No mediation process has begun between the evangelical Diocese of Recife and the liberal Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, says Robinson Cavilcanti, Bishop of Recife.
The Diocese of Virginia has voted to affirm the "blessedness" of same-sex relationships and introduce liturgies to bless such unions. By so doing, it has defied the Archbishop of Canterbury’s request for a moratorium on same-sex blessings.
An atheist ad campaign run by the UK’s secularists has garnered complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The message, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life," has appeared on over 800 London buses since the campaign began in October.
In a landmark property decision, a Fairfax County Court Judge ruled on Dec. 19 that eleven former Episcopal congregations now affiliated with the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) held title to their properties. The final rulings in the case concerned whether four parcels of property owned by the Anglican congregations are covered by the congregations' Division petitions.
The Church of England’s General Synod will discuss proposed legislation to allow the consecration of women bishops when it meets Feb. 9-13 in London.
Those looking forward to viewing the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader may have to wait a little longer. Shooting had been expected this spring for a May 2010 release but Disney has announced that it is pulling out of its partnership with Walden Media.
A UN-backed tribunal has sentenced the man accused of having masterminded Rwanda's 1994 genocide to life in prison for his part in the massacres that killed some 800,000 people.
Dissident Anglican churches in Canada and the United States say they will form a new conservative jurisdiction in the next year, adding that the Archbishop of Canterbury has lost the moral authority to have any real say in blocking the radical move.
Two more dioceses--Quincy in Illinois and Fort Worth in Texas--have left The Episcopal Church. They follow in the footsteps of the dioceses of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and San Joaquin in California. All four voted this year to realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone on a temporary basis until a new province for orthodox Anglicans could be formed in North America--perhaps as early as Dec. 3.