The end of the worldwide Anglican Communion?

From The Atlantic:  Justin Welby was named archbishop of Canterbury with high hopes that he was the man who could save the Anglican Communion. Now it appears he may oversee its breakup—a calculated destruction intended, paradoxically, to save it. Welby heads the Church of England, making him also the titular head of the affiliated Anglican [Read More...]

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Another married Anglican priest ordained for the Catholic Church

This time, in Canada:  The number of Catholic priests in Canada has fallen sharply in recent decades, so any ordination is a rare event. But Friday’s example of the sacrament in Saint John was particularly unusual — because the new priest was surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “It’s something that I’ve wanted [Read More...]

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Visiting an Anglican Ordinariate parish: “You know that you are in a different place, a place set aside for holy use”

I’d be curious to experience this liturgy sometime. It sounds like something I’d like. Here Devin Rose describes his first experience visiting Our Lady of Walsingham in Texas:   The parish is beautiful. It is like an acre of England has been cut out and dropped in Houston. The church itself looks like a classic Anglican (originally Catholic!) [Read More...]

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Former archbishop of Canterbury calls assisted suicide “profoundly Christian and moral”

Details:  Allowing doctors to help terminally ill people to take their own lives would be a “profoundly Christian and moral thing” to do, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has insisted. He dismissed arguments that enduring pain at the end of life is a “noble thing” and insisted that proper legal safeguards could be [Read More...]

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Meanwhile, over at the Episcopal Church …

… they have their own headaches:  An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he [Read More...]

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Church of England considering a transgender naming ritual, similar to baptism

No, this is not a joke:  The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition. The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after [Read More...]

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Anglican church hosts 10 minute Sunday service

And this is a good idea…why? Details:  A village church made history when it held the first ever 10 minute service. St Mary’s Church, in Hawridge, held the short parish service, led by the Rector of Hawridge Rev David Burgess, on Sunday, May 3. It was believed to be the first ever short service. Rev [Read More...]

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Minnesota gets a married priest

Details:  Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May. His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy. Upon ordination, Treco [Read More...]

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You knew this was coming: UK’s first husband-wife bishop couple

From The Telegraph:  The UK’s first husband and wife team of bishops has been created with the appointment of a new Bishop of Hull. The Rev Canon Alison White, 58, is to become the Church of England’s second female bishop, but the role will mean she will see far less of her husband of 30 years, [Read More...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s solution to save Christianity in the UK: WiFi

Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2007 (photo by Tracey Nolan from Toronto, Canada via Wikipedia) From The Daily Mail:  The Oscar-winning composer behind “Jesus Christ Superstar” is planning an even more ambitious scheme to connect the nation with its Christian heritage – wi-fi in every church. Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose father was music director at a London church, [Read More...]

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