The State Has Spoken, Bend the Knee

Jan 29, 2015 by

By Matt Kennedy, Stand Firm: Archbishop Sentamu asks the congregation whether the consecration of Libby Lane represents the will of the church. A lone Church of England clergyman, Paul Williams, verbally objects: “No. Not in the Bible. … With respect, your grace, I ask to speak on this absolute impediment, please.” His appeal is to the supreme authority of scripture. How does the Archbishop of York answer? Sentamu calmly continued with the service, stating that the appointment of a...

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Women bishops: the Church cannot survive without Evangelicals on side

Jan 26, 2015 by

By Cristina Odone, Telegraph: [Editor's note: this piece contains a number of errors, exaggerations and inaccuracies which will be listed at the end! but it is a useful illustration of how some journalists are covering the C of E and particularly this issue...] The Church of England will consecrate its first woman bishop today. Rev Libby Lane will become Bishop of Stockport after a two hour ceremony led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury,...

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Libby Lane: First female bishop to be consecrated

Jan 26, 2015 by

From BBC News: The Church of England will consecrate its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster later. The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport, in what she says will be a “profound and remarkable moment”. The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops. The move, which ends a centuries-old tradition of exclusively male bishops, has continued to prompt divisions between some Anglicans. Mrs Lane has been...

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The female ‘taint’? Why some bishops won’t be laying hands on Philip North

Jan 23, 2015 by

By Mark Woods, Christian Today: Rev Philip North will be consecrated as Bishop of Burnley on February 2. It will probably be a cheerful enough occasion, but it is being overshadowed by a row about who exactly gets to lay hands on him. He is a traditionalist who doesn’t believe in women priests or bishops, and no bishop who has ordained or consecrated one is going to touch him. Supporters of women’s ministry are deeply, deeply unhappy. I can see their point of view. Quite. The...

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John Sentamu: Hand-laying for traditionalist bishop is for ‘prayer not politics’

Jan 22, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: In a statement explaining why most bishops at the consecration at York Minster of Father Philip North will not lay hands on the candidate, Dr John Sentamu said: “It is in the nature of these arrangements, enshrined in the declaration and principles, that they involve accommodating within one Church people with convictions that vary widely. If this accommodation is to work it requires a degree of gracious restraint and accommodation on all sides.”...

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MPs back law fast-tracking female bishops into Lords

Jan 19, 2015 by

From BBC News: MPs have approved legislation to help fast-track female bishops into the House of Lords over the next decade. The proposed bill will ensure senior female bishops will be first in line to succeed current “Lords Spiritual” members of Parliament when they retire. At the moment, positions are filled on the basis of seniority in dioceses. The law, which must be backed by peers, was passed quickly on Monday afternoon just weeks after the Church of England appointed its...

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