No-fault divorce ‘a cheaters charter’, warns pro-marriage campaign

Apr 10, 2019 by

From Christian Institute. The number of divorces will rapidly increase if the Government’s plans for no-fault divorce become law, pro-marriage groups have warned. Today, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced that the Government will introduce legislation “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) described the change as a “cheaters’ charter”, while The Christian Institute said it was a sad fact that more couples would break up as a result. Under the Government’s...

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Penny Mordaunt says UK will defend abortion rights amid global pushback

Apr 10, 2019 by

by Liz Ford, Guardian. Britain’s international development secretary has promised to stand firm in her support for abortion rights in the face of growing opposition. Speaking at an event hosted by the Canadian embassy on Monday, Penny Mordaunt said: “Leadership means not shying away from issues like safe abortion when the evidence shows us these services will save women’s lives.” Mordaunt praised the UK’s growing partnership with the Canadian government and in a response to efforts by some...

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Lenten Meditations

Apr 10, 2019 by

  Wed April 10 Psalm. am:119:145-176 pm: 128, 129, 130 Old Testament. Jer 25:30-38 New Testament. Rom 10:14-21 Gospel. John 10:1-18 FIFTH WEDNESDAY IN LENT –Blessed Margaret of Costello, 1320   LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:   Margaret was born in Florence, Italy in 1287. She was a great disappointment to her wealthy parents. She was born blind and with very serious spine and leg problems. Her parents were ashamed of her and told people that she had died at birth. They kept her hidden...

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Bonhoeffer: the prophet against the culture-controlled church

Apr 9, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Today (April 9th) is the 74th anniversary of the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Nazi guards in Flossenburg camp, just a month before the end of the war. A doctor witnessing the hanging later said “I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God”. Eric Metaxas’ masterful account of Bonhoeffer’s life shows clearly how he was formed by insights gained during the early years of his ministry. The brilliantly talented young...

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Celebrating no-palm Sunday

Apr 9, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo. This year, Palm Sunday is cancelled, so you need to do away with your palm crosses, and change the choice of hymns. The reason is that we are reading from Luke’s gospel, and Luke makes no mention of ‘palms’ during Jesus’ ‘triumphal entry’ in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. Instead, we only get mention (Luke 19.37) of people spreading their cloaks, or outer garments (himatia) on the road. So this year we celebrate Cloak Sunday. (If you are part of the tradition which keeps...

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It turns out that sexual liberation isn’t that liberating

Apr 9, 2019 by

by David French, National Review. Over at The Atlantic, Bradford Wilcox and Lyman Stone have penned a fascinating piece exploring the roots of American unhappiness and tying it our nation’s “sex recession” — a rather marked decrease in sexual activity by young adults. As Wilcox and Stone note: The share of young adults having sex at least once a week has fallen from 59 percent in 1972 to 49 percent in 2018. This decline is far steeper among men: down from 58 percent of young men having sex at...

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