Primates’ Meeting 2016 – Bishops’ Statements

Jan 15, 2016 by

Reactions from Primates and Bishops have been moved here, as the list is getting rather long. Please click on our frequently updated carousel item above for more media reports, news, and other commentaries on the Meeting, which are far too numerous to post here. Responses from: (in no particular order, but added to from the top) (Hat Tip to Anglican Ink for collating most of the statements!) Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon Anglican Network in Canada Bishop of Hawaii Bishop of West Missouri...

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Poll spun to apply pressure to Church of England on same sex ‘marriage’

Feb 7, 2016 by

From Christian Concern: A new poll suggesting that more Anglicans in the United Kingdom support same-sex ‘marriage’ than oppose it has been roundly criticised for being presented in a deceptive manner. The YouGov poll, which was commissioned by self-styled ‘Anglican’ and LGBT activist Jane Ozanne, purported to show that 45 per cent of Anglicans (of over 1500 surveyed) believe that same-sex ‘marriage’ is right, while 37 per cent believe it is wrong. Ms Ozanne and others...

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50 Years of Sex Changes, Mental Disorders, and Too Many Suicides

Feb 7, 2016 by

By Walt Heyer, Public Discourse: Early pioneers in gender-reassignment surgery and recent clinical studies agree that a majority of transgender people suffer from co-occurring psychological disorders, leading tragically high numbers to commit suicide. Outlawing psychotherapy for transgender people may be politically correct, but it shows a reckless disregard for human lives. Dateline Oct 4, 1966: The New York Daily News gossip column reported a girl was making the rounds in Manhattan clubs who...

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Anglicans Confront Challenge of Islam

Feb 7, 2016 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: Christianity and Islam together comprise the world’s two largest faiths, each monotheistic and centered upon the importance of proselytization – and in many parts of the world, they are on a collision course. “The prospects for religious war in the next decade are extremely high unless groups like Boko Haram and ISIS are uprooted,” warned Baylor University History Professor Philip Jenkins. Jenkins, an Episcopalian, was one of seven speakers presenting at the...

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Church stance on contraception under pressure in face of Zika virus

Feb 7, 2016 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Catholic church in Latin America is under growing pressure to relax its ban on artificial contraception as fears grow over the outbreak of the Zika virus. Apart from carrying occasional warnings from the World Health Organisation online, the Vatican has remained silent on the crisis threatening vast swathes of Latin America, where the Pope himself comes from. The Church’s official view is that artificial birth control is not permitted under any...

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Shielding whom?

Feb 7, 2016 by

By Marcia Lebhar, AAC: “If you stand firmly opposed to overwhelming destructive power, you expose yourself to destruction.” These words were written by ethicist Philip Haille in his book, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, about the leadership of one Protestant pastor, Daniel Trocmé, who galvanized an entire French village during the Nazi occupation. Together, the town of Le Chambon was responsible for saving hundreds, if not thousands, of Jewish refugees. Yet the book opens with a description of...

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Gay activists want to have their cake and eat it

Feb 6, 2016 by

By Melanie Phillips, The Times: Equality row between Christians and gay men shows how victims have become the oppressors The gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and I have certainly had our differences. Whether you agree with him or not, however, he deserves credit for displaying unusual courage in opposing his own side in the interests of moral consistency. He broke ranks this week in the “gay cake” controversy…. …The McArthurs’ appeal, which started two days ago, was adjourned...

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Prof: ‘We can’t predict the harm caused by GM embryos’

Feb 6, 2016 by

From The Christian Institute: A prominent medical ethics professor has warned that gene editing of human embryos could have unforeseen and potentially harmful consequences for future generations. Writing in The Telegraph online, Professor Donna Dickenson explained that our descendants are unable to consent to germline editing “that will manipulate their welfare in ways that we cannot yet predict or alter if things go wrong”. On Monday, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

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Christians will be “pressured” into Sunday working, warns bishop

Feb 6, 2016 by

By Antony Bushfield, Premier: A Church of England bishop has responded to the government’s latest bid to extend Sunday trading hours in large shops by warning Christians will be “pressured” into taking shifts then. Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, was unconvinced by the government’s promise that staff could ‘opt out’ of working Sunday when the legislation passes. Ministers want to let local councils extend trading hours for large stores in their...

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Lessons in BBC Newspeak. Don’t say pro-abortion, say pro-choice

Feb 6, 2016 by

By Kathy Gyngell, The Conservative Woman: A couple of weeks ago Emily Watson wrote on this site that Britain is on the cusp of a re-education programme in Orwellian Newspeak. Leading this programme is our national broadcaster – the BBC. The BBC is in a uniquely powerful position to alter perceptions and manipulate meanings. That of course is what its Charter obligations are meant to protect it and us from – from exploiting its position as the national broadcaster, by stringently...

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Our news is being censored

Feb 6, 2016 by

From Voice for Justice UK: Sign our petition: David Cameron, uphold the UK’s Christian heritage.  Protect freedom of speech and belief. According to Reuters, on 30th January 2016, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in the Circus Maximus in Rome to protest the introduction of same sex unions and gay adoption. Organisers reportedly estimated that around two million people attended the rally, the crowd so big that they were forced to spill out into the surrounding streets. News coverage...

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