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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 ^ | 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’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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    05/26/2008 7:40:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 322+ views ^ | 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...