A VERY clear picture of how the ‘liberalizing Anglican Communion’ functions against the orthodox!!

SAN JOAQUIN: Anglican Diocese will Appeal to Fifth District Court of Appeals over Properties

By Bishop Eric Menees
August 18, 2014

Brothers and Sisters of the Diocese,

I write today to inform you that the final paperwork has been submitted to Judge Black of the Fresno County Superior Court in the case known as the Diocese of San Joaquin v. Schofield. We expect a final judgment will be issued within a few days. Judge Black ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church (TEC) based, I believe, on deference to TEC as a hierarchical church rather than the neutral principles of law analysis required by our State Supreme Court. Judge Black’s decision awards all of the property to TEC. In sum, TEC has been handed more than $40 million of property although it has paid nothing for the properties’ acquisition, upkeep, and maintenance over the past 50 years.

After a great deal of prayer, discussions throughout the diocese, and consultation with bishops across the province I HAVE DECIDED TO APPEAL THIS DECISION to the Fifth District Court of Appeals, which already reversed this case once in our favor in 2009.

Negotiations

My decision follows a meeting with Bishop Rice, the provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, and his lawyer on May 22nd in the Chapel of the Holy innocents at St. James Cathedral. At that meeting I sought, once again, a negotiated settlement which would have al- lowed us to keep our church properties as a platform for ministry. Bishop Rice conferred with Presiding Bishop Schori who responded quite clearly: No negotiations for the Property and no sale to Anglican churches.

This was not the first time we attempted to negotiate. We have repeatedly sought a negotiated settlement and the response has been the same every time -“We’ll negotiate on the time for you to leave and possible rental back, but nothing else.”

History

Since its founding in 1961, the Diocese of San Joaquin has identified herself as an orthodox Anglo-Catholic diocese. This has been evident in our adherence to the Word of God and the traditional faith as received throughout the ages. This has meant that over the years we have dis- agreed with the new teachings of TEC’s leadership regarding the doctrine of salvation, the role and authority of the scriptures, and the sanctity of life, among other serious moral and theological issues. The Diocese of San Joaquin saw herself firmly in TEC and sought to work using the

democratic process to effect change, trusting that TEC would not require the Diocese to accept, or act upon, anything that we felt we could not in good conscience adhere to and which was not in good catholic order and belief. Sadly that proved not to be the case.

Upon the election of Bishop Schori as Presiding Bishop, there was widespread concern across the Diocese because her preaching and teaching strayed from the faith once delivered.

Still desiring to stay within TEC, we applied for alternative primatial oversight. Bishop Schori agreed to such a plan, along with all the other leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion at a 2007 meeting held in Dar es Salaam. However, when Bishop Schori returned to the USA, TEC’s House of Bishops repudiated the plan, which became the basis of Bishop Schori’s reneging on her agreement with the Primates of the Anglican Communion to allow alternative primatial oversight. This resulted in making the internationally agreed upon plan unavailable to the Diocese of San Joaquin, under TEC.

Feeling that there was no option for us outside of separation, we sought a negotiated settlement allowing the Diocese to withdraw from TEC and come under the oversight of the Archbishop of the Southern Cone. Following our governing documents and the laws of the State of California, our Annual Convention passed measures by an overwhelming 90% vote to change our spiritual affiliation from TEC to the Province of the Southern Cone with direct primatial oversight from Archbishop Gregory Venables of Argentina.

Those congregations that did not want to stay with the Diocese of San Joaquin under the primatial oversight of Archbishop Venables were permitted to disaffiliate from the Diocese and keep all of their property with the blessings of the Diocese and Bishop Schofield. Seven congregations chose to leave the Diocese of San Joaquin and form their own organization. Not satisfied to with keeping their own property, these congregations united with TEC and filed a lawsuit in 2008 to seize the property of the 90º/’« majority that voted to stay true to the Diocese’s Anglo- Catholic heritage and join the Southern Cone. We have been in litigation to keep our property continuously since 2008.

In January of 2014 the case went to trial and, as noted above, Judge Black ruled in favor of TEC in June. Following the example of St. Paul who appealed the decision of the Roman Procurator, Festus, (Acts 25) so too I will be making an appeal to the Fifth District Court of Appeals. I have directed our legal counsel to pursue the appeal. The appropriate paper work will be filed with the appellate court shortly. It is my hope and prayer that the appellate court will review the case using a neutral principals of law analysis which will demonstrate that in leaving TEC we followed all of their canons and all of the laws of the State of California.

Request for Prayer & Support

I bid the Diocese of San Joaquin to join me in prayer. Prayer for Bishop Rice and the Episcopal Church that they may turn from continued prosecution of the Diocese of San Joaquin for our refusal to accept their change in doctrine. Prayer that they will come to the table for real and meaningful negotiations and take the dispute out of the hands of the civil courts. Prayer for me as your bishop, that God will grant me the wisdom and discernment that will most assuredly be needed in the coming weeks and months. Most importantly join me in the prayer of Jesus, “…not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

I also bid that your prayerfully consider supporting our appeal with a gift to the legal defense fund.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees
Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin

Put the Bibles Back

BibleSo says the Navy.

The Navy on Thursday ordered the Bibles returned to rooms and said it is reviewing a decision by the Navy Exchange to remove them from its worldwide network of military hotels.
Atheists had cheered a victory after a complaint prompted the exchange to begin moving the Bibles to its lost-and-found bins this summer, but the Navy said the decision was made without consulting senior leadership.
“That decision and our religious accommodation policies with regard to the placement of religious materials are under review,” Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. “While that review is under way, religious materials removed from Navy Lodge rooms will be returned.”
The Navy Exchange sent a memorandum in June to all its lodge managers saying the Bibles and all religious materials left in rooms will be removed using “established procedures for lost-and-found property.”
In the meantime, managers were ordered to “refer all inquiries about placing religious materials including Bibles to the chaplain’s office for the military installation where the lodge is located,” according to the memo written by Bill Mayhue, the Navy lodge program regional manager. It was signed off on by the director of the Navy Exchange lodges program.
“This will allow the commanding officer to determine … whether the materials will be accepted and how they will be handled and distributed,” Mayhue wrote…

More here.

Archbishop Okoh: Ebola will be defeated by science and prayer

Author:

George Conger

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh has urged Nigerians to seek medical attention if they suspect they have been infected by the Ebola virus, and not to look to faith healing as a cure for the disease. Speaking to reporters on 5 August 2014 the primate of the Church of Nigeria said “God can cure anything, but that is not to say people should go to the church to get the cure for Ebola …” He noted that Ebola was “something devastating and time is of the essence. If you lose time, you lose lives. So, if anybody has any suspicion, he should go to the medical authorities.” He added that this “is not to say that they should not pray, because in every cure, you need a combination of both spiritual and scientific approach.” The archbishop’s remarks stand in contrast to claims made by faith healers in Nigeria. T.B. Joshua, (pictured) one of the country’s most popular preachers, last week shipped to Guinea 4000 bottles of water he had blessed. He told members of his Synagogue Church of All Nations — one of the largest megachurches in Nigeria – that the holy water would heal those infected by the disease. “At the beginning of this year, we said there will be a deadly disease…I mentioned it as one of the prophecies. …When this anointing water came, I told you I could not allow it anywhere because I was foreseeing what is coming…,” he said.

Our Sufferings Are The Prelude Of Those That You Will Also Suffer

So warns the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul.

Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.”
The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church, under the authority of Pope Francis. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Amel Nona, now living in exile in Erbil, in Kurdistan Iraq, commented on his diocese in Mosul being overrun by radical Islamists.
“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said the archbishop.  “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”
“Please, try to understand us,” he said. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims.”
“Also, you are in danger,” said the archbishop.  “You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.”
“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal,” said Archbishop Nona.  “Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

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Archbishop of Mosul: “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here”

From Cranmer:

The translated words of Amel Nona, Chaldean Catholic AMosul Abishoprchbishop of Mosul, now exiled in Erbil (via Rorate Caeli):

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” says Amel Nona, 47, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul exiled in Erbil. The message is unequivocal: the only way to end the Christian exodus from the places that witnessed its origins in the pre-Islamic age is to respond to violence with violence, to force with force. Nona is a wounded, pain-stricken man, but not resigned. “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.” He is very glad to meet Western media. “Please, try to understand us,” he exclaims. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal,” Archbishop Amel Nona continues, “but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

[...]   But, taken at face value, we are presented here with a number of irrefutable primary truths, any one of which could be extracted to create an alarming leader:

“Our sufferings are the prelude of all Europeans and Western Christians”

“I lost my diocese to Islamic radicals”

“Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here”

“You are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims – you are in danger”

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal”

“Your values are not their values”

“You will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home”

All of these are pertinent; any of them would be an admissible truth, though not all an advisable headline. And none of these phrases is likely to be uttered by any Western church leader, simply because there is so little understanding in the liberal and democratic Christian West of the Islamic Hydra that manifests itself so variably across what we call the Arab-Muslim world. Even the ubiquity of this geo-ethnic-religious term is indicative of the paucity of theological knowledge and religious observation, for not all Muslims are Arab; not all Arabs subscribe to the same doctrine of Allah; and not all Muslims accord with any notion of inhabiting the same world as those they view as heretics and apostates.

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Nigeria: Catholic Church Suspends Sign of Peace

Due to ebola:

Nigeria Catholic churches in Lagos have suspended the ‘sign of peace’ where the congregations shake hands during mass. While some Anglican churches have suspended handshakes during communion due to the spread of Ebola.

The Archbishop of Lagos Adewale Martins released a statement on Sunday saying that while the handshakes have been suspended, Catholic priests should continue the traditional hand to mouth method of given Holy Communion for now, but asked the priest to make sure their hands don’t touch the tongues of the recipient. He also said Holy Water bowls usually placed at the entrance of churches should be discontinued to contain the spread of the virus.
In the same vein, the Primate of the Church Of Nigeria Anglican Communion the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh suspended shaking of hands during the exchange of the peace. He also suspended the age long mouth method of administering communion. He said this is aimed at preventing the spread of the disease through physical contact.

Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams visited an Islamic seminary during a trip to Pakistan in 2005

By Damian Thompson
THE SPECTATOR
blogs.spectator.co.uk/
Aug, 2014

The Church of England has written to David Cameron accusing him of lacking ‘a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic extremism as it is developing across the globe’. The letter, signed by the the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, and approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also reportedly accuses the PM of turning his back on Christians slaughtered or made homeless in northern Iraq — and wonders why Cameron has chosen to concentrate on the plight of the Yazidis instead.

These criticisms are spot on. But I’m surprised that the C of E has had the brass neck to make them.

For decades, the Anglican and Catholic Churches have ignored the growth of the domestic Islamic extremism that has seen British Muslims travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isis. They have warned us (rightly) against Islamophobia without considering the possibility that many Muslims hate the Churches with unwavering intensity. Archbishop Rowan Williams supported the extension of Sharia in this country. His attitude was one factor in persuading the only C of E bishop who did draw attention to the Islamist threat, Michael Nazir-Ali, to resign the see of Rochester and work full-time to protect Christians abroad.

The ambitious Bishop Baines is now loudly defending Christian minorities. Good for him. It makes a welcome change from his crude Tory-bashing. This is how he summed up Government policy in a blog post in February:

‘… we are determined to get people off welfare dependency and to reduce the tax burden of welfare, so we are prepared for people to starve and become destitute in order to achieve that longer-term goal.’

I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that attacking a Conservative-led government comes more easily to Bishop Nick than attacking Labour — and, as I said, his reference to ‘a lack of a coherent or comprehensive approach’ to global Islamism hits the nail on the head.

But where is the Church of England’s apology for failing to acknowledge the existence of a worldwide Islamist campaign against Christianity until virtually the other day? And will it ever acknowledge that its ‘meaningful dialogue’ with Muslim hardliners has been interpreted by them as a sign of Christian weakness?

Of course not. The C of E is quick to say sorry for colonialism, sexism, homophobia etc. Not once has it apologised for a naïve liberalism that has endangered the lives of Christians in Muslim countries.

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The kosher controversy at Sainsbury’s speaks to a profound problem: acquiescence to anti-Semitism

Aug, 2014

by Brendan O’Neill, Telegraph:anti semitism

Were you outraged by a Sainsbury’s store’s decision over the weekend to hide away its kosher foods in an attempt to placate anti-Israel protesters? You should have been. For this incident, though seemingly a one-off, speaks to a profound problem in Europe today – the respectable classes’ acquiescence to anti-Semitism; their willingness to accept anti-Semitic sentiment as a fact of life and to shrug it off or, worse, kowtow to it.

The kosher incident took place at the Sainsbury’s in Holborn in London. When a mob of anti-Israel protesters gathered outside the store, the manager took the extraordinary decision to take all kosher products off the shelves lest the protesters target them and smash them up. Kosher foods, of course, are Jewish not Israeli; they are part of the Jewish dietary requirement, not part of any kind of Israeli food corporatism. To shamefacedly hide away such foodstuffs in order to appease a gang of hot-headed Israel-haters is an attack on a religious people and their rights, not on the Israeli state. That in Britain in 2014 we have store managers taking kosher foods off public display should be of concern to anyone who hates prejudice and racism.

So does this mean Sainsbury’s is anti-Semitic? No. It doesn’t even show that anyone at the Sainsbury’s in Holborn is anti-Semitic. But it does shine a light on the modern phenomenon of acquiescence to anti-Semitism, the rank unwillingness of influential people and institutions to face up to anti-Semitic sentiment and their preference for moulding the world around it rather than challenging it. Imagine if a Sainsbury’s manager suggested that the best way to deal with a racist in his store was to remove the black employees who were offending him. There would be outrage. Yet this weekend, in central, apparently civilised London, a manager decided that the best way to deal with people possessed of a possibly anti-Semitic outlook was to hide away the Jew stuff, lest they see it and feel disgusted by it.

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‘Christianity Is Finished In Iraq,’ Says Priest From Nineveh

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A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014. Credit: R. Nuri UNHCR/ACNUR via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water.

“Today the story of Christianity is finished in Iraq,” said a priest who identified himself as Fr. Nawar.

“People can’t stay in Iraq because there is death for whoever stays,” told CNA Aug. 8.

A priest who has been living and studying in Rome for the last three years, Fr. Nawar is originally from the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh (Bakhdida) on the plains of Nineveh, which was considered the Christian capital of the country until the Kurdish military forces known as the Peshmerga withdrew from it.

The city then fell to forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – known as ISIS – on Wednesday night. Since then more than 100,000 Christians have fled the city, many taking with them nothing but the clothes on their backs.

According to reports from BBC News, the Islamic State militants have taken down crosses and burned religious manuscripts…

Read on here.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali: “Designer babies are a disaster for society”

Former Rochester bishop says the announcement raises some important questions about the future of our children and the role of men in our families

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children.

This announcement raises some important questions about the future of our children and the role of men in our families and communities.

The most important thing to say is that the needs of any child must be primary. It is the upbringing, welfare and education of the child that should be the prior consideration. It is not enough to ‘want’ a child, let alone one with particular characteristics.

This bank will allow women to choose from profiles of donors, which will include educational attainment and ‘attractiveness’ criteria, raising the spectre of ‘designer babies’, born to the parents’ specifications.

What if the process of pregnancy and birth ‘interferes’ with the desired outcomes? Will such babies then be rejected?

Research shows that children are best brought up in families where a mum and dad are present. The role of fathers in the nurture of their children is unique and cannot be replaced by other so-called ‘male role-models’ or, indeed, an extra ‘mother’.

Research tells us that children relate to their fathers differently than to their mothers, and this is important in developing a sense of their own identity.

In particular, boys need closeness to their fathers for a sense of security and in developing their own identity, including appropriate patterns of masculine behaviour.

The results of ‘father-hunger’ can be seen in educational achievement and on our streets, where it contributes to delinquency.

None of this should detract from the heroism of single parents. They should be provided with every support by the State and by local communities.

There is, however, a big difference between children growing up without fathers because of death or family breakdown, and actively planning to bring children into the world who will not know one of their biological parents and where such a parent will never be part of the nurture of these children.

This also brings the question of anonymity to the fore. The change in the law, so people could, at a certain age, find out who their biological father is, has certainly contributed to the ‘shortage’ of donors in response to which the sperm bank has been set up.

If there is no anonymity, will potential donors come forward, or will the bank face these same ‘shortages’?

The move – funded by the Department of Health – is largely designed to meet the increasing demand from thousands of women who want to start a family without having a relationship with a man

The move – funded by the Department of Health – is largely designed to meet the increasing demand from thousands of women who want to start a family without having a relationship with a man
What then? Will it rely on overseas donors? What implications will this have for anyone wanting to be in contact with their biological dad?

The removal from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of the need of a child for a father may have been a triumph for radical feminists, but we should not be planning for bringing significant numbers of children into this world who will not know their fathers.

This will be disastrous, not only for the children, but for a sense of self-worth in men and, therefore, for society generally.

We have had enough of children being the recipients of endless, fashionable social experimentation.

Let us give them the love they deserve, rather than just gratifying our own desires.

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