GAFCON General Secretary, Peter Jensen, later told VOL that what happened in Canterbury was “a complete failure but worth doing. We had 700 of our people praying, and we thought that the result was not bad. We got the mildest rebuke to the worst offenders by the biggest number. It is what God wanted. There is no excuse for the subsequent behavior of The Episcopal Church.”Read more
Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, the prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam "wants to govern the world" and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert "the Christian origin of our own nation" in order to avoid that fate.
Burke, a Rome-based cardinal, says Islam is "fundamentally a form of government."Read more
Bishop Paterson's resignation comes exactly three weeks after the Rev. Dr. Jules Gomes, formerly Canon Theologian of the diocese, gave an interview to Manx TV, in which Dr Gomes alleged that the bishop continued to bully and harass him, even after he had left the diocese and the Church of England.Read more
The issue at stake is that of same-sex relationships. Dr Jensen's remarks followed comments made by Nigerian Primate, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, in his June Pastoral Letter as Chair of the GAFCON Primates' Council, in which he stated: "In the beginning, the focus of our concern was North America and we thank God that he has raised up the Anglican Church in North America as a new wineskin in that continent. Now our concern is increasingly with the British Isles."Read more
But the Episcopal diocese has not won the hearts of a single Anglican Christian. The Episcopal diocese draws a total average weekly Sunday attendance (ASA) of 925. The one Anglican Hispanic congregation built under the episcopacy of the evangelical catholic bishop Eric Menees, has close to 1,000 members.
That one congregation is bigger than the entire Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin!Read more
Secondly, it is very clear from a number of scriptural passages, that unity is not more important than truth.Read more
Here is what VOL learned. When the Synod members broke up into small discussion groups, some members complained about being "intimidated" and "harassed." Archbishop Fred Hiltz spoke against harassment tactics, but the victims weren't identified. It wasn't until later that the identity of the "harassed" was made public.Read more
"The Anglican church was the only church in my town. It might have been God's providence or sheer coincidence but my Christian roots are in the Anglican Communion. My father was and is an agnostic intellectual and my mother was a nominal Muslim who observed her faith only during high and holy days.Read more
The motion to change the marriage canon to allow the marriage of same-sex couples had to have a 2/3 majority for laity, clergy and bishops. It was very close with the bishops obtaining the necessary majority. It was the clergy that prevented the motion passing.
The numbers were:
Bishops Yes: 68.2%
Clergy Yes: 66.23%
Laity Yes: 72.2%
In his July pastoral letter to GAFCON members, who make up more than 70 percent of the Anglican Communion, the Nigerian primate, whose province claims more than 20 million active Anglicans, said that what is tragic is not just the divisions within the Anglican Communion, but that souls are at stake. Lives are at stake. Eternity is at stake.Read more
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