Jeremy Pemberton loses employment appeal

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: It was announced yesterday that Jeremy Pemberton has lost all appeals at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that he brought in relation to his Employment Tribunal (ET) case brought against Richard Inwood, Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. At one level there is not much to say on this, since the EAT has confirmed in the clearest terms the ruling of the ET. But there continue to be inaccuracies in reporting on this and its significance, so it is worth being...

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Scores of Anglican clergy complain to Home Secretary about Syriac Orthodox bishops banned from visiting UK

Dec 8, 2016 by

from Archbishop Cranmer: Following the shocking revelation that the Home Office refused to grant visas to three persecuted bishops from Iraq and Syria (who had simply wanted to attend the consecration of a the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral in London), it comes as a great encouragement to hear that more than 60 members of the clergy (including bishops) of the Church of England have protested directly to the Home Secretary about this appalling lack of Christian hospitality and national...

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Spiritual Tragedy for England if the Bishop of Maidstone left the Church of England

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The Bishop of Maidstone, the Right Reverend Rod Thomas, is too prudent to go round blabbing to journalists about his future intentions if the Church of England were to fall over the moral precipice. But it is not difficult to work out from his track record what he could well do if the Church of England authorised services of same-sex blessing, the slippery slope to altering its heterosexual marriage Canon. He was before he was consecrated Bishop of Maidstone in...

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B.C. teacher fired for having the wrong opinion

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Christie Blatchford, National Post: A teacher at a posh private school in British Columbia was fired last month after making an innocuous comment about abortion to his Grade 12 law class. Though there is no way of knowing, since discipline matters are shrouded in secrecy, it may be the first time a Canadian teacher has been fired not amid allegations of impropriety, but for having the wrong opinion. Certainly, Lori Foote, a spokesperson for the 60,000-member-strong Ontario Secondary School...

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The Vatican reaffirms its position suggesting gay men should not be priests

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: People who have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” cannot be priests in the Catholic church, the Vatican said in a new document on the priesthood. The document said the church’s policy on gay priests has not changed since the last Vatican pronouncement on the subject in 2005. Some have been hoping for more openness toward gay priests ever since Pope Francis uttered perhaps the most famous sentence of his papacy —...

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French Senate Bans Posting of Pro-Life Information Online

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Alexandra Desanctis, National Review: The French Senate today adopted a bill criminalizing the posting of pro-life information online, a measure that was passed by the French National Assembly just last week. Violators face a maximum of two years in prison and over $30,000 in fines. The measure makes it a crime for pro-life individuals or activists to obstruct a woman’s lawful decision to have an abortion, or to cause her guilt after the fact. Its text criminalizes: the act of preventing or...

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Justin Welby: British values ‘increasingly disconnected’ from Christian heritage

Dec 8, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised Government defined ‘British values’ as being based on “revisionist secularism”. Justin Welby said that the values are “not properly embedded” in the Christian heritage of the country. He made the comments as he led a House of Lords debate on the topic of “shared values underpinning our national life”. Resilient heritage The Government defines fundamental British values as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty...

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GAFCON Head Warns The Church Against ‘Sleepwalking Into Fatal Compromise’

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: The Anglican Church is at risk of “sleepwalk[ing] into fatal compromise”, the chairman of the conservative grouping GAFCON said in his Advent pastoral letter this week. Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council, slammed “the increasing breakdown of church discipline in the Church of England” in reference to clergy who condone gay relationships. “There are...

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He Came Down

Dec 8, 2016 by

“Welcome to all of you, please take a seat, We want to now share a nativity treat.”

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‘British values’ are a load of old codswallop

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Ed West, Spectator: […]  Integration takes time, and depends on a number of factors, but an absolute condition would be a substantial reduction or pause in the number of migrants arriving from the developing world. If that happened, things would ease, as they did in the 1980s and 1990s, but that’s unlikely to happen because British social mores prevent us admitting that some types of migration bring far higher social costs than others. Aside from that, economic freedom probably helps,...

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