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Bishop Venuste Mutiganda audivia2002 at yahoo.fr
Mar 11 Jan 13:32:45 GMT 2011

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Date: Mardi 11 janvier 2011, 4h22

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New Bishop of Turku: Kaarlo Kalliala 
Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:05 PM PST

On the feast of the Epiphany, in the ancient Cathedral founded in the 13th century, surrounded by representatives of the diocese, bishops of his own Church and representatives from sister Churches, Kaarlo Kalliala (above) was consecrated bishop of Turku by the Archbishop of Turku and Finland, Kari Mäkinen. 

Turku is unusual in the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church in that it has two bishops. The Archbishop of Turku and Finland has many national and international church duties and is the Primate of the Finnish Church. His own jurisdiction in Turku is essentially the centre of the city. The Bishop of Turku is responsible for the rest of the diocese. 

Bishop Kaarlo was previously the dean of the diocese. He is also familiar with the challenges of overseas work and chaplaincy having previously served as a Finnish Seamen’s priest in Rotterdam. Bishop Kaarlo is married to Eija, who is a priest. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren. He is an avid blogger and has a facebook presence!

It is the tradition in the Finnish Church for the bishop-elect to preach at his or her own consecration service. In his sermon, Kalliala recalled the story of the Magi, and spoke of our own Christian journey. “When you set out across the desert, supposing that the meaning of life and of all being must be hidden somewhere out there, you do not face royal grandeur, but only something human, small and bare. You will see a little child as it is....This is God’s policy, the great scandal of Christianity: God, who holds the universe, becomes like us, steps down to human history and becomes one of us.” 

I was privileged to represent the Archbishop of Canterbury and to be invited to be one of the co-consecrators. It was a time to meet several old ecumenical friends, including the Lutheran Bishop of El Salvador, Medardo Gomez. He is a heroic man with whom I had much to do in the 1980s during the civil war in his country. 

There is an English-language congregation which meets in the Cathedral each Sunday, under the joint auspices of the Lutheran Church and the Anglican Church in Finland, a ministry made possible by the Porvoo Agreement. Information can be found here.

It was brisk weather in Turku. In the photo below Frs Mika Pajunen and Rupert Moreton (Assistant Priest and Chaplain, respectively in the Anglican Church in Finland) head to a tent after the service for some mulled wine.

Women Bishops - how the legislation will be considered in the Diocese in Europe 
Posted: 10 Jan 2011 01:00 AM PST

How is the draft legislation concerning women bishops to be dealt with in our diocese? 

Article 8 of the Constitution of the General Synod provides that certain kinds of legislation may not receive the final approval of the General Synod unless they have first been approved by the majority of diocesan synods. The draft legislation to permit the consecration of women bishops falls into this category. Due to a quirk of our diocesan constitution (which was put in place before we had a diocesan synod), it is to our Bishop's Council that Article 8 business must be referred. 

In October the Bishop's Council looked at this matter. It took account of the fact that we now have a diocesan synod, so it makes sense for this wider body to have an opportunity to give the proposed legislation full consideration. The Bishop's Council thus noted the Article 8 referral and then resolved: 

(a) to remit discussion of the matter to the next meeting of the Diocesan Synod;
(b) to request the Standing Committee to ensure that all the relevant papers (which shall include a copy of chapter 5 of the Rochester Report and any additional background material as the Diocesan Bishop and the Suffragan Bishop may consider appropriate) are made available so as to allow adequate time for full consideration by members of the Diocesan Synod in advance of the meeting;
(c) to request the Standing Committee to allocate sufficient time for a full and comprehensive discussion during the Synod;
(d) to request the Bishop, following consultation with senior colleagues, to invite an informed speaker in favour of, and an informed speaker who is not in favour of, the draft Measure and draft Amending Canon to address (for equal periods) the Diocesan Synod in May 2011; and
(e) to commend the matter to Archdeaconry and Deanery Synods for informed discussionThe key documents referred to us by the General Synod can be found here. The 2004 Rochester Report on Women in the Episcopate can be found here. It is 302 pages long, but it does merit close attention if we are going to be well informed for the coming debates at diocesan (and archdeaconry and deanery) synods. It is a comprehensive study on

(a) the nature of the episcopate in the Church of England; 
(b) whether it be right in principle for a woman to be a bishop; 
(c) whether this is an appropriate time for the Church of England to make such a move; and 
(d) the nature of the provision, if any, that should be made for those who would be unable to accept such a moveWe have a major piece of work ahead of us in the diocese. Bishop Geoffrey and I are considering possible additional resources and possible speakers for Diocesan Synod. 

When we come to the Diocesan Synod in May, we should bear in mind the qualities of listening and theological engagement that we should embrace as we look at this question. In his presidential address to the General Synod in November, Archbishop Rowan said: 

... it is important that, here and in the dioceses, we should not be afraid of discussions that clarify the theological issues. It will be a great pity if we come to our final decision without having confidently articulated why women bishops would be theologically in tune with our deepest commitments. Those like myself who believe women bishops to be a development both good and timely for the Church and wholly consistent with its mainstream understanding of ministry and sacraments should be ready to make the argument in the strong theological terms in which it can be made. And those who do not share these convictions have both the right and the responsibility to articulate the theology of the Church and its authority which makes them hesitate, because listening to these points is a necessary part of the whole body's discernment..Of course it is a matter of real sorrow that some have already decided that they cannot in conscience continue this discussion
 within the Church of England. They remain in our prayers and we continue to give thanks for the ministry they have offered all of us. 

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