God is Not Fair: Some Thoughts on Women’s Ordination

Jan 22, 2020 by

By Gerald McDermott, Anglican Pastor: God is not fair. He deprives men of the most profound and satisfying experience imaginable. Both men and women participate in the creation of another human being, but only women get to carry that little human being inside their body for nine months, nourishing that baby with sustenance from their own body. Only women get to bring that precious child into the world. In many cases, that child will have a more intimate relationship with its mother than with...

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Divorce not a barrier for 70 Church of England ordinands

Feb 20, 2019 by

by Alex Williams, Premier: Dozens of people who have married again following a divorce were given a green light by the Church of England to pursue ordination last year, new figures suggest. Statistics obtained by The Times show 70 of the 569 ordinands approved in 2018 had either married while their former spouse was still alive – or they had tied the knot with a divorcee whose partner was still living. Church rules hold that such cases must be decided on an individual basis by either the...

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Be celibate or leave the priesthood, pope tells gay priests

Dec 4, 2018 by

by Philip Pullella, Reuters: VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book. While he has previously spoken of the need for better screening of candidates for the religious life, his comments suggesting that priests who cannot keep their vows of celibacy should leave are some of his clearest to...

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The Rev’d Jonathan Aitken – being ordained is like ‘a new life’

Jul 1, 2018 by

by Archishop Cranmer: Former Tory Cabinet minister, convicted perjurer and bankrupt the Rt Hon Jonathan Aitken MP is now the Rev’d Jonathan Aitken, deacon at St Matthews, Westminster, and chaplain to the Prison Service. The Privy Council status is gone. The political power of Chief Secretary to the Treasury has dissipated. The scars of perjury and bankruptcy remain, but the soul is healed. At the age of 75, after finding God in the depths and theological study at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford,...

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When did Transgenderism supplant Anglican orthodoxy as a qualification for Holy Orders?

Jun 4, 2018 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: If you believe that women may not be priests; that Holy Orders are a male preserve; that a woman may not represent Christ at the altar; that ‘woman priest’ is an ontological category error, there is no longer any place for you in the Church of England’s theological colleges to train for the priesthood. Ordinands must be, in the words of the Five Guiding Principles, “fully and unequivocally committed to all orders of ministry being open equally to all, without reference...

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An intolerable departure from order

Feb 3, 2018 by

by Andrew Davison, Church Times: I GREW up in an Anglican-Methodist family, and went to a Methodist Sunday school. I rejoice at the prospect of a closer relationship with the Methodist Church. The report before the General Synod, Ministry and Mission in Covenant, pursues that noble aim, which makes its failings all the more agonising. With a few adaptations, it could be a triumph; as it stands, it compromises the faith and identity of the Church of England. Our Church upholds ancient Catholic...

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