New Sexuality resources (Living in Love and Faith) delayed till November

Jun 25, 2020 by

Church of England Newspaper:  The House of Bishops said today (Thursday 25th) that it will proceed with the publication of the Living in Love and Faith teaching and learning resources in early November this year. The decision was made following a Zoom meeting of bishops yesterday (Wednesday). The publication of the resources, originally scheduled for July 2020, had been deferred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioned by the House of Bishops and led by the Bishop of Coventry,...

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Clergy kneel to those who’d trample over them

Jun 22, 2020 by

by Alice Williams, The Conservative Woman: FOR some time now I have had a love-hate relationship with the cathedral in Wells, England’s smallest city, which has been my home for twenty years. I love the building, which never ceases to astonish, its scale, beauty and age dominating the town. I dislike, with a deepening intensity, the drip-drip of Leftist propaganda which has seeped into every service I have attended in the last two years. In one Christmas address the dean referred to Mary and...

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The end of the road for C of E growth strategies?

Jun 19, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: At last week’s Diocesan Synod in Chelmsford Diocese, a paper was discussed which proposed a radical reduction of stipendiary clergy posts from 275 to 215 within the next 18 months, a reduction of 22%. (Since these papers are in the public domain, you can read it for yourself here.) Despite some of these positions already being vacant, this will almost certainly involve making actual clergy redundant, which I think must be unprecedented in the modern era. With our...

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The Church gets in a disciplinary mess

Jun 19, 2020 by

By Andrew Carey, Church of England Newspaper: The Church of England is in a mess as far as its disciplinary processes and its safeguarding measures are concerned. From observing its processes up close and personal in the last couple of years, it is clear that at the highest levels some of the key Church officers find it impossible to keep up with their workload. They do not follow through on their own initiatives and seem not to understand the devastating effect of that failure on those they...

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The C of E has forgotten the power of the parish

Jun 17, 2020 by

by Giles Fraser, UnHerd: Yesterday, for the first time in months, I opened the doors of my church to local people that want to come in here for private prayer. After what feels like an age, the green shoots of church life are beginning to re-appear. And many of my church people are excited at the thought of coming back. It has been a great sadness to me that at precisely the moment when many people have been limited to their locality, the Church of England decided to re-invent itself as some...

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‘Bishops’ Mum on Slaughter of Innocents

Jun 17, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Nineteen prelates, including five women bishops, abstained from a pro-life vote as Britain’s House of Lords voted 355–77 to approve the government’s extreme abortion regime in Northern Ireland. Bishops Sarah Mullally (London), Rachel Treweek (Gloucester), Vivienne Faull (Bristol), Christine Hardman (Newcastle) and Elizabeth Lane (Derby) belong to the cohort of 26 Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual Seven male...

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