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  • Retired bishops say Church of England ignores gay Christians

    02/12/2017 8:32:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2017 7:45 AM EST
    Fourteen retired Anglican bishops are criticizing the Church of England’s attitude to homosexuality, saying the church is not listening to the voices of gay Christians. They are responding to a report from the church’s House of Bishops, which calls for a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gays and lesbians, but says the church should not lift its opposition to same-sex marriage. In an open letter , the ex-bishops say that “while the pain of LGBT people is spoken about in your report, we do not hear its authentic voice.” …
  • [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 Church’s General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of paper....
  • 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...