Justin Welby affirms traditional family values in the face of a changing world

Sep 27, 2016 by

by Justin Welby, Anglican Ink: There is something remarkably appropriate about the Mothers’ Union picking two readings, one of drama and reliance on the intervention of God. And the other is one of Jesus’s jokes, with a very sharp sting in it. It is appropriate to put these two together because the Mothers’ Union is God-centred in a remarkable way. The Mothers’ Union faces the most extreme odds that cannot be overcome except through the action of God. But also, contrary to the mockery and...

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Married parents are the best defence against child abuse

Sep 24, 2016 by

by Rob Slane, The Conservative Woman: Imagine you have a really bad back. You go to the doctors, but instead of examining you properly, he says that he is sorry you are in discomfort, before writing a prescription for some strong painkillers. The painkillers help numb the pain somewhat, but the problem persists, and the reason for this is that you actually have a slipped disc – something you find out only after going to another doctor for a second opinion. The remedial action – an operation –...

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Victorian family values are a myth, Archbishop tells Mothers’ Union

Sep 23, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The idea of a Victorian golden age of traditional family values is a “myth”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted as he urged Christians to face up to the reality of divorce, cohabitation and gay marriage in the 21st century. The Most Rev Justin Welby, who argued in the House of Lords against the legislation extending marriage to same-sex couples, said new family structures  including same-sex unions are now a reality “whether we agree or not”. His remarks came...

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Is there really no difference between straight and gay parenting?

Sep 20, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: The consensus is flawed by small-scale studies, badly framed questions and poorly understood data. Much of the jousting over same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting and transgender issues takes place in a fact-free arena. Fortunately, there has been a pushback from academics dismayed by the lack of academic rigour. Recently we reviewed an essay published in The New Atlantis by two experts from Johns Hopkins University and yesterday a critique of Australia’s Safe...

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Councils seek new powers to check on home-schooled children

Sep 16, 2016 by

by Sally Weale, Guardian: Council leaders are calling on the government to give them greater powers to check on the growing number of children who are apparently being home-educated – a trend that is thought to be linked to a rise in the number of illegal schools across England. The schools watchdog Ofsted has previously said unregistered schools are exploiting the rules on home education. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales,...

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Adoption order should be revoked declares senior family law judge

Sep 14, 2016 by

by Marilyn Stowe: The welfare of a child born to a same sex couple requires the revocation of an adoption order, a senior family law judge has declared. The couple in question entered a civil partnership, and later converted this into a marriage. In a High Court ruling, Sir James Munby referred to them as ‘X’ and ‘Y’. He noted: “They had planned their family carefully. Each wanted to bear a child, using sperm provided by the same donor. Because X is somewhat older than Y, they decided that X...

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