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Christchurch NZ election confirmed

The choice of Victoria Matthews as Bishop of Christchurch in New Zealand has been confirmed:

Official diocesan announcement: Eighth Bishop of Christchurch announced

Episcopal News Service NEW ZEALAND: Canada’s Victoria Matthews named bishop of Christchurch

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Ren Aguila
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A sensible move indeed. Blessings this Holy Week!

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The previous Bishop allowed a colony of Sydney to develop within Christchurch diocese. It will be interesting to see how this group react, given the fact that they are against womens headship as much as homosexuality. It was also interesting to listen to the talks of the Study Day held in Sydney about the crisis in the Anglican Communion. ( Link Anglican Church League). There is a most interesting talk by the Dean of studies at Moore College. He gives an interesting account of the ” liberalisation ” of Anglicanism and even includes the Anglo-catholic subversion of the Oxford movement.… Read more »

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I seem to recall reading all the conservative comments which tried to cast deep shadows of doubt upon the confirmability of this new bishop for NZ. Can those believers have under-estimated the welcome across NZ differences that is built into their cultural pluralities? Is NZ a lesson for all of us in peace, and welcome across differences? Is this province, lesser according to some conservative yardsticks, really a potential blessing and example to the rest of us? Looking forward to that part of the ongoing journey, then. I hope KJS and VM get to have a restful, leisurely coffee together… Read more »

Robert Ian Williams
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Just heard Wally Behan , vicar of ChCh largest Evangelical Parish ( cong 340 plus) give a sermon avilable on St john’s anglican evangelical Church web site )…He tellingly states “what has happened in Canada will happen here.”

Ford Elms
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“He tellingly states “what has happened in Canada will happen here.”” Why? Because they have chosen Victoria Matthews as their bishop, thus they have allowed an evil Canadian liberal pagan into the diocese? If so, that just shows his ignorance. Bp. Matthews is no liberal, is in fact quite theologically knowledgable AND orthodox, if you want to use that word. She is hardly a wolf in sheep’s clothing, so not a good place on which to build one’s fear mongering. Besides, what actually HAS happened in Canada? To hear him talk, we’re having orgies on the altar or something. I… Read more »

Ren Aguila
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Ren Aguila

Oh, and Ford, did you hear the latest conservative one about Anglicans in Canada becoming unitarian? A conservative friend of mine told us about a service in Canada on Easter that didn’t mention Christ at all.

Ford Elms
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Ford Elms

Ren, we didn’t mention him either. Recent snowstorms have so restricted the supply of goat’s blood and raisin cakes that after we managed to stock those Essentials, we barely had enough time to dance around naked and draw down the moon, let alone celebrate the Equinox, sorry, Easter.