Faith schools: Clergy criticise Church of England using school admissions to ‘artificially boost church attendance’

May 30, 2020 by

by Will Hazell, iNews: Exclusive: Thirty Anglicans say selective faith schools give ‘ammunition’ to critics who claim Church uses schools for ‘pew fodder’. A group of senior Anglicans have written to the Church of England urging it “to abandon admission policies that discriminate against people by faith” in its schools. They say that selecting on the basis of religion is likely to help the well-off and gives “ammunition” to critics who claim the Church uses...

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Boris Johnson and the Episcopal Land of Zoom

May 29, 2020 by

from Archbishop Cranmer: This is the 18th contribution to His Grace’s emergency team ministry during the coronavirus pestilence. The author is an Incumbent in the Church of England, who wishes to remain anonymous. The Bishops of the Church of England have for almost three months lived in the Land of Zoom. In this strange country they are able to communicate, function, and meet with each other without the need of weekend conferences. The Land of Zoom is a welcoming country for those for whom...

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Bishop: ‘Sack Cummings, or the Church of England will no longer work with Government’

May 25, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: A number of Bishops have rounded on the Prime Minister for not sacking his senior advisor Dominic Cummings, following revelations that he drove from London to Durham during lockdown to arrange childcare for his four-year-old son, Alexander. It was deemed necessary, he argued, because his wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, was already ill with the coronavirus, and he suspected that he might also succumb. He didn’t visit his parents, as some newspapers have reported: the...

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Report claims CofE considering cuts in dioceses, bishops and parishes

May 25, 2020 by

from Premier: It’s claimed the Church of England is looking into whether it needs so many dioceses and parishes. According to the Sunday Times, the incoming Archbishop of York Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell (…) will oversees the review which could lead to cuts in the number of bishops, cathedrals and parish churches. The issue was discussed at a House of Bishops video call last week in which those present discusssed the future for the Church. A spokesman said there was varied views among...

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Church response criticised

May 11, 2020 by

The response of the Church of England leadership to the pandemic, from communication of the gospel to the blanket closure of church buildings, has attracted increasing criticism. More recent items at the top: Why do our church leaders worship at the altar of health and safety? by David Quinn, UnHerd It’s all about mercy: a Christian critique of secular assumptions which inform key policies around the pandemic, healthcare and death. By Dr John Pilling (Retired Consultant Radiologist) and Bishop...

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PM to Archbishop: ‘Prepare for your pulpits’ (which you never needed to vacate)

May 11, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Prime Minister’s speech to the nation (of England) has set out a path toward normality following the period of enforced isolation and social distancing deemed necessary by the coronavirus. As he acknowledged, the lockdown has come at colossal cost to our way of life: “We can see it all around us in the shuttered shops and abandoned businesses and darkened pubs and restaurants.” And churches. There are some, of course, who insist the churches never needed to lock...

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