How Will The Next Bishop Of London Be Chosen?

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Bishop of London Richard Chartres retires next month after 10 years. He is among the most charismatic as well as most orthodox of all the Bishops in the Church of England. Not only has he held together the Church’s most diverse diocese, he has led it to remarkable growth. Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, even liberal – all have thrived on his watch. Not least, as Dean of the Chapels Royal, he has built an extraordinarily strong relationship with the...

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Are martyrs of 500 years ago really a burning issue for Welby?

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Jonathan Petre, Mailonline: It was one of the bloodiest periods in English history, with thousands brutally put to death, often burned at the stake for their religious beliefs in the Reformation. But even though Henry VIII’s war with the Pope began 500 years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is expected to express his remorse this week. The move was ridiculed by former Conservative Minister Ann Widdecombe, an Anglican who converted to Catholicism. ‘These gestures are...

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Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill fails in Commons

Jan 16, 2017 by

from Family Law Week: The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton MP, has failed at its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, if enacted, would have amended the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to provide that opposite sex couples may enter a civil partnership. In the debate Mr Loughton, explaining the need for the legislation, said: “There are a whole lot of complex motives as to why many of our constituents do not go down the formal marriage route....

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Debate About Gender Issues

Jan 16, 2017 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: On Sunday the 8th the Sunday Herald ran a ridiculous piece about the TIE campaign and Transgender rights, where it did not deal with the issues and killed any sensible discussion with the headline ‘Christian Right accused of whipping up trans-panic’.  Although I was not allowed an article as a right of reply, they did agree to publish the following letter as their lead letter.  To be fair to the editor, Neil Mackay, he was true to his word.  You can read the...

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Church ‘deeply distressed’ by Koran offence, says primus

Jan 16, 2017 by

from BBC News: The head of the Scottish Episcopal Church says the Church is “deeply distressed” at the offence caused by the reading of a passage from the Koran in a Glasgow cathedral. The comments of the Church Primus, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, follow criticism that Islamic verses were read during an Epiphany service. In his blog, he also condemned the abuse received by St Mary’s Cathedral. Police are investigating offensive online messages aimed at the church. The...

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BBC’s Controversial Documentary on the Gender-Dysphoria

Jan 15, 2017 by

by Jesse Singal, Science of Us: A lot of people don’t realize that there is a genuine scientific debate over how to best help out children with gender dysphoria, or those who feel discomfort — sometimes extremely intense discomfort — with the body they were born into, and who insist they really are, or should be, a member of the other sex. That’s partly because most mainstream journalistic treatments of the subject tell stories that, while inspiring and important, are somewhat straightforward:...

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BC to go ahead with gay weddings

Jan 15, 2017 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Bishop of British Columbia will not wait for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada to authorize same sex-marriage rites, but will give his permission for celebrations of gay weddings in churches in his diocese with immediate effect. Minutes of the diocesan synod held on 27 Oct 2016 at the Church of the Advent in Colwood, B.C., state that in his presidential address, the Rt. Rev. Logan McMenamie (pictured) said that after “prayerful”...

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The Koran reading in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow

Jan 14, 2017 by

by David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church: I made this statement yesterday: “The Scottish Episcopal Church has had a long commitment to the development of interfaith work. Over many years, we have sought to develop friendship, understanding and mutual respect between our Christian faith and the other great world religions. This work, like all works of reconciliation, must be founded on truth. We approach others with open hearts but we stand in the truth of the gospel of...

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Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”

Jan 14, 2017 by

by Micaiah Bilger, Life News: Blessing an abortion clinic may seem antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. But various religious leaders came together to do just that on Tuesday at Planned Parenthood’s newest abortion facility in Washington, D.C. DCist reports religious leaders representing more than 20 groups participated in the ceremony inside the new mega-facility, which opened in September. The new abortion facility is located next to the Two Rivers Public Charter...

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Our Allies in the War to Come

Jan 14, 2017 by

by Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine: As the Great Wall of Chinese communism begins to show signs of crumbling into a long overdue dilapidation, a billion people will be readier than they have ever been to hear the Good News of Christ. At the same time they will meet the immense force of the anti-evangelist, the advertiser, the marketer of western lusts and madness. Whatever good ideas the west has had to give have long been given already, or are so bound up with the Christian faith that you...

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