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Anglican members on Lutheran and Old Catholic dialogues appointed

The Secretary General today announced the names of Anglican members who have agreed to serve on one of two international co-ordinating bodies.

Both the Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) and the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) reported to the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2012 and the ACC renewed their mandates.
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Posted: June 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6277
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Old Catholic
Transmis : 25 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6277
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Old Catholic


Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the Faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience.” The document – titled “Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations (30th June 1988 – 27th June 2013)” – is signed by Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Alfonso de Galarreta.
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Posted: June 27, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6446
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, schism, Second Vatican Council, Society of St. Pius X
Transmis : 27 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6446
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, schism, Second Vatican Council, Society of St. Pius X


Anglicans and Lutherans in first Joint Assembly

Joint Assembly: Together for the Love of the WorldClose to 1,000 Anglicans and Lutherans from across Canada will be gathering in Ottawa in July for what the Anglican Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, says is an “historic and exciting moment” in church history.

For the first time since 2001, when they signed a declaration of full communion, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be holding a joint assembly from July 3-7 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

With the theme of “Together for the love of the world,” it will be a meeting quite unlike any other meeting,” say Archbishop Hiltz and Lutheran National Bishop Susan Johnson.

Each church will still hold separate sessions to deal with elections and specific church matters but will join together for worship and issues of common interest.
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6294
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, events, full communion, Lutheran
Transmis : 28 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6294
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, events, full communion, Lutheran


Pope open to Orthodox synod structure

Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

Dialogue for Christian unity is not a theoretical exercise for theologians, but an essential, practical tool for growing in faith and for evangelization, Pope Francis told a delegation from the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“This is not merely a theoretical exercise, but one of getting to know each other’s traditions in order to understand and even learn from them,” the pope said during the meeting June 28.

Pope Francis said he was referring particularly “to the reflection of the Catholic Church on the meaning of episcopal collegiality and the tradition of synodality, so typical of the Orthodox churches,” in which the synods function as a symbol of the unity of the local churches and as a governing body united to the patriarch or spiritual leader of the church.
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6448
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, church reform, collegiality, dialogue, Francis, Orthodox, synodality
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, church reform, collegiality, dialogue, Francis, Orthodox, synodality


Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth but leads us to whole truth

“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The tradition of exchanging visits for the occasions of the respective patronal feasts dates back to 1969. The Pope emphasized that “fraternal gathering is an essential part of the journey towards unity.”

“The search for unity among Christians is an urgent task—you have said that ‘it is not a luxury, but an imperative’—from which, today more than ever, we cannot prescind. In our world that hungers and thirsts for truth, love, hope, peace, and unity, our witness demands that we should at last be able to proclaim, with one voice, the good news of the Gospel and celebrate together the Divine Mysteries of our new life in Christ. We are well aware that unity is primarily a gift from Gift that we must pray for unceasingly, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart so that this extraordinary grace may be received.”
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6298
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Francis, Orthodox, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Francis, Orthodox, Vatican


Anglican & Lutheran leaders offer “A Word to the Churches”

Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of CanadaJune 29, 2013 – Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

On this day when we commemorate the two “pillars of the church”—the apostles Peter and Paul—the heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are issuing “A Word to the Churches.”

This joint declaration comes just a few days before the four North American church leaders will gather with hundreds of other Anglicans and Lutherans at the first Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, an example of how our churches are drawing closer together in full communion.
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Posted: June 29, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6281
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, church union, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion
Transmis : 29 juin 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6281
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, church union, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion


Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms power of faith for social justice

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the WCC Central Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 2008. Photo: WCC/Peter WilliamsFaith can be a powerful ally in addressing issues of social justice, said Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He called faith a bearer of unique perspectives on eradicating poverty, balancing amidst globalization, combating fundamentalism, racism, and developing religious tolerance during conflicts.

Bartholomew I was interviewed for Independent Balkan News Agency on 1 July, speaking on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

“It is precisely the role of religion to respond to the needs of the world’s poor as well as to vulnerable and marginalized people. In fact, it is a rare instance where a faith institution is not a defining marker of the space and character of a community,” he said.
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Posted: July 1, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6637
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox
Transmis : 1 juillet 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6637
Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox


Three rabbis and a Pope

Group photo of IJCIC members and Pope Francis. (PRNewsFoto/World Jewish Congress)Three rabbis and a Pope: High praise for Francis after visit to Vatican

“This man is a mensch.” Standing alone, this is an unremarkable sentence. But from a rabbi about a pope?
This was what Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, the president of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America, said about Pope Francis.

Here’s another thought, from Rabbi Noam Marans of Teaneck, the Conservative rabbi who is director of interreligious and intergroup relations at the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

“Pope Francis is the quintessential religious symbol par excellence; unassuming, unscripted, warm. It is a religious experience to be in his presence.”

And a third, from Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn of New Milford, the Orthodox rabbi who is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel.

“He is very warm.”

The three of them were among the 25 or so Jews who met with the pope last week. Each represents his organization in the umbrella group called the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (which is abbreviated as IJCIC, uneuphoniously pronounced Idge-kick). IJCIC is the official liaison between the Jewish world and the Vatican.
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Posted: July 5, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6452
Categories: NewsIn this article: Francis, IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Francis, IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism


C of E Synod restarts process for women to become bishops

The Church of England‘s General Synod has reaffirmed its commitment to women bishops and called, less than a year after the previous proposals were rejected, for new draft legislation to be introduced. It will be considered by the Synod in November 2013, with the aim of reaching the stage of Final Approval in July or November 2015.

This was the first time Synod members had met since November 2012, when the previous draft legislation narrowly failed to secure the requisite majority in the House of Laity, despite enjoying the support of 73% of the Synod’s members overall.

The Synod reached its decision at the end of this today’s debate, after its members had devoted much of Saturday to facilitated discussions on the options available. Introducing the debate, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who chaired the Working Group set up by the House of Bishops to advise on new legislative proposals, said, “I believe that option one, together with a mandatory mediation process and including as it does a declaration or, possibly, Act of Synod deserves to be taken very seriously as a means to provide the basis for securing the necessary majorities in the lifetime of this Synod.”
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Posted: July 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6485
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women
Transmis : 8 juillet 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6485
Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women


WCC and LWF laud full communion between Canada’s Anglicans and Lutherans

Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, addresses United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees dialogue with faith-based organizations in December 2012. Photo: Lutheran World Federation/Peter WilliamsThe Lutheran World Federation has lauded the full communion of Canada’s Lutheran and Anglican churches, marked in an unprecedented Joint Assembly as a key development that can help global church unity.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) held their first fully integrated national gathering in Ottawa, from July 3 to 7 Lutheran World Information has reported.

The churches entered into a relationship of full communion, called the Waterloo Declaration in 2001, which means they work closely together in all respects, exchanging clergy and establishing joint congregations, while remaining separate church bodies.

At the meeting the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep admiration for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for holding their first-ever joint assembly in Ottawa, Canada.

“You have refused to say ‘I have no need of you’ [1 Corinthians 12:21] but rather have said that with the other you can better live out your calling as churches here in Canada and the world,” said Tveit, a Norwegian theologian.

“You do this in the context of belonging to a much bigger Christian family, therefore the efforts you make have the potential to transform beyond yourselves.”
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Posted: July 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6882
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC
Transmis : 9 juillet 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6882
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC


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