Overseas News Briefs: March 28, 2014

The Texas Supreme Court has rejected the petition of the Episcopal Church in the Texas property cases, denying a rehearing of its dispute with the Diocese of Fort Worth and a parish in the Diocese of Northwest Texas that had seceded from its diocese.  The 21 March 2014 ruling sends the disputes back to the […]

Marikana massacre warning from archbishop

The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba has warned the social and economic conditions that led to the death of 44 people at the Marikana mine near Johannesburg in August 2012 continues to plague South Africa. While the “transition to political and economic emancipation” following the end of the apartheid regime in […]

Police seize bishop’s home/cars in corruption crackdown

Anti-corruption authorities in South Africa have seized the assets of Bishop Samuel Banzana, charging the leader of Umzi Wase Topiya (the Ethiopian Episcopal Church) with taking kick-backs from a construction company in return for awarding building contracts. On 8 May 2013 agents of the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Office of the National Director of […]

South Africa reaches tipping point on rape

The gang rape and murder of 17-year old Anene Booyson has galvanized South Africa, focusing attention on the county’s culture of rape. On 2 Feb 2013 a security guard discovered the dying girl at a construction site close to her home in the rural town of Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. Before she died, the […]

Action demanded in the wake of SA police shootings

The President of the South African Council of Churches, the Anglican Bishop of  Pretoria Jo Seoka has published an open letter calling upon President Jacob Zuma to investigate the 16 August 2012 police killing of 34 striking miners. “The coming investigation into the shootings must commence promptly and consist of an impartial commission that will […]

Archbishop calls for rejection of state secrets bill

Church, political and civil society leaders have called for a legal challenge to the state secret’s bill should South Africa’s National Council of Provinces (NCOP) endorse the African National Congress-backed legislation. The Protection of State Information Bill has drawn wide spread political and civil opposition since it was proposed last year, and is currently under […]

Missing millions trial underway in S.A.

Missing millions trial underway in S.A.

Trial has begun in South Africa of a former diocesan bookkeeper accused of stealing over R2.3 million (£200,000) from the Diocese of George.  Gwendoline Leyd (45) is scheduled to appear for trial before the George Regional Court in the Western Cape on 28 February 2012 to face 10 counts of theft. The scandal has far […]

S.A. churches denounce government spying

Church leaders in South Africa have denounced the government of President Jacob Zuma for its attempts to spy on the country’s faith groups and turn them in to vassals of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). On 18 Oct 2011 the National Church Leaders’ Consultation issued a joint statement saying they “resent the efforts” of […]

Cape Town archbishop denounces hate speech

The Archbishop of Cape Town has stepped into the African National Congress (ANC)’s political civil war, obliquely chastising the leader of the party’s youth wing, Julius Malema, for racist speech. In a speech printed in the Cape Times on16 September, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba called on South Africans to join him and “denounce” inflammatory language. “Hate speech, racist […]

SA church not heretical

There has been no change to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s (ACSA) teaching on human sexuality, a press release from the Provincial Executive Office has confirmed. The announcement confirming the Southern African church’s fealty to traditional moral teachings comes shortly before the bishops and provincial standing committee debate pastoral guidelines for Anglicans in civil […]

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