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US Catholic bishops not sure about Biden

News reports suggest that the bishops may want to deny Biden, a lifelong Catholic, access to the sacrament of Holy Communion, much the way that conservative bishops declared John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, unwelcome at the communion rail in their dioceses. Archbishop Gomez has set up a task force to consider the matter.

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Welby answers question about Bishop Love resignation

The House of Bishops would not wish to make statements on individual cases such as this, not least as it is a matter under the jurisdiction of another autonomous Province of the Anglican Communion. I have arranged to have a private conversation with the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and others on this matter so as to better understand the situation in hand.

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Dioceses suspend indoor worship

In response to the surge in Covid-19 cases, the dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Bethlehem, Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have suspended indoor worship through the end of the year. Has your diocese made recent changes to restrictions on indoor worship?

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Diocese of Virginia Convention fails to pass budget

The Convention delegates considered a budget presented by the Executive Board which reflected cuts necessary to balance the budget anticipating receipts of approximately 15% less giving by parishes to the Diocese. After an extended discussion the Convention declined to approve the budget and thereby referred the budget back to the Executive Board.

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Primates’ Communiqué November 2020

37 of 41 member churches were represented at a virtual meeting last week of the primates of the Anglican Communion. Topics covered included: the pandemic; safe church for children, young people and vulnerable adults; science; identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

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Episcopal response to latest Corona virus surge

The Diocese of Maryland said in an email to its members that it is “entirely possible” and “probable” restrictions will continue through Christmas unless the COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalization rate decrease. And when restrictions are eased, the diocese said, there still may be a cap on the number of the people who can gather in-person, regardless of what Maryland’s capacity might be set at.

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