Overseas news in brief

21 October 2009

Kenneth Price elected as Pittsburgh bishop

THE Rt Revd Kenneth Price, aged 66, has been elected as the Provisional Bishop of Pittsburgh. He has been Bishop of Southern Ohio for the past 15 years. He will be in charge of the 28 parishes that remain after the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, the Rt Revd Robert Duncan, and 47 other parishes withdrew from the national Church. A court judgment on 6 October found that the diocesan offices and endowments remained the property of the national Church, but it did not determine who owned the property of the seceding parishes (News, 9 October). Bishop Duncan is interim head of the Anglican Church in North America.

Danish priest charged with sheltering Iraqis

THE Revd Per Ramsdal, pastor of Brorson’s Church, in Copenhagen, has been questioned by police and charged with helping people to reside illegally in the country. There were clashes between police and protesters in August after a group of about 80 Iraqis, who had been denied asylum status, were evicted from the church. Mr Ramsdal denies the charges.

Indian pastor’s killers receive life sentences

FIVE men who murdered a Baptist pastor, Akbar Digal, in the Kandhamal district of Orissa state, India, last year, were sentenced to life imprisonment last month. But three other men, accused of murdering Kantheswar Digal, were acquitted the next day by the same court for lack of evidence. “We were happy that finally the law of the land has started catching up with the culprits. But the second verdict is very disappointing,” the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bhubaneswar, the Rt Revd Raphael Cheenath, told Ecumenical News International.

US diocese bankrupted by abuse claims

THE Roman Catholic diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, has filed for bankruptcy in the face of civil claims from 88 alleged survivors of sexual abuse. The Bishop, the Rt Revd Francis Malooly, said the move would “enable us fairly to compensate all victims through a single process established by the bankruptcy court”. The diocese listed its assets as $50 million to $100 million, but listed its debt as $100 million to $500 million. Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said that the filing was a ploy to hide the truth.

‘Conservative’ a Western label, says Nigerian Primate

THE Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, told a national newspaper, Thisday, that the hierarchy’s opposition to women priests, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage was shared across the province. “Our members are very happy about it. It has not always been just the Primate who is conservative and is leading people along conservative lines,” he said. “Liberal” and “conservative” were labels invented by the West to demoralise the Church of Nigeria, and others.

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