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  • [Church of England] Bishop Leads Backlash Against Fixed Date for Easter

    03/27/2016 11:41:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/27/16 | John Bingham
    Arguments over Easter date could make rows over same-sex marriage look easy, warns Bishop of Salisbury A prominent Church of England bishop has spoken out against plans by the world's main Christian denominations to fix the date of Easter to the same Sunday every year. Anglican primates agreed earlier this year to join discussions involving Coptic Orthodox and Roman Catholic leaders to set a common date for the festival for the first time. Such a move would not only simplify economic planning but unite different traditions around the world and end almost 2,000 years of theological controversy. However the Bishop...
  • Queen Elizabeth Says Devotion to Christian Faith Is Why She Won't Support Gay Marriage

    03/09/2016 1:19:10 PM PST · by NRx · 87 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03-09-2016 | Michael Gryboski
    Queen Elizabeth II opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage in England because of her deeply held Christian values, a close friend has reportedly told a London-based newspaper. The UK Daily Mail published a story Sunday which claimed that the queen, who is also head of the Church of England, secretly opposed gay marriage but was in favor of civil partnerships. The unnamed "friend" said the monarch was frustrated by the fact that she could only "advise and warn" on the issue. "It was the 'marriage' thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man...
  • Prayers for Atheist Richard Dawkins After His Stroke Sparked Outrage

    02/15/2016 12:47:31 PM PST · by TBP · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 15, 2016 | Billy Hallowell
    The church, which is the worldwide head of the Anglican Communion, tweeted well-wishes for Dawkins, 74, and his family on Friday night, writing, “Prayers for Prof Dawkins and his family.” “The tweet was a prayer,” he wrote. “Nothing controversial in that.” Despite intending no ill will in sending the tweet, Arora said that a row quickly unfolded, with some claiming that the Church of England was “trolling” Dawkins over his illness. In the end, Arora said that the reactions made it apparent that there is profound confusion prayer. “What is clear in some of the responses is a misunderstanding of...
  • First Catholic service for centuries to be celebrated in chapel of King Henry VIII

    01/05/2016 6:26:53 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.christiantoday.com ^ | January 5, 2016 | Ruth Gledhill
    The first Roman Catholic service for more than 450 years is to be celebrated in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. First Catholic service for centuries to be celebrated in chapel of King Henry VIII. The Queen, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, recorded her 2010 Christmas broadcast in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace The first Roman Catholic service for more than 450 years is to be celebrated in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Nichols will celebrate Vespers and the Bishop of London, Dean of the Chapel Royal, will preach...
  • Talking about Christianity could just put people off – Church of England signals

    12/12/2015 10:22:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM GMT 30 Oct 2015 | John Bingham
    The Church of England is set to signal to members that speaking openly about their faith could do more harm than good when it comes to spreading Christianity. Stark new research findings being presented to members of the Church's ruling General Synod suggest that practicing Christians who talk to friends and colleagues about their beliefs are three times as likely to put them off God as to attract them. The study, commissioned privately by the Church of England and a coalition of other Christian groups, also found that four in ten British adults did not even think that Jesus was...
  • Britain no longer a Christian country, and it’s time to rid public life of Anglicanism, panel says

    12/07/2015 9:52:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The National Post ^ | December 7, 2015 | John Bingham and Steven Swinford, The Telegraph
    LONDON — Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, a top-level inquiry into the place of religion in society has concluded, provoking a backlash from politicians and the Church of England. A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders of all faiths, calls for public life to be systematically de-Christianized. It says the decline of church-going and the rise of Islam and other beliefs mean a “new settlement” is needed for religion in the U.K., giving more official influence to non-religious voices and those...
  • Christian 'naturism' advocate appointed (Anglican) Bishop of Sherborne

    11/27/2015 2:05:49 PM PST · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | November 27, 2015 | George Conger
    The Church of England has appointed as Bishop of Sherborne a leading advocate of Christian nudism. On 26 Nov 2015 the Prime Minister’s Office announced the The Queen had approved the nomination of the Ven Karen Gorham, the Archdeacon of Buckingham, to the Suffragan See of Sherborne in the diocese of Salisbury in succession to the Rt Rev. Graham Kings. Archdeacon Gorham was educated at the University of Bristol and trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. She served her title at Northallerton with Kirby Sigston in the diocese of York from 1995 to 1999 and went on to...
  • Why atheist Richard Dawkins says the Lord’s Prayer deserves to be on UK cinema screens

    11/23/2015 1:25:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | SCMP
    The Church of England has received unlikely backing from the biologist and prominent atheist Richard Dawkins after the UK’s three leading cinema chains refused to screen its advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before Star Wars: the Force Awakens, released on December 18, which would have guaranteed it a huge cinema audience in the run-up to Christmas. But the Odeon Cineworld and Vue chains, which control 80 per cent of screens around the country, have refused to allow it because of a policy not to allow political or religious advertising...The decision prompted an...
  • First Priest to Marry Same-Sex Partner Sues Church for Discrimination [UK]

    06/17/2015 6:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/15/15 | Ben Quinn
    Canon Jeremy Pemberton argues at Nottingham employment tribunal that Church of England unlawfully revoked his permission to officiateThe first priest to marry his same-sex partner has begun a discrimination case against the Church of England over its withdrawal of his right to officiate as a priest following the union. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who married Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, had been informed that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS trust was withdrawing an offer of a job after Bishop Richard Inwood refused him the official licence in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The clergyman, who argues that Inwood unlawfully discriminated against...
  • Church of England 'One Generation Away from Extinction' After Dramatic Loss of Followers

    06/05/2015 6:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 6/1/15 | Siobhan Fenton
    The Independent may not be posted due to legal issues but click HERE for the full article.
  • Gay Vicar Pushes Church of England to Celebrate Transgender Identity Like a Baptism

    05/31/2015 9:17:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/30/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A vicar in the Church of England has proposed a motion that would allow for a liturgical celebration of an individual's identity following gender transition, much like a baptism, and would include a renaming ceremony. The Rev. Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently proposed the motion for the church's General Synod to consider. "That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition," reads the motion. Newlands,...
  • Church of England considering a transgender naming ritual, similar to baptism

    05/23/2015 1:12:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | May 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    No, this is not a joke: The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after he was approached by a young transgender person seeking to be re-baptised in his new identity.The motion, which was passed by Blackburn Diocese last month, calls on the House of Bishops to consider whether it should introduce a new service to mark the milestone in the...
  • Westminster Abbey acknowledges Mohammed in succession of prophets

    04/30/2015 6:48:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    Archbishop Cranmer (blog) ^ | 04-28-2015 | Archbishop Cranmer (blog)
    Peace be upon all auspicious prophets of God, from Adam, Noah and Abraham to Moses, Jesus and Mohammed Mustafa..
  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury: Christianity on Verge of Becoming Extinct

    02/11/2015 9:01:54 AM PST · by pinochet · 25 replies
    Eliott Jager & self
    A couple of years ago, a former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, warned Christians that the faith is in danger. Here is the article: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Christianity-Anglican-Extinct-Carey/2013/11/25/id/538425/ According to the article, only 800,000 people are church-goers in Britain. Britain had a total population of 64 million in 2013. This means that only 1.25 percent of the British population are church-going Christians. The future of America seems to be going in Britain's direction. I wanted to add an update to Lord Carey's observations. A lot of people think the Third World is the future of Christianity. But Brazil, the largest Latin American country,...
  • [Anglican] Church bans 9/11 Israel conspiracy priest from using social media

    02/09/2015 10:03:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:37PM GMT 09 Feb 2015 | John Bingham
    A vicar who promoted conspiracy theories that Israel was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks on the internet has been banned from speaking, writing, tweeting or blogging on the Middle East by the Church of England. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer has also agreed a complete prohibition on using any social media for at least six months. It is believed to be the first ban of its kind issued by the church. But Dr. Sizer will be able to remain as priest in charge of his Christ Church parish in affluent Virginia Water, Surrey, and there are no current plans...
  • Female bishop: Man interrupts Libby Lane ordination (Church of England)

    01/26/2015 9:23:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | bbc
    A man has interrupted the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop. The unidentified man said that "it was not in the Bible", when Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Mrs Lane should be ordained. The man asked to speak to Dr Sentamu about the "absolute impediment" before walking off. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Church of England to 'legalise' suicide in historic U-turn on funerals

    01/04/2015 7:06:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4 January 2015 | Jonathan Petre
    The Church of England is embroiled in a row over proposals to sweep away laws that forbid a full Christian funeral to people who have taken their own lives. Most clergy now regard suicide with far more sympathy than when self murder was still a crime, and the move will be seen as reflecting a growing acceptance as more Britons choose to end their lives in clinics such as Dignitas in Switzerland. But some critics within the Church say the reforms will legalise suicide, which should still be regarded a serious sin.
  • 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 Churchs General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of paper....
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury questions God's existence

    09/20/2014 6:22:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Week UK ^ | 09/20/2014
    Justin Welby admits he sometimes doubts the existence of God, but he is certain about Jesus. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last weekend gave a powerful statement about his recent doubts over the existence of God. Welby disclosed that recently, while he was jogging with his dog near his London home, he asked why God does not intervene to stop injustice in the world. Welbys statement appeared in a personal interview he gave in front of hundreds of people at Bristol Cathedral last weekend, The Guardian reports. When the interviewer, BBC Bristols Lucy Tegg, asked Welby Do you ever...
  • 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 churchs 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...
  • Church of England General Synod votes to allow women bishops

    07/14/2014 1:09:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history. Its ruling General Synod gave approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority. A previous vote in 2012 was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalist lay members. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was "delighted" but some opponents said they were unconvinced by the concessions offered to them. The crucial vote in the House of Laity went 152 in favour, 45 against, and there were five abstentions. In November 2012 the...
  • [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 Londons 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 throughtrampling on the whole synodical process in the Church of England.For those who dont 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 womens ordination they need a three quarter majority in all three houses. When the vote for women bishops happened...
  • Sin is back but the Devil optional in new Church of England baptism service

    06/20/2014 10:29:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 20 Jun 2014 | John Bingham
    The Church of England has reinstated the word sin into baptism services after a backlash from parishes who complained a new wording was bland, dumbed down and "nothing short of dire". Plans to introduce an alternative order of service using more accessible language, have had to be redrawn after members inundated Lambeth Palace with letters complaining the move went too far. But the church is to press ahead with plans to banish references to the Devil from the new format. An official explanation sent out to members of the Churchs General Synod, following a trial of the proposed wording, said...
  • How a Protestant spin machine hid the truth about the English Reformation

    05/25/2014 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 173 replies
    Telegraph UK blog ^ | Sunday 25 May 2014 | Dominic Selwood
    . . . . For centuries, the English have been taught that the late medieval Church was superstitious, corrupt, exploitative, and alien. Above all, we were told that King Henry VIII and the people of England despised its popish flummery and primitive rites. England was fed up to the back teeth with the ignorant mumbo-jumbo magicians of the foreign Church, and up and down the country Tudor people preferred plain-speaking, rational men like Wycliffe, Luther, and Calvin. Henry VIII achieved what all sane English and Welsh people had long desired an excuse to break away from an anachronistic subjugation...
  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Gay marriage puts the worlds Christians at risk of violent revenge attacks: Archbishops

    04/05/2014 12:30:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:23 EST, 4 April 201 | Steve Doughty
    A Church of England decision to accept gay marriage would be absolutely catastrophic for Christians in troubled countries, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday. Anglicans in countries such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Pakistan are in danger as a result of liberal positions taken by the leaders of churches in the west, he said. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said he had visited a grave containing 369 bodies in South Sudan, where some people believed if we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians. [] The...
  • CofE removes sin and the devil from new christening rite: Rewrite of centuries-old passage

    01/05/2014 7:08:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:40 EST, 5 January 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The Church of England is trying out a new baptism service which drops all mention of the devil and sin. Instead of asking parents and godparents to reject the devil and all rebellion against God, it asks them to make a single broad pledge to reject evil. Among other phrases abandoned in the experimental new christening rite are those referring to the deceit and corruption of evil, the sins that separate us from God and neighbor, and a promise to fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil.
  • 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 Englands General Synod warned that its position as a national institution will be in doubt if numbers in the pews...
  • Christians now suffering mass martyrdom, says Archbishop of Canterbury

    09/26/2013 8:47:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:35PM BST 25 Sep 2013 | John Bingham
    Christians are being deliberately attacked because of their faith across parts of the Muslim world and even martyred for their faith in large numbers, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone. He was speaking about the bombing of All Saints Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 85 were killed and more than 200 injured. But he said that Christians were also being singled out for violence in a string of other countries. …
  • What Happened this Day in Church History; Bishops Ridley and Latimer Burned at the Stake

    10/16/2003 10:30:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies · 2,708+ views
    Christian History Institute ^ | unknown | Diana Severance
    Queen Mary ascended the throne of England in 1553. In subsequent years, she had at least two hundred people put to death (often by fire) for their religious convictions. To history she became known as "Bloody Mary," although, in truth, she killed far fewer people per year than her brutal father. The godliness of many of her victims made them stand out. Mary's father, King Henry VIII had separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic church, but he had not reformed the church's practices or doctrines. On Henry's death, his young son Edward became King. Many of Edward's...
  • Archbishop urges Christians to repent over wicked attitude to homosexuality

    08/28/2013 5:49:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:40PM BST 28 Aug 2013 | John Bingham
    The vast majority of people under 35 think that the Christian attitude to gay people is wicked and incomprehensible, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. The Most Reverend Justin Welby told an audience of traditional born-again Christians that they must repent over the way gay and lesbian people have been treated in the past and said most young people viewed Christians as no better than racists on the issue. Archbishop Welby, who as a young priest once opposed allowing gay couples to adopt children, said the church now had to face up to what amounted to one of the most...
  • Female VICAR causes stir with obscene car sticker

    08/08/2013 2:43:57 PM PDT · by MarkBsnr · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8 August 2013 | Suzannah Hills
    A female CofE vicar yesterday insisted she has not sinned against God by putting an obscene bumper sticker reading 'WTFWJD' on the back of her car. The Reverend Alice Goodman stuck the sticker, standing for What The F*** Would Jesus Do?', on the back of her red Subaru Legacy - sparking outrage from members of her parish. But the Reverend insists the sticker is harmless and even the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams was happy to accept a lift in her car in the past. The sign - a play on the Christian motto What Would Jesus Do?...
  • 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 of Canterbury: Israel the center of the world

    06/27/2013 6:32:03 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 27, 2013, 3:21 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Israel is the center of the world in so many ways, the archbishop of Canterbury said Thursday in Jerusalem. He stressed Israels legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke, in the context of persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East, about the Christian imperative to love our enemies. It was his maiden visit to the region since being appointed to one of the highest positions in the Protestant Church. The Most Reverend Justin Welby, who has a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide. He was enthroned in...
  • Archbishops to Ask Clergy: 'Are You Having Gay Sex?'

    06/15/2013 7:43:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/14/13 | John Bingham
    Openly gay clerics will be questioned about the intimate detail of their sex life on behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury or York before they can be considered to be a bishop, the Church of England has disclosed.A legal briefing sent to members of the General Synod reveals that under a new policy any priest in a civil partnership will have to convince an archbishop that they are not sexually active before their name can go forward. It was drawn up in light of a u-turn by the church last year which lifted a blanket ban on anyone in a...
  • Church of England Gives Blessing to Recognising Civil Partnerships

    04/10/2013 9:14:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/10/13 | John Bingham
    The Church of England yesterday gave a green light to wedding-style services for couples in civil partnerships despite its official opposition to same-sex marriage.A report from the Churchs doctrine watchdog urged priests to devise pastoral accommodations for gay couples and to be flexible. It said the aim was to enable them to enjoy a closer approximation to marriage. The senior bishop who drafted the missive to priests insisted that it did not amount to a policy u-turn and that an official ban on formal "blessings" for civil partnerships remained in place. But he said it was clear there was a...
  • Fmr Church of England priest & retired organist face jail for sexually abusing boys as young as 10

    04/05/2013 12:46:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Friday, April 5, 2013 Daily Mail | Olivia Williams
    - Organist told police 'I know I like boys and it has cost me everything' - Priest climbed into a bath with one of the boys while aroused - He got into bed and pressed himself against a 13-year-old boy - One victim reported the abuse to another vicar but nothing was done - He told police last year when he realised priest still had contact with children Guilty: Father Keith Wilkie Denford groomed two teenage boys over 18 months A former Church of England priest and a retired organist were found guilty today of a string of child sex...
  • Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical Over Civil Partnerships [Gay Bishops! Gay Churches!]

    03/23/2013 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | March 23, 2013 | Edward Malnick
    Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical Over Civil Partnerships The Church of England is facing fresh divisions over same-sex unions. Its leadership has come under attack from one of its own bishops over its refusal to bless homosexual couples. By Edward Malnick 23 Mar 2013 The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, said the Churchs ban on offering blessings for civil partnerships was being flouted by several parishes across Britain. He said this was because some felt the blessings were logical, natural and compassionate. His comments come amid tensions within the Church over its opposition to the...
  • Churches 'Could be Sued for Refusing to Agree to Gay Marriages'

    01/16/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/15/13 | Telegraph Reporters
    The Prime Ministers plans for gay marriage could leave churches facing legal action unless they agree to same-sex unions, it emerged today.Legal advice reportedly sent to David Cameron warns that church could be sued under human rights legislation if they refuse to allow the services to proceed. Exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is eminently challenge-able in the European Court of Human Rights. It also warns that the Government's insistence that protections put in place for other religious groups who don't want to marry homosexuals could be...
  • Church of England Moves to Approve Gay Bishops, Conservatives Protest

    01/06/2013 7:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    The Church of England has decided to drop its ban on gay clergy in civil partnerships seeking to become bishops, as long as they make a promise to remain celibate. Conservative Anglicans, however, insist celibacy would be difficult to enforce, noting that the decision undermines church doctrine on marriage. "The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate. There had been a moratorium on such candidates for the past year and a half while the working party completed its...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Anglican Church Wounded, Not Dead

    12/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/25/12
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Church of England on Tuesday said a vote last month that struck down proposals to allow women to become bishops had been "deeply painful", but that Christianity was still relevant in Britain despite falling numbers of believers. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the global 80-million-strong Anglican Communion, said in his Christmas day sermon that the answer to the question of whether Christianity had "had its day" was a "resounding no". The Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women bishops last month - to the dismay of Williams and Prime Minister...
  • Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE

    12/11/2012 8:06:23 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced. Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said. But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included. In her statement, Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedom, involving: No religious organisation or individual minister being compelled to marry same-sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises Making it unlawful for religious...
  • Richard Littlejohn: Thank God for Camp X-Ray

    03/08/2004 6:47:15 PM PST · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 190+ views
    The Sun [UK] ^ | March 9, 2004 | Richard Littlejohn
    What on earth is Terry Waite doing campaigning for the release of the British prisoners at Guantanamo Bay? These are the same kind of people who kept the former church envoy chained to a radiator in Beirut for five years. I know Waite is one those who believes you should love your enemy. But you can take forgiveness too far. At long last the Americans have broken their silence and revealed details of exactly why four of the British detainees should not be freed. They all trained at al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, learning bomb making, assassination and urban warfare. They...
  • Former Hostage Back in Beirut, Willing to Meet Captors (Terry Waite)

    02/17/2004 3:15:14 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 6 replies · 138+ views
    Reuters via ABC ^ | February 17, 2004 | Lin Noueihed
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Terry Waite, back in Lebanon for the first time since he was freed from years of captivity at the hands of Islamic militants, says he would gladly meet his erstwhile kidnappers. "I wouldn't mind meeting with them at all," the former Church of England envoy said on arrival at Beirut airport. "I'm sure that they have changed, that they have grown and developed, just as much as I have." Waite, who had helped free Western hostages held by extremists in Libya, Iran and Lebanon, came to Lebanon in 1987 to negotiate more releases. Accused of being a...
  • Cranmer: The consummation of gay marriage

    10/14/2012 3:13:06 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | Friday 16 March 2012 | "Archbishop Cranmer"
    His Grace apologises for this post, but it is as unavoidable as the decline and fall of the Coalition. What two grown men or two grown women get up behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes is not, of course, a matter for the Conservatively-inclined. But, thanks to the Governments intention to legislate for same-sex marriage, it will, at some point very soon, be a very public matter for the courts to consider and the media to pore over in salacious detail. His Grace is merely prematurely jumping on a future bandwagon hereby foreseen and foretold with...
  • Jews angry over Church of England anti-Israelism

    07/12/2012 11:07:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/12/2012 03:58 | JONNY PAUL
    The relationship between the Jewish community and the Church of England has taken a downward turn following its decision to strengthen ties with an anti-Israel group. The Jerusalem Post has learned that the Board of Deputies of British Jews has pulled out of meetings this week with Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury. A motion is also set to be raised at the boards monthly meeting in which the deputies will call on the organization to sever all ties to the Church of England. At its General Synod in York on Monday, the Churchs highest legislative...
  • Gay Marriage 'Nothing to Fear', Say Senior Anglicans

    06/12/2012 1:59:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/12/12
    A group of leading Anglicans says the Church of England has "nothing to fear" from the prospect of gay marriage and it is should be a cause for rejoicing. In a letter to The Times, prominent figures including five former bishops say statements by church leaders give a false impression of popular feeling. "We believe the Church has nothing to fear from... civil marriage for same-sex couples," it says. "It will be for the churches to then decide how they respond pastorally." A leading signatory of the letter is Dr Jeffrey John, the openly gay dean of St Albans, whose...
  • Racism mars process to choose Anglican leader {Gay Bish's don't like African views}

    04/23/2012 4:28:53 AM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 22 April 2012 | RICHARD EDEN AND EDWARD MALNICK
    The early favourite to become the next Archbishop of Canter-bury - spiritual leaders of the world's Anglicans - is the victim of "naked racism" by critics who are trying to besmirch his name, one of his closest sup-porters said. ..Arora's accusation of an "anonymous whispering" campaign against the archbishop has the potential to be hugely damaging to the church. It recalls the last time the Church sought a new Archbishop of Canterbury, in 2002, when the Michael Nazir-Ali, then Bishop of Rochester, was described as a "Paki Papist" by an unidentified cleric...., two bishops who spoke to the Sunday Telegraph...
  • Half of the Church of England's Dioceses Reject Unity Covenant

    03/24/2012 6:25:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/24/12
    The Church of England cannot sign up to a plan aimed at preventing the global Anglican Church from splitting up after half its 44 dioceses voted against it. The Archbishop of Canterbury backed the Anglican Covenant in a bid to ensure divisive issues - such as gay bishops - did not cause the Communion to split. A vote by the diocesan synod of Lincoln meant 22 dioceses had opposed the plan. The covenant had already been rejected by conservative global Church leaders, whom it was intended to placate. Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had said the covenant was about...