Operation Yellowhammer: political advantage trumps right to privacy

Sep 10, 2019 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer: The end of prolonged conflicts can be both brutal and swift. The American Civil War ended with Sherman’s brutal ‘March to the Sea’ and the First World War ended with a near-successful German offensive followed by retreat and defeat. The seemingly impregnable Hindenburg Line did not hold; lessons had been learned and were applied with ruthless efficiency. The long conflicts were over. Neither end brought lasting peace and reconciliation, but the years of...

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Living wisely in uncertain times

Sep 10, 2019 by

by Philip Powell, Jubilee Centre: A friend of mine recently commented while discussing Brexit that we are living through one of the most tumultuous and uncertain periods in British history. I don’t think this is hyperbole. We are, as a country, facing an unknown and uncertain future as the date (31 October) for leaving the European Union draws near. The temptation facing us is either to push the panic button, adding further confusion to the chaos, or to take flight and escape into denial about...

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What can the Church do about Brexit?

Sep 8, 2019 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: Returning to the UK to speak at the Shetland Bible conference has been an encouraging and depressing experience. The encouragement comes from the many faithful Christians in this beautiful most northerly part of the United Kingdom. The discouragement comes from the collective hysteria that seems to be gripping the political classes in this disunited kingdom. To witness the hatred, lies, abuse, confusion, propaganda and the dumbed down panic is a profoundly...

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What can Christians say about Britain and Europe?

Sep 4, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: The question of Britain’s relationship with the EU is rapidly becoming the most pressing question of our time—and perhaps the most pressing question for our national life for several generations, certainly since the end of the Second World War. Yet Christian leaders seem to fall into one of two traps—either saying something partisan which alienates one side or the others, or saying nothing at all and leaving a vacuum. It is therefore with some trepidation that I make...

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Brexit: open letter reveals Bishops split 60:40 on Government’s approach

Aug 29, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The open letter on Brexit published yesterday by a group of Diocesan Bishops is interesting on a number of levels, not least of which is the fact that it is signed by 25 of their number, which is to say it wasn’t signed by 17 of them. The non-signatories might of course have been touring up the Amalfi Coast or plagued by IT demons and so unable to access urgent email winging its way from Leeds (of which more anon), but more likely is it that they felt they couldn’t put...

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Brexit Citizens’ Assembly – Welby plays a blinder (all shall be well)

Aug 28, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: When the Times revealed on Monday that the Archbishop of Canterbury was “in talks” to chair a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ in order to avert a ‘no deal’ Brexit (that is, a clean, global Brexit on WTO terms), the tremors in Downing Street were felt in Blackpool. They tried to blame fracking, but those who had ears knew very well it was Boris Johnson stomping around No.10 in a fit of blind rage. “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” he screamed at his CofE linkman SpAd...

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