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Anglican Unscripted Episode 87, December 5, 2013 December 5, 2013

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Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe.

Show Index
00:00 Anglicans have lost the Mother Church
14:38 Piling onto Pilling Report with Peter Ould
33:14 IRS and Clergy Housing Allowances with AS Haley
41:51 The National Museum in Washington DC
48:37 Closing and Bloopers

Baptists cry foul over 9/11 Cathedral ceremony: The Church of England Newspaper, Sept 16, 2011 p 7. September 19, 2011

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First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The 9/11 memorial service scheduled last Sunday for Washington’s National Cathedral turned into an ecumenical free-for-all after Baptist and Catholic leaders took offense at their exclusion from the ceremony.

“A Call to Compassion,” an interfaith prayer vigil held on 11 September, was to include President Barack Obama and the dean of the Cathedral, the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.

However, Fox News reported on 6 September that America’s largest Protestant denomination — the Southern Baptists — were incensed at their exclusion. “It’s not surprising,” said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “There is a tragic intolerance toward Protestants and particularly toward evangelicals and I wish the president would refuse to speak unless it was more representative.

“I think it would send a very strong and very positive signal to the left-wing extremists in our country that the president ought not show up,” said Mr Page.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox the speakers chosen to address the nation did not represent America.

“Three-quarters of the American people identify as Christian and nearly a third of them are evangelical Christian,” Perkins said. “And yet, there is not a single evangelical on the programme.”

Richard Weinberg, the Cathedral’s director of communications, told Fox “the goal was to have interfaith representation.”

He explained that the “Cathedral itself is an Episcopal church and it stands to reason that our own clergy serve as Christian representatives,” adding that “diversity was first and foremost” a factor in the planning.

“We certainly aim to appeal to as many in the country as possible and feel that our events are not any one slice that could ever represent the entire country — but that we are doing our best commemorate the events as it fits with our mission,” Weinberg said.

Writing on his blog at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, Mgr Charles Pope stated the Episcopal Church’s decision to arrogate to itself the role as the representatives of Christendom was unwise. “If you ask me, and most churchgoing Catholics, if two clergy of a denomination that collectively supports abortions rights, homosexual marriage, and activity, euthanasia, and so forth can represent me, I’d say ‘No!’”

However, the hand of God appeared on 7 September to divert an ecumenical incident. A 500-ton crane removing rubble from the earthquake damaged cathedral fell over damaging three cars and two buildings. Herb Cottage, which houses the cathedral’s gift shop and Church House, an office block for diocesan officials were damaged in the accident.

The ceremony was subsequently moved to Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Repairs underway for Washington’s National Cathedral: The Church of England Newspaper, Sept 9, 2011 p 6. September 11, 2011

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has kicked off an ecumenical fundraising campaign to restore the Washington National Cathedral with a gift of $25,000.

On 23 August the Episcopal cathedral was damaged by an earthquake, which cracked the cathedral’s flying buttresses, damaged the spires of the central tower, and caused damage extensive damage to the building’s ornate stonework.

The damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake is not covered by insurance and the repairs are expected to take years to complete, as much of the work must be done by master stonemasons.

Washington’s Hebrew Congregation has hosted the Episcopal congregation during the past two Sundays as engineers surveyed the damage as stonemasons and structural engineers implement measures to secure the Cathedral nave before it reopens on 9 September in preparation for the national memorial service commemorating the tenth anniversary of 11 September, 2001. President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Cathedral’s pulpit to mark the occasion.

“We are grateful to our neighbours of faith for their hospitality, generosity, and most importantly, their prayers, as we face the enormous challenge of restoring damaged areas of the Cathedral,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel Lloyd.

“This gift from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, a testimony to the fellowship that exists between people of different faiths, makes clear the bond we share. We are also grateful for the outpouring of support from faithful individuals across the country, who have given generously in the aftermath of the earthquake. It is a great comfort as we begin to gather financial support for this endeavour, which we expect to reach into the millions of dollars ,” the dean said.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl said “it was with both shock and sadness that I learned of the damage sustained by Washington National Cathedral.”

“The National Cathedral holds a special place in the hearts of all of us in Washington. So many recognize it as a national house of prayer, and indeed its magnificent Gothic towers are a reminder of our constant need to raise our hearts in prayer to God in the midst of all of our daily preoccupations,” said Washington’s Catholic archbishop.

Anglican Unscripted for Aug 26, 2011 August 28, 2011

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Kevin and George discuss this day in History, the East Coast Quake, and Steve Jobs. In their final story this week they also show off their Economic Genius. Alan Haley delves into the history of the National Cathedral and reveals to Anglican Unscripted who really owns the property and if it is covered by the Dennis Canon.