It is ironic to begin a “Peace and Reconciliation” center when you are not at peace with your own bishop and archbishop. – Foley Beach, Archbishop of ACNA
A number of years ago, someone sitting next to me on a plane asked what I did for a living. When I told her, she said, “The Episcopal Church – isn’t that the one with the lawsuits?” Soon, I hope such a person would say, “Isn’t that the one with the peacemakers?” – The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop of Virginia
The Diocese of Virginia released the following statement today, regarding a joint effort between them and the church in Fairfax City, which is affiliated with the ACNA. Discussions between the two groups have been ongoing for several years, and are progressing favorably towards the establishment of an “institute or school for peace and reconciliation.”
The importance that African church leaders attach to the question of same-sex relationships is the result of interference by conservatives in the United States, the secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has said. – Church Times reporting on Church of Ireland Gazette interview
Last week, the main litigation over property in the diocese of San Joaquin was decided in the Episcopal Church’s favor. The Cafe had the opportunity to talk with Bishop David Rice about where the diocese goes from here and how this decision will affect the diocese.
If the California Supreme Court decides to accept the breakaway dioceses’ appeal, the property litigation will continue. If it doesn’t then the decision from 2014 awarding 28 disputed properties to the continuing diocese stands.
Despite Duncan’s caution, the special convention came very close to creating a crisis in ACNA. A significant portion of clergy and lay voted for a candidate whose behavior violated the “teaching about the life-long permanence of Holy Matrimony” as delivered by the ACNA College of Bishops.
In 2014 the Charleston Post and Courier, published an article referencing an Archbishop of Canterbury interview headlined Archbishop says ACNA not part of the Anglican Communion. The interview was conducted by the Church of Ireland Gazette: Justin Welby said, It is not part of the Anglican Communion … [ACNA is] a separate church.
Some have asked whether Archbishop Beach voted to approve the final Communique or the new members of the Standing Committee. Neither he nor a majority of the GAFCON Primates were present for these discussions on Friday. – ACNA press release.
Church Times reports Archbishop Foley of ACNA says he voted during #Primates2016 (except on No. 7 of the communique concerning TEC); the director of communications of C of E says it was made clear Foley should not vote; #Primates2016 affirms; CT says ACNA says CT reporting is accurate. Confused yet?
“The Gafcon primates have previously advised the Archbishop of Canterbury that they would not attend any meeting at which The Episcopal Church of the United States or the Anglican Church of Canada were represented, nor would they attend any meeting from which the Anglican Church in North America was excluded.” – Gafcon Statement
Archbishop invites Primates to Canterbury, says all options on the table for remaking the Communion