Bishop of Maidstone’s letter to evangelical parishes in response to the civil partnership statement fallout

Feb 14, 2020 by

I thought I should write following the statement that was issued after the conclusion of the College of Bishops yesterday. The statement can be found here My understanding at the College was that the statement was needed for two reasons. First, it was felt that the Pastoral Statement on Civil Partnerships for Opposite Sex Couples which had been released on 22nd January was pastorally insensitive in the way it was framed and released to the press. Secondly, there was concern that as a result,...

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Religious literacy for civil servants is ‘vital’, says Open Doors

Feb 11, 2020 by

from Christian Today: The head of Open Doors UK has welcomed the Government’s pledge to widen religious literacy training for civil servants.  Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Heather Wheeler made the promise in a speech to the House of Commons last Thursday, in which she said that the persecution of people for their faith was a “matter of deep concern” for the Government. In her address, she also admitted that the UK Government had not given the persecution of...

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Anglican Reality Check: What’s happened since Lambeth 1998?

Feb 7, 2020 by

from Gafcon: The Anglican Reality Check takes a look at the recent history of the Anglican Communion. It reveals how predominantly Western church leaders have relentlessly sought to undermine Resolution I.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference which reaffirmed the clear teaching of Scripture on marriage and specifically rejected homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture. In 1 Chronicles 12:32 certain men of Issachar are described as those ‘who had understanding of the times’. This quality...

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The English Bishops on Marriage: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Jan 28, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: In December 2019, the House of Bishops of the Church of England published a “Pastoral Statement” regarding same-sex and opposite-sex civil partnerships. Many conservatives rejoiced, and many progressives snarled, at what appeared to be a reaffirmation of the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage. As I read the statement, I found myself thinking: “This is the sound of one hand clapping.” Let me explain. On the one hand, the bishops wish to reaffirm the...

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Church of England reaffirms biblical teaching on sex and marriage—but for how much longer?

Jan 24, 2020 by

by Will Jones, Faith and Politics: The Church of England’s bishops have issued a pastoral statement responding to the introduction in the UK last month of opposite-sex civil partnerships. It restates Church of England teaching on marriage and sexual relationships, explaining that: ‘For Christians, marriage – that is the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity… Sexual relationships outside heterosexual...

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RC Bishop Cancels Nicene Creed to Avoid Offending Non-Catholics

Jan 11, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: A cathedral congregation is expressing bewilderment after the bishop announced he was omitting the Nicene Creed so as not to offend non-Catholics present. After preaching his homily on the Feast of the Epiphany, Bp. Derio Olivero of the diocese of Pinerolo made the announcement about the omission. “Since there are also non-believers, everyone will say it silently,” Olivero told his flock at the Cathedral of St. Donatus in Pinerolo, a town in...

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