Magazine article Anglican Journal

ECUSA Poised to Welcome Cubans

Magazine article Anglican Journal

ECUSA Poised to Welcome Cubans

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An official from the Episcopal Church in the United States says the church's Governing Council would likely welcome a move to bring Cuban Anglicans back under the umbrella of the U.S. church.

The Anglican Journal reported in April that the Cuban Episcopal Church plans to ask for such a move, largely for financial reasons.

In an interview with Rev. Jan Nunley of the Episcopal News Service, Rev. Patrick Mauney, director, Anglican and Global Relations for ECUSA denied that the Cuban church was expelled in 1967, as Cuba Bishop Jorge Perera Hurtado said at the church's synod in Havana last February.

He said that the Cuban church was a missionary district of ECUSA and when president Fidel Castro took over, ECUSA feared that the Cuban church would be in peril because of its association with the United States.

Mr. Mauney also said that the separation took place "in consultation with the bishop in Cuba" to give the Cuban church some "political space. …

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