Archive for November 2012
In the Huffington Post:
(RNS) The Church of England plans to rush through legislation to consecrate women bishops after last week’s surprising defeat at the church’s General Synod in London.
The church’s Archbishops’ Council ended two days of closed-door meetings on Wednesday (Nov. 28), and said a plan to allow women bishops needs to be “restarted” when General Synod reconvenes in July. Church leaders originally said the issue could not be reopened until 2015.
The 19-member council acts as the standing committee of the three-tier General Synod made up of bishops, clergy and laity.
“There was agreement that the Church of England had to resolve this matter through its own processes as a matter or urgency,” the group said in a statement. “The Council therefore recommended to the House of Bishops … to put in place a clear process for discussions in the New Year with a view to bringing legislative proposals before the Synod in July (2013).”
American-born Christina Rees, who is a member of General Synod and the Archbishops’ Council, said the unexpected defeat of women bishops has left the church “galvanized and activated.”
“The ‘No’ vote on Nov. 20 has proved to be a wake-up call for the Church of England,” she said Thursday.
In a surprise move, opponents in the General Synod’s traditionalist Catholic Group and the conservative group Reform have called for talks to break the deadlock.
The Catholic Group’s Canon Simon Killwick and Reform’s Rod Thomas had argued there weren’t enough safeguards for dissenters, but said they would not push to block a second vote.
“It has never been our intention to prevent the consecration of women as bishops,” they said in a joint statement.
Via Ordinariate Expats:
On 2oth November 2012 Father Belen Gonzalez y Perez was ordained priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the United States. The new priest was ordained in Brooklyn Cathedral by Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez.
Father Gonzalez y Perez’ route to the Catholic priesthood is quite unique for the Ordinariates so far. Belen Gonzalez y Perez is of Puerto Rican dscent and was baptised Catholic as an infant. He then joined a Pentecostal youth club as a teenager, went on to study philosophy and divinity and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 2002.
It was in 2008 that Belen was admitted into the Episcopal Church and certified as an Anglican priest. But this was not to be the end of his journey.
In autumn of this year Belen Gonzalez y Perez was received (back) into the Catholic Church. His wife, Maria, who had herself been baptized a Pentecostal, was also received into the Church and conditionally baptized as a Catholic, since there was obviously some doubt about the validity of her original baptism.
Father Gonzalez y Perez’ “trajectory” may be a little confusing for some readers who have heard that some former Catholics have been refused admission into the priesthood of the Ordinariate. This is, however, only in the case of former Catholic deacons or priests (like, for example, former TAC Primate, John Hepworth), who had left the Church partly to escape the discipline of celibacy and to marry. Some of these are also in a state of marital irregularity, having divorced and remarried.
I’d like to believe that a lot of visitors to this blog are of the intellectual, knowledgeable and rather sharp kind? So perhaps you guys can help me with this, because I cannot seem to make much sense of the gibberish.
John hepworth there is considering whether there is an australian.
I’m pretty sure there is, at least, the last time I checked.
I dunno… The photos are about the only thing that makes any real sense. But, as I said, you go have a look.
Gosh, I do hope that the former Archbishop hasn’t joined the Muslims…