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  • Church of England Chief Backs 'Re-Christenings' After Sex Changes: Officials Risk Furious Backlash

    06/17/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/17/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Church of England suggests offering transgender Christians re-christenings * Move is believed to provoke a furious backlash among some traditionalists* Last year committee said rules that might stop people changing sex should be abolishedThe Church of England yesterday suggested it will offer transgender Christians ‘re-christenings’ with their new names. Vicars cannot re-baptise those who have changed sex but could use existing ‘services of welcome’ to announce a new name before God, the most senior official said. The advice is likely to be endorsed next month by the Church’s parliament, the General Synod. It will ease pressure on Archbishop of...
  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Church of England to act against anti-gay bullying

    07/06/2013 9:20:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2013 3:51 PM EDT
    The archbishop of Canterbury has announced a campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in Church of England schools, acknowledging that attitudes toward sexuality have changed. Archbishop Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglican Communion, stressed that the Church of England wasn’t changing its teaching on gay relationships, but that it would be “absurd and impossible” to ignore shifting cultural attitudes. …
  • Fmr Church of England priest & retired organist face jail for sexually abusing boys as young as 10

    04/05/2013 12:46:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Friday, April 5, 2013 Daily Mail | Olivia Williams
    - Organist told police 'I know I like boys and it has cost me everything' - Priest climbed into a bath with one of the boys while aroused - He got into bed and pressed himself against a 13-year-old boy - One victim reported the abuse to another vicar but nothing was done - He told police last year when he realised priest still had contact with children Guilty: Father Keith Wilkie Denford groomed two teenage boys over 18 months A former Church of England priest and a retired organist were found guilty today of a string of child sex...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hundreds more Church of England defections (to Catholic Church) expected

    12/28/2011 11:54:02 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 28, 2011 | Martin Beckford
    At least 20 clergy and several hundred of their parishioners are already lined up to join the Ordinariate, the new structure set up by the Pope a year ago that allows them to remain some of their Anglican heritage while entering into full communion with the Holy See. But many more members of the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England are likely to defect following a critical meeting of its governing body, the General Synod, if traditionalists who cannot accept the ordination of women are denied special provision. The head of the Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton, told The Daily...
  • Church of England bishops 'will be allowed to become nuns', according to Synod source

    07/14/2010 6:12:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 14, 2010 | Damian Thompson
    Male bishops could become Anglican nuns, under Synod proposalsI thought this was a spoof at first, but it seems not: a General Synod working party is exploring whether the Church of England’s male bishops can join religious orders previously reserved for women. In other words, become Anglican nuns.As usual, the Synod’s topsy-turvy ecclesiology is a mystery to me, but I gather that the idea is that bishops would be entitled to take vows in orders of nuns so that they can provide special episcopal oversight to the sisters. It’s a typically ingenious Anglican response to the forthcoming ordination of women...
  • Christian Views on Homosexuality Deemed "Hate Speech" by European Rights Agency

    07/01/2010 8:17:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 30, 2010 | Hilary White
    ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of “hate.” The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex “marriage” an example of “human degeneration,” and denied their request for membership. The ARF, a group lobbying to retain Romania’s traditional Christian social and legal underpinnings, had written on their website that, “So-called alternatives such as ‘families’ consisting of same-sex, are nothing but expressions...
  • Methodists declare 'we're ready to merge' with Church of England

    02/16/2010 9:33:48 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 482+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 12, 2010 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    The Methodist Church is prepared to be absorbed by the Church of England if that is the price of unity, Britain’s most senior Methodist said yesterday. The Rev David Gamble, president of the Methodist Conference, told the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting at Church House, Westminster: “We are prepared to go out of existence, not because we are declining or failing in mission, but for the sake of mission.” Methodists were “prepared to be changed and even to cease having a separate existence as a Church” if that served the needs of the Kingdom of God. The...
  • Church of England to Push Ahead With Plan For Women Bishops

    02/08/2010 6:00:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies · 301+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 2/7/10 | Ruth Gledhill
    The Church of England is to go ahead with the plan to create women bishops without giving in to demands from traditionalists for a separate structure of bishops and archbishops untainted by the hands of a woman. Traditionalists oppose women bishops because they argue that Jesus had no women disciples and that the apostolic succession of bishops, passed down by the laying of hands at ordination, should therefore be male. Traditionalists warned last night that the decision, to be announced at the General Synod today, will trigger an exodus from the Church of England of many thousands of priests and...
  • Queen 'Appalled' at Church of England Moves, Claim Vatican Moles

    10/04/2009 7:23:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies · 1,663+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/3/09 | Richard Eden
    When Pope Benedict visits this country next year, he is expected to stay at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen. The warmth of her welcome will come as no surprise to the Pontiff, if senior sources at the Vatican are to be believed. According to informants quoted in The Catholic Herald, the Queen has "grown increasingly sympathetic" to the Catholic Church over the years while being "appalled", along with the Prince of Wales, at developments in the Church of England. The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C of E,...
  • Beware the new axis of evangelicals and Islamists

    03/05/2009 3:33:44 PM PST · by Parmenio · 60 replies · 1,941+ views
    The Spectator ^ | March 4, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    Melanie Phillips says there is a dangerous new alliance between anti-Israel Christians and radical Muslim groups, often plotting in secret against their common enemy Last weekend the Revd Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water appeared at an anti-Israel meeting with an Islamist called Ismail Patel. Patel has not only accused Israel of ‘genocide’ and ‘war crimes’ but considers Disney to be a Jewish plot and supports Hamas, Iran and Syria. Sizer is a virulent opponent of Christian Zionism and of Israel, which he has said he hopes will disappear just as did the apartheid regime in South Africa....
  • Great Britain: Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims (Too dangerous to enter)

    01/05/2008 2:54:47 PM PST · by Stoat · 74 replies · 444+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 5, 2007 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims By Jonathan Wynne-Jones  Last Updated: 7:53pm GMT 05/01/2008     Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology.   Bishop Nazir-Ali warns that attempts are being made to give Britain an increasingly Islamic...
  • 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,...
  • The Bishop of Durham Criticizes the Government’s new Adoption Policy

    01/30/2007 9:54:50 AM PST · by Huber · 5 replies · 327+ views
    Titus Online ^ | 1/29/07
    Dr Wright, in his car on his way to address a conference at Swanwick, was furious with the Government. “There is no way that the Catholic Church is going to change its mind on this one given 18 months or so.” he said. “This completely fails to take into account the views and beliefs of all those involved. The idea that New Labour - which has got every second thing wrong and is backtracking on extended drinking hours, is in a mess over this cash-for-peerages business, cannot keep all its prisons under control - the idea that New Labour can...
  • South Vineland Times, Sesonal Highlights 10 December AD 2006

    12/31/2006 10:31:23 AM PST · by South Vineland Times · 182+ views
    The South Vineland Times | 10 December AD 2006
    Seasonal Highlights from The South Vineland Times, "Whomever you might be and wherever you might find yourself on the journey of The Faith, You are welcome to share with us in the richness of God's Grace" From Our Vicar Father Albert has been homilising on the Lord’s blessings and our Christian responsibilities throughout this Season. He has concentrated on Welsh spirituality and holy sites, ancient British philosophy and some of the lesser discussed Saints of Britain, following his return from an the region. Our Vicar will be worshipping with us the 2nd Sunday in each month throughout the coming seasons...
  • Muslim 'victim mentality' attacked

    11/05/2006 4:31:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 17 replies · 928+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 6 November 2006
    A SENIOR Church of England cleric whose father converted from Islam has attacked the world view of some Muslims, accusing them of incompatible double standards of "victimhood and domination". “Their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims, as in Bosnia or Kosovo, and always wrong when Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists, as with the Taliban or in Iraq,” said the CoE's only Asian bishop, Michael Nazir-Ali. Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester in southeast England, was quoted today as saying because of a “dual psychology” in which some Muslims...
  • It's a sin to fly, says church

    07/23/2006 4:00:26 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 109 replies · 2,939+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 7/23/2006 | Jonathan Leake
    The Sunday Times July 23, 2006 It's a sin to fly, says church THE Bishop of London has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a “gas-guzzling” car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home, writes Jonathan Leake. Richard Chartres will encourage vicars to preach more green sermons and warn congregations that it is now a moral obligation for Christians to lead eco-friendly lifestyles. Chartres, who chairs the bishops’ panel on the environment, said: “There is now an overriding imperative to walk more lightly upon the earth and we need...
  • LONDON: Bishops are urged to repel advance of multifaith society

    05/26/2006 5:17:34 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 292+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/26/2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    SENIOR Church of England bishop has delivered an extraordinary attack on his fellow church leaders, accusing them of pandering to a multifaith society. The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, says that the Church is suffering a "full-frontal assault" on its place in British society. However, bishops are failing to act, allowing key Christian activities in institutions such as prisons and hospitals to be reduced to a "multifaith mishmash". Despite a growing threat to Britain's traditional identity as a Christian country, bishops have found it impossible to act in unity or even discuss "ways of upholding the uniqueness...