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Anglican primates boycott TEC

Abigail Frymann

ALMOST ONE THIRDof Anglican primates stayed away from a major meeting this week in Dublin, in protest against the presence of the head of the Episcopal Church (TEC), Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and her Church’s continued liberalisation. The 10 (out of 38) who stayed away are the primates of Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, West Africa, the Southern Cone of Latin America, Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and South East Asia, according to leading conservative Canon Chris

Sugden of the group Anglican Mainstream. Despite repeated appeals from most of the Communion, the US Church has continued to consecrate partnered homosexuals as bish- ops and to bless same-sex couples. Two lesbian TEC priests were married by the Bishop of Massachusetts on New Year’s Day, and TEC is devising a same-sex blessings liturgy. In an interview on BBC Radio Ulster, Anglican Communion Secretary General Canon Kenneth Kearon said those who had boycotted the meeting were still committed to the Communion. “Those primates who said they’re not coming as part of an objection to the Episcopal Church and other developments have reiterated their commitment to the Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury in their writing to me,” he said. Dr Sugden said primates who had stayed

away represented 40 million of the world’s 55 million Anglicans. The biennial meeting is designed as an opportunity for “leisurely prayer, thought and deep conversation”. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, reportedly said he does not have the authority to withhold an invitation from the TEC.

US overture welcomed CUBA

THE CUBAN Church has welcomed the US initiative of liberalising travel and remittance payments to the Communist state. As a result, church groups and activists will have easier access to the Caribbean island for “purposeful” visits, writes Jon Stibbs. The US Bishops’ Conference described the

14 January announcement of lighter restric- tions as “modest but important”. Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, New York, who is chairman of the bishops’ justice and peace committee, hoped the development would be “another step toward supporting the people of Cuba in achieving greater freedom, human


Ex-nun accuses superior of child-trafficking The Bishop Emeritus of Chachapoyas, José

A MOTHERsuperior has had to answer accu- sations from a former nun that she encouraged the trafficking of the babies of novices who had become pregnant, writes Jon Stibbs. Flor Navarro, a 34-year-old former nun, made the charges against Sr Maria Carmen Aguilar Zullon, 50, of the Congregation of Las Hijas de María Inmaculada y Corredentora in San Juan de Lurigancho.

SRI LANKA:The Tamil Catholic bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar has cited discrimination against ethnic Tamils as the root cause of the conflict between Tamil Tigers (LTTE) and the Government

Ignacio Alemany, has defended Sr María against the accusations, which were aired on Peru’s ATV television channel on 19 January. Earlier similar accusations were dropped

after a Vatican investigation but Ms Navarro has repeated them. Bishop Alemany con- demned ATV for its “terrible calumny”, ACI Press said. Sr Carmen denies the allegations.

that ended in May 2009 after claiming nearly 100,000 lives, writes Anto Akkara. “The LTTE ... are not the cause but only results of the conflict,” Bishop Joseph told a commission investigating

human-rights violations in the final stages of the civil war. Thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians perished when the LTTE used civilians as human shields when under attack from Sri Lankan forces.

rights, and religious liberty”. An article in the January edition of the Archdiocese of Havana’s Espacio Laical magazine said the arrival of “a virtuous circle of travellers” to Cuba would help engender reform. The Church has long held that the US embargo on Cuba should be lifted because it only served to damage the Cuban people. Senior US officials criticised the Catholic Church in a secret 2008 cable, published by Wikileaks, because it would “not challenge the island’s government”. However, the Church has also been an outspoken critic of the Castro regime and called for reform.


Church marshalls resources to aid flood victims

THE CATHOLICChurch in the flood-ravaged Australian state of Queensland has responded to the natural disaster with a plan to provide accommodation, food, clothing and counselling to the victims, writes Mark Brolly. Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane wrote an open letter to the people of Queensland, saying that he had asked the main agencies of his archdiocese to plan the Church’s central response to the recovery in south-east Queensland. Three-quarters of Queensland was declared a disaster zone. Brisbane’s main archdiocesan agencies

met on 17 January, only days after the floods swept through the state capital city, and identified the following areas as part of the Church’s response – making accommodation available to house people in need; assisting parishes to rebuild in the most affected areas; providing online and hard-copy resource kits on government grants available to individuals; establishing a flood counselling phone line; and setting up a Catholic Emergency Relief Fund to provide targeted financial assistance.

■Japanese Anglicans will be covered by the Australian ordinariate to be established at Pentecost, according to a Traditional Anglican Communion bishop due to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest shortly before then. Bishop Harry Entwistle told Perth’s Catholic newspaper, The Record, that the Japanese were happy to adopt a Western ordinariate as they were among a “persecuted minority”.


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