10 Catholic Churches Attacked in France in One Week

Mar 22, 2019 by

by Deacon Greg Kandra: At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported across the Channel since the beginning of February. French Roman-Catholic newspaper La Croix International reported how the attacks on churches took place across France. Senseless acts included the desecration of altars, the defacing of Christ on the cross and in an extreme case, human excrement being spread across the walls of a holy place of worship. According to the outlet, one...

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UK: Without local Stewardship Trusts ReNew won’t be renewing

Mar 6, 2019 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: In January Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone, and Johnny Juckes, the President of Oak Hill College in north London, ran an event for people thinking of getting ordained in the Church of England. Given the constituency that gravitates towards Oak Hill as its theological college of choice, one imagines that the clientele at this event was mainly drawn from conservative evangelical churches in England. So, what would life be like for a young man now in his 20s, who...

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Better Bishops

Mar 5, 2019 by

by Mark Burkill, Church Society: An extract from Mark Burkill’s Reform booklet, which outlines the biblical principles of episcopacy, its historical development and ends with some challenges for the contemporary church. How episcopal ministry should be reformed today A vision for the reform of the ministry of bishops in the present time can be articulated if we are willing to bear in mind basic biblical principles about episcopal ministry, alongside the way its ancient practice was...

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Church of England to hold first service in Farsi after a huge rise in converts

Mar 3, 2019 by

by Izzy Lyons, Telegraph: When the Bishop of Loughborough was 13-years-old, her brother was murdered for being a Christian. Born and raised in Iran, she was forced to flee her homeland in 1980 on the grounds of religious persecution – a story that is all too familiar for many Iranian Christians. Now, as the ordained Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani is leading the Church of England’s growing community of Iranians who have found a home in the Anglican church. This...

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The problem with pursuing relevance

Feb 28, 2019 by

by Stephen Kneale: It was one of those Christian buzzwords for a while. Every other church was lining up to label itself ‘relevant.’ The question I had whenever I saw that was usually, relevant to whom? The big problem is that churches landing hard on the term ‘relevant’ in their descriptions of themselves very often had a similar profile. They tended to be young and hip and trendy. Now, don’t get me wrong, if that’s you and you want to setup your church that way, fill your boots. I’m a...

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Bishop Bell Vindicated

Jan 30, 2019 by

by Peter Hitchens, First Things: I had not thought that victory in a good cause after a long campaign would make me so angry. And yet I was angry. It is only at such moments that we can test the real currency of conscience and eternity against the counterfeit of everyday. For I and my allies have just undoubtedly won a protracted struggle to restore the good name of Bishop George Bell of Chichester, outrageously condemned as a child abuser by the Church of England he once adorned. The...

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