Communion Ban Breaches Human Rights

Jul 9, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: A High Court judge has ruled that prohibiting a Roman Catholic from attending church to receive the sacraments may have infringed the European Convention on Human Rights. Justice Lewis delivered his judgment Monday at the Royal High Court of Justice ruling that “the restriction on the use of a Roman Catholic church for communal worship and the taking of the sacraments involves an interference with Article 9(1) of the Convention.” The Challengers...

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Shut Churches Sue State Using Magna Carta

Jul 7, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Protestant England never enjoyed absolute religious freedom since Henry VIII broke with Rome, a top evangelical leader is conceding, as 25 Christian leaders — including a Catholic theologian — challenge the churches’ lockdown as a breach of the Magna Carta. Church leaders who have launched a judicial review of the lockdown are contending that the state criminalized Sunday worship for the first time in centuries — despite the government allowing churches...

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First Sunday back: what we did

Jul 7, 2020 by

by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: Government restrictions on a whole host of things were lifted as of the 4th July 2020. A right good number of us probably went for a haircut on Saturday – and if you’ve caught the FIEC webinar on Church in Deprived Communities to which I contributed – you’ll reckon, in my case particularly, it was well over due! But most significantly for us, albeit with certain restrictions still in place and the need to abide by social distancing measures, we were...

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Stephen Cottrell’s latest interview: startling, puzzling – offensive?

Jul 6, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: What sort of qualities ought we to expect to find in a church leader? The New Testament has some pretty clear stipulations about who is suitable and who is unsuitable. Of course, it is unreasonable to expect perfection, since we all fall short in many ways, and as a church leader myself I am only too aware of my own sins, and so am ever thankful day after day for the grace of God. Genuinely. Nonetheless, the latest interview with the new Archbishop of York,...

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The re-opened Church must reform or die

Jul 5, 2020 by

By Graham Wood, The Conservative Woman: MANY Christians will rejoice at the news that since yesterday places of worship are permitted to re-open for prayer and services. As we know, ‘lockdown’ introduced a complete cessation of such meetings in the UK right across the church denominations for almost three full months, resulting in many of these substituting a very restricted form of corporate church meetings in the form of Zoom or Facebook occasions online. Will there now be a return to the...

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Government, health & safety, the court of public opinion…what about the Bible?

Jul 4, 2020 by

by Dave Brennan, Christian Concern: This week FIEC National Director John Stevens posted his response to the contention that the lockdown of churches and the more recent guidelines are unacceptable government overreach into the domain of religious freedom. He says that this view is “superficially understandable,” but goes on to express his strong disagreement. His central argument appears to be that in strictly legal terms, religious freedom in this country has never been absolute, and so the...

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