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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...