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  • ‘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 Church’s General Synod, following a trial of the proposed wording, said...
  • Church of England Rejects Blessings for Gay Marriages

    02/16/2014 4:20:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Google News ^ | 2/15/14 | AFP
    London — Bishops in the Church of England issued new guidance on Saturday warning clergy they should not bless couples in same-sex marriages, after the idea was recommended in an internal report last year. The House of Bishops was clarifying the Church's response to new legislation allowing gay marriage in England and Wales, which will see the first ceremonies take place in March. "Services of blessing should not be provided. Clergy should respond pastorally and sensitively in other ways," said the guidance, drawn up at a meeting on Thursday. The same-sex marriage law bans the established Churches of England and...
  • Church of England Bishops: We Agree on One Thing – that We Can't Agree on Homosexuality

    01/27/2014 7:05:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/27/14 | John Bingham
    Special gathering of Church of England bishops to discuss landmark proposals on blessings for gay couples ends with admission that the best they can hope for is 'good disagreement'The Church of England’s bishops have finally reached agreement on homosexuality – by saying that they might never be able to agree. They emerged from a frank, day-long meeting behind closed doors, discussing their response to radical proposals to offer wedding-style blessing services for gay couples, and admitted they are deeply divided over the issues and are likely to remain so for years to come. In a joint statement on behalf of...
  • Church of England removes devil from christening service

    01/04/2014 7:43:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 1/5/2014 | Edward Malnick
    The Church of England is introducing a christening ceremony that removes the requirement on parents and godparents to “repent sins” and “reject the devil”. Critics claimed the new wording, designed as an alternative to the current liturgy, “watered down” the concepts of sin and repentance. The text, backed by the Most Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is already being used in 1,000 parishes as part of a trial lasting until Easter, the Mail on Sunday reported. In the current version, in use since 1998, vicars ask parents and godparents if they “reject the devil and all rebellion against...
  • Church of England Proposes 'Blessings' for Gay Marriage

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

    09/10/2013 8:38:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Staff Reporter
    President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, met with Archbishop Vincent Nichols today in London to discuss the urgent need for progress on the peace process and the importance of the continuing support of the Church in England and Wales for all in the Holy Land. President Abbas said that the presence of Christians in the Holy Land was vital as they are not viewed as a minority but an integral part of the Palestinian community. He thanked the Church in this country for its work in supporting a peaceful solution, for helping projects in Palestine and told of...
  • 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...
  • QUEEN APPROVES: GAY MARRIAGE...

    07/17/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 124 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 07/17/2013 | Matt Drudge
    Link to Washington Post Article. There goes the British Empire. The Monarchy has fallen.
  • Op-Ed: Not the Same God

    07/12/2013 3:31:02 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:55 AM | Tabitha Korol
    It was not so long ago, in 2008, that Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed Islam into the United Kingdom. He now speaks of having to adapt further to the growing Muslim population, now numbering two million, with 85 Islamic courts in the UK, where women are unequal to men and remain unprotected from the violence of their fathers and husbands. At least one cleric, Suhaib Hasan, is advocating stoning and amputation (one more adaptation to national acceptance of One Law for All). Apparently, English law has already evolved and adopted some aspects of Sharia law, yet Williams...
  • 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 Israel’s 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...
  • Church of England creating 'pagan church' to recruit members

    06/21/2013 3:19:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2013 | Radhika Sanghani
    The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers. Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers. Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.” He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much...
  • 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 Church’s 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...
  • Queen fights for gay rights: Monarch makes historic pledge

    03/10/2013 4:04:25 AM PDT · by haffast · 77 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 17:58 EST, 9 March 2013 | Simon Walters
    The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign. In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth. snip The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’...
  • Church of England to allow homosexual bishops in civil partnerships

    01/05/2013 2:06:47 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 5, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is a story at CNA/EWTN that made me chuckle a little.What for what is wrong with this (including the terminology). London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate. [First, let's work to get Catholic news services to stop playing into the hands of the homosexualists by using the word "gay". Next, do they mean "celibate" (unmarried) or "continent" (not sexually active)?]“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration...
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • 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...
  • Feds Run Amok With Arroyo Over-Regulation

    12/17/2012 1:53:53 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 8 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Dec 16 2012 | Albuquerque Journal
    To paraphrase, the arroyo to hell is paved with good intentions, illegally dumped garbage, dead trees and underbrush. Just ask Peter and Françoise Smith. They had the audacity to clear debris out of the arroyo on their property behind their home, off N.M. 14 southwest of Santa Fe. Peter Smith says “people dumped garbage down there, and there was a beetle infestation that took out a lot of the piñon.” He says the estimated 600 dead trees presented a fire hazard and the non-native “salt cedar was getting to the point it was so thick you couldn’t walk through it....
  • A Shameful Caricature, and a Warning

    12/02/2012 11:34:36 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-29-12 | Canon Phil Ashley
    In the wake of the narrow defeat of the women bishops measure in the Church of England's General Synod by six votes in the House of Laity, a torrent of criticism has been unleashed on evangelical and Anglo-Catholic Anglicans who opposed the measure. From the Archbishop of Canterbury, members of Parliament, and down through the ranks, the consciences and reasons of those who voted against the measure have been belittled and even vilified. This vilification is most obvious in the editorial in The Guardian (London) from Friday, Nov. 23 by Canon Giles Fraser. Until recently, Canon Fraser held a senior...
  • Understanding the C of E and Those Who May Come Over

    11/26/2012 9:23:26 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 11/24/12 | Fr. Tim Finigan
    The vote against women bishops at the General Synod by the House of Laity may be puzzling to some; perhaps even more so if you are told (correctly) that a significant number of those who voted against it are themselves in favour of women bishops. Tom Sutcliffe has written a balanced and helpful article for Anglican Ink which explains things well. See: A "liberal" member of Synod explains his "no" vote on women bishops. (H/T The Deacon's Bench) Essentially he and others considered that the proposal was misguided in its approach to those who opposed women bishops, and would over-ride...
  • In its search for 'relevance', the Anglican Church is losing relevanc

    11/25/2012 11:08:14 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-21-12 | Tim Stanley
    Being cruel to Anglicans is about as low as kicking a puppy. The Anglican Church does a lot of good for a lot of people and its presence in British public life forces debates about politics and social policy to be a bit more reflective than they would otherwise be. It is also capable of profound beauty. Village churches are arks of Englishness: neatly stacked Books of Common Prayer, hard wooden pews, a perfume of human breath and burning wax, a Union Jack hung above a shrine to the fallen. I pray that the Church of England is never disestablished,...
  • Women Bishops: It's about the Bible, not fake ideas of progress

    11/24/2012 7:24:11 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-23-12 | Tom Wright and Douglas Wilson
    We, of all people, ought to know better. "Progress" gave us modern medicine, liberal democracy, the internet. It also gave us the guillotine, the Gulag and the gas chambers. Western intelligentsia assumed in the 1920s that "history" was moving away from the muddle and mess of democracy towards the brave new world of Russian communism. Many in 1930s Germany regarded Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his friends as on the wrong side of history. The strong point of postmodernity is that the big stories have let us down. And the biggest of all was the modernist myth of "progress". What is more,...
  • Church of England Will Have Women Bishops: New Anglican Head

    11/22/2012 6:27:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/22/12 | Joe Brock
    (Reuters) - The next archbishop of Canterbury is confident he will consecrate a female bishop, he said on Thursday, two days after the Church of England voted against allowing women to become bishops. Bishops and clergy on Tuesday in the General Synod, the Church legislature, comfortably backed the change but lay members were four votes short of a two-thirds majority. "Its clear that woman are going to be bishops in the Church of England," said Justin Welby, who will take over from Rowan Williams as the spiritual leader of the Anglican wing of world Christianity at the end of the...
  • The C of E [Church of England] Must 'Reflect the Values of the Nation'

    11/23/2012 6:07:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Way Out There ^ | 11/23/12 | Fr. Levi
    The transcript for a debate which took place in the British parliament yesterday makes for sobering reading. The debate took place in the wake of the vote by the General Synod of the Church of England not to pass the measure which would have brought in women bishops. One of the remarks made by Sir Tony Baldry, the Second Church Estates Commissioner is particularly noteworthy. He said: As a consequence of the decision by the General Synod, the Church of England no longer looks like a national Church; it simply looks like a sect, like any other sect. If it...
  • The Church of England Still Won't Allow Female Bishops: Good for Them

    11/23/2012 3:21:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-21-12 | Mollie Z. Hemingway
    "When the Church of England narrowly defeated a measure to allow women to be appointed bishops this week after a dozen years of legislative effort, many observers were surprised. After all, the group has ordained women as priests since 1994-what's the big deal with letting female priests become bishops? The answer helps explain why the measure failed. The Church of England is known for the graciousness with which it accommodates minority theological opinions. Since the 1990s, parties that disagreed about female ordination merely had to tolerate each other's presence. Female bishops, on the other hand, would hold significant ecclesial and...
  • Squeezing Harder Than That Squeezing Harder Than That Theology - N.T. Wrights and Wrongs

    11/23/2012 10:59:24 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 11-23-12 | Douglas Wilson
    The Church of England just recently said no to women bishops. There were howls of outrage from all the predictable quarters, for whom such a troglodyte move is just smack-the-forehead baffling. Now I can understand a vote against women bishops as a preliminary move to try to undo the ordination of women priests. And I can understand a vote for women bishops as the next logical step after having established the practice of ordaining women priests. What I don't get is the affirming the ordination of women priests and opposing them as bishops. The pig, once swallowed by the python,...
  • UK: Synod Rejects women bishops. Laity knew more than bishops and clergy

    11/22/2012 10:37:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-22-12 | David W. Virtue
    And so it came to pass that the laity in the Church of England rose up and declared they would not have women bishops to reign over them. The vote was admittedly only six votes, but six votes are six votes. The issue cannot be revisited until a new Synod is elected in 2015. Liberals and progressives along with homosexuals and lesbians are in "tears" and "agony" over this defeat. So is the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the soon to be Archbishop Justin Welby who both spoke up in favor of the measure. It was a bitter pill...
  • The feminist case against women bishops

    11/21/2012 7:48:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-19-12 | Susie Leafe
    Men and women are equal but different. I pray the Church of England will respect this. The question of whether women should become bishops can be boiled down to one word: equality. And it is because I believe in equality that I am against women becoming bishops. Opponents of women bishops in the Church of England are often dismissed as being incurably dusty and out of date. That in 2012 - 12 years into the third millennium - this issue is being argued about is taken as proof that the Church is hopelessly behind the curve. But if you listen...
  • African Leaders Warn Welby: Anglican Church is ‘Fractured’

    11/12/2012 5:56:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/9/12 | John Bingham
    The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is taking over a Church in “spiritual and institutional crisis” leaders representing 31 million African Christians warned tonight.A group of Bishops and senior clerics from Nigeria and Kenya issued a call for the Archbishop of Canterbury effectively to be replaced as leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion by an elected chairman. Meanwhile the Anglican church in Uganda offered Bishop Welby its support but warned the Church is “fractured” over questions such as homosexuality and the interpretation of the Bible. The remarks come following a meeting of Anglican leaders from around the world in...
  • Church Panel Under Pressure to Name New Anglican Leader

    10/27/2012 9:50:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/12 | Alessandra Prentice and Peter Griffiths
    (Reuters) - A secretive group choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, is under pressure to break a deadlock in their talks and reach a decision, nearly a month after an announcement was expected. The choice of the next head of the worldwide Anglican Communion comes at critical time for a church threatened by a rise in secularism and long-running divisions over senior women clergy and homosexuality. The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury will have to contend with the risk of a schism over sex and sexuality. Liberal church leaders in the United States...
  • Tea With Honey But Not in Jerusalem: Abp of Canterbury Makes His Peace With Post-Christian England

    10/02/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Tracey Rowland
    Dr Rowan Williams is retiring as the Archbishop of Canterbury to take up the post of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His “valedictory” book, Faith in the Public Square, is attracting considerable media interest. I was prompted to buy it after reading Dr William Oddie’s particularly colorful review in the London Catholic Herald. Oddie concluded that the ideas promoted in the book are the sort of impractical nonsense one only hears on Oxbridge high tables and in senior common rooms. I have never met Dr Williams but I once quoted him in a paper I delivered in Italy, a short...
  • Siljander pleads guilty in Islamic American Relief Agency lobbying case

    07/09/2010 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 5 replies
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 A former congressman pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as an unregistered agent in Washington for a Missouri-based Islamic charity that the federal government said had ties to international terrorism. It was an odd outcome for Mark D. Siljander, who said he wanted to help bridge the gulf between Muslims and Christians. A Republican who attained one of Michigan's congressional seats from 1981 to 1987 with assistance from the Moral Majority, Siljander was outspoken about conservative social issues. Siljander confirmed in a Kansas City, Mo., court that he contacted members of Congress in an effort to lift...
  • Olympics: Call For New Rules On Empty Seats

    07/29/2012 6:00:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Olympics: Call For New Rules On Empty Seats The sight of rows of empty seats at some Olympic venues on the first full day of the Games prompts a fierce debate. The head of the British Olympic Association has called for new measures to avoid swathes of empty seats at some of the most popular events during the London Games. Lord Moynihan wants to bring in a 30-minute rule on ticketing so that people who fail to turn up on time lose their seats. "We need every seat filled," he said. "We owe it to the team, we owe it...
  • More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

    04/01/2012 10:02:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Refreshing News ^ | April 1, 2012
    A parish church has been torn apart by its priest’s decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church. St. Annes R.C. Church in Darlington (England)On Wednesday, the 26-strong choir of St James the Great will sing for the congregation as they have always done during Holy Week. But this week they will do so a mile down the road in St Anne’s Roman Catholic church, their new home. Led by Fr Ian Grieves, the priest at St James in Darlington for 23 years, 58 parishioners will formally join the Ordinariate, the body set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans....
  • Idaho Couple's Permit Fight Drags Wetlands Back to Supreme Court

    09/19/2011 5:55:12 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho -- Sitting unobtrusively across the road from a pristine lake in the northern Idaho panhandle, the half-acre lot covered with weeds and piles of gravel isn't much to look at. And yet, in a few months' time, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will decide its fate. For four years the land has sat idle while its owners, Mike and Chantell Sackett, have been locked in a fight with U.S. EPA.
  • Anglican Church ‘may cease to exist in 20 years’

    07/14/2011 6:09:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Yorkshire Post ^ | 13 July 2011 | Yorkshire Post
    The Church of England will no longer be “functionally extant” in 20 years time according to some projections, a member of the General Synod has warned. The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond, from Norwich, told members of the Church’s national assembly that they were facing a “perfect storm” of ageing congregations and falling clergy numbers. The average age of congregations was 61, with many above that, he said. “These congregations will be led by fewer and fewer stipendiary clergy ... 2020 apparently is when our congregations start falling through the floor because of just natural wastage, that is people dying. “Another...
  • Anglicans should throw out dry tradition ( should rip up the pews and encourage real participation)

    07/05/2011 3:43:55 PM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 July 2011 | Theo Hobson
    I wrote an article on this site a few months ago in which I expressed a change of mind. After many years of kicking against my native Anglicanism, I found that the American version of it, the Episcopal church, was to my liking.As I previously explained, this church is proof that Anglicanism is not necessarily defined by the intolerable (to me) conservatism of the C of E. There is a world elsewhere. I always vaguely knew this on a theoretical level, but since moving to New York I have experienced its truth.....I've been attending a well-known arty-liberal church in Manhattan...
  • Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored

    06/13/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | 6-13-2011 | Wes Vernon - Commentary
    Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored Wes Vernon June 13, 2011 If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of...
  • Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriage [Royals Can Marry Muslims But NOT Catholics]

    04/24/2011 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 24, 2011 | Rosa Prince
    Church Blocks Reforms Over Royal Marriages The Church of England has blocked a Government move to scrap a centuries-old law which prevents members of the Royal family from marrying Roman Catholics, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. If the Supreme Governor of the Church of England was a Roman Catholic, they would ultimately be answerable to a separate sovereign leader, the Pope, and the Vatican. 24 Apr 2011 Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, began work towards repealing the 1701 Act of Settlement, under which heirs to the throne must renounce their claim on marrying a Roman Catholic, in order to...
  • Hundreds (600) of Anglicans start move to Catholic church on Ash Wednesday

    03/09/2011 1:30:07 PM PST · by NYer · 118 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | March 9, 2011 | Robert Barr
    LONDON - Hundreds of disaffected Anglicans left the Church of England to become Roman Catholics on Ash Wednesday, the Christian day of penance.The day set by the church to welcome converts wishing to join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a unique grouping created by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglicans left feeling isolated since the Church of England decided in 1992 to ordain women as priests. Tensions have grown further as the governing General Synod moves to allow women to become bishops while denying special structures to protect the sensitivities of the objectors."I believe that synod is trying to...
  • British Anglicans Preparing Mass Defection to Roman Catholic Church

    01/30/2011 2:26:12 PM PST · by fabrizio · 192 replies
    LONDON -- Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans were preparing Sunday to defect from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent, Sky News reported. It follows a campaign by a former Anglican bishop in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy. Father Keith Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate -- a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope -- to welcome protestant defectors. Despite the efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglo Catholics have begun leaving following the conversion of three Anglican bishops in mid-January.
  • Church of England reviews stake in Israeli rail

    07/08/2010 9:19:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | July 8, 2010 | Simon Rocker
    The Church of England is reviewing its investment in a company building Jerusalem's light railway amid concern that the tramline "will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied east Jerusalem". But the Church has stopped short of endorsing a campaign urged by Palestinian churches to boycott "everything produced" by Israel's West Bank occupation. The boycott call was made in a document known as 'Kairos Palestine', issued by Palestinian Christians last December. It denounces "Israeli occupation of Palestinian land" as "a sin against God and humanity". Last week, the Methodist Church voted to circulate the document among its members, taking up...
  • Archbishops Risk 'Bloodbath' Over Women Priests by Letting Opponents of Reform Remain in The Clergy

    06/21/2010 7:42:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/20/10 | Jonathan Petre
    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are to make a dramatic intervention in the long-running row over women bishops this week by demanding that opponents of female clergy are not driven out of the Church. Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu are so concerned thousands of traditionalist churchgoers will quit when women become bishops that they are to risk the wrath of liberals by calling for major reforms in Church legislation. Sources said their statement will spell out a legal formula that will give traditionalist clergy and parishes the right to reject the authority of a woman bishop. The...
  • Re-Married Lesbian Bishops Are Hard To Shop For

    06/08/2010 3:18:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 27+ views
    NC Register ^ | June 8, 2010 | Pat Archibold
    What happens when you sit on a three legged stool with only two legs? Out of the UK comes news that at a meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops in May, they voted for the first time to allow divorced bishops. The only question I have is, what took them so long?  What I mean to say is that in a ‘church’ that has formally abandoned the indissolubility of marriage (a point on which Jesus was fairly unambiguous), that this day was surely to come. The Anglican traditionalists are shocked and disappointed.  For my part, I am shocked and...
  • Rowan Williams, Chris Grayling, homophobia and synthetic outrage

    04/05/2010 12:20:59 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 11 replies · 624+ views
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 4th, 2010 | By Daniel Hannan
    When someone claims to have been “offended” by someone else’s remarks, he is usually grandstanding. Believe me: I’ve been on the receiving end of synthetic outrage more often than most. It’s one of the reasons I feel a certain kinship with Rowan Williams. ... It’s a similar story with the fabricated row about Chris Grayling’s belief that religious B&B owners should not be forced by law to let rooms to gay couples. Such hoteliers are guilty of bad business as well as bad manners: they are harming their profits for no good reason. But you don’t have to be anti-gay...
  • Archbishop (of Canterbury): assisted suicide would ‘cross a moral’ line

    02/13/2010 1:10:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 378+ views
    The Christian Institute ^ | 2/10/10 | The Christian Institute
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that legalising assisted suicide would “cross a moral boundary”, and lead us into “very dangerous territory” during his address to the Church of England’s General Synod. Dr Rowan Williams also used his address to criticise Harriet Harman’s Equality Bill, currently before Parliament, which he described as “ideological” and “dangerous”. During his speech Dr Williams declared that the church “will argue fiercely, so long as legal argument continues, that granting a ‘right to die’ is not only a moral mistake, as I believe myself, but the upsetting of a balance of freedoms.” He also cautioned...
  • Methodist church 'prepared to go out of existence'

    02/12/2010 7:55:56 PM PST · by ComeUpHigher · 51 replies · 1,243+ views
    Mail Online ^ | February 12, 2010 | Steve Doughty
    Leaders of the Methodist Church yesterday offered to surrender more than 200 years of independence from the Church of England. They said they were ready to 'cease having a separate existence' and merge with Anglicans to help the cause of Christianity. The promise, made to the Church of England's parliament, the General Synod, follows two decades of growing anxiety among Methodists over falling membership and its receding influence in society. Once seen as a pillar of working class culture and a major contributor to the thinking of the Labour Party, the church has seen its membership shrink to just 265,000.
  • The Church of England Will Ordain Women Bishops. Get Over it – or Leave

    02/10/2010 9:08:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 429+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/10/10 | Damian Thompson
    I don’t belong to a Church which makes decisions about something as fundamental as the ordination of women priests by voting in a quasi-parliamentary General Synod. But, if I did, and if that Church then prepared to take the logical step of ordaining women bishops, I’d ask myself a simple question. Will these ordinations be valid? Then I stay. Invalid? Then I go. I am not saying that if you are an Anglo-Catholic who opposes women’s ordination then you must now seek to join the Ordinariate that Pope Benedict has set up for ex-Anglicans. Lots of conservative “Catholic Anglicans” don’t...
  • Church May Split Over Women Bishops and Gay Priests, Warns Rowan Williams

    02/09/2010 5:15:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,058+ views
    London Times ^ | February 09, 2010 | Ruth Gledhill
    February 10, 2010 Church May Split Over Women Bishops and Gay Priests, Warns Rowan Williams Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent Members of the General Synod listen to Dr Williams?s address yesterday The Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday that damaging infighting over women bishops and gay priests could result in a permanent split in the Anglican Communion. Dr Rowan Williams stressed that he did not “want or relish” the prospect of division. He called on the Church of England and Anglicans worldwide to step back from a “betrayal” of God’s mission and to put the work of Christ before schism. But he...
  • Rowan Williams Issues 'Profound Apology' to Gay Christians

    02/09/2010 9:19:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies · 670+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 2/9/10 | Ruth Gledhill
    The Archbishop of Canterbury today issued a "profound apology" to the lesbian and gay Christian community. In a powerful address to General Synod Dr Rowan Williams warned that any schism within the church would represent of a "betrayal" of God's mission. But he made clear that he regretted recent rhetoric in which he has sought to mollify the fears of the traditionalist wing of the church. The Archbishop is from the Church's liberal Catholic wing and a man who once espoused equal rights for gays within the Church. More recently he has adopted a conservative line for the sake of...
  • Church of England Is "Living In The Past", Says BBC's Head of Religion ["Treat All Faiths Equally"]

    02/06/2010 1:27:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 398+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 06, 2010 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Church of England Is "Living In The Past", Says BBC's Head of Religion The BBC's head of religion has accused the Church of England of "living in the past" and said that the corporation should not give Christianity preferential treatment. By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Media Correspondent 06 Feb 2010 BBC's head of religion, Aaqil Ahmed [Pic in URL]. Aaqil Ahmed, a controversial executive whose appointment last year prompted more than 100 complaints, said: "I think all the faiths should be treated in the same way. I don't believe in treating any faith differently." He dismissed claims that the BBC was marginalising...