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 Michael Langrish (Former Bishop of Exeter)

Synod member attacks Church of England’s ‘self-obsession’ in pandemic, by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Churches wary, as task force meets to plan reopeningby Pat Ashworth, Church Times

France’s top court strikes down Macron’s ban on religious gatheringsby Samuel Smith, Christian Post

The Times Blasts Archbishop Justin Welby over Church Shutdown by David Virtue, Virtueonline

Doing things differently from orate Sorores

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

We need to start reopening our society, not just the economyby Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Priests and palaces, by Serenhedd James, The Critic

Why won’t the timid bishops let us mourn our dead at funerals in church? by Stephen Glover, Mailonline

Professor Richard Burridge analyses the statement from Church House “House of Bishops backs phased approach to revising access to church buildings”, from Thinking Anglicans

Coronavirus: MPs urge churches to allow small funeralsfrom BBC News

Church of England open to ‘temporarily loosening’ Sunday trading lawsfrom Christian Concern

Challenges for the Church of Englandby Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Christianity, the State, and Blind Obedienceby Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

The Church is digging its own grave and Welby and Cottrell are the chief gravediggers, by Melvin Tinker, VirtueOnline

Muppet bishops? by Stephen Keeble, Anglican Ink

When will churches fight for their God-given right to meet? by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman:

The C of E has retreated to the kitchenby Giles Fraser, UnHerd

Sacred — and vital — spacesby Marcus Walker, The Critic

Facing death with Easter hopeby Richard Bauckham, Psephizo

And for the sake of balance: David Baker defends the policy of the Archbishops here:

Covid confusion: Church of England clergy and their buildings


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