ON NOV. 24th the General Synod of the Church of England took the first step in approving the Anglican Covenant by massive majorities. It will now be referred to the dioceses for approval. The final vote will be in 2011.
Five bishops in the Church of England are joining the Roman Catholic Church under a scheme set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans. The move was confirmed Nov. 8th by a statement from the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales welcoming the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev. Andrew Burnham, the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Rev. Keith Newton, the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Rev. John Broadhurst, and retired bishops Edwin Barnes and David Silk.
THE ENGLISH Prayer Book Society has launched a new website ahead of yearlong celebrations in 2012 to mark the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
ROME – An attempt to erase the conscience rights of EU health care workers was soundly defeated at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in early October. In a vote of 56 to 51, the PACE rejected the proposal of Christine McCafferty, a British politician and abortion activist, to “regulate” conscientious objectors to abortion across Europe.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has dismissed Professor Stephen Hawking's claim that modern physics leaves no room for a Creator and science could explain the origins of the universe.
In The Grand Design, the best-selling author concludes: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”