Iraq PM says he will support Christians
THE Prime Minster of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, told the Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Emmanuel III Delly, who visited him on Saturday, that he was determined to protect the Christian community. The Christian population, clustered mostly in the north, has fallen from an estimated 1.2 million to 600,000, after being subject to sectarian violence.
Apartheid Church is ‘not repentant enough’
THE World Alliance of Reformed Churches’ executive committee was told last week that the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (Dutch Reformed Church of Africa, NHKA) in South Africa “had failed to show any shape or form of repentance for apartheid”. In September, the Alliance’s General Assembly voted by 262 to 260 to reject proposals by the NHKA to be readmitted. The similarly named Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), the largest of the Dutch Reformed denominations in South Africa, also excluded in 1982, was readmitted in 1999 after denouncing apartheid as “wrong and sinful, not simply in its effects and operations, but also in its fundamental nature”.
Cancel Lambeth 2008, says US bishop
THE Bishop of Utah, the Rt Revd Carolyn Tanner Irish, has called for the Lambeth Conference next year to be cancelled. Her letter to this effect, to the Presiding Bishop, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, was formally approved by the annual convention of the diocese last weekend. Bishop Tanner Irish said that the Episcopal Church should be “leery” about using Lambeth “to present a covenant that is exclusionary, that centralises authority, or adds to the core doctrine of our faith”.