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October 8, 2014
Stephen Sizer is a Vicar for the Church of England, a noted author, and dynamic speaker. He can now add to his CV, pawn for Iran’s Ayatollah and pitchman for Syria’s Assad. It is…
October 4, 2014
Turmoil that has rocked the worldwide Anglican Communion for the past decade isn’t about to settle down, if recent comments by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori are to be believed.
April 25, 2014
“Some people feel that in this ever more secular age we shouldn’t talk about these things,” Cameron wrote. “I completely disagree. I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country…”
January 20, 2014
The Church should take a few lessons from the Crown. There is nothing wrong with being a little old fashioned. People may even find great comfort in it.
November 24, 2013
It is deeply troubling that the decision to introduce women as bishops in the Church of England was made in a kind of political vacuum, utterly divorced from discussing the theological and doctrinal imperatives, justifications and implications for the change, and taking into account only the “trends and priorities of wider society”. It is especially astonishing that such a momentous decision was reached with almost no reference to what Scriptures, the Church Fathers and Mothers, ecumenical councils, or the writings of divers Saints had to say on women’s role in the Church. Yet, following recent developments in the Church, it is sadly unsurprising that those pushing for this change did not bother to ask themselves “What do the Scriptures, holy tradition, and the Saints say on this subject?” The only real concerns in the minds of many, certainly the current and former Archbishops of Canterbury and the Prime Minister, seem to have been over questions of relevancy, public opinion, and political pressure.
November 22, 2013
Is the goal of any Church simply to “ensure its place” as “modern”, or perceived as relevant to the ever-changing norms of the society in which it exists? In their eagerness to ensure that the Church of England maintains its established position by catering to the changing tides of a public opinion largely ignorant of Christian theology and history, those pushing for these reforms seem unaware that a Church which so compromises and alters its doctrines will have little remaining authority in society to speak certain truths to it. A Church which shows itself willing to operate as a malleable institution obsessed with perceptions of relevancy and keeping its privileged status cannot inspire much devotion in its people, nor will political society or public opinion respect it as an authoritative national voice when it has surrendered all authority that contradicts or challenges them.
September 3, 2013
Several Mainline/old line Protestant agencies have joined with left wing and pacifist groups to sign a politically irrelevant plea to President Obama denouncing “military strikes” on Syria and urging “diplomatic efforts to stop the…
June 27, 2013
By Brian Miller @briankenmiller In the preface to the Book of Common Prayer Thomas Cranmer observed that, “There was never anything by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which…
June 27, 2013
By Alexander Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) It sounds like a parody, but the Church of England has found yet another questionable way to stabilize declining attendance numbers; designing churches for entirely different religions. As The Telegraph…
April 17, 2013
The Right Rev. Richard Chartres delivered the following comments at today’s funeral for former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Baroness Margaret Thatcher: After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there…
December 10, 2012
The initial outrage and fallout from the Church of England’s decision to reject women bishops seems to have reached its close. Newspapers on the right and the left shrieked in disdain at such a…