Anglicans, CEC, WCC

Anglicans: the declarations of the bishop of Fulham “Dear faithful, before the end of the year I intend to resign as bishop of Fulham. I expect to enter Catholic Ordinariate as soon as it is set up”, bishop John Broadhurst told an October 15 meeting in London of Forward in Faith, the Anglican traditionalist group which he chairs. The group opposes the recent decision of the synod of York consenting the ordination of women bishops. The London Plan stipulates that bishop John Broadhurst, suffragan of the diocese of London, is called to provide the pastoral care of the parishes where the majority of the faithful oppose women priestly ordination. In addition to the diocese of London, Bishop Fulham has the jurisdiction of the traditional Anglican parishes of Southwark and Rochester. In his speech for the Forward in Faith assembly, Broadhurst said he hopes that when it is established the Ordinariate will process his request without problems and said he is “anxious to know whether his request will be accepted”. Bishop Fulham however reassured the faithful and said that he will remain the chairman of Forward in Faith, which is in not a Church of England organisation. Indeed, at the conclusion of the Forward in Faith assembly the announcement was made that all forty members of an Anglican Congregation in Folkstone decided to join a future Catholic Ordinariate. During the recent synod of the Anglicans of the Church of England, held in York July 8 to 13, the archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Anglican Communion Dr. Rowan Williams had presented a proposal whereby in the future a woman bishop could appoint another male bishop that would be in charge of the pastoral care of the parishes opposing the Episcopal ordination of women so as to preserve the unity of the diocese. In this way the faithful are not compelled to accept something which they deem incompatible with the Anglican tradition. It is a decision that takes into account the diverse sensitivities. Williams’ proposal was endorsed by the archbishop of York John Sentamu, so as to reach a solution without having to take another decision resulting from majority consensus. Dr. Rowan Williams’ proposal was rejected after a heated debate between the members of the York synod regarding the issue of the Episcopal ordination of women. CEC: consultation on poverty and wealth “The central challenges facing governments and society in Europe include the permanence of poverty, an increasing gap between rich and poor, continual environmental degradation and progressive climate change. These challenges are not isolated, but mutually influence each other”. These, explain the organizers, are the themes of the Consultation on Poverty, Wealth and Ecology which will take place from 8-12 November 2010 in Budapest. The Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC/CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with churches in Hungary are jointly sponsoring the event. According to the promoters, The impact of the recent financial and economic crises, increasing public debt and continuing difficulties in identifying a joint global commitment for effectively addressing climate change demonstrate that a broad public discussion of these themes, including contributions from churches, is necessary and urgent”. The conference will be opened by H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, the President of CEC, and Bishop Julio Murray, the President of the Latin American Council of Churches. WCC: Muslim-Christian summit in Geneva Muslim and Christian leaders as well as renowned scholars and interfaith practitioners will gather 1-4 November at the seat of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva for an international consultation on Christian and Muslim concerns titled: “”Transforming Communities: Christians and Muslims Building a Common Future”. The purpose of the meeting, writes the WCC in a press release issued today – is to identify and address issues of common concern and provide guidance for cooperation between Muslims and Christians, including faith-inspired approaches for joint Christian-Muslim action”. A joint statement will be issued at the end of the consultation on 4 November during a press conference. The consultation will open with keynote addresses by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad bin Talal, personal envoy and special advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Archbishop Anders Wejryd of the Church of Sweden. Also participating in the consultation will be: the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit; Dr Muhammad Ahmed Sharif, general secretary of the World Islamic Call Society; Dr Abdulrahman Al-Zayed representing the Muslim World League; and Sheikh Yousef Ibram, imam of the Geneva mosque.

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