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North Carolina dioceses leave ecumenical organization

October 01, 2013

Bishops Michael Burbidge of Raleigh and Peter Jugis of Charlotte have announced that their dioceses will soon cease to be members of the North Carolina Council of Churches.

The Charlotte diocesan newspaper reported that “the North Carolina Council of Churches has taken positions contrary to Catholic teaching on marriage, and the council does not formally oppose abortion.”

Catholic priests and laity who hold positions at the council, including the laywoman who serves as the council’s president, will be leaving their positions.


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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 02, 2013 9:42 AM ET USA

    Good things are happening in North Carolina while the Church sleeps in most of our nation!

  • Posted by: bruno - Oct. 02, 2013 3:17 AM ET USA

    As a former resident of the Raleigh diocese, I can say that this is not an insignificant action on the part of the bishops. They labor as true missionaries in a growing yet tiny flock in the midst of a strongly Protestant culture.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Oct. 02, 2013 1:00 AM ET USA

    Good! Let's pray this action makes the rest rethink their positions. And may God bless the bishops for their action!

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Oct. 01, 2013 7:53 PM ET USA

    They never should have been there in the first place! What is wrong with these silly Bishops? Is there actually a " true Church..." or not? Certainly we should communicate with our separated brethren, but accepting leadership positions in any group of non-Catholic "churches" has to be a stretch -- let alone the National Council of Churches which has always been an anti-Catholic organization. Bring you folks home, Bishops, and reprogram them with a Catholic mentality.