Justin Welby: To take away religious freedom is ‘to violate the core of humanity’

Jul 17, 2015 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Attempts by the Church to compel “obedience” through violence are a cause for humility and shame, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today. The Most Rev Justin Welby also said that to take away a person’s freedom to believe or not to believe is “to violate the core of their humanity”. Archbishop Welby, writing in The Times, said: “We must never compel or manipulate people into faith.” He added: “This is why the...

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Justin Welby’s ‘Spiritual Magpie’ plan to save the Church of England (DV)

Jul 17, 2015 by

By Gillan Scott, Cranmer: There’s a fantastic article this weeks’ Spectator entitled ‘God’s management consultants: the Church of England turns to bankers for salvation‘. It’s the sort of piece that is bound to send many clergy and lay members of the Church of England into a big flap, accusing Justin Welby of attempting to turn their beloved church, with all of its woolliness and eccentricity, into an efficient and hard-nosed organisation full of managerial types who have more interest in...

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Archbishop of Canterbury on religious freedom

Jul 16, 2015 by

Archbishop Justin Welby writes in the Times that our religious beliefs are “a core part of what it is to be human” – and the freedom to practice them must be protected here and abroad. Read the article: The village, as we approached it, was the normal collection of straw-roofed huts and a school. It was only as I got out of the car that the destruction was evident. A few days earlier raiders had struck. I found one man, like Job, sitting on a heap of ash. The raiders had...

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon at York Minster

Jul 12, 2015 by

We will make ourselves unpopular says Archbishop Justin. Amos 7:7-17, Ephesian 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29 The very solidity of our institutions, the beauty of our buildings, the historic richness of our liturgy and music all conspire together to say to us that we have achieved much, and the future is in our hands: when we then look at the context in which we live, the changes in our society, the contradictions and struggles within our own beliefs and understandings of the call and purpose of God, to...

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Princess Charlotte is christened at a Sandringham church

Jul 5, 2015 by

From BBC News: Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pushed the princess in a pram the Queen used for two of her own children. Several thousand well wishers greeted the royals, while Prince George delighted the crowds on foot. The royal couple announced ahead of the christening that they had chosen five godparents for the princess. The christening was held at...

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Archbishop of Canterbury response to US Episcopal Church Resolution on Marriage

Jun 30, 2015 by

From ACNS: The Archbishop of Canterbury today expressed deep concern about the stress for the Anglican Communion following the US Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops’ resolution to change the definition of marriage in the canons so that any reference to marriage as between a man and a woman is removed. While recognising the prerogative of The Episcopal Church to address issues appropriate to its own context, Archbishop Justin Welby said that its decision will cause distress for some and have...

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