Biafra dispute resurfaces, and torpedoes Church meeting

The Church of Nigeria cut short the joint meeting of its standing committee and House of Bishops following the threat of civil unrest by supporters of an independent Biafra. On 21 September the Most Rev Nicholas Okoh prorogued the Church’s joint meeting of bishops and standing committee members in light of the planned strikes led […]

Dean suspended 25 years after marital indiscretion

The Bishop of Waiapu in New Zealand has suspended the Dean of Napier Cathedral on the grounds of adultery committed 25 years ago. Last week the Rt Rev Andrew Hedge stated he had suspended the licence of the Very Rev Michael Godfrey after learning the dean had engaged in an extramarital affair in 1991 with […]

Archbishop prepares for retirement

Archbishop prepares for retirement

The Archbishop of Kenya bade farewell to his Church last Sunday at a ceremony marking his retirement. On 8 May 2016 the Archbishop of Uganda, members of the Kenyan House of Bishops and government and civic leaders feted the Most Rev Eliud Wabukala at a special service held at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. Elected […]

Judge rules Diocese is liable for loan

The New South Wales Supreme Court has ruled that the Diocese of Bathurst is liable for repayment of a $14 million loan made by the Commonwealth Bank to its Anglican Development Fund. The Fund, a corporation under the aegis of the Diocese, borrowed to finance construction at the Macquarie Anglican Grammar School and Orange Anglican […]

Investigation launched into three senior Episcopal Church officials

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announced that he has engaged outside counsel to investigate misconduct allegations lodged against the Episcopal Church’s three senior administrators. On 18 December he released a statement saying he had engaged the firm of Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud of New York and Philadelphia to “conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that […]

Retired bishop defrocked

The retired Bishop of Grafton in the Anglican Church of Australia has been defrocked by church tribunal for his mishandling of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in his diocese. On 16 October the Bishop of Grafton, the Rt Rev Sarah Macneil told the Australian Church’s bishops the Professional Standards Board of the Diocese of Grafton […]

Vicar ‘was sexual predator’

The Bishop of Newcastle in the Anglican Church of Australia last week told a town meeting for three congregations that their former vicar, the Rev Michael Cooper, was a sexual predator. On 15 October the Rt Rev Greg Thompson told Anglicans from Rutherford, East Maitland and Cessnock that Cooper, who died in 2007, led a […]

Bishop asked to respond to fraud claims

A Church of Nigeria bishop has been asked by police to respond to allegations of fraud. Last week police in Benin in the Southern Nigeria’s Edo State in the Niger Delta asked the Rt Rev Blessing Erifeta, Bishop of Sapele, to respond to allegations made by members of the chapter of his cathedral parish that […]

Evangelist murdered in Uganda after threats made

AN EVANGELIST who worked among Muslims in Eastern Uganda has been murdered. Sources in the Church of Uganda confirm that on 23 September the body of Samson Nfunyeku was found in the village of Kalampete near the town of Mbala. Mr Nfunyeku, a father of seven, was strangled by unknown assailants and his body left […]

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