15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm

And residents are urged to remain indoors, here in South Africa:

A crocodile farm in South Africa has reported that around 15,000 crocodiles escaped after heavy rains forced the farm to open its flood  gates.

Local reports indicate that heavier than normal rains forced the owners of  the Rakwena Crocodile Farm to open the permeable crocodile gates so as to  prevent the pens from being damaged in the rising flood waters. When the gates  were opened it allowed the farm’s 15,000 crocodiles to leave their pens and  enter the Limpopo River.

Workers at the farm have since been scrambling to recover the reptiles, and  have been able to recover about half the animals,  but still have several thousand more loose with no idea about how long it will  be before they can recover them all or if at all.

“There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a  lot. We’ve been recapturing them as and when the local farmers phone us to tell  us that there are crocodiles on their property,” Zane Langman, son-in-law of the  farm’s owner Johan Boshoff, told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper.

“We’ve been recapturing them as, and when, the local farmers phone us to tell  us that there are crocodiles on their property,” Langman added.

The Limpopo Province is experiencing heavier than normal rainfall that has  produced several floods in the region resulting in at least 10 deaths. In  neighboring Mozambique flood waters have displaced tens of thousands of people.

The reptiles that escaped were Nile Crocodiles which can reach lengths of up  to 15 feet. They are also able to reach speeds of 22 mph in the water and up to  10 mph while on land. Residents have been cautioned to remain inside and call  professional reptile handlers if one is spotted on their property.

There has been an increase in commercial crocodile farms which breed the  reptiles for their skin and in some cases their meat. Crocodile skins are sold  to manufacturers that produce belts, shoes, handbags and coats, among other  accessories.



ACNA to Review Women’s Orders

Via George Conger:

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has agreed to launch a Task Force examining the question of the Holy Orders of women clergy.  Meeting last week in Orlando, the ACNA bishops set down a five part protocol studying the question of women clergy in conjunction with the issues of Prayer Book reform, the creation of a Catechism for the church, and a review of its ecclesial structures.

In ordering their priorities, the bishops decided to begin with a study of Scripture and church traditions and them move to the creation of church policies.  One bishops told The Church of England Newspaper the ACNA bishops wanted to ground their actions in doctrine, rather than find a doctrine to support their actions.

The election and translation of five bishops were approved by the College of Bishops, while time was also spent seeking to heal the hurts caused by the break-up of the Anglican Mission in America last year.

The ACNA currently permits dioceses to ordain women to the diaconate and priesthood, but not to the episcopate.  However, Forward in Faith and the Anglo-Catholic Diocese of San Joaquin have urged the province to review its “two integrities” structure.

The bishops announced they had appointed a task force to study the doctrine of Holy Orders – not limiting their work to the question of women clergy – and would begin by with the Bible and then move to a study of doctrine and tradition.

At Phase 4 “the Task Force will discuss the arguments, pro and con, related to the ordination of women, considering the relevant Scriptural texts and historical arguments, and reviewing studies conducted within and without the Anglican tradition.”

The College of Bishops said that before final action is taken, their recommendations will be passed to the theological commission of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.  The conservative reform movement within the Anglican Communion is divided on the question of women clergy with Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda strongly in favor, while Singapore, Sydney and the Anglo-Catholic provinces of Africa are opposed.

A report on overlapping dioceses and episcopal jurisdictions was also presented to the College.  A communique from the meeting stated the ACNA sought to bring the church into conformity “with historic Anglican practice. The goal of the work is to organize each region for the long-term sustainability of the movement in recognizable, godly Anglican Church structures.”

The bishops received a map showing the location of each of the their 951 congregations, which enabled the bishops to identify “11 regions of overlapping mission work among the various jurisdictions of the Province.”

While no diocese or group was slated for elimination, the bishops’ communique stated the challenge of overlapping jurisdictions “will result in enhanced collaboration, responsive structures and ministry oversight, with better sharing of resources, clearer communication and more profound unity in the mission that we share.”



Time Is Given by God

What is more precious than anything in the world? Time! And what do we waste uselessly and without being sorry? Time! What do we not value and what do we disregard more than anything? Time! When we waste time, we lose ourselves… Time is given by God to use correctly for the salvation of the soul and the acquisition of the life to come… The Lord will call us to account for having stolen time for our own whims, and for not using it for God and our souls.

– St Sebastian of Optina