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This page last updated 15 April 2018
Anglicans Online last updated 15 April 2018

The News Centre
Editor: Brian Reid
Contributors: Richard Ruggle and Allie Graham

IN THE NEWS CENTRE we report news of global interest that relates to the Anglican Communion. Sometimes we write news articles ourselves. More frequently, we refer you to some article we have found elsewhere in the world. We focus more on news reported about the church than by the church. New articles are also referenced in our Noted This Week section. We depend on you to tell us about news where you live; here's how to contribute. It is unusual for us to mention news items that contain phrases such as 'youth gather', 'bishop calls for', 'releases report on', 're-envisions', or 'synod debate'. Simon Sarmiento, our UK correspondent, maintains a list of more specific UK-oriented news articles as part of the Thinking Anglicans site. There you can find items we might not normally link at Anglicans Online.

Other News Centre resource pages: Newspapers Online, Official Church Publications, and Online News Sources. And of course, our News Centre Archives. If you are having trouble finding something, don't forget our search engine.


News Stories

13 April 2018: Missouri faith leaders unite against proposals to ease restrictions on guns in sacred spaces
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that a bill is being considered in Missouri that would make it easier to carry concealed weapons into places of worship. When faith leaders joined to protest the idea, Bishop Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri suggested some alternative measures the legislators could take, such as limiting high-capacity magazines, better resources for mental health care, and the strengthening of background checks.

12 April 2018: Young English adults still value church weddings
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on a recent study whose conclusion is almost three quarters of unmarried adults under the age of 35 still dream of getting married. The survey also shows that most of those couples place a high value on church weddings.

12 April 2018: Kenya archbishop speaks out against
The Anglican Communion News Service reports the Archbishop of Kenya, Jackson Ole Sapit, has spoken out against polygamy after a Kenya MP urged more of it in that country. Meanwhile the news site HiviSasa (Mombasa) quotes him saying same sex marriages will amount to going against Biblical teaching that supports man-woman marriages.

10 April 2018: Los Angeles church re-opens after 3 years in stasis
The US Episcopal News Service reports a congregation in Southern California that had been barred from its church for three years amid a property dispute with the diocese has returned to the building 'with a spirit of reconciliation and hope'.

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6 April 2018: Texas Court of Appeals rules in favour of US Episcopal Church in Fort Worth
The Diocese of Forth Worth (USA) has announced a ruling from the Court of Appeals in favour of 'the loyal Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth'. Some years ago Jack Iker, who was at the time Bishop of Fort Worth, led a schism over the usual issues. The dispute ended up in civil court, which they usually do. Since the Court of Appeals is not the highest court in the land, we assume this dispute is not settled, but the Diocese of Forth Worth that is affiliated with the US Episcopal Church sees this ruling as a victory. Its announcement is here. The breakaway group does not seem to have issued a statement, but there are informal reports quoting Jack Iker as saying only 'Appeal to the Texas Supreme Court'. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published this report.

6 April 2016: China bans online Bible sales
The Episcopal Café reports that China, as part of an effort to promote "traditional" values, has further restricted Christianity by banning online Bible sales.

4 April 2018: British government announces plans to support important undermaintained church buildings
The Anglican Communion News Service reports on a pilot program in two English dioceses for the government's culture ministry to involve itself with the management and maintenance of 'listed' church buildings, regardless of their current use. Listed status, in three grades, is given to buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Almost half of all Grade I listed buildings — the top grade — in England are Anglican churches.

2 April 2018: Vatican to hold exorcism training course
The Guardian (London) reports the Vatican will hold an exorcism training course for priests next month. Vatican officials claim that demands for deliverance from demonic possession have greatly increased worldwide.

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1 April 2018: Easter messages
Most bishops and archbishops worldwide have issued Easter messages. It's part of the job. The Anglican Communion News Service has gathered a goodly number of them for your contemplation. The message from South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is particularly interesting; Cape Town's Eyewitness News comments here.

28 March 2018: Convicted abuser in Australia blames church
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that after a disciplinary board recommended a priest found guilty of paedophilia be defrocked, he complained that this dredging up of the past deprived him of the opportunity for 'a fresh start'.

27 March 2018: Further analysis of C of E IICSA hearings
Thinking Anglicans has collected a few links to responses to and commentary on the just-completed IICSA hearings.

27 March 2018: Trinity Wall Street installs metal detectors
Trinity Church Wall Street, which might well be the wealthiest parish church in the world, has installed metal detectors on its doors. Story from Episcopal Café.

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24 March 2018: Serving vicar named secularist of the year
The Argus (Brighton) reports that the National Secular Society has awarded its Secularist of the Year award jointly to the Revd Graham Sawyer and Phil Johnson. Both are survivors of abuse by clergy, and have worked to expose the church's resistance to dealing with the actions of some of its clergy. Mr Sawyer is the vicar of St James church in Burnley.

23 March 2018: End of the IICSA in England and Wales
The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have written a joint Pastoral Letter for wide circulation following the end of the hearing that took place over the last three weeks as part of England's Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). That letter is published on the website of the Diocese of York. We expect Thinking Anglicans to publish an effective summary of IICSA, but they can't do it overnight.

21 March 2018: US Episcopal Church found not to be dealing with clergy alcoholism
The Baltimore Brew (USA) reports on the 'Report of the Commission on Impairment and Leadership' released recently by the US House of Deputies. That Commission was formed in response to the drunk-driving conviction and imprisonment of a US bishop. The Baltimore Brew is a well-staffed independent daily news website.

21 March 2018: ABC admits to being 'ashamed of the Church'
The Church Times (London) reports that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby testified to an IICSA hearing that he considered the failure of senior clergy to take responsibility for crimes committed by their underlings is a 'failure of human duty'.

20 March 2018: Church of England now accepts cashless point-of-sale donations
The Guardian (London) reports that the Church of England has started a programme to install point-of-sale terminals in 16,000 churches around the country, intended to make it easier to make donations. The church is said to have begun investigating cashless payments since fewer people carry cash now.

19 March 2018: Two bishops to step down
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Bishop of Christchurch (New Zealand), Victoria Matthews, and the Bishop suffragan of Shrewsbury (Diocese of Lichfield, England), Mark Rylands, have announced they are stepping down. Episcopal Café reports in more depth on the resignation of Victoria Matthews.

19 March 2018: New cathedral in Rwanda
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports on the 'inauguration' of a new cathedral in Gasabo, which will be the seat of the next Archbishop of Rwanda. The report provides a link to the an editorial on the website of the Rwandan newspaper New Times, which is sometimes online and sometimes not.

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