused countless children during the two decades he spent travelling amongst remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario.

23 January 2017: Warring Anglican Primates Summoned to New Meeting in October
Christian Today reports Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has quietly called for the Primates of the Anglican Communion to meet 2-6 October 2017 for what will be called 'only as Primates of the Communion in 2017' rather than a 'Primates Meeting'. The letter itself was dated November 2016.

22 January 2017: Queen's chaplain resigns over cathedral Koran reading row
The Telegraph reports the resignation of the Revd Gavin Ashenden, one of the Queen's 33 special chaplains, over the reading from the Koran at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow during an Epiphany service.

22 January 2017: It all started with a pizza
This Sunday the Revd Rebecca Osborn will deliver her first sermon in Inuktitut. She and her husband went to an information session on the north at the Pittsburgh seminary where they were studying. She told CBC News that they went for the pizza, but the idea of working with the Inuit stuck in their heads. She has been in Iqaluit for a year and a half, learning to read and write and speak her new language. She believes that will make it easier for her in heaven, where she is confident that Inuktitut will be spoken.

21 January 2017: First woman bishop consecrated in Wales
The Church in Wales announced and reported the consecration of the Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy as the 129th Bishop of St Davids. Probably we should also say Cyhoeddodd yr Eglwys yng Nghymru gysegru fel Esgob Gwir Barchedig Joanna Penberthy 129eg Tyddewi.

20 January 2017: Egyptian Anglicans building partnership with Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Diocese of Egypt has announced a landmark partnership with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library) to advance cooperation in art, science, culture, peace-building, dialogue and the combating of extremism.

20 January 2017: Church of England synod papers published
Thinking Anglicans reports on the publication of General Synod papers for the upcoming Church of England General Synod.

18 January 2017: New moderator for Church of South India
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the election of the Rt Revd Thomas Comment as the new moderator of the Church of South India.

18 January 2017: Australian Anglican leaders 'feel silenced' by their church about same-sex marriage
Buzz-feed reports on the submission by Dr Muriel Porter to Australia's Senate inquiry into marriage equality. She says most ordinary Anglicans have no problem with same-sex marriage, and that progressive Anglican leaders feel silenced on the issue. Her comments are in stark contrast to a submission from the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, written by Reverend Dr Michael Stead, which says the proposed exemptions do not go far enough and are “manifestly insufficient” to protect religious freedom.

15 January 2017: Scottish prim-us distressed at offence over reading Koran in Glasgow cathedral.
The BBC reports that the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, who is also the Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, says the Church is 'deeply distressed' at the offence caused by the reading of a passage from the Koran in a Glasgow cathedral.

13 January 2017: New Bishop for Algoma
The Sault Star (Ontario) announces the scheduled consecration next month of the Revd Anne Germond as 11th bishop of Algoma.

13 January 2017: US Episcopal leaders address church's part in Trump’s inauguration
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on the controversy surrounding the involvement of Washington National Cathedral and its choir in the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

11 January 2017: Australian priest dies shortly after being charged with 24 child sex offences
The Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) reports the death of former priest George Parker just three weeks after he was charged with 24 child sex offences against two young boys in the 1970s.

10 January 2017: Archbishop of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa has died
Archbishop Brown Turei, who was the leader of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, one of the three leaders of the Anglican Church in what people of European ancestry call New Zealand, has died. There is extensive coverage in Anglican Taonga.

8 January 2017: Obituary: Una Kroll
The Guardian reports the death of the Revd Dr Una Kroll, 91, 'a doctor, a nun, a feminist campaigner with a prominent role in the movement for the ordination of women, an activist for peace and justice, counsellor to many, and to many others a disturber of the peace.' The Church Times tells how she was recalled as medical missionary in Liberia, after siding with the Africans rather than with mission authorities. An American monk, Leo Kroll, was sent to mediate the dispute. When they fell in love and married, he was dismissed from his order and she from her calling as a nun. She led a vocal protest when the General Synod of the Church of England in 1978 voted against legislation that would allow women to be priests. In recent years she became a Roman Catholic, in solidarity with Catholic women denied a voice in their church.

6 January 2017: Call for Perth Archbishop to give up pension
The Archbishop of Perth, the Rt Revd Roger Herft, has admitted his lacklustre response to a sex abuse scandal while the bishop of Newcastle, the ABC reports. Given this, a lawyer from Newcastle who was himself a victim of the scandal, Peter Kelso, has called upon Herft to give up his pension as a sign of repentence.

3 January 2017: Knightship for bishop who chaired Hillsborough panel
The Church Times reports that the bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, who chaired an independent panel on inquiry into the Hillsborough football disaster, has been knighted in the New Year Honours list, for services to bereaved families and justice. 

2 January 2017: Quick-thinking vicar saves parishioner who caught fire
During the Christmas day service at All Saints Church, Upper Caldecote in Bedfordshire, the vicar, the Revd Frank Coleman, noticed that a woman had been set alight after leaning on a candle. The Telegraph reports that she seemed unaware of what was happening until he rushed towards her and put out the flames with his bare hands. His hand was serously burned, and some nurses had him plunge it in cold water. Only after the service had ended was he rushed to hospital. 

2 January 2017: Wife of Quebec’s bishop becomes a priest
The CBC reports on the unique relationship between the Revd Cynthia Patterson, recently ordained priest in the Diocese of Quebec, and her husband, the Rt Revd Dennis Drainville, the outgoing bishop diocesan.

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