House of Commons approves women bishops

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Carey Lodge, Christian Today: The House of Commons yesterday approved women bishops without a vote following the passing of legislation in the House of Lords last week. The proposal was passed by the General Synod in July but required the consent of Parliament. The Queen must also now approve the measure. Speaking before the Commons yesterday, Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry said, “I hope this whole debate will be joyful, because this is a very joyful day for the...

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Church must change or ‘wither away’ warns bishop

Oct 21, 2014 by

By Ben Farmer, Telegraph: A bishop has warned the Church of England must make wholesale change to halt the slide in attendance, or wither away in the 21st century. Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, said he feared unless the Church reinvented itself in his own diocese, it would disappear like the region’s textile industry. The warning from Bishop Henderson follows similar concerns from colleagues around the country that urgent action is needed to prevent dwindling numbers heralding...

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Towards the Next Big Thing

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Since there always is a Next Big Thing, what is the Next Big Thing after the legalisation of same-sex marriage? Is it legalising sado-masochism? Is it recognising paedophilia as a genetic disability? Pointing the way to the future for US law is Margo Kaplan, an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Ms Kaplan is carving out a niche for herself in the increasingly significant field of “legal limitations on intimate decisions”. This effectively means...

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Fornication in Faith: A New Direction?

Oct 20, 2014 by

An open letter to Bishop Jonathan Baker from a concerned Anglo-Catholic priest. 20 October 2014 Dear Bishop Jonathan, The Roman Catholic Church has, at its recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family, shown its determination to uphold its traditional understanding of the sanctity of marriage. In the light of recent events it is far from clear where the leadership of Forward in Faith stands on this key matter of Christian faith and practice. With the proposals for provision for those unable to...

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This Lesbian’s Daughter Has Had Enough

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Rivka Edelman, American Thinker: My name is Rivka Edelman, and I am the product of same-sex parenting. Recently I published an essay on Public Discourse about the ruthless misogyny that pervades LBGT culture.  I pointed out it that it can and will victimize women and children with impunity and then, in America’s narcissistic fugue, get hailed as brave and heroic. Since my essay was published, there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts calling me a liar or trying to shame,...

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How can social conservatives vote for David Cameron?

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Laura Perrins, Conservative Woman: [...]  Cameron is a card-carrying member of the liberal elite, no more interested in socially conservative values than Clegg or Miliband. In fact, he told us this himself. Let’s take gay marriage. Cameron stated himself that he supported this ‘as a Conservative’ despite the fact it goes against all conservative values and logic (not that it featured in the Conservative manifesto, mind). It would be one thing if gay marriage was used as a bargaining chip...

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Gay Marriage: No One Expects the Secular Inquisition

Oct 20, 2014 by

 By Robert Tracinski, The Federalist: On Friday, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, informed Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they would be required to perform gay weddings or face fines or possibly jail time under the city’s “public accommodations” statute. Their religious views are expected to adjust to the edicts of the state. So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by...

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Albert Mohler: The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word “sermons” from the demand. They have clearly not removed the scandal from their city, and from the administration of Mayor Annise Parker. As the mayor’s own comments make abundantly clear, she stands at the center of the scandal. When news broke earlier this week that the attorneys working for the City of Houston had issued...

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Six snap OFSTED inspections undertaken in Tower Hamlets amid suspicion of new Trojan Horse plot

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: Snap inspections have been carried out in six East London schools by Ofsted, over fears that another Trojan Horse plot could be underway in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The inspections were ordered by the Department of Education after concerns were raised about the influence of Islamic teaching in the schools’ curriculums. Five of the six schools are private Islamic faith schools, and one is a Church of England primary. The schools include the East London...

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups are ‘disappointed’ with the inability of the Synod to make progress towards acknowledging gay relationships. Other groups are similarly disappointed by the Synod’s refusal to admit divorced and remarried people to communion. As Damian Thompson observes, Pope Francis probably has...

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Big Kiss-In: Gay couples hold mass kissing session in Brighton Sainsbury’s

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Radhika Sanghani, Telegraph: Hundreds of couples came to a Brighton branch of Sainsbury’s to kiss each other in public. The ‘Big Kiss-In’ took place after a lesbian couple were recently asked by a security guard in the shop to stop kissing. Annabelle Paige, a Sussex University student, gave her girlfriend a “slight peck on the cheek” last Saturday, on National Coming Out Day. But after a customer claimed she was “disgusted” by the act, a security guard asked them to stop. Sainsbury’s has...

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Christian school ‘downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly’

Oct 20, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: A successful Christian school has been warned it is to be downgraded by inspectors and could even face closure after failing to invite a leader from another religion, such as an imam, to lead assemblies, it is claimed. The small independent school in the Home Counties was told it is in breach of new rules intended to promote “British values” such as individual liberty and tolerance in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, involving infiltration by hard-line Muslim...

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Sunday Worship

Oct 19, 2014 by

WORSHIP 1. The bells of St Mary, Bishopstoke in Hampshire – BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lp624 2. Choral Evensong from Truro Cathedral http://tinyurl.com/l2l298r 3. Choral Evensong from Royal Holloway – BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3983 4. Sunday Holy Communion livestreamed from St Helena’s Church, Beaufort, South Carolina at 10:15 am Eastern Time, 3:15 pm London Time http://www.sthelenas1712.org/ 5. Sunday Worship from Cannon Street...

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The DPP needs to explain to Parliament why she has effectively decriminalised physician assisted sui...

Oct 19, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: In an astounding about face for the Crown Prosecution Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders (pictured), has today rewritten her prosecution policy so that doctors can now be involved in assisting suicide without fear of prosecution, provided they don’t have a professional relationship with those they ‘help’ (See Daily Mail here and here,  Daily Telegraph,Yahoo, Premier, CT, ES). The move has not surprisingly been welcomed by...

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The Vatican cancels its earthquake. This is not Pope Francis’s finest hour

Oct 18, 2014 by

by Damian Thompson, Spectator: ‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm as Mass was over for another week. The most divisive meeting of Catholic bishops since Vatican II has ended – and no real damage has been done. Except, I’m sorry to say, to the reputation of Pope Francis. No real progress has been made, either. This afternoon the official report of the Synod was released and so far as I can tell it cancelled the ‘earthquake’ implied by the half-way...

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