In brief

Canadian Court Sides with Breakaway Parishes

A Canadian court has ruled in favor of two conservative congregations that broke away from the Anglican Church of Canada, stating they have exclusive use of their church buildings—at least for now.

The breakaway group opposes the decision last November by the Niagara diocese to adopt the so-called local option that allows clergy “whose conscience permits” to bless gay marriages.

To date, 10 Canadian parishes have voted to join the Anglican Network, and an additional 15 have placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America. (RNS)

Reformed Leaders Call for End to Cuba Embargo

Reformed church leaders from the United States and Caribbean have called on the U.S. government to lift the strict embargo on Cuba in the interest of justice and “right relationships.”

The call comes from the Caribbean and North American Area Council of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Although the U.S. government has indicated that no changes to its policy toward Cuba will be made, the council described the embargo as “a violation against the Cuban people and an exclusion that impoverishes and causes harsh suffering for women, men, and children.” (ENI)