Church of Ireland general synod member ready to quit if gender stance changes

Jun 4, 2020 by

by Adam Kula, Belfast News Letter: A man who has served for about half-a-century on the Church of Ireland’s general synod has said he will leave the church altogether if it recognises “non-binary gender identities”. Dermot O’Callaghan, in a letter to the News Letter (see link beneath this article) said that if such a change in doctrine ever occurs, not only will he abandon his erstwhile spiritual home, but “I fear that God will leave it too”. Mr O’Callaghan, who joined the general synod in...

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Church of Ireland clarifies position on same-sex marriage after confusion

Mar 3, 2020 by

from Christian Post: The Church of Ireland has clarified its position on same-sex marriage following confusion over a consultation submission by one of its official bodies. The Church and Society commission, which examines social issues, indicated its support for same-sex marriage in a statement to the government consultation. The consultation asked: “Do you agree same-sex couples in NI should be permitted to convert their civil partnership to marriage?” In its statement, the...

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Inclusive vision for Church of Ireland

Nov 23, 2019 by

Letters to the Irish Times: Sir, – It saddens me that once again The Irish Times has allowed its pages to be used to spread vicious and untrue rumours about Gafcon (Analysis, November 18th, Rite and Reason, November 19th). Far from being schismatic, Gafcon has allowed the vast majority of the Anglican Communion to remain united despite attempts from some to tear the very fabric of our common life. The pleas of brothers and sisters across the globe have been ignored and the plain teaching of...

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Move to block election of conservative Irish bishop defeated

Nov 21, 2019 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Irish House of Bishops meeting in Dublin on 20 Nov 2019 confirmed the appointment of the Ven. David McClay, Archdeacon of Down, as Bishop–designate of the Diocese of Down and Dromore.  His consecration is planned for late January in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. The announcement follows an unprecedented move by liberal Irish clergy to persuade the bishops to block the election of Archdeacon McClay on the grounds that his support of the GAFCON movement made...

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Bishop-elect confirms support for women’s ordination

Nov 20, 2019 by

by William Scholes, Irish News: THE minister elected to lead the Church of Ireland’s largest diocese has confirmed that he supports the ordination of women after a group of clergy accused him of opposing the practice. Archdeacon David McClay, who is currently the rector of Willowfield Parish in Belfast, was earlier this month chosen by a 51-strong electoral college to succeed Bishop Harold Miller as the Bishop of Down and Dromore. Confirmation of Archdeacon McClay’s appointment is...

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Church of Ireland clergy object to conservative bishop’s appointment

Nov 18, 2019 by

by Patsy McGarry, Irish Times: Thirty-six senior Church of Ireland clergy have put their names to an open letter objecting to the appointment of the newly elected Bishop of Down and Dromore due to his involvement with a conservative Anglican group. In a letter to the church’s House of Bishops, the signatories say they are concerned Archdeacon David McClay may not be an appropriate choice due to his membership of the Gafcon (Global Anglican Future Conference) Ireland movement. They believe the...

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