Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of Troubles

Statute of Limitations Proposed for Legacy of the Troubles During the Prime Minister’s Question time on 15 July, PM Johnson announced that the government would be bringing forth a statute of limitations in regard to occurencess committed before the Good Friday...

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals

Church of England Considering Legislation Regarding Parishes Seeking Input on Proposals   Input has been requested on the proposals to change the current legislation regarding parishes within the Church of England.  The review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure...

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia

GAFCON Australia to Support Diocese for Those Forced from Anglican Church of Australia Gafcon Australia has outlined its plan to support Anglicans who leave the Anglican Church of Australia over doctrinal revision which overturns the plain teaching of Scripture. At an...

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bp of Liverpool

Church of England Evangelical Council Reacts to Unorthodox Remarks by Bishop of Liverpool The Church of England Evangelical Council has responded to a widely criticised public address and subsequent apology made last month by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of...

Questions Out of LFF, Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I read the first article from Anglican Futures, regarding the document, Living In Love and Faith, [LLF] EC 8083. I found the article helpful, well presented and gives a clear overview of the document.  However, I found myself seriously disquieted and I raise...

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid: Parental Deaths Due to HIV

Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Orphan Aid Parental Deaths Due to HIV  The Rt Revd John Orina Omangi, Bishop of the Kisii Missionary District in Eastern Kenya is appealing for assistance in caring for 100 children orphaned by the widespread HIV problem in the area.  Kisii...

Christianity & Craft Freemasonry, A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers

Christianity and Craft Freemasonry A Pastoral Guide for Christian Ministers Gerard Moate Latimer Trust, 2021 (ISBN: 9781906327705, 70pp) By 1964 a national commission of enquiry estimated the existence of 50,000 books and pamphlets on freemasonry. This literature has,...

Forgotten Reformer: Myles Coverdale

Forgotten Reformer: Miles Coverdale Geoffrey Main Self-published, 2021 (ISBN: 9781916873704, 228pp) Episcopal biographies are always an enjoyable read, not least those of bishops who are better known for their non-episcopal work. Coverdale is of course best known for...

And Just When You Thought You’d Heard Everything, Bats Communications Officer

Whilst considering reducing the number of clergy nationwide, the Church of England is advertising for someone to be employed as its, “Bats in Churches Communications Officer”.  The post, which is located in London, pays between £31,857 and £34,255 (pro rata).  The...

Pilgrim’s Proces: Baptism Depths of Meaning by Peter Sanlon

In my last column we looked at the Lord’s Supper.  Today, we take a look at the other sign our Lord Jesus instituted among us.  These signs, or sacraments, which God gives his people are both simple and profound. In their simplicity, God's grace is powerfully...

Editorial: Church Matters Worthy of Further Notation

Church Matters Worthy of Further Notation

Try as we might, we inevitably find ourselves not able to print all the stories that really are worthy of publication.  Such a matter is merely the by-product of limitation of space.  The ink is willing but the paper is weak. 

Toward rectifying that problem:

Nigeria: Health and wealth gospeller, TB Joshua, founder of the Synagogue of All Nations, died on 5 June.  He was 57.  In 2014, the church’s building collapsed killing 116 people.  He had 3.5 million followers on Facebook.

Canada: The Rt Revd Lincoln McKoen, Bishop of the Territory of the People in British Columbia was suspended from office over allegations of sexual misconduct.

United Kingdom:  Further discrediting the Clergy Disciplinary Measure (CDM), The Very Revd Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church in Oxford, was acquitted for a fifth time.  Percy is reputedly of a difficult and liberal theological disposition but it seems his accusers have not produced evidence to support the assertions against him.

Ecclesiastical Insurance is now offering insurance to help protect against the expenses incurred if charged with a Clergy Disciplinary Measure.  See the fuller story in today’s paper.

The Revd Dr Paul Overend, Canon Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral was finally cleared of accusations that brought a Safeguarding CDM.  It took 789 days for the case to process.  He had been unanimously acquitted in a jury trial last December.  It had been alleged that he had kissed a student at Cardiff University in 1997.

Pakistan:  The Church of Pakistan elected The Rt Revd Azad Marshall as the Moderator of the United Church.  Marshall is a member of GAFCON and was elected Bishop of Raiwind in 2017.  He has a reputation for being soundly orthodox and someone who can navigate difficult ecclesiastical waters.  The Rt Revd Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester, was also Bishop of Raiwind before coming to the UK.

Burundi:  The Rt Revd Sixbert Macumi, Bishop of Buye, has been elected Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Burundi.  

Jerusalem:  The Revd Hosam Elias Zakaria Naoum was recently elected, consecrated and installed as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem.  

Alexandria:  The Most Revd Mouneer Hanna Anis has retired as Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Alexandria.  Archbishop Anis has long been a proponent and Developing World leader advocate for Anglican theological orthodoxy.  He was succeeded by The Most Revd Dr Samy Fawzy.

Ethiopia:  The Barnabas Fund reports that Deacon Amanuel Wondimu of Dembi Dollo was charged with terrorism before being publicly executed by two shots to the head.  The young deacon was made to walk through the town with a pistol tied around his neck before his execution.  Government forces reportedly forced locals to watch the killing.  Wondimu’s family denied all charges against their family member stating he spent most of his time at the church.