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Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity

Archbishop Calls for Listening and Unity Justin Welby Appeals to General Synod Before Vital Debate The Archbishop of Canterbury has appealed to General Synod for greater listening and unity. He addressed the membership ahead of their three-day gathering, expected to...

Anglican Myth #3: The Bishop is the Focus of Unity

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St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund”

St Helen’s Bishopsgate “Pauses Contributions to Common Fund” The Standing Committee of the PCC of St Helen’s Bishopsgate has written to the Bishop of London to make plain their theological opposition to the proposed same-sex blessings proffered by the House of...

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching

Hull Parish Rejects Authority of Archbishop of York Over False Teaching St Andrew’s Kirk Ella has written a very direct letter to the Archbishop of York about his support for the same-sex blessings proposals.  In the letter, they pull no punches and announce that with...

Barnabas Fund Report: African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda

Barnabas Fund Report African Hospitals Give Thanks for PPE as Ebola Breaks Out in Uganda Christian hospitals in Africa have given heartfelt thanks for a huge consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) shipped by Barnabas Aid’s medical.gives programme. “We want...

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion

His Majesty’s Declaration Pertaining to the Use and Understanding the Articles of Religion Words do have meaning and particularly when they pertain to how we are to understand the doctrines of the Church.  In an earlier era, under a different monarch named Charles,...

Keene Review: Finding Your Best Identity

Finding Your Best Identity A short Christian introduction to identity, sexuality and gender Andrew Bunt IVP, 2022 (ISBN: 9781789744200, 90pp, £8.99)   The most casual glance at biblical passages such as Matthew 6 or 1 John 2 indicates that ‘the world’ is entirely...

CEEC Calls for Action

CEEC Calls for Action  Offers the Church of England a Better Way Forward After failing to provide a quick substantive answer to the Blessings Proposals  by the House of Bishops, the CEEC has responded in a very clear way in stating its opposition to what has been...

Thomas Cromwell: The Man Behind the Curtain

Thomas Cromwell The Man Behind the Curtain By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins So many “Thomases” in the 16th century, it’s hard to keep them straight! Thomas Cromwell was beheaded July 28, 1540 by order of King Henry VIII for the crime of treason and heresy, but his real...

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated

New Bishop for Complementarian Churches Consecrated The Revd Rob Munro was consecrated as Bishop of Ebbsfleet on Thursday 2 February in a service at Canterbury Cathedral.   In keeping with the complementarian understanding of ministry, Bishop Munro was consecrated to...

Long Vacancies in Provincial Episcopal Visitor Sees

Long Vacancies in Provincial Episcopal Visitor Sees

Vacancies in the Provincial Episcopal Visitor Sees are taking quite a long time to fill.

Provincial Episcopal Visitors are Suffragan bishops that look after both the Anglo-Catholic and Conservative Evangelical congregations that do not accept the ministry of female clergy.  The former group reject women’s ordination because it goes against the tradition of the Church.  The latter group rejects the ordained ministry of women because they believe it violates the clear teaching of Scripture about biblically acceptable roles for men and women as well as the received tradition.

There are four such bishoprics between Canterbury and York.  

The last Bishop of Ebbsfleet, The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall resigned on 8 September 2021 and became a Roman Catholic.  Ebbsfleet looks after the Anglo-Catholic congregations and clergy in the western half of Canterbury Province.

The PEV for the Eastern half of Canterbury Province is the Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough.  He has been in office since 2011.  His intentions about retirement have not been made public although he is nearing mandatory retirement age.

In York Province, the Bishop of Beverley provides episcopal care to all Anglo-Catholic congregations and clergy.  Its last occupant, the Rt Revd Glyn Webster, retired on Epiphany (6 January) 2022.  

The remaining PEV bishopric is that of the See of Maidstone.  The Rt Revd Rod Thomas has episcopal care for all of the Conservative Evangelical (also known as Complementarian) congregations and clergy.  He has announced his intention to retire at the beginning of October.

The length of time taken to fill the PEV bishoprics is causing alarm within the prospective groupings.  Questions are being asked as to whether or not Mutual Flourishing still includes those congregations and clergy that hold either traditional theological commitment.

There has been no appointment of a cleric holding either commitment to the position of Diocesan bishop since the Five Guiding Principles of Mutual Flourishing were issued in 2014.

Information came to light recently that seems to clearly indicate that quotas are in place in London  Diocese to restrict the number of ordinands holding such views to access curacies.  This will directly limit the numbers of clergy available to serve parishes with those theological convictions.

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