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  • Presiding Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts in Birmingham

    01/12/2008 8:15:57 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 5 replies · 105+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | Saturday, January 12, 2008 | GREG GARRISON
    For Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female head of the 2.4 million-member U.S. Episcopal Church, military conflict in the Middle East hits very close to home. Jefferts Schori has a 26-year-old daughter, Kate, a pilot who was recently deployed to the United Arab Emirates as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. "We raised our daughter to make her own decisions and she's clearly done that," Jefferts Schori said Friday in Birmingham. "We're very supportive of the work she's doing, believing that it's far better to have leaders who come with a solid, moral, ethical base and...
  • Bishop backs Muslim prayer call (Islam at Oxford)

    01/11/2008 9:49:09 AM PST · by mojito · 31 replies · 422+ views
    Oxford Mail ^ | 1/11/2008 | Fran Bardsley
    The Bishop of Oxford has rejected another senior clergyman's fears that broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer in East Oxford could create a "no-go area" for non-Muslims. The Rt Rev John Pritchard backed plans for the call to prayer in Oxford - splitting away from controversial comments made by the Anglican Church's only Asian Bishop, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, of Rochester. Bishop Michael said attempts were being made to impose an "Islamic character" on communities, creating no-go areas where people of different faiths would find it hard to live and work. But Bishop John said: "I want to...
  • Great Britain: Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims (Too dangerous to enter)

    01/05/2008 2:54:47 PM PST · by Stoat · 74 replies · 444+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 5, 2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims By Jonathan Wynne-Jones  Last Updated: 7:53pm GMT 05/01/2008     Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology.   Bishop Nazir-Ali warns that attempts are being made to give Britain an increasingly Islamic...
  • Losing our religion?

    12/23/2007 10:08:35 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 53+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:12am GMT 24/12/2007 | Alister McGrath
    Losing our religion? By Alister McGrath Last Updated: 2:12am GMT 24/12/2007 Fewer people may now go to church every Sunday, but that doesn't mean Britain is suffering from a crisis of faith, argues Alister McGrath The decline in British church attendance continues. Parents who go to church are less and less likely to pass on their faith to their children. The "Decade of Evangelism" seems to have done little to reverse this trend. As many congregations grow older, there is no sign of young people queuing to fill the empty pews. The figures hide significant variations. About 50...
  • Religious stamps welcomed (By Church of England for Royal Mail's 2007 Christmas season)

    11/06/2007 2:28:11 AM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 176+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 6, 2007
      Religious stamps welcomed   Stamps ... religious theme  Published: Today   THE Church of England has welcomed the Royal Mail's return to a religious theme for its 2007 Christmas stamp collection. It follows criticism last year about a lack of Christian images on the designs. This year’s set of eight stamps is illustrated with pictures either of angels or the Madonna and Child. Next year’s collection is expected to feature classic pantomime characters, according to a Royal Mail spokesman. “Royal Mail alternates annually between secular and religious Christmas stamps,” the spokesman said. “Last year featured a series of...
  • Deans question power of diocesan bishops

    10/27/2007 1:58:59 PM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 23+ views
    The Church Times ^ | by Bill Bowder
    PROPOSALS to concentrate more power into the hands of diocesan bishops was opposed this week by three former deans. The Deans Emeritus of Durham, Wells, and Rochester said that deans had been part of the Church’s system of checks and balances since the Reformation. Last week, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York published a consultation paper in response to the Prime Minister’s proposal that the Prime Minister should no longer exercise any element of choice in recommending appointments to senior ecclesiastical posts. In future, the paper said, the Church would forward only one name to convey to the Queen when...
  • C of E child abuse was ignored for decades

    10/21/2007 1:21:12 AM PDT · by managusta · 72 replies · 250+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 21/10/2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Child abuse has gone unchecked in the Church of England for decades amid a cover up by bishops, secret papers have revealed. Information that could have prevented abuse has been "lost or damaged", concerns about individuals have been ignored and allegations have not been recorded. It means that the Church has no idea how many paedophiles are in its midst. Lawyers warned last night that the Church faces a crisis as catastrophic as the one that engulfed the Roman Catholic Church and cost it millions of pounds in damages. Richard Scorer, a solicitor who has specialised in child abuse cases,...
  • Dog collar clergy 'risk attack'

    10/07/2007 5:12:08 PM PDT · by rogernz · 18 replies · 626+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 7 October 2007, 14:05 GMT | bbc
    Dog collar clergy 'risk attack' There is no need to wear the dog collar in supermarkets, advice says. Members of the clergy are being advised to take off their dog collars when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked. National Churchwatch, which provides personal safety advice, says vicars are attacked more often than professions such as GPs and probation officers. The organisation's Nick Tolson said all clergy should consider the advice, including the Archbishop of Canterbury. The group also produces security advice for all UK churches and churchworkers. In the past decade, five vicars have...
  • UK: Archbishop calls secret service for gay clergy to halt slide towards schism

    09/17/2007 5:30:35 PM PDT · by Stoat · 30 replies · 410+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | September 18, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill
    Archbishop calls secret service for gay clergy to halt slide towards schism   Dr Rowan Williams is just returning from a three-month break, but the secret communion is bound to destabilise his position further     Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times   The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to hold a secret Communion service for gay clergy and their partners in London. Dr Williams will celebrate the eucharist at St Peter’s, Eaton Square – the Church of England parish that is known as the spiritual home to some of the country’s most liberal and wealthy...
  • Church of England: Labour's equality law denies Christians right to oppose homosexuality

    09/07/2007 11:16:06 AM PDT · by Stoat · 20 replies · 960+ views
    This Is London ^ | September 7, 2007
    Church of England: Labour's equality law denies Christians right to oppose homosexuality 07.09.07      Dr Rowan Williams has endorsed the warning Labour's latest equality law will deprive Christians of the right of free speech, the Church of England has warned. The Single Equality Bill could force vicars to conduct weddings for sex-change brides, deprive Christians of the right to oppose homosexuality and make church schools promote gay lifestyles in lessons, said the Archbishops' Council. Church charities may also be barred from saying grace before meals or displaying crucifixes, it claimed. The CofE document - endorsed by the Archbishop...

    08/26/2007 4:53:09 AM PDT · by Huber · 11 replies · 287+ views ^ | August 14, 2007 | David W Virtue
    Anglo-Catholicism or "High" Church Anglicanism is facing extreme isolation and demonization, as the movement finds itself marginalized by the American Episcopal Church on the one hand and the Roman Catholic Church on the other. The term "High Church" was first applied in the late seventeenth century to those individuals who were opposed to the Puritan wing of the Church of England. It is also called the "Oxford Movement." Later, in the nineteenth century, it was applied to the Anglo-Catholic or Tractarian movement in England from 1833 going forward. The best-known members of the High Church/Anglo-Catholic Movement were John Henry Newman,...
  • Further Splits in the Anglican Communion Over Gay Ordinations

    08/04/2007 8:36:56 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 7 replies · 281+ views ^ | August 3, 2007 | Hilary White
    Further Splits in the Anglican Communion Over Gay Ordinations By Hilary White RICHMOND, Virginia, August 3, 2007 ( - A move to depose 20 clergy by Episcopal Bishop Peter Lee of Virginia has been rebuffed as irrelevant by the ministers in question, who said that Lee has no authority over them. The group representing the clergy said, "This announcement from the Diocese of Virginia is like an employer trying to fire someone who has already quit." Lee said he was defrocking the ministers because they refused to adhere to the Episcopal Church's newly adopted acceptance of homosexuality, and over differences...

    08/04/2007 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Huber · 19 replies · 450+ views ^ | 8/1//2007 | By David W. Virtue
    "I won't step down," says Robinson to Williams Homosexual bishop Gene Robinson believes the Church of England would collapse if it did away with homoerotic clergy. He ripped its leaders who are unable to be honest about the numbers of homosexual clergy who are in their ranks. He also said the crisis was not exclusively an 'American Problem'. In his latest comments, Robinson again objected to the primates' demands, arguing that they are "antithetical" to Anglican tradition. "The whole notion of punishment being meted out to provinces of the Anglican Communion that are somehow non-compliant is somehow antithetical to the...
  • If [Anglican]Church got rid of gay clergy it would collapse, says homosexual bishop

    08/01/2007 2:29:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies · 2,746+ views
    The Times of London ^ | July 28, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    The openly homosexual bishop whose ordination sparked the split in the Anglican Communion has claimed that the Church of England would come close to shutting down if it was forced to manage without gay clergy. The Bishop of New Hampshire in the US, the Right Rev. Gene Robinson, who is divorced and lives openly in partnership with a gay man, said that he found it mystifying that the mother Church of the Anglican Communion was unable to be honest about the number of gay clergy in its ranks. He said that many of the English Church’s clergy lived openly in...
  • Gay man wins Church discrimination case (UK)

    07/21/2007 2:11:43 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 572+ views uk ^ | 19/07/2007
    A gay man has won his case for unlawful discrimination after he was refused a job as a youth worker by the Church of England. The employment tribunal ruled John Reaney, 42, was discriminated against "on the grounds of sexual orientation" by the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance. John Reaney: 'Gay Christians are entitled to fair and respectful treatment' During the tribunal hearing, Mr Reaney said he was questioned by the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, on his previous gay relationship during a meeting in July last year. He described the encounter as embarrassing and humiliating and...
  • Secularist Attacks on the Catholic Church in Britain

    07/21/2007 2:27:47 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 517+ views
    First Things ^ | July 20, 2007 | John Loughlin
    Secularist Attacks on the Catholic Church in Britain By John Loughlin Friday, July 20, 2007, 8:51 AM One might have expected the Catholic Church in Great Britain to enter a cosy relationship with the new Labour Government of Tony Blair elected in 1997. During that year’s general election, the bishops of England and Wales had issued a document entitled The Common Good, which sought to apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to the issues of the day. Although the document did not advise voters for which party they should vote, it was clear that the sympathies of the bishops...
  • Homosexual Man Wins "Landmark" "Discrimination" Case Against Church of England

    07/19/2007 3:38:52 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 21 replies · 797+ views ^ | Hilary White | Hilary White
    Homosexual Man Wins "Landmark" "Discrimination" Case Against Church of England By Hilary White CARDIFF, Wales, July 18, 2007 ( - Homosexual activist groups are hailing as a "landmark" the decision against the Church of England by a Welsh employment tribunal in favour of a homosexual man claiming discrimination based on his sexual orientation. The gay lobby group Stonewall gave financial and legal backing to a complaint by 42 year-old John Reaney, an active homosexual who had applied for the position of youth director for the diocese of Hereford.Despite the fact that the Sexual Orientation Regulations contain an "exemption" for religious...
  • Bishop loses gay employment case

    07/18/2007 3:57:18 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 293+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK | anon
    Bishop loses gay employment case Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK A gay man has won his case for unlawful discrimination after he was refused a youth official's job by a Church of England bishop. The employment tribunal said John Reaney, 42, was discriminated against "on grounds of sexual orientation" by the Hereford diocesan board of finance. Mr Reaney, from Colwyn Bay, Conwy, said he was "delighted" at the decision. The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, said he was "naturally disappointed" and may appeal. During the tribunal in Cardiff in April, Mr Reaney said...
  • Floods are judgment on society, say (Anglican) bishops

    07/01/2007 3:53:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 394+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 1, 2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.   The Bishop said pro-gay laws were to blame for the floods One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless. While those who have been affected by the storms are innocent victims, the bishops argue controversially that the flooding is a result of Western civilisation's decision to...
  • Unmarried priest quits top job after becoming pregnant

    06/02/2007 5:07:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies · 1,801+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2007 | Steve Doughty and Beth Hale
    One of the Church of England's most senior women clerics has quit her job after becoming pregnant while unmarried. The Rev Dr Emma Loveridge stepped down as principal adviser to the Archbishop of York after only 13 months in the post. The 42-year-old cited "personal and family reasons" for leaving the staff of Dr John Sentamu, who ranks second in the Church's hierarchy. He is regarded as conservative in matters of sexual morality She is also understood to have resigned her licence to practise as a priest and to have effectively stepped down from the clergy. The baby is believed...
  • Terry Waite: I fear the Church of England that shaped me has gone for ever

    04/11/2007 8:05:17 PM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies · 1,255+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 7th April 2007 | TERRY WAITE
    In my days of captivity, it sustained me. Now, I fear the Church of England that shaped me has gone for ever ... The church of my childhood was hardly a pretentious building. Locally it was known as the 'Tin Tabernacle', as it was largely constructed from corrugated iron sheets and no more than 50 years old. It was the daughter church of the ancient Cheshire parish church several miles away. During heavy rainstorms, the service had to be suspended, as the noise of rain falling on the iron roof blotted out all other sound. This unpretentious building boasted a...
  • Witnesses In A Dangerous Time

    03/11/2007 4:25:13 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 141+ views
    CaNN News ^ | March 10, 2007
    There are few orthodoxies as stern and inflexible as current unorthodoxies. And despite the loud pity-and-justice politics, it is those modern progressive undoxies which– given free rein– are the most intolerant, illiberal, and inhuman. Indeed, there’s no more zealous a ‘heretic’ hunter these days than a hard-core ‘heretic’. Blaming Nigeria So when we read the current dog-pile on Nigerian Peter Akinola, we’d agree that in seeking new Church-structures and such does not (1) mean blinders about the problems of the church in other places, or (2) denying basic human rights, or exploiting people in that position. (3) That would include...
  • GS: Civil Partnerships

    02/28/2007 7:34:03 PM PST · by Huber · 1 replies · 97+ views
    This afternoon Synod moved onto a debate about Civil Partnerships and passed this motion. That this Synod (a) acknowledge the diversity of views within the Church of England on whether Parliament might better have addressed the injustices affecting persons of the same sex wishing to share a common life had it done so in a way that avoided creating a legal framework with many similarities to marriage; and (b) note the intention of the House to keep their Pastoral Statement under review. The final motion was very different from the original below proposed by the Revd Paul Perkin. That this...
  • Catholics in England outnumber Anglicans

    02/16/2007 11:04:42 AM PST · by lizol · 24 replies · 826+ views
    Polish Radio ^ | 16.02.2007 | Amy Drozdowska
    Catholics in England outnumber Anglicans 16.02.2007 Poles in the UK are swelling the congregations and changing the face of British Christianity. Amy Drozdowska reports In the wake of England's biggest wave of immigration in three centuries, a new report finds that the face of Christianity in England is increasingly international. Polish migrant workers in particular are contributing to a huge growth in London's Catholic community - one that's set to overshadow England's own church. Thanks in large part to the huge influx of Polish migrant workers to the United Kingdom since Poland's entry into the European Union, Catholicism is set...
  • Anglican leaders launch robust defense of faith

    11/27/2006 9:22:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 666+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/06 | Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - Offering a telling twist in Britain's highly charged debate about religion and integration, the two Anglican leaders most vociferously defending British traditions are originally from Pakistan and Uganda. Many Church of England clerics tread warily through a political minefield as the country reflects on the value of multiculturalism, especially after last year's London suicide bombings by British Islamist extremists. But Archbishop of York John Sentamu and Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali seem less inhibited than most. Robust spokesmen for their Christian faith, the two have both taken very public stands on issues ranging from Muslim veils to...
  • Some sick babies must be allowed to die, says Church

    11/12/2006 4:02:19 PM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 21 replies · 665+ views
    The Observer ^ | November 12, 2006 | Amelia Hill and Jo Revill
    Some sick babies must be allowed to die, says Church ? Bishop admits right to life for newborns is not absolute ? Nuffield inquiry to publish guidelines on premature births Amelia Hill and Jo Revill Sunday November 12, 2006 Observer Church of England leaders want doctors to be given the right to withhold treatment from seriously disabled newborn babies in exceptional circumstances. The move is expected to spark massive controversy. The church leaders' call for some children to be allowed to die - overriding the presumption that life should be preserved at any cost - comes in response to an...
  • Church supports baby euthanasia

    11/11/2006 6:28:10 PM PST · by silverleaf · 46 replies · 1,593+ views
    The UK Times ^ | Sunday 12 November 2006 | Peter Zimonjic
    Church Supports Baby Euthanasia THE Church of England has joined one of Britain?s royal medical colleges in calling for legal euthanasia of seriously disabled newborn babies. Church leaders want doctors to be given the right to withhold treatment from seriously disabled newborn babies in exceptional circumstances. Their call, overriding the presumption that life should be preserved at any cost, follows that of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, revealed in The Sunday Times last week. The church?s position was laid out in a submission to an independent inquiry, due to publish its report this week, into the ethical concerns...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury defends veils

    10/27/2006 2:10:12 AM PDT · by Mrs Ivan · 24 replies · 569+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 27/10/2006 | James Burleigh and Roland Hancock
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that promoting a society where no religious symbols are visible in public is "politically dangerous" and warned against a march towards secularism in Britain. Rowan Williams said he was making his views known in an effort to bring perspective to the ongoing debate on the wearing of Islamic veils, Christian crosses and other visible expressions of religious belief. "The ideal of a society where no visible public signs of religion would be seen - no crosses around necks, no sidelocks, turbans or veils - is a politically dangerous one. "It assumes that what comes...
  • Male Pronoun for God Encourages Wife Beating Say Anglicans

    10/04/2006 4:39:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 445+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/4/06 | Hilary White
    LONDON, October 4, 2006 ( – In a new twist on an old feminist cliché, leaders in the Church of England have told their parishioners not to use the male pronoun for God because doing so encourages wife-beating. The Daily Mail reported Monday that a report and guidelines issued by the Church of England says that conceiving of God as masculine tends to “reinforce abuse” of women by their husbands. The Christian understanding of God as Father and Lord, held by all Christians until the beginning of the incursions of feminist thought, the report called “misguided" and said it is...
  • Viewing God as "male" Contributes To Domestic Abuse (Church Of England PC Alert)

    10/04/2006 10:06:03 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 516+ views ^ | 10/04/06 | N/A
    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is backing a Church of England report that claims viewing God in masculine terms can validate "overbearing and ultimately violent patterns of behavior" in intimate relationships and "contributes to domestic abuse," the London Daily Mail reports. Archbishop Rowan Williams The document, entitled "Responding to Domestic Abuse, Guidelines for Pastoral Responsibility," is a response to a motion passed by the church's General Synod in July 2004 for guidelines to assist dioceses in working with other agencies and "speak[ing] out against the evil of domestic violence." The report encourages churches to provide pastoral counsel to victims of...
  • Outcry as clergy say calling God 'He' or 'Lord' encourages wife-beating [not scrappleface]

    10/03/2006 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Antioch · 34 replies · 616+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd October 2006 | staff, Daily Mail
    Church of England leaders warned yesterday that calling God 'He' encourages men to beat their wives. They told churchgoers they must think twice before they refer to God as 'He' or 'Lord' because of the dangers that it will lead to domestic abuse. In new guidelines for bishops and priests on such abuse, they blamed "uncritical use of masculine imagery" for encouraging men to behave violently towards women. They also warned that clergy must reconsider the language they use in sermons and check the hymns they sing to remove signs of male oppression. The recommendation - fully endorsed by Archbishop...
  • Hundreds of Churches to Take Part in ‘Back to Church Sunday’ (Free chocolate in England)

    09/20/2006 9:00:35 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | September 20, 2006 | Daniel Blake
    Hundreds of churches across Church of England dioceses are hoping to bring thousands of congregants to worship as part of ‘Back to Church Sunday’ this weekend. Churches are preparing for a swell of attendants during Sunday Services on 24th September across the Dioceses of Derby, Ripon and Leeds, Manchester, Wakefield, Oxford, Guildford, Hereford and individual churches around the country, as part of the drive for new devotees. The Back to Church Sunday organisers have created a number of resources to accompany the event, including various advertisements that churches have been able to use to attract those who have lost touch...
  • UK Media is warned over its coverage of Islam (Says Church of England)

    09/08/2006 4:30:26 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies · 435+ views
    churchnewspape ^ | Sep 8 | By Ed Beavan
    THE BRITISH media needs to be more balanced in its coverage of Islam, according to members of Christian-Muslim dialogue groups. On the fifth anniversary of the atrocities of 9/11 in New York, suspicion of Islam in the UK is higher than ever, as shown in a recent YouGov poll in which 53 per cent of respondents felt they thought Islam was a threat to Western liberal democracy. Meanwhile 65 per cent of those surveyed said security services should focus anti-terrorism intelligence on Muslims. Ibrahim Mogra, chair of the interfaith relations committee of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the media...
  • Division looms for Episcopal Church

    07/17/2006 9:13:40 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 527+ views
    Christian Century ^ | July 25, 2006 | ANON
    Division looms for Episcopal Church July 25, 2006 Signs of a full-blown split between the Episcopal Church and most of the worldwide Anglican Communion appeared only days after the U.S. church's General Convention refused to renounce the election of gay bishops. The 2.2-million-member Episcopal Church would be reduced to nonvoting "associate" status in a proposed two-tiered membership policy for the 77-million-member communion that was announced June 27 in London. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said those national churches that sign a covenant affirming Anglicanism's traditional stance on homosexuality could be full members of the communion, while other churches would...
  • A Schismatic Canterbury Tale

    07/16/2006 6:47:32 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 273+ views
    CBS ^ | July 16, 2006 | Adele M. Stan
    A Schismatic Canterbury Tale (The American Prospect) This column was written by Adele M. Stan July 16, 2006 It was with great joy that religious members of the progressive movement received, late last month, news of the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the top leadership position in the U.S. Episcopal Church. For one, the fact of the bishop’s gender heralded an important first for Episcopalians, whose rites and rituals cling closely to those of the Roman Catholic Church. Furthermore, the inclusive position taken by Jefferts Schori with regard to the full participation of gays and lesbians in...
  • Anglicans should welcome a schism

    06/29/2006 7:16:09 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 19/06/2006 | Damian Thompson
    Anglicans should welcome a schism By Damian Thompson (Filed: 19/06/2006) After a wretched couple of decades for the Church of England - catfights over the ordination of women and homosexuals, the tumbling of weekly church attendance to below a million - there is finally a glimmer of hope in the headlines. The Anglican Communion seems to be falling apart. As The Daily Telegraph's religion correspondent, Jonathan Petre, reported yesterday, the election of a woman bishop as leader of the American Anglican Church "could hasten the break-up" of the worldwide body. For this relief much thanks, to quote the sentry...
  • Anglican split 'has become necessary'

    06/19/2006 11:45:57 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 28 replies · 836+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 19, 2006
    Anglican split 'has become necessary' The Communion has become 'two religions' says Bishop Nazir-Ali A split in the Anglican Communion is inevitable the Bishop of Rochester has said, as issues such as gay and women bishops continue to divide the global Church. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali's comments came as the US Episcopal Church - which ordained the first openly gay bishop in 2003 - chose Katherine Jefferts Schori as its first female head. Here, two church members for and against such issues, give their views on a split. REV DAVID PHILIPS, THE CHURCH SOCIETYThe Reverend David Philips believes a...
  • LONDON: Bishops are urged to repel advance of multifaith society

    05/26/2006 5:17:34 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 292+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/26/2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    SENIOR Church of England bishop has delivered an extraordinary attack on his fellow church leaders, accusing them of pandering to a multifaith society. The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, says that the Church is suffering a "full-frontal assault" on its place in British society. However, bishops are failing to act, allowing key Christian activities in institutions such as prisons and hospitals to be reduced to a "multifaith mishmash". Despite a growing threat to Britain's traditional identity as a Christian country, bishops have found it impossible to act in unity or even discuss "ways of upholding the uniqueness...
  • Church of England Child Protection Adviser Suggests Counselling Rather than Jail for Pedophiles

    05/10/2006 4:35:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 337+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/10/06 | Terry Vanderheyden
    LONDON, May 10, 2006 ( - An adviser to the UK's Church of England on child protection has caused anger by suggesting that convicted pedophiles should be given counselling but not jail time.National child protection adviser to the Church's Archbishop's Council, Janet Hind, claimed that counselling in a community setting rather than in jail was a more effective way to rehabilitate sex offenders. Hind argued that "One shouldn't necessarily think that because somebody hasn't gone to prison that isn't the safe option, because obviously offenders come out of prison and, if they haven't had proper treatment, they're not going...
  • Mark Steyn: The Something They Will Believe In [blue state America, Britain, and Europe]

    05/02/2006 5:18:02 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 69 replies · 2,711+ views
    National Review (via Steynonline) ^ | April 17th 2006 issue | Mark Steyn
    Two days before Christmas, I was in a store in Vermont buying a last-minute gift when the owner’s twentysomething daughter walked in. “Thanks for the sweater, mom,” she said. “Kevin really liked his present, too.” “But it’s only the 23rd,” said the bewildered lady. “Mom,” sighed the kid, wearily. “How many times do I have to tell you? We always open our presents on the solstice.” A couple of weeks later, a neighbor of mine in New Hampshire got married. He’s a biker and a tattooist, and he’s deeply spiritual. So he and his bride were married in the middle...
  • Science does not challenge my faith - it strengthens it [Bishop of Oxford]

    04/16/2006 2:17:40 AM PDT · by ToryHeartland · 139 replies · 1,956+ views
    Observer (UK) ^ | 16 April 2006 | Richard Harries (Bishop of Oxford)
    There is a paradox about the current bout of media atheism. It is producing a great deal of sound and fury, but most ordinary, fair-minded people I talk to find it increasingly lacking credibility. Richard Dawkins has produced two films suggesting that religion, not the love of money, is the root of all evil and he has a new book on the subject out later in the year. Daniel Dennett has been touring the broadcasting studios plugging his book, Breaking the Spell, about the evolutionary origins and purpose of religion, and Lewis Wolpert has just written a book about believing...
  • Why bulldozers are ethically neutral

    02/24/2006 5:26:17 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 19 replies · 2,540+ views
    timesonline ^ | 2/24/06 | Rev Gill Jackson
    The use of Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes should not stop the Church of England from investing in the company, writes Rev Gill Jackson In May, the Church of England’s Ethnical Investment Advisory Group committed itself to a robust and rigorous review of the Church’s Ł2.2 million shareholding in Caterpillar Inc – the United States-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment – based on concerns over the use of Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes. After numerous meetings with political groups, voluntary agencies and Caterpillar itself, the recommendation was for the Church not to disinvest. However, less than a...
  • Semi-News: Anglicans to Pull Out of Stocks of Israeli Businesses

    02/23/2006 5:20:01 PM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 227+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 19 Feb 2006 | John Semmens
    The governing body of the Church of England voted to divest from any corporations that it contends support Israel's activities in Gaza and the West Bank. The idea of divestiture was ushered in two years ago by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The Israeli policy of retaliation against terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians sparked the Anglican move. “We agree with Kofi Annan (UN Secretary General) that the Israeli Defense Force’s targeting of terrorist leaders amounts to execution without trial,” Bishop Arnold Mann. “We want to send a message that the Jews should be doing as our savior Jesus Christ bade us...
  • A Hasty Motion? (The Church of England Newspaper attacks Anglican decision to boycott Israel)

    02/16/2006 1:00:45 PM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 4 replies · 173+ views
    The Church of England Newspaper ^ | Thursday, 16th February, 2006 | Editorial
    As Muslims from the Middle East call for support from their coreligionists over rights and freedoms in the West, so Palestinian Christians have issued a call to Anglicans to help them in their intifada against Israel, and General Synod has responded with a motion calling on their investment managers to disinvest in Caterpillar, a manufacturer of bulldozers. This is because these machines have bulldozed Palestinian homes. Synod emphasised the illegality of such activity, and pressed the investment advisers to monitor the situation critically. No reference was made to the bulldozing of Israeli settlers’ homes as they were removed by Israel...
  • Anglicans Vote to Divest From Concerns in Israel-Occupied Areas

    02/10/2006 9:55:58 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 8 replies · 229+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2006 | NEELA BANERJEE
    The governing body of the Church of England voted Monday evening to divest from any corporations that it contends support Israel's activities in Gaza and the West Bank, a move sharply criticized by Jewish groups in Britain and the United States. The resolution is to "heed the call from our sister church, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, for morally responsible investment in the Palestinian occupied territories and, in particular, to disinvest from companies profiting from the illegal occupation, such as Caterpillar Inc., until they change their policies." The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and...
  • Churches facing 'apocalypse soon'

    01/17/2006 8:03:50 PM PST · by Huber · 7 replies · 383+ views
    The TimesOnLine ^ | 1/17/2005 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    THE Church of England is to demand an urgent government cash injection of £55 million a year to avert an “apocalypse” with the closure of hundreds of medieval churches. The Right Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and the Church’s third most senior bishop, is calling on the Government to stop treating the Church as a “museum piece” and to recognise its contribution to modern Britain. “It’s not apocalypse now but it is limited apocalypse soon,” he said. “If no extra money is forthcoming we will see a spate of church closures and losses to whole communities of buildings that...

    01/16/2006 6:22:19 AM PST · by Huber · 27 replies · 641+ views
    VirtueOnLine ^ | 1/13/2006 | David W. Virtue
    BIRMINGHAM, AL: (1/13/2006)--The primate of Central Africa, the Most Rev. Bernard Malango, says the Episcopal Church will never repent and come in line with Scriptural faith, and blasted same-sex civil unions in the Church of England saying they could undermine the whole Anglican Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury's ability to hold the church together, fatally compromising Lambeth 2008. "They [ECUSA] think they are clever and we are ignorant. They believe that they can say one thing and do another and we will be confused and fooled. However, those of us who walked through ECUSA and Canada know what it...
  • Stop apologising for being Christian

    12/21/2005 5:49:22 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 13 replies · 927+ views
    Virtue & The Telegraph UK ^ | December 21, 2005 | Simon Heffer
    By Simon Heffer THE TELEGRAPH 12/21/2005 A measure of the sort of country we now live in - or fear we live in - was to be found on the front of Monday's Daily Telegraph. "Stand up for Christmas, archbishops tell their flocks", our headline read. It referred to a co-ordinated (and many would think somewhat belated) rearguard action against the forces of political correctness by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and his predecessor, Lord Carey. Both referred to the pressure now placed on us to ease off on references to Christmas, Christ and Christianity, for fear of...
  • Conflict in Church of England about to get hotter

    12/20/2005 8:23:01 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 752+ views
    <strike>Wannabe</strike> Newbie Anglican ^ | 12/20/2005 | Mark Marshall
    Conflict in the Church of England between traditionalists and revisionists is about to get hotter and soon. For now that the new UK Civil Partnership law has come into effect, there will be CofE clergy who will, um, “marry” their gay partners. One Darlington vicar has announced his intention to do just that this week. How Christmasy. Such public actions present the powers that be in the Church of England with an unhappy choice: force such marrying kinds among gay clergy (And I’m referring to those who have no intention to practice celibacy.) to stand down and make the revisionists...
  • Last of the True Believers (Decline of Religion in England)

    12/17/2005 2:58:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 973+ views
    Financial Times ^ | December 16 2005 | John Lloyd
    When the former foreign secretary Robin Cook died, he was given a service in St Giles Cathedral, in his native Edinburgh, one of the historic worshipping places of the Church of Scotland. The former Episcopalian Primate of Scotland and Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway, took the service. He smiled broadly as he described it - “Here was I, an agnostic Anglican, taking the service in a Presbyterian church, for a dead atheist politician. And I thought that was just marvellous.” He added: “Of course, he was a Presbyterian atheist, which means he distrusted authority - even that of atheism” (one...