International news briefs November 28, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has concluded his 18-month round the Communion tour this week with a visit to the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Most Rev. Justin Welby began his visit on 24 November 2014 with a meeting at Bute House with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. He spoke with representatives from other Scottish Churches, “before meeting […]

International news briefs December 5, 2014

The Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa has criticized politicians in Ghana for using the arrest of a smuggler caught with 12kg of cocaine at Heathrow Airport as a political tool to advance their partisan interests. Last week Ruby Appiah, a Ghanaian national, was detained by customs officials after the drugs […]

Overseas news briefs May 23, 2014

The Church of Ireland’s Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross has broken ranks with his colleagues and come out in favor of gay marriage. On 18 May 2014 the Rt. Rev. Paul Colton told the BBC Northern Ireland’s ‘Sunday Sequence’ that “I certainly support civil same-sex marriage” and hoped the Church of Ireland would revise […]

Uganda plea to the CoE

The Primate of the Church of Uganda has urged the Church of England not to follow the Episcopal Church into the abyss by endorsing gay marriage or blessing gay unions. The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali told The Church of England Newspaper that while the Church of Uganda “has had no discussions about breaking away from […]

Church of Norway clergy union backs gay marriage

The executive council of the Church of Norway’s clerical union has given its support to church gay marriage. At its December meeting, the union’s central board, the Presteforeningen, unanimously voted to ask the Church of Norway to prepare a rite for the blessing of gay marriages. Founded in 1900, the Presteforeningen, or Priestly Union counts […]

Church of Scotland urges restraint in legalizing same-sex marriage

The Church of Scotland has reaffirmed its opposition to same-sex marriage. In a statement released last week following the vote in the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee to begin the process towards legalizing same-sex marriage, the church’s press office stated it “stands within the mainstream Christian belief that marriage is between one man and one […]

Gov-Gen backs gay marriage/republic for Australia

Governor-General Quentin Bryce has endorsed gay marriage and a republican form of government for Australia. Appointed Australia’s first female governor-general in 2008 by then Labor Party Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Mrs. Bryce, the former governor of Queensland, stated on 22 November 2013 in a lecture delivered in Sydney that she hoped Australia would become a […]

Perth archbishop vetoes same-sex marriage motion

The Archbishop of Perth has withheld his consent to a synod motion affirming same-sex marriage. On 28 October 2013, the Most. Rev. Roger Herft vetoed a motion put forward by the Rev. Chris Bedding that “acknowledge[s] that legal recognition of same-sex relationships may co-exist with legal recognition of marriage between a man and a woman.” […]

Bishop apologizes for Franklin Graham mission to Iceland

The Bishop of Iceland the Rt. Rev. Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, has apologized to the island’s gay community for the participation of the Church of Iceland in next month’s Festival of Hope meeting in Reykjavík due to the presence of U.S. evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham. Anna Pála Sverrisdóttir, chair of Samtökin 78, an Icelandic gay […]

Cardinal backs gay civil unions over Vatican objections

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, has broken ranks with the Vatican and given his support to legislation to create same sex unions. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper Le Soir published on 4 June 2013 the cardinal said the Catholic Church “has never opposed the fact that there should exist a sort […]

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