What does the newly elected Church of England General Synod mean for conservatives?

Oct 19, 2021 by

by Julian Mann,  Christian Today: Church of England conservatives on marriage and sexual ethics have held their ground in this month’s elections to the General Synod but have not made significant gains. Peter Owen, co-creator of the Thinking Anglicans website, has published the list of newly-elected members for the 2021-2026 term of the CofE’s legislative body. It is likely that following the Church in Wales vote to allow services of blessing for same-sex couples a similar proposal...

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The hate that dare not speak its name

Oct 19, 2021 by

by Brendan O’Neill, spiked: In the days since the horrific murder of Sir David Amess, Britain seems to have gone mad. Here was a good, much-loved politician allegedly slain by a young man who is currently being held under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of possibly being motivated by the Islamist ideology. And what are we talking about? Tweets. Online anonymity. The rude things members of the public say to politicians. The need to ‘be nice’. It feels increasingly unhinged. It feels like a...

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Denying David Amess the Last Rites was a dreadful decision

Oct 19, 2021 by

by Brendan O’Neill, spiked: The police refused to allow a Catholic priest to purify Amess’s soul. This is the inhumanity of bureaucracy. Everything about the murder of David Amess is grim. One detail feels particularly bleak. Amess, a devout Catholic, was denied the Last Rites. A Catholic priest and friend of Amess – Fr Jeff Woolnough – arrived at the scene in Leigh-on-Sea not long after the stabbing took place. He asked to be allowed through so that he could perform the Last Rites...

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Living in Love and Faith: A Predicted Outcome

Oct 19, 2021 by

from Anglican Futures: Anglican Futures predicts that the Church of England will allow the “blessing” of same-sex marriages by February 2023 – whatever the final results of the General Synod elections. Read on to find out why and how.   The Living in Love and Faith resources were published in November 2020 and at the moment parishes, deaneries and dioceses, throughout the Church of England, are being encouraged to engage with the resources and feedback their responses to the...

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Northern Ireland considering abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ law

Oct 19, 2021 by

by Jonah McKeown, CNA: A proposal to require so-called “buffer zones” around abortion clinics – an area where protests would not be allowed – is reportedly drawing support in Northern Ireland’s parliament. If passed, the law, which has progressed past the first legislative stage, would be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The bill would empower the Department of Health to establish “safe access” zones outside abortion facilities, the BBC reported. Patients...

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Euthanasia: In search of a compassionate response

Oct 19, 2021 by

by Heather Tomlinson, Premier: As the campaign to legalise assisted dying ramps up, Heather Tomlinson explains why Christians need to reassess their assumptions about individualism and personal autonomy. To many people today, euthanasia seems rational. Shouldn’t someone who is facing a cruel death have the right to control the end of their own life and avoid unnecessary suffering, we ask? Dignity in Dying – once called the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society – regularly publishes stories...

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