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  • Church of England to have first bishop couple

    03/27/2015 2:48:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2015
    London (AFP) - The Church of England will have its first husband and wife bishops after nominating Alison White to be the next bishop of Hull on Wednesday. White will become the Church's of England's second female bishop at a ceremony on July 3 in York, the diocese which includes Hull. "This is an adventure I had never imagined setting out on," White said in a statement. "You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough. "Believe me, this has crossed...
  • Climate Denial is Immoral, Says Head of US Episcopal Church

    03/24/2015 4:13:09 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 72 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 24, 2015 22:29 GMT | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.
  • Man found guilty in death of priest

    03/23/2015 9:35:16 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 14 replies
    WRAL ^ | na
    A local man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of a Durham priest. The killer admitted he had met the priest on a gay sex website and attempted to blackmail him after having sex in the woods. The priest had told the murderer he was married.
  • Former St. Petersburg Episcopal priest says 'Thank God for marijuana' (w/video)

    03/08/2015 11:49:49 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay TImes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Waveney Ann Moore
    ST. PETERSBURG — The bishop was not amused. Not with the video of one of his priests — complete with clerical collar — advocating gratitude for marijuana. "Now, thanking God for weed might feel a little awkward at first," says the Rev. Chris Schuller — a former rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in the Snell Isle neighborhood — in the short video that's punctuated with the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley. "Thanking God is going to feel so much better than throwing stones at people who are already stoned," he says. But Bishop Dabney Smith, head of the Episcopal...
  • Anglican Decline and Its Biblical Remedy

    03/03/2015 4:01:41 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 3, 2015 | TYLER BLANSKI
    For years, I thought I was called to be an Anglican priest. My wife and I wanted to plant an Anglican church in Minneapolis. To that end, I attended a beautiful Anglican seminary couched in the forests of Wisconsin. There, surrounded by men and women much holier than myself, I was challenged to grow up in Christ. During the course of my studies and discernment, I came to believe that Christ intended his Church to be apostolic—and also that Rome had greatly exaggerated Peter’s role in the apostolic college. I had many opinions about the papacy, most of them...
  • How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglican Church to become a Catholic

    02/20/2015 11:52:09 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 19, 2015
    Women priests (PA) The author of Bread Not Stones had a dramatic and unconventional journey to RomeIt is always interesting to read the various ways that converts stumble onto the path to Rome. Surely one of the strangest accounts in modern times is that of Dr Una Kroll, whose autobiography, Bread Not Stones, has recently been published by Christian Alternative. Dr Kroll received quite a lot of publicity in the past as an active and vocal Christian feminist. Indeed, she was ordained into the Anglican priesthood as one of the first women priest of the Church of Wales. The...
  • Traditionalist Anglican Priest Interrupts Ordination of First Woman Bishop

    01/27/2015 4:08:23 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Rev. Libby Lane In a way, it was sort of like when the cleric officiating at a wedding asks, “If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.” Usually, no one objects, except in movies. The ceremony that took place in England’s Yorkminster Monday will be memorable for the historic nature of it, to be sure, but also because one man did not hold his peace. The Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, gave the congregation one last chance to sign off on the consecration of Rev. Libby...
  • Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming "Every Life is a Gift"

    01/26/2015 10:01:33 PM PST · by Tyndales Child · 4 replies
    Virtueonline ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jeff Walton
    By Jeff Waltonhttp://juicyecumenism.com/ January 23, 2015A delegation of one dozen bishops from the Anglican Church in North America joined in the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22 in Washington, D.C.Led by Archbishop Foley Beach, the Anglican group was organized for the third year by Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Bishop John Guernsey and Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life.The March for Life is the largest annual protest in the United States, regularly drawing tens of thousands of people to mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that struck down state restrictions on abortions in 1973....
  • Rethinking "Biblical Equality"

    01/17/2015 4:36:34 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 13 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | January 3, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    When people speak of "Biblical equality" I am immediately suspicious of their interpretation of Scripture. Usually, on closer examination, I discover they are proponents of the complementarian doctrine, which imposes dualism on the Scriptures. The complementarian doctrine holds that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, and religious leadership. It is a soft form of the egalitarian doctrine held by feminists. In both views women are granted the role of priest. Neither of these views aligns with Biblical doctrine on gender distinctions. Not a single priest named in Scripture was a woman. Since...
  • ‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ SEASON 5: A CATHOLIC CREATOR’S COMPLEX WORLD

    01/11/2015 2:33:55 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 10, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    I’ve been plowing through season five of “Downton Abbey,” the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in early 20th-century Britain, which premieres on Sunday, Jan. 4, on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic,” and a few thoughts have come to mind. They’re not particularly organized, but here goes (warning, if you want to remain utterly spoiler-free, you may want to stop now. I don’t tell, but I do hint).Creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a Catholic, and while not born to British aristocracy, he married into it (meeting his wife while having an affair with someone else’s), and has become...
  • Church of England names first female bishop – as government unveils plans to fast-track them into

    12/17/2014 8:44:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Claire Carter
    The Church of England has named its first female bishop, just four weeks after elevating women to the role was approved. Rev Libby Lane, who has spent much of her career working in the North East has been announced the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant in the Chester Diocese. The historic move comes a month after the General Synod in York approved legislation to elevate women to the position and 20 years after the first women were ordained as priests.
  • Catholic "Women Priests": Can There Be a Discussion? (No - here's why)

    12/12/2014 1:05:14 PM PST · by NYer · 64 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 10, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Those Catholics who are seeking and hoping to "ordain" women are working within a hermeneutic of revolution. Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath kneel before Patricia Fresen, center, during a ceremony in November 2007 "ordaining" them into a group called the Roman Catholic Womenpriests at a St. Louis synagogue called Central Reform Congregation. (CNS photo/Karen Elshout) Eleven years ago Christine Mayr Lumetzberger was excommunicated because she attempted to be ordained as a Catholic priest. A mischievous and misleading article by British journalist Peter Stanford entitled “Meet the Female Priest Defying Catholicism for her Faith" recounts her story.  Ms....
  • Welby Hails New Beginning for Church as Women Bishops Becomes Law

    11/17/2014 6:26:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | John Bingham
    Archbishop of Canterbury hails a “completely new phase” of its existence after enabing women to become bishops The Church of England has entered what the Archbishop of Canterbury hailed as a “completely new phase” of its existence as legislation enabling women to become bishops came into force. Forty years of debate and campaigning over the role of women in leadership in the Established Church was brought to an end in just 10 minutes as the Church’s General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of paper....
  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ unarmed on the front lines, standing up to ISIS

    10/04/2014 10:43:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 3, 2015 | John Zmirak
    Canon Andrew White, pastor of Baghdad's St. George (Anglican) Church, the "Vicar of Baghdad." (Courtesy) Last week I got to visit the chic headquarters of Estee Lauder, and savor its privileged view of New York’s Central Park, where ornate pre-war towers flank the green, rolling hillets of America’s Versailles gardens. But perfume and real estate were starkly beside the point. I was there to meet an eyewitness to ongoing genocide, and his report from the front reminded me once again why pacifism is deadly, and why the Nazis loved gun control. Some background first. I just published a book...
  • Archbishop's Call to Action: Christian Persecution in Syria and Iraq

    08/03/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 3 August AD 2015 | Rt Rev. Foley Beach
    Greetings in the Name our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God grant you the abundance of His Grace as you follow Him day by day! If you have been paying attention to what is happening in the Middle East in recent months, you will note that those who are Christians are being brutally murdered, women and girls raped and forced into marriage, experiencing all kinds of torture, and hundreds of thousands have been forced out of their homes and countries. We are seeing communities who date to the 1st Century with their Christian presence being totally annihilated and killed....
  • Anglican Ordination of Women Bishops Ends Reunion Prospects

    08/01/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | DR. WILLIAM ODDIE
    It was, of course inevitable, having ordained women to its “priesthood” that the Church of England, mother Church of the Anglican Communion, would in the end ordain women to its “episcopate” (I place the key-words in inverted commas, not to be insulting but to indicate simply that most Anglicans use the words to describe something very different indeed from our notions of priesthood and episcopacy).The General Synod has now decided on women bishops. All the obstacles are down. The mystery was why it took them so long: in the Catholic understanding, if a person is a priest, he is,...
  • The Anglican question

    07/28/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/28/14 | Dr. H. P. Bianchi
    In a widely praised move, the Church of England recently voted to allow for female bishops. It would seem to follow that the church’s shift toward popular opinion would result in an influx of new members. If one, however, looks at the American branch of the Anglican community, the Episcopalian Church, the predicated impact of the vote is quite the opposite. The Episcopalian Church is far more progressive than its sister church in England. The American church consecrated Barbara Harris as its first female bishop in 1989, and in 2006, Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected as the head of the...
  • How Can You Heal Your Family Tree?

    07/19/2014 3:25:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | July 19, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Healing the Family Tree is a groundbreaking book by the British psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. I met Dr McCall when I lived in England, and used his book in my own developing healing ministry as an Anglican priest. Dr McCall was brought up in China as the son of Christian missionaries. While there he experienced exorcisms and the influence of generational curses on families. As he matured he studied to practice medicine and specialized in psychiatry. He discovered that some incurable psychiatric patients had, as part of their problem, unresolved deaths within their family circle. He experimented with a new therapy...
  • Church of England votes for women bishops; move seen as ecumenical snag

    07/15/2014 4:13:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cns ^ | July 15, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake. Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, told the synod that "to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope. Like all adventures, it carries dangers ... uncertainties and for success will require integrity and courage." Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England, greets Pope...
  • [C of E] Archbishop Welby Prepared to Bulldoze Synod

    07/10/2014 6:46:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Standing on My Head ^ | 7/10/2014 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    This article from London’s Guardian reports that, should the Church of England General Synod again reject the ordination of women as bishops that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has plans to bulldoze the measure through–trampling on the whole synodical process in the Church of England.For those who don’t know how it works, the Church of England decides everything through a democratic synodical system. The General Synod is made up of three houses: laity, clergy and bishops. For a major decision like women’s ordination they need a three quarter majority in all three houses. When the vote for women bishops happened...
  • Australian Anglicans abandon their “seal of ‘confession’. Trouble to follow.

    07/05/2014 9:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 5, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The pressure will now rise, since Anglicans have betrayed Christian tradition and history (again).Never mind that the Church of England has cobbled up a rite of baptism that omits any reference to the Devil (HERE), now we have this from CNW: Anglicans in Australia abandon seal of confession for serious crimesAnglican leaders in Australia have unanimously approved a proposal to abandon the confessional seal, authorizing priests to disclose information about serious crimes such as sexual abuse.The General Synod in Australia, meeting on July 2, passed an amendment to the Anglican canon on confessional secrecy. The change must now be approved...
  • Anglicans Set to Remove Satan from Baptismal Rite

    06/30/2014 9:01:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2014 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Declaring that the devil has departed from the Church of England’s baptism service, the Guardian reported on June 20 that “a simplified baptism which omits mention of the devil” is now favored by the clergy who have test-marketed it throughout the United Kingdom. Claiming that the traditional rejection of the devil and all rebellion against God “put off people who are offended to be addressed as sinners,” clergy claimed that they found it much easier to ask parents and godparents to make vows that do not mention Satan.Responding to a population “which sees no pressing reason to spend Sunday...
  • LATROBE, PA: Anglican Patriarch J.I. Packer Still Going Strong at 87

    06/29/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-28-14 | David W. Virtue
    LATROBE, PA: Anglican Patriarch J.I. Packer Still Going Strong at 87 An exclusive interview with the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer. By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org June 28, 2014 The Rev. Dr. James I. Packer is the Anglican Communion’s most widely known, most respected evangelical Anglican author, theologian, churchman and scholar. He was a speaker at the recent Anglican Church of North America’s 2nd Annual Assembly meeting at St. Vincent Archabbey and College in Latrobe, PA, on the occasion of the induction of a new archbishop of the ACNA and a farewell to the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, the ACNA’s first...
  • Church of England dioceses approve female bishops

    05/23/2014 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2014 12:38 PM EDT
    The Church of England says all its dioceses have voted to let women serve as bishops, leaving just one major hurdle to changing centuries of church practice. The issue has long divided the Anglican Communion, a Christian denomination with more than 80 million adherents worldwide. …
  • Church of Ireland bishop backs same-sex marriage

    05/19/2014 2:16:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 18 May 2014
    A Church of Ireland bishop has supported the introduction of civil marriage for same-sex couples for the first time. The Bishop of Cork, Dr. Paul Colton, said he hoped the church would one day recognize same-sex marriages in religious ceremonies. …
  • (Anglican) Archbishop: We ‘have evolved’ from Bible’s teaching on divorce, why not gay ‘marriage’?

    04/25/2014 1:52:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 25, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    Abp. Barry Morgan of Wales LLANDUDNO, Wales, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Anglican Church’s “views have evolved and changed” on the nature of marriage “a subject which Jesus pronounced very clearly,” the head of the Anglican Church in Wales said this week; therefore, it can also change its teaching on homosexuality. In an address to the governing body of the Church in Wales, Dr. Barry Morgan, the Anglican Archbishop of Wales warned of the danger of the Anglican Churches being “seen as homophobic.” Morgan said that the Church’s views “evolve and change” as it responds to the changes in the secular world....
  • Virginia church may look Anglican, but it's fully Baptist

    03/27/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    ABP News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Jeff Brumley
    Sunday mornings at All Souls Charlottesville are fairly common for an Anglican congregation. The Book of Common Prayer and the Revised Common Lectionary are standard, creeds are spoken together, the Eucharist is the central focus of the liturgy and the minister blesses the congregation before it scatters back into the world. But the Charlottesville, Va., congregation isn’t an Episcopal church. It’s Baptist — in fact it’s a plant of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2014. This isn’t a Baptist church in the Charleston tradition, a structured expression of worship often distinguished from...
  • Meet the Gay Priest Getting Married (CoE)

    03/25/2014 6:00:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 24, 2014 | Nico Hines
    A prolific thief broke into the vestry of a North London church; grabbed the weekly collection, an iPhone and some silver, and began his getaway. He pushed past a female curate and raced towards the exit, but Father Andrew Cain got to the doorway first. Tall and broad-chested, he bellowed: “Get on your knees!” The ecclesiastical citizen’s arrest was widely celebrated in Britain at the time. Two years later, Cain is about to make headlines again, but this time his career is hanging in the balance. Defying the church’s orders, he will become the first Church of England clergyman to...
  • IRELAND: Anglican Canon Taken to Task over Doctrine of Original Sin

    03/18/2014 6:25:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 3-17-14 | David W. Virtue DD
    IRELAND: Anglican Canon Taken to Task over Doctrine of Original Sin "Clergy have an obligation to hold and teach those things they've taken an oath to do" A leading Anglican cleric in the Church of Ireland who questioned the Doctrine of Original Sin has gotten a push back by fellow Irish clergymen who say he has an obligation to uphold the church's teaching on the subject and cannot plead "further enlightenment" when the church's Constitution and 39 Articles forbid it. In his column Rehabilitating Eve in the March 7 issue of the Church of Ireland Gazette, the Rev. Stephen Neill...
  • Prayer Request: Fr. Ray Ryland (Steubenville OH) Near Death

    03/18/2014 9:17:08 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    Private e-mail | March 18, 2014 | Myself
    Yesterday while on his way to the Perpetual Adoration chapel at his parish church in Steubenville, Fr Ray fell on the steps and suffered very serious injuries. Barring a miracle, he is not expected to recover. He is unconscious and receiving palliative care at the hospital in Steubenville. Father Ray was the second married convert clergyman ordained priest under the Pastoral Provision. Those, especially, who attend Anglican Use parishes will want to join their prayers to those of Fr Ray's friends and family. Father is a native of Crescent, Oklahoma, and was chaplain at Cassidy School in OKC at the...
  • Anglican Church in Nigeria Subjects Members to Oath Denouncing Homosexuality

    03/02/2014 1:35:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has introduced a clause in its constitution subjecting members, who intend to hold positions in church, to take an oath of allegiance to God denouncing homosexuality. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the public denunciation took place in Abuja on Sunday at St. Matthews, Maitama, during the swearing-in of new members of the Parish Church Council (PCC). The Vicar of the church, Ven. Ben Idume, who administered the oath to members of the PCC, said the church recognised that those with such sexual orientation needed help and counselling. “But they would not...
  • Nautilus Design On St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral In Boston Sparks Controversy

    02/10/2014 8:24:34 PM PST · by Epistolizer · 23 replies
    The pediment of The Cathedral Church Of St. Paul in Boston has stood empty for 190 years, as the builders of the impressive Greek Revival structure ran out of money during the initial construction phase. It was finally completed in May of 2013, but since then it's come under fire for its unusual design, which features a backlit nautilus sculpture.
  • Former Anglican clergyman celebrates first Christmas as Catholic priest

    12/30/2013 9:10:34 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 15 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 12/30/13 | Elizabeth Lowe
    This Christmas was particularly joyous for Father Albert Scharbach, who celebrated its liturgies just a few weeks after his ordination as a Catholic priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “I feel like myself again, but much more,” Father Scharbach said of his Nov. 15 ordination. “I am humbled and grateful to be part of the gracious exception (the ordinariate) in the life of the church.” Initially ordained an Anglican priest in 2005, Father Scharbach was ordained a Catholic priest through the ordinariate, established in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI to make it easier to welcome...
  • Former Anglican Priest and Army Chaplain Ordained Catholic

    12/10/2013 4:22:20 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    A priest's Life ^ | December 10, 2013
    Former Anglican Priest and Army Chaplain Ordained Catholic Former Anglican Priest and U.S. Army Chaplain Ordained Catholic in Holy Mass at National Shrine Jerry Sherbourne is ordained following two-year formation WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Jerry Sherbourne, an active-duty U.S. Army Chaplain, and former Anglican priest, was ordained a Catholic priest Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.,  ordained him during a 10:00 a.m. Mass. Father Sherbourne becomes a Catholic priest, incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair...
  • Francis gives other denominations a case of ‘pope envy’

    12/05/2013 10:50:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12-5-13 | Alex Beam
    Pope Francis (real name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio) has shaken up the Catholic church with some plain speaking about faith and about life in the 21st century. He has had an impact on other faiths, as well. Welcome to “pope envy.” I first encountered the term in an essay by Jana Riess, a liberal Mormon writer. “I’ve delighted in seeing this beautiful revitalization of hope in the Catholic Church,” Riess wrote, “but I’ve also felt twinges of (an admittedly un-Christian) envy.” Why wouldn’t a Mormon, or anyone for that matter, envy the un-self-conscious spiritual leadership of a prelate who warns nuns...
  • Church of England Proposes 'Blessings' for Gay Marriage

    11/28/2013 3:25:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/28/13 | Belinda Goldsmith
    LONDON (Reuters) - Church of England clergy would be able to "bless" same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open - but disputed - approach to homosexuality. Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service. Critics swiftly condemned the "blessing" proposal as contrary to the church's teaching on sexual conduct. The proposal was among 18 recommendations put forward by a working group...
  • Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord Carey

    11/20/2013 4:54:46 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 18, 2013 | John Bingham
    Christianity is just a “generation away from extinction” in Britain unless churches make a dramatic breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has warned. Clergy are now gripped by a “feeling of defeat”, congregations are worn down by “heaviness” while the public simply greets both with “rolled eyes and a yawn of boredom”, he said. His comments at a Christian conference came as a stark report laid before the Church of England’s General Synod warned that its position as a “national institution” will be in doubt if numbers in the pews...
  • Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

    10/23/2013 1:37:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    RNS ^ | October 23, 2013 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    (RNS) The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a future king of England onWednesday (Oct. 23).Welby made it a teachable moment for a country where only one in six are baptized. In a YouTube video, he explains that by bringing their son forward for baptism, Prince William and Duchess Catherine are “bringing God into the middle of it all.”Last month, Pope Francis gave the sacrament a boost when he called a pregnant, unmarried woman to encourage her faith and offered to baptize her baby. While his main message was anti-abortion,...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST... TO JOHN SHELBY SPONG With apologies to C.S. Lewis

    10/20/2013 2:42:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 10-14-13 | David W. Virtue
    With apologies to C.S. Lewis My dear Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters It's hard to fathom, even by our standards of non-compliance with the Other Side, what a marvelous catch this John Shelby Spong fellow has turned out to be. I doubt we could have created a more perfect model of apostasy and heresy all wrapped up in one man. For more than four decades, he has steadfastly aided and abetted our cause of disbelief. Atheists and skeptics are obvious sinners, but they are not a patch on a man who wears the cloth of his religion while defaming and declaiming...
  • National Cathedral Leader: 'Homophobia' a Sin; Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Performed

    10/07/2013 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/7/13 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
  • Evidence of ‘progress’? New head chaplain of Canada’s military is openly homosexual Anglican priest

    09/30/2013 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life site ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    OTTAWA, September 27, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) has appointed an openly homosexual Anglican priest as Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony earlier this month in Ottawa. According to a DND news release, Brigadier-General John Fletcher was appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces in a ceremony at the Beechwood Memorial Centre in Ottawa. The event was presided over by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, with Fletcher taking over responsibility for the religious needs of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families from the outgoing Chaplain...
  • Richard Dawkins admits he is a 'cultural Anglican'

    09/12/2013 2:29:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/12/2013
    The evolutionary biologist was speaking before the launch of his new book which explains his passion for education and how he fears the profession has become dominated by a ‘box ticking mentality.’ Prof Dawkins admitted he would consider going into a church, and would miss ‘aesthetic elements’ such as church bells if they were gone. And he said he was “grateful” to Anglicanism which he claims has a “benign tolerance” - enabling people to enjoy its traditions without necessarily believing in them. He told the Spectator: “I sort of suspect that many who profess Anglicanism probably don’t believe any of...
  • Lesbian Couple Outraged -Vicar Says They're Not Both Moms of Baby (Church overrules vicar)

    09/09/2013 1:28:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | September 9, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    A lesbian couple claims a Church of England vicar refused to baptize a baby after they both insisted on being registered as the mother, according to the UK Telegraph. Aimi, from Gosport, Hants, said: "Rev Gebauer sat there and told us no child could have parents of the same sex, no child could have two mothers. "There was no way one of us was going to be listed as the Godparent. We are both Alfie's mum. "He did all this for about 10 or 15 minutes and was asking us why we want Alfie brought into the church. "I'm baptised...
  • Culture: According to St. John's Anglican Church, God and Joseph . . . ah, we're not gonna say it

    08/31/2013 3:56:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    CainTV ^ | Dan Calabrese
    Rachel Maddow loves this, and of course she would, but as for me . . . know what? It's Saturday. I'm going to let you do the analysis. Scriptural ignorance. Cultural wimpiness. Downright blasphemy. They're giving you lots to work with.
  • The Church of England in Early America

    08/30/2013 1:22:33 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | August 2013 | Christine Leigh Heyrman
    Christine Leigh Heyrman http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/chureng.htm TEACHER SERVE August 2013 Although the Church of England (also known as the Anglican Church, and, today, as the Protestant Episcopal Church) commanded the loyalties of a great many churchgoers in early America, its history has received relatively little treatment from historians-especially compared with the attention lavished on the Puritans. True, the Church of England in the colonies suffered from a sluggish rate of growth and a shortage of clergymen throughout much of the seventeenth century. But in the century before the American Revolution, that communion's fortunes prospered: Anglican churches spread along the length of the...
  • Breakaway Virginia Anglican Congregation to Appeal Property Case to Supreme Court

    08/15/2013 10:35:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    A Virginia Anglican congregation that traces its founding to the colonial era has announced that they will file an appeal over a property case to the United States Supreme Court. The Falls Church Anglican stated earlier this week their intention to file an appeal over whether they or the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia controls the historic Falls Church property. "Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we achieved a broad degree of unity in our decision to bring these matters forward to the Supreme Court, believing that God has uniquely positioned TFCA to do so," reads an email sent out...
  • The Rise of the "Nones"

    08/09/2013 8:11:46 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 31 replies
    JuicyEcumenism ^ | July 16, 2013 | Bart Gingerich
    American churches are losing their young people. This trend was evidenced most recently in a 2012 Pew Forum study titled “‘Nones’ on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation.” The summary of the 80-page report posits, “The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public—and a third of adults under 30—are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.” Researchers use the label of “nones,” or “religiously unaffiliated,” to clarify that these young people are not falling into hardened agnosticism or...
  • Gay Couple to Sue Church of England to Force It to Perform Gay Weddings (Coming soon to America?)

    08/02/2013 8:38:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/02/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Coming soon to an American court room near you. Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings. He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”.A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church.“It is a shame that we...
  • Archbishop Tutu: 'I would not worship a God who is homophobic' - (Anglican)

    07/26/2013 10:00:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 58 replies
    Global Post ^ | July 26, 2013 18:03 | Kristin Deasy
    South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Friday said he'd rather go to "the other place" than worship a "homophobic" God, according to BBC News. The Nobel peace laurete's comments came during the Friday launch of "Free & Equal," the United Nation's (UN) first global public education campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Violence toward these communities is relatively common in South Africa, even though same-sex partnerships have been legalized, said the BBC. An anti-apartheid hero in South Africa, Tutu told listeners in Cape Town: "I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid," reported...
  • Father Patrick Allen, married father of two, leaves Anglicanism to become Catholic priest

    07/20/2013 1:45:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    Post and Courrier ^ | July 20, 2013 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    When Father Patrick Allen lay prostrate before the bishop for his diaconate ordination on June 29, Allen’s son, Henry, ran up to join his dad. It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry when, in the course of taking his two children to activities in his nonreligious clothes, at least five people asked:So, what do you do for a living?Allen smiles graciously, sometimes bringing his hand to his chest in a humble gesture, one that coincidentally shows his wedding band.“This might begin a long conversation,” the James Island father says.“I’m a Catholic priest.”When his daughter, Lucy, goes...