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This page last updated 20 May 2018
Anglicans Online last updated 20 May 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.

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News Stories

19 May 2018: A wedding in England
The Royal wedding in England has made news all around the world; we shan't report it further here. But we will refer you to some selected commentary on it. We enjoyed Jon White's review of the sermon and its context, published in Episcopal Café. The Religion News Service commented 'Episcopalians scramble to capitalize on royal wedding opportunity'. The official report, from the Anglican Communion News Service, doesn't even read like an official report. Vox Media (New York) was blunt about it: 'Bishop Michael Curry stole the show with his sermon at the Royal Wedding', and also noted 'Michael Curry brought the black American church to the royal wedding'.

14 May 2018: New metropolitan archbishop in Canada
Canada's Anglican Journal reports on the election of Melissa Skelton, bishop of the diocese of New Westminster, as metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon, becoming the first woman in the Anglican Church of Canada to have the title 'archbishop'.

14 May 2018: Conservatives launch breakaway Anglican church in Brazil
Christian Today (London) tells us a breakaway Anglican church has been launched in Brazil 'following disputes in the worldwide Communion over sexuality'. The total number of Anglicans in Brazil, broken away or not, cannot be very large.

14 May 2018: Discord and rumblings in Nigeria over recent synod decisions
The Nigerian publication Pulse has an entire section entitled 'Homosexuality', and today in that section there is a report 'Anglican Church votes in favor of same-sex marriage' referring to the recent New Zealand synod decision.

14 May 2018: Bishop election in Barbados still deadlocked
Barbados Today reports ' Anglican Church still divided over new bishop', noting the continuing failure to choose between the two remaining candidates for the bishopric.

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11 May 2018: Setback to same-sex weddings in Australia
The Church Times (London) reports that bishops in Australia have declared that it is not “appropriate” for same-sex weddings to take place in Anglican churches or halls, or the chapels of Anglican schools or other Anglican organisations.

11 May 2018: US Presiding Bishop asked to preach at upcoming royal wedding
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, will preach at the upcoming wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and the US actress Meghan Markle.

10 May 2018: Episcopal Church of South Carolina seeks return of property and identity
The Times and Democrat (a newspaper in South Carolina, USA) reports on a court petition filed by the US Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina to execute the state Supreme Court's decision and return church properties currently being controlled by a breakaway group calling itself the 'Diocese of South Carolina'. And return the name. The petition also asks the court to appoint a Special Master to oversee an 'orderly and expeditious resolution' of the issues.

10 May 2018: Bomb explodes at Episcopal church and school in Texas
Episcopal Café reports that a bomb exploded at St Stephens Church and All Saints Episcopal School in Beaumont, Texas, USA early this morning. No injuries have been reported, as the building was unoccupied at the time. The Diocese of Texas released this information.

9 May 2018: New Zealand synod approves same-sex blessings
Anglican Taonga (New Zealand) reports that the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has paved the way for the blessing of same sex relationships, but Anglican churches in Polynesia will all opt out.

9 May 2018: Anglican primate of Nigeria urges Nigeria to leave the commonwealth
When the Commonwealth Heads of Governments met in London last month, the Archbishop of Canterbury preached a sermon in which he said that the Commonwealth was a blessing to the world. The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, said that she regretted that her country had introduced sodomy laws across its empire, and the legacy of discrimination and violence that they brought with them. Anglican Ink reports that over half of the Commonwealth's 53 member states, including Nigeria, criminalize homosexual acts. The Guardian (Nigeria) interpreted her remarks as an argument in favour of same-sex marriage. It reported that church leaders quickly defended their government's stance, and that the primate of the Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, was bitter with May's statement, and said Nigeria should leave the Commonwealth.

8 May 2018: Obituary: Mfaniseni Sigisbert Ndwandwe
The Anglican Communion News Service has published an obituary of Mfaniseni Sigisbert Ndwandwe, former suffragan bishop of Johannesburg. Bishop Sigisbert was a leader in the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.

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4 May 2018: New legal action against New Hampshire Episcopal school
The Episcopal Café reports that two former students of St Paul's Episcopal School (USA) have sued the school for its failure to protect them from sexual predators. There were earlier lawsuits making similar allegations.

3 May 2018: More pushback on letter from Archbishops' Council Secretary General
The Episcopal Café reports on additional controversy within the Church of England over the content of and standing behind a letter written by William Nye, who claimed to have been writing on behalf of the Church of England. Nye is the Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council, a member of the Council's staff but not of the Council itself.

3 May 2018: Diocese of Chile moving forward with plan to become a full province
The Anglican Communion News Service reports that 'The Diocese of Chile in the Anglican Church of South America could become its own autonomous province of the Anglican Communion by the end of the year. An extraordinary Synod of the diocese will be held later this month to confirm a resolution to that effect. This transition would create four new dioceses, Valparaíso, Santiago, Temuco, and Concepción.

3 May 2018: New revelations about translators of King James Bible
The Guardian (London) has published an article disclosing new information about the identity of translators for the King James Bible. The information is too complex to summarise here, but you can read it for yourself.

2 May 2018: Extra bell found while preparing to rededicate carillon in Pittsburgh cathedral
The Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh) reports that as Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of Pittsburgh was preparing to rededicate its bells after a steeple renovation project, they found an extra bell in a box in the cellar. It has never been mounted in the steeple, but it was rung by hand during the rededication ceremony. No one currently associated with Trinity Cathedral knows what the bell is or where it came from, and there were no records.

2 May 2018: Former US bishop Heather Cook applies to serve rest of sentence on home detention
The Baltimore Sun reports that Heather Cook, who was Bishop of Maryland until a criminal conviction, has petitioned to be released from prison and into home detention. She was driving drunk and texting when she hit and killed a bicyclist. His family is said to be opposed to the release.

30 April 2018: C of E intervenes in dispute over building car park over graveyard
The Guardian (London) reports that 'The Church of England has intervened in a row over plans to build a car park and crematorium on a historic graveyard containing the remains of 1,171 former hospital patients.' The graveyard is in Lancashire in the Diocese of Blackburn, which has received a request from the developer for a formal deconsecration of the land that would be covered by the car park.

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28 April 2018: Obituary: A. Theodore Eastman, former Bishop of Maryland
The Washington Post published an obituary of the Rt Revd A. Theodore Eastman, who helped the US Episcopal Church re-locate the via media. Somewhat later, the Baltimore Sun published its obituary. Baltimore is the see city of the Diocese of Maryland.

27 April 2018: New bishop for Diocese of the Amazon in Brazil
The Anglican Communion News Service (London) reports the consecration of the Rt Revd Marinez Bassotto as Bishop of the Amazon in the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil. She had been a parish priest in several parishes in that region, and was formerly Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Diocese of the Amazon was previoiusly classified as a Missionary District.

27 April 2018: Ongoing discord about letter to US marriage task force
Earlier this week a letter written last year by the Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council in the Church of England to the US Episcopal Church came to light. Its publication has resulted in spirited debate, to which readers of Episcopal Café and the Church Times have had front-row seats. If you are not a subscriber to the Church Times, this article in Episcopal Café distils the debate fairly well.

23 April 2018: Bishop of Tasmania confirms church sales won't all benefit abuse victims
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC] quotes the Rt Revd Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania, as saying that about three quarters of the proceeds from property sales will be kept by the Anglican church as operating capital. Earlier news reports had indicated that all of the proceeds of the sell-off would benefit victims of sex abuse. The ABCV also reports 'Heritage experts confident historic Anglican churches will be preserved after sale.'

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