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March 02 2019 By dvirtue On The Road In Dubai For GAFCON 2019

Let me share a few reflections I picked up today from Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, and a brother who shall remain nameless for reasons of security.

The authority of Bishops rests on an understanding of "apostolic succession" that has more to do with faithfulness than a mechanical "laying on of hands"

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March 02 2019 By dvirtue Statement by the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on the Arrest of Jesus Antonio Castañeda-Serna

The Anglican Diocese of SanJoaquin hired an independent third party to conduct an internal investigation. Pursuant to diocesan policy, Castañeda was notified of his right to representation at an ecclesiastical trial convened to hear the accusations. On November 24, 2017, Castañeda informed the bishop he would not contest the accusations, and he consented to be deposed from priestly ministry in the Anglican Church.

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February 28 2019 By dvirtue ST. LOUIS, MO: United Methodists Reject liberalizing Marriage Teaching

Delegates are convened in St Louis for this specially called General Conference to adjudicate the church's teaching on marriage and sexual ethics. Unlike most other historically liberal USA Mainline Protestant denominations, United Methodism teaches sex is exclusively for husband and wife.

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February 25 2019 By dvirtue Executive Council asks bishops, spouses to 'prayerfully and carefully consider' response to Lambeth decision

Council unanimously approved a resolution on Feb. 25 that says it finds the decision "inconsistent" with the positions of The Episcopal Church and with multiple statements of Anglican Communion entities that have urged the church to listen to the experiences LGBTQ persons.

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February 21 2019 By dvirtue Anglican archbishop spent $473,000 in child abuse inquiry legal fees without proper authorisation

The minutes reveal the money spent representing Herft, one of the most senior figures within the Anglican church in Australia, was not authorised through usual church processes. It came from the diocese's professional standards budget, but without a written resolution authorised by the diocesan council, which expenditure from this budget requires.

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February 17 2019 By dvirtue The Growth of the Anglican Church in North America

ACNA is reporting growth, but is that growth real? Originating primarily as an exodus of parishes and dioceses unhappy at the theological stance of the Episcopal Church (TEC), does ACNA remain primarily a reaction to TEC, or is it changing into something else as the break from TEC recedes into the past?

Put briefly, the data shows that ACNA has been growing and that it has significant reach beyond the usual Anglican enclaves in North America, but it has vulnerabilities, too.

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February 12 2019 By dvirtue FT. WORTH, TX: Court has Diocese's Petition 'under consideration'

It was the decision of the high Court in 2013 that neutral principles of law should govern disputes over church property in Texas, yet the only judge of the Fort Worth court of appeals to sign an opinion took an approach that effectively reverted to the deference standard in that opinion.

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February 11 2019 By dvirtue 2020 Lambeth Conference is Obstacle to the Gospel - Nigerian Primate

Writing in his February letter to GAFCON followers who make up more than 80% of the Anglican Communion, the chairman said the Church is prey to "fierce wolves". St. Paul warns the Ephesian elders to beware of, even those who arise from within the Church and speak "twisted things".

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February 06 2019 By dvirtue The Presiding Bishop's Big Black Lie

"During the period of this restriction, Bishop Love, acting individually, or as Bishop Diocesan, or in any other capacity, is forbidden from participating in any manner in the Church's disciplinary process in the Diocese of Albany in any matter regarding any member of the clergy that involves the issue of same-sex marriage.

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February 02 2019 By dvirtue Court of Review for Bishops upholds retired Los Angeles bishop's three-year suspension

An Episcopal Church court has concluded that retired Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno was properly suspended from ordained ministry for three years because of misconduct.

The Court of Review for Bishops said it made the three-year suspension retroactive to Aug. 2, 2017, the day a hearing panel originally recommended the sentence, rather than with the court's Jan. 31 order.

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