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  • Rift deepens between Government and Church of England

    12/28/2008 9:51:15 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 475+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/28/2008 | Jon Swaine and James Kirkup
    Relations between the Government and the Church of England reached a new low on Sunday as Labour figures angrily hit back at criticism of the party's economic policy from several bishops. Anglican leaders led by Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, the Bishop of Manchester, accused Labour of being "morally corrupt" and "beguiled by money". Rev McCulloch described Gordon Brown's plan for Britain to borrow its way out of recession as "scandalous". The Bishops of Carlisle, Durham, Hulme, and Winchester also used interviews with The Sunday Telegraph to voice strong criticism of Labour's policies on the economy, poverty and social justice. The...
  • Vicar bans 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

    12/12/2008 7:25:48 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 23 replies · 567+ views
    TimesOnline.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Ruth Gledhill Religion Correspondent
    A Church of England clergyman has banned the popular hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem from his Christmas services because he claims it does not reflect the true state of the town believed by Christians to be the place of Jesus' birth. “That just isn’t what it is like there at the moment. It isn’t still and peaceful, it is full of tension and anger and fearful people. Mr Coulter visited the Middle East last month along with a group of 30 parishioners and said he was shocked by the security wall.
  • Church of England apologises to Darwin (Chamberlain-like appeasement of secularism)

    09/19/2008 5:20:57 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 51 replies · 257+ views
    CMI ^ | September 20, 2008 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Church of England apologises to Darwin Anglican Church’s neo-Chamberlainite appeasement of secularism 20 September 2008 ...it’s notable that many evolutionized clergy not only have appeased secularism but also appeased radical Islam: the leading cleric in the CoE, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, stated earlier this year that adoption of sharia law in the UK seems unavoidable. (Click link to read entire article...a must read!)
  • Church makes ‘ludicrous’ apology to Charles Darwin - 126 years after his death

    09/13/2008 3:24:36 PM PDT · by gondramB · 55 replies · 519+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | September 13, 2008 | Jonathan Petre
    The Church of England will tomorrow officially apologise to Charles Darwin for misunderstanding his theory of evolution. In a bizarre step, the Church will address its contrition directly to the Victorian scientist himself, even though he died 126 years ago. But the move was greeted with derision last night, with Darwin’s great-great-grandson dismissing it as ‘pointless’ and other critics branding it ‘ludicrous’. ---- Church officials compared the apology to the late Pope John Paul II’s decision to say sorry for the Vatican’s 1633 trial of Galileo, the astronomer who appalled prelates by declaring that the earth revolved around the sun....
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Views Homosexual Acts and Marriage as Comparable?

    08/06/2008 4:21:19 PM PDT · by tcg · 9 replies · 281+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/07/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    An explosive article appeared Wednesday in the London Times entitled “Rowan Williams: Gay relationships 'comparable to marriage'”. Ruth Gledhill, the Religion Correspondent of the Times may have blown the lid off of the perceived pause in the internal battles threatening the the Church of England after the Lambeth Conference. Ms. Gledhill wrote: “Rowan Williams believes that gay sexual relationships can “reflect the love of God” in a way that is comparable to marriage, The Times has learnt. Gay partnerships pose the same ethical questions as those between a man and woman and the key issue for Christians is that they...
  • Anglican leader urges ban on gay bishops

    08/03/2008 10:09:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 270+ views
    <p>New York (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans is urging an extended ban on consecrating another gay bishop until their troubled fellowship can be healed.</p> <p>Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams made the plea Sunday, the final day of the Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade Anglican meeting in Canterbury, England.</p>
  • Outrage as rector in gay marriage row stages £1,800 'white weddings' for Japanese tourists

    07/19/2008 6:25:48 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 14 replies · 205+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20th July 2008 | Jonathan Petre
    The rector who presided at the controversial 'gay marriage' of two priests has caused fresh outrage by conducting £1,800 'white wedding' services for Japanese tourists. The Rev Martin Dudley has benefited from a craze for Western-style ceremonies among Japanese couples - many followers of Shintoism or Buddhism - by blessing their unions in his London church. The blessings - which feature traditional music, a white bridal dress, prayers and Bible readings, bouquets and confetti - are not banned by the Church of England but critics say they undermine the dignity of marriage.
  • Bishop Gene Robinson, Sir Ian McKellen, and "For the Bible Tells Me So"

    07/15/2008 11:04:58 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 14 replies · 117+ views
    Integrity USA ^ | Moday, July 14, 2008 | Katie Sherrod
    Tonight the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre featured the UK premier of For The Bible Tells Me So, “a provocative documentary about the chasm that separates gay life and Christianity today,” produced by Dan Karslake. It was followed by a conversation and Q&A with the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson and Sir Ian McKellen, Shakespearean actor and star of The Lord of the Rings. The evening started with a beautiful bass voice giving the standard instructions for everyone to turn off their cell phones and pagers. Turns out it was Sir Ian, who arrived on stage a few minutes...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims'

    07/15/2008 11:41:21 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 126 replies · 322+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 15, 2008 | Steve Doughty
    Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today. Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christiaity in history for its violence, harsh use of punishments, and its betrayal of its peaceful principles. His acknowledgement of Christian faults came in a highly conciliatory letter to Islamic leaders calling for an alliance between the two faiths for 'the common good'. It risked fresh controversy for the Archbishop in the wake of his pronouncement earlier this year that a place should be found for Islamic sharia law in the British legal system. The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has admitted...
  • Anglicans to Catholics: Ready or Not, Here we Come

    07/08/2008 2:39:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 530+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 07/07/2008 | Hilary White
    Church of England General Synod to touch off an exodus by approving women bishops YORK, England - "There can be no future for Christianity in Europe without Rome," an Anglican bishop told the Sunday Telegraph this weekend, after it was revealed that a group of "senior" bishops from the Church of England has been in secret negotiations with the highest levels of the Vatican to discuss the current crisis in Anglicanism over the acceptance of homosexuality and female bishops. Bishops from both the Church of England's "evangelical" or protestant and "high" or "Catholic" wings are said to have been involved...
  • Church [of England] Votes For Women Bishops

    07/07/2008 4:12:34 PM PDT · by Grig · 51 replies · 164+ views
    sky ^ | 11:35pm UK, Monday July 07, 2008
    The Church of England's ruling body has voted to go ahead with the ordination of women bishops. But the Church was facing a damaging split after members of its General Synod threw out compromise proposals on females in senior ranks. All safeguards demanded by traditionalists were rejected. Sky News correspondent Mike McCarthy said: "It's a historic and very significant moment for the Church of England. "The real test now is how many people will leave (the Church). There are certainly going to be many wrestling with their consciences." The Synod members voted to approve work on a national statutory code...
  • Church of England clergy plan mass exit over women bishops

    06/30/2008 5:14:08 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 165+ views
    Church of England clergy plan mass exit over women bishops 1,300 write protest letter to archbishop Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent More than 1,300 clergy, including 11 serving bishops, have written to the archbishops of Canterbury and York to say that they will defect from the Church of England if women are consecrated bishops. As the wider Anglican Communion fragments over homosexuality, England’s established Church is moving towards its own crisis with a crucial vote on women bishops this weekend. In a letter to Rowan Williams and John Sentamu, seen by The Times, the signatories give warning that they will consider...
  • Anglican Church: Gay 'Wedding' Broke Rules

    06/14/2008 9:51:29 PM PDT · by Raineygoodyear · 19 replies · 165+ views
    Fox News ^ | June14th, 2008
    LONDON — A "wedding"-like ceremony between two male priests broke the Church of England's rules, a spokesman for the Anglican body said Saturday. The two clergymen exchanged rings and vows last month at a ceremony in St. Bartholomew the Great in London, according to The Sunday Telegraph, a preview of which was made available Saturday. The paper said the ceremony included traditional marriage liturgy, hymns and a Eucharist. The ceremony took place in defiance of the Bishop of London, in whose diocese it took place. It is likely to embolden liberal clergy who have been reluctant to offer a full...
  • UK: Male priests marry in Anglican church's first gay 'wedding'

    06/14/2008 4:51:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 73 replies · 338+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/15/2008 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    An Anglican church has held a homosexual "wedding" for the first time in a move that will deepen the rift between liberals and traditionalists, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony that was conducted using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites – a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives. Rev Peter Cowell and Rev Dr David Lord The ceremony broke Church of England guidelines and was carried out last month in defiance of the Bishop of London, in whose diocese it took place. News of the "wedding" emerged days before...
  • Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society - and Islam is filling the void

    05/28/2008 6:00:31 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 142+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 28th May 2008 | Sean Poulter and Niall Firth
    The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday. It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum. In a lacerating attack on liberal values, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, said the country was mired in a doctrine of 'endless self-indulgence' that had brought an explosion in public violence and binge-drinking. In a blow to Gordon Brown, he mocked the 'scramblings and scratchings' of politicians who try to cast new British values such as respect and...
  • Radical Islam is Filling a ‘Moral Vacuum’ Left by Decline of Christianity in Britain

    05/28/2008 11:19:35 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 153+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 28, 2008 | Sean Poulter and Niall Firth
    Senior Bishop Warns - Radical Islam is filling a ‘moral vacuum’ in Britain, a senior Church of England bishop has warned. The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has said that the decline of Christian values has meant that Britain is now gripped by the doctrine of ‘endless self-indulgence’ which had led to the destruction of family life. He warned that the ‘newfangled and insecurely founded doctrine of multiculturalism' has led to immigrants creating ‘segregated communities and parallel lives’. In an article published in the new political magazine Standpoint, Nazir-Ali claimed that the Church lost its influence over...
  • ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF THE ENGLISH 605 [Feast: May 27/28]

    05/26/2008 7:40:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 322+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | EWTN, Lives of the Saints
    SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF THE ENGLISH—C. 605 Feast: May 28 When Pope Gregory began to plan for the evangelization of England, the land was still largely pagan, although in the southwest there were remnants of earlier missionary efforts. To lead this important mission, Gregory chose Augustine, prior of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome, of which Gregory had been the founder. Nothing is known of Augustine's life until the year 596, when, with a party of Benedictine monks, he set out northwards from Rome. He carried letters of commendation to various Gallic bishops. On reaching Provence, the...
  • Churchgoing on its knees as Christianity falls out of favour (the dying British Churches)

    05/24/2008 1:03:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 137+ views
    The Times of London ^ | May 23,2008 | Ruth Gledhill
    Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation, research published today suggests. The fall - from the four million people who attend church at least once a month today - means that the Church of England, Catholicism and other denominations will become financially unviable. A lack of funds from the collection plate to support the Christian infrastructure, including church upkeep and ministers’ pay and pensions, will force church closures as ageing congregations die. In contrast, the number of actively religious Muslims will have increased...
  • UGANDA: Gay Row - U.S. Pastor Rick Warren Supports Country On Boycott

    03/29/2008 8:22:34 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 26 replies · 505+ views
    virtue online ^ | 3-29-2008 | evelyn lirri
    FAMED American pastor, Dr Rick Warren has said he supports the decision by Ugandan bishops to boycott the forthcoming Lamebth conference in England, United Kingdom. The conference brings together Bishops of the Anglican Communion from all 38 Provinces of the Communion every 10 years. "The Church of England is wrong and I support the Church of Uganda(CoU) on the boycott,"Dr Warren said on Thursday shortly after arriving in Uganda. The Bishops are protesting the Church of England's tolerance a homosexuality. Announcing the boycott in February, Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi said that Uganda's action had been prompted by the invitation of...
  • Britain has lost its way, says Archbishop

    03/02/2008 12:27:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 7,250+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/2/2008 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    The Government has failed to find a vision for the country and has not built a cohesive society, the Archbishop of York has claimed. Dr John Sentamu said that racism had been allowed to flourish and that Britain was no longer the "great nation" it once had been. Instead, it was a nation in crisis. "Britain is in a very, very uncomfortable place," he said. In a wide-ranging speech on the country's "broken society", the Ugandan-born archbishop called for Britain to regain the values of "mission and enterprise" that had made it so effective when it had an empire. Dr...
  • The Archbishop and Sharia: What Empty Churches Are Made of

    02/25/2008 10:36:41 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 29 replies · 567+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 2/25/2008 | Chuck Colson
    There are an estimated 1.6 million Muslims in Great Britain. By some estimates, more people attend mosque than go to Anglican churches every week. Judging by recent comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is easy to see why. As most of you by now know, Archbishop Rowan William said in a recent interview that the “UK has to ‘face up to the fact’ that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.” He left no doubt who those “citizens” are: British Muslims. So according to Williams, British Muslims should not have to choose between “the...
  • UK Anglican Bishop Fined £47,345 and Sent for "Re-Education" in Gay Employment Case

    02/11/2008 4:17:36 PM PST · by wagglebee · 48 replies · 77+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/11/08 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 11, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Anglican bishop of Hereford has been ordered by a court to undergo "equal opportunities training" and pay a fine of £47,345.00, the equivalent of $92,106.00 Cn., for refusing to hire an active homosexual for a position of trust with young people. The ruling also stated that Hereford diocese staff "involved in recruitment should receive equal opportunities training"."The respondents discriminated against the claimant on the grounds of sexual orientation," said the ruling from the Cardiff Employment Tribunal.The Right Reverend Anthony Priddis refused to hire a homosexual man, John Reaney, as a youth worker...
  • "Unavoidable" choice (Archbishop Williams calls for the appeasement of radicals)

    02/11/2008 2:49:55 PM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies · 67+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 11 February 08 | Frank Gaffney
    CSP Decision Brief | Feb 11, 2008 Ironically, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Rowan Williams, who in his capacity of Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England. Our thanks are not due this cleric, however, for his appalling pronouncement last week that we had better get used to the imposition of Shariah law in Britain since it is now, in his words, "unavoidable." Rather, we should be appreciative because, by his declaration of capitulation to and appeasement of the Islamofascists – who agree with him on the inevitability of the triumph of the...
  • (Anglican) Bishop: Christians don't go to heaven

    02/10/2008 1:46:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 97 replies · 149+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2/10/08 | WorldNetDaily
    A bishop described as "one of the most formidable figures in the world of Christian thought" is now challenging the widely held belief that Christians go to heaven when they die. N.T. "Tom" Wright, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England who has been praised for his staunch defense of the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ, has published a new book in which he says people do not ascend to God's dwelling place. Instead, God will be coming back to Earth. "Never at any point do the Gospels or Paul say Jesus has been raised, therefore we...
  • Archbishop, you’ve committed treason

    02/10/2008 10:53:59 AM PST · by mojito · 46 replies · 142+ views
    Times Online (UK)/Sunday Times ^ | 2/10/2008 | Minette Marrin
    My text for today is “Hold fast that which is good”: 1 Thessalonians 5:21. These are words I heard so regularly in prayers at my Anglican girls’ school that I have been unable to forget them. I draw them to the attention of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who seems to have forgotten them. At least, he seems to be losing his grip on what is good in this country and, indeed, to be throwing it away with both hands in his curious suggestion that aspects of sharia should be recognised in English law. In an interview on Radio 4 last...
  • Sharia law may result in 'legal apartheid'

    02/09/2008 1:42:00 PM PST · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 95+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Februari 09 2008 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Senior religious leaders attack multiculturalism and sharia law today, warning that they are "disastrous", socially divisive and are destroying Britain's culture and values. Lord Carey and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor rebut the call of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for Islamic law to be recognised in Britain. Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, said: "His acceptance of some Muslim laws within British law would be disastrous for the nation. He has overstated the case for accommodating Islamic legal codes. "His conclusion that Britain will eventually have to concede some place in law for aspects of sharia is a...
  • Sharia law row: Archbishop is in shock as he faces demands to quit

    02/09/2008 6:35:53 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 68 replies · 437+ views
    This Is London ^ | Feb.9, 2008
    Under fire: Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams The Archbishop of Canterbury was facing demands to quit last night as the row over sharia law intensified. Leading bishops publicly contradicted Dr Rowan Williams's call for Islamic law to be brought into the British legal system. With the Church of England plunged into crisis, senior figures were said to be discussing the archbishop's future. One member of the church's "Cabinet", the Archbishop's Council, was reported as saying: "There have been a lot of calls for him to resign. I don't suppose he will take any notice, but, yes, he should resign."...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury 'should resign' over Sharia row

    02/08/2008 10:26:13 AM PST · by mojito · 44 replies · 144+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 2/8/2008 | Ruth Gledhill
    A senior Church of England clergyman called today for the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, over his remarks supporting Sharia in England. The call, from a long-standing member of the Church's governing body, the General Synod, demonstrated the strength of the backlash Dr Williams that faces from within his own Church — as well as from political and other faith leaders. The senior Synod member, who insisted on remaining anonymous, told The Times: "A lot of people will now have lost confidence in him. I am just so shocked, and cannot believe a man of his...
  • Another Batch of Fudge from Canterbury

    10/21/2007 4:43:18 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 2,047+ views
    Still On Patrol ^ | 10/21/2007 | David Trimble
    Although some have tried to hail his statements as a great thing, a recent letter from Archbishop Rowan Williams to Bishop John Howe of Central Florida strikes me as further muddy-ing the waters regarding the future of orthodox Anglicans in the global Communion.  Read the whole letter at StandFirm:  http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/7037/ . Abp. Williams has stated to Bp. Howe that:  "...any Diocese compliant with Windsor remains clearly in communion with Canterbury and the mainstream of the Communion, whatever may be the longer-term result for others in The Episcopal Church. The organ of union with the wider Church is the Bishop and...
  • 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,...
  • Endorsement could be a first (Vicky Gene Robinson for Obama !!)

    08/06/2007 5:16:50 PM PDT · by gobucks · 25 replies · 1,161+ views
    Concord Monitor ^ | 3 Aug 07 | Lauren Dorgan
    I n a move that may be unprecedented for a New Hampshire religious leader, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson yesterday endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop and among the best-known religious figures in the state, said he was endorsing as a private citizen and would not bring politics to the pulpit. "I'm looking for a healer, and I believe that Sen. Obama can be that," said Robinson, of Weare. A registered independent, Robinson said he had never before waded into politics publicly, but he said that in recent years, he's become convinced...
  • London: Cathedral bans [Lord] Carey as a 'divisive force'

    11/02/2006 5:23:07 PM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 315+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 11/02/2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, has been banned from one of the oldest cathedrals in Britain after accusations that he has become an "instrument of disunity". Lord Carey, who has become a champion of orthodoxy in the Anglican Church since stepping down from the top job in 2002, was due to speak at Bangor Cathedral, North Wales, in February. The Dean of Bangor, the Very Rev Alun Hawkins, is understood to have imposed the unprecedented ban because he feels that Lord Carey has become a "divisive force" and has been "disloyal" to his successor, Dr Rowan...
  • Church rebels plan £1bn property grab

    07/19/2006 12:39:52 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 350+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 7/09/2006 | Chritopher Morgan
    The Sunday Times - Britain The Sunday Times July 09, 2006 Church rebels plan £1bn property grab Christopher Morgan TRADITIONALISTS in the Church of England are preparing for a possible breakaway over women bishops by taking legal advice on whether they could claim property worth more than £1 billion. John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham and leader of the traditionalist group Forward in Faith, has commissioned a QC to assess the implications of the move. The lawyer has told him that if parishes that object to women bishops withdrew from the church, local bishops would have no power to take over...
  • Italy, Poland fail to settle issue of ‘secret prisons’

    03/01/2006 11:09:08 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 225+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 1 2006 | Daniel Dombey
    Italy, Poland fail to settle issue of ‘secret prisons’ By Daniel Dombey in London Published: March 1 2006 18:13 | Last updated: March 1 2006 18:13 Italy and Poland have failed to dispel suspicions that they have broken European law by colluding with the US over “secret prisons” and extra-legal abductions, the 46-nation Council of Europe said on Wednesday. The human rights body said the two countries had failed to give clear answers to questions about their possible involvement in illegal activities by foreign intelligence agencies. Council of Europe member states are legally bound to respond to such inquiries. “I...
  • The radicals behind the Anglican Church

    02/26/2006 6:12:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 409+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 26, 2006 | SARAH MANDEL
    Last week, British chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks came out strongly against the Church of England for its vote for "morally responsible investment" (MRI) in Israel (a.k.a. divestment). In response church leaders stated that the vote was merely advisory. The archbishop of Canterbury, who heads the Anglican Church and supported the measure, claimed it was not a vote for divestment and that he remained committed to "a continued personal engagement with the Jewish communities in Israel and in the United Kingdom." If there is a lesson from this debacle, it is that attention must be paid to Palestinian NGOs, rather than...
  • 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...
  • Dick Marty: highly likely that European governments were aware of ‘rendition’ affecting Europe

    01/24/2006 12:22:18 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Council of Europe website ^ | January 24, 2006
    Strasbourg, 24.01.2006 – It is highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the “rendition” of more than a hundred persons affecting Europe, according to Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly investigator Dick Marty, whose interim assessment was made public today in an information memorandum. Citing statements made by American officials and others, Mr Marty said there was “a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of ‘relocation’ or ‘outsourcing’ of torture”. He added: “It has been proved – and in fact never denied – that individuals have...
  • Civil Partnerships a Parody of Marriage: Bishops Must Take Action

    12/30/2005 10:06:04 AM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 489+ views
    GadgetVicar ^ | 12/29/2005 | Anglican Mainstream UK
    Press Release from Anglican Mainstream ‘CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS A PARODY OF MARRIAGE:  BISHOPS MUST TAKE ACTION’ say many Anglicans Civil partnerships are a parody of the marriage relationship which is God’s provision for human flourishing, say many Church of England Clergy and lay leaders. They consider the government’s Civil Partnership Act 2005 is deeply ambiguous about whether these partnerships are marriage or not. Following the passing of the Act, the House of Bishops of the Church of England released a pastoral statement on July 25 2005.  Anglican Mainstream, the Church of England Evangelical Council, and Reform all issued responses to the...
  • Dredging could have contributed to levee failure

    12/08/2005 10:09:15 PM PST · by caryatid · 19 replies · 620+ views
    nola.com ^ | December 9, 2005 | Bob Marshall and Sheila Grissett
    When the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board developed a plan in 1981 to improve street drainage by dredging the 17th Street canal to increase capacity for Pump Station No.¤6, residents across the city applauded. Increasingly heavy rains were not only flooding streets, but pushing water into homes. Action was needed. It seemed like a no-brainer. Today forensic engineers investigating the levee breach that flooded much of city during Hurricane Katrina aren’t so sure. The search for the cause of the failure keeps returning to that dredging project as the probable starting point for a series of mistakes they believe...
  • Firm blames corps for short piling

    12/03/2005 9:25:37 AM PST · by caryatid · 9 replies · 575+ views
    The Times Picayune ^ | December 03, 2005 | Bob Marshall and Mark Schleifstein
    An engineering firm involved in the design of the 17th Street Canal levee and floodwalls said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers overruled its recommendation to drive sheet piling to a depth of 35 feet below sea level along a stretch of the floodwall that failed during Hurricane Katrina, causing massive flooding in Lakeview and other parts of the city. William B. Conway, chairman of the Metairie engineering firm Modjeski and Masters, in a letter to The Times-Picayune, said the corps plan eventually led to pilings that were driven just 10 feet below sea level. Modjeski and Masters was...
  • Sonar tests reveal levee shortcomings

    12/01/2005 7:57:22 PM PST · by Imnotalib · 8 replies · 532+ views
    Young, now helping to rebuild three damaged New Orleans canals between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, said design drawings show that steel pilings reinforcing the levees should have been driven to a depth of 17 feet below sea level. That does not appear to have been the case, based on preliminary findings by an investigative team led by Louisiana State University civil engineering professor Ivor van Heerden. Using sonar, his tests have shown sheet pilings at the canal went to only 10 feet below sea level. Steve Spencer, chief engineer for Orleans Parish levees, said his agency did the...
  • Studies confirm New Orleans levees' flaws

    12/01/2005 1:53:48 PM PST · by caryatid · 31 replies · 914+ views
    2theadvocate [Baton Rouge, LA] ^ | Dec 1, 2005 | BRETT MARTEL /AP
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Government engineers performing sonar tests at the site of a major levee failure confirmed that steel reinforcements barely went more than half as deep as they were supposed to, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Wednesday. "We've come up with similar results" to those from earlier tests performed by Louisiana State University engineers, said Walter Baumy, the Corps' chief engineer for the New Orleans District. Baumy said the Corps intends to pull out pieces of the remaining wall along each edge of the breach at the 17th Street Canal to verify the sonar test...
  • UK: Farewell, Church of England?

    09/04/2005 2:19:48 PM PDT · by REactor · 14 replies · 729+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | September 2005 | Peter Mullen
    As we prepare for our Harvest Festival Services, we see that what’s left of the English Church is indistinguishable from a lunatic asylum. Everywhere you peer inside this once refined and educated, lovely and lovable national institution, there is only a mania for self-destruction. How else can you account for church services that compete with pantomime for dramatized idiocy? For example, I recently attended a conference for clergy at a beautiful medieval church in Oxford. It was supposed to be a choral Eucharist but there was no organ music—only some plinky-plonky stuff on an out-of-tune piano and mindless choruses in...
  • The situation in Connecticut: from bad to worse

    07/24/2005 3:53:29 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Prydain ^ | 7/24/2005 | Will
    As has been widely reported in the Anglican blogosphere recently, Bishop Andrew Smith has taken steps to inhibit the rector of St. John's, Bristol--which church is one of the "Connecticut Six." This action on Bishop Smith's part appears to be another in the seemingly unending series of heavy-handed power plays by revisionist bishops in ECUSA. Indeed, Bishop Smith, according to this article, has warned the Panel of Reference set up by Abp. Rowan Williams that it will play no role in the battle for alternate Episcopal oversight (AEO) in the diocese of Connecticut. This simply adds insult to injury, as...
  • Great Britain: Bishops turn blind eye to gay wedding ceremonies in church

    11/21/2004 9:42:35 PM PST · by Stoat · 26 replies · 733+ views
    Times Online (Great Britain) ^ | November 22, 2004 | Ruth Gledhill,
    Bishops turn blind eye to gay wedding ceremonies in church By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent   THE Church of England is yielding to increasing pressure to conduct gay “weddings” as the Civil Partnerships Act recognising same-sex unions comes into force next year. Ceremonies by Anglican priests blessing lesbian and gay partnerships increased by 10 per cent last year to 300 in England alone.     The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) is increasing its print run of same-sex liturgy in anticipation of a thousand blessings a year when the law changes. Nine out of ten such ceremonies are...
  • Mark Steyn: EUtopia Is Over – Join the Real World

    09/27/2004 5:09:35 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 15 replies · 2,368+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 28, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    I was reading a news item in the Guardian the other day. Didn't get very far. This was the first sentence: "The Church of England said yesterday that police counter-terrorism operations were directed disproportionately against Muslims and risked alienating them." At that point, I fell off the chair, howling with laughter. Not because of the strikingly non-ecumenical character of the infanticidal thugs at Beslan, the bombers of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, the murderers of the 12 Nepalese workers, the terrorist suspects arrested in north London on Friday, or the beheaders of two American hostages and impending beheader of a...
  • Rabbi Says COE Leading England Astray

    12/31/2003 5:08:40 AM PST · by LibertyBelt · 9 replies · 284+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | December 31, 2003 | Rabbi Boteach
    May God be restored to the British Isles By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Even when I lived in Oxford between 1988 and 1999, the Church of England was rapidly becoming a rotting corpse. Church attendance was at such an all-time low that one survey claimed less than 5 percent of congregants were regularly in attendance. An embarrassingly high number of Church of England vicars were saying in surveys that they questioned the existence of God. I recall how one Sunday morning I was the guest on a religious TV show debating the existence of the devil. Accompanying me...