All Saints, Cheltenham: Report of the Independent Reviewer

Aug 10, 2015 by

As part of the settlement by which the Church of England agreed to the ordination of women as bishops in 2014, it agreed to an ombudsman-style procedure by which those with concerns about the operation of the new arrangements could appeal to an Independent Reviewer. In October last year the Archbishops of Canterbury and York appointed Sir Philip Mawer as the Independent Reviewer in relation to resolving disputes arising from the operation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration. Sir Philip’s report on All Saints, Cheltenham is published today. From Forward in Faith: Forward in Faith is grateful for Sir Philip Mawer’s report (available here).   Forward in Faith submitted this concern in order to establish a principle that is of general relevance to resolution parishes in multi-parish benefices. Sir Philip’s general recommendation (para. 37) that, in multi-parish team benefices that include a resolution parish, licences issued to female assistant...

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Independent report: Chrism Masses and Women Bishops

Jul 31, 2015 by

From Forward in Faith: The Independent Reviewer, Sir Philip Mawer, has published his first report, in response to a complaint by WATCH (Women and the Church) against the bishops of The Society for celebrating Chrism Masses. The complaint was not upheld. Sir Philip’s report is available here. The Bishop of Wakefield (Chairman of the Council of Bishops of The Society) has welcomed Sir Philip’s report. His statement is published here. Read here...

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FiF-UK rejects claims it backs gay marriage

Jun 2, 2015 by

By George  Conger, Anglican Ink: Forward in Faith UK has not dropped its opposition to same-sex marriage, the Director of the Anglo-Catholic group tells Anglican Ink. On 2 June 2015 Dr. Colin Podmore said there was no truth in claims that in the forthcoming issue of “New Directions” the organization would announce that it was looking anew at the controversial issue. Last week a message posted on the Facebook of the gay church pressure group Changing Attitude said FiFUK would shortly announce its support for gay blessings. The post submitted by Keith Rogers stated the editor of New Directions, the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt. Rev. Jonathan Baker, (pictured) had changed his mind about gay blessings and had written an editorial now supporting the innovation. Bishop Baker could not be reached for comment as he is away on holiday until 9 June 2015. However last October’s contretemps over the...

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The Ordination of the Bishop of Burnley

Feb 4, 2015 by

From Forward in Faith: Forward in Faith expresses its gratitude to the Archbishop of York for making arrangements for the Bishop of Burnley’s ordination which gave full expression to the Guiding Principles enshrined in the House of Bishops’ Declaration. The first Guiding Principle speaks of the respect and canonical obedience that lawful office-holders deserve. The Archbishop of York presided in York Minister and the Bishop of Burnley took the oath of due obedience to him. No one present could have been in any doubt as to the Archbishop’s metropolitical authority or the respect in which he is held. The fourth and fifth Guiding Principles embody commitments to enabling those who, for theological reasons, are unable to receive the ministry of women bishops or priests to flourish, and to making sacramental and pastoral provision for us ‘in a way that maintains the highest possible degree of communion and contributes to...

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Forward in Faith looks to the future

Nov 22, 2014 by

From Church Times: THERE was talk of “going forward with confidence” at this year’s National Assembly of the traditionalist organisation Forward in Faith (FiF). It was held last Saturday in St Alban’s, Holborn, in London, on the eve of the legalisation of women bishops in the Church of England. A motion carried by the Assembly thanked the Catholic Group in the General Synod and those who had served in the facilitated conversations and on the steering committee for achieving the provision for traditionalists. Introducing the motion on behalf of the Council of Forward in Faith, the Revd Edward Martin told the gathering of local representatives: “We have the sacraments; we have the scriptures; we have the teachings and the traditions of the Church. We have everything we need. We have now been given the posssibility of flourishing. What will we make of this opportunity?” The Assembly mass on Saturday...

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New Chairman of Forward in Faith

Nov 17, 2014 by

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Forward in Faith for a four-year term of office. He succeeds the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, whose term of office as Chairman ended at the meeting of the National Assembly held at St Alban’s, Holborn, on Saturday 15 November 2014. In his address to the National Assembly, the Bishop of Pontefract called on members of Forward in Faith to respond to the invitation and challenge to flourish within the life and structures of the Church of England. Catholic Anglicans, he said, needed to be open to, and engaged with, the rest of the Church of England. He called on the Catholic Movement to be ‘tolerant of the diversity of views that exists among us’ and to ‘work harder at unity amongst ourselves’. Bishop Tony’s address may be read here: Dr Lindsay Newcombe and...

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