Most Serious Threat to Reformed Anglicans since Archbishop Laud

Feb 17, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline: Arguably the most serious threat to Reformed Anglican ministry in the Church of England since the Laudian persecution of the 17th Century came to light at this week’s General Synod in London. It has now emerged that all candidates for ordination selection are being required to assent to the House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate. This in effect means Reformed Anglican candidates have to agree with women bishops or be...

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Do we want a Church of England as intolerant as the Church in Wales and ECUSA?

Feb 6, 2015 by

By Ancient Briton: It used to be “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man”. Now it is more likely to be ‘Give me the child… and I’ll show you the woman’ as witnessed by the work of St Oswalds‘ Sunday School children in Knuzden, Lancs. Their work illustrates that the children in St Oswald’s have been tuned to the same wavelength as their vicar’s by enthusiastically endorsing her decision to maintain a ten minute silence...

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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...

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Bishop Philip North – Catholic Continuity and Ecclesial Unity

Feb 2, 2015 by

From Cranmer: On 7th November 2014, it was announced by The Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street: “The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Philip John North to the Suffragan See of Burnley.” It was filed under ‘Arts and Culture’, which, for David Cameron, is precisely where the Church of England may be neatly classified – a little way but not too far down the via media of cultural creativity and the equal society; somewhere between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the...

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Church can find a way to defeat fear and suspicion

Feb 2, 2015 by

By John Sentamu, Yorkshire Post: IF you are watching the TV series Wolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s historical novel, you may be shocked by the struggle between men of the Church and the atmosphere of fear and suspicion which prevailed in Tudor England. The drama follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell from his modest beginnings as the son of a blacksmith to later becoming King Henry VIII’s chief minister. Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, ruled at a time when there was fierce dispute in...

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Why I objected

Jan 30, 2015 by

By Paul Williamson, First Things: I have been asked why, on St Timothy day in York Minster, I stood up to object during the ordination of Libby Lane as the first woman bishop of the Church of England. I am happy to give an answer: I stood out of love for the church for which I have served as a pastor for forty-one years and out of respect for the gospel which it proclaims. In the Church of England when a priest is commissioned with the laying on of hands and with prayer for the Holy Spirit, a...

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