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Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

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Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

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Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

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Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

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Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers

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Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

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Birthday of Anglicanism in America

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Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

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New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

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Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the American Pro-Life Movement

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Archbishop of Canterbury Refuses Offer of Resignation

In the wake of the Thirtyone:8 report on Jonathan Fletcher, the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Rod Thomas, offered the Archbishop of Canterbury his resignation. Fletcher’s old parish, Emmanuel Wimbledon, is a Trustee parish that holds to a complementarian position regarding women in ministry and is thus under a designated episcopal visitor arrangement with the diocese that is held by the Bishop of Maidstone.

Archbishop Justin Welby responded to Bishop Thomas’ offer to resign and gave permission for public consideration.

He wrote:

‘I am very grateful to you for writing so fully and openly to me about your knowledge of the events around Jonathan Fletcher.  It is a shocking and tragic matter and as you rightly identify it is very important for us to listen carefully to all who have been abused and all who feel their trust has been ruined and are concerned about how they move forward.  I am very glad to learn of the steps you have taken and are continuing to take.  It is a gospel imperative that we care for all and value all and so ensuring we are a safe church for all is a key part of our calling. I am very pleased that you are writing to the clergy and do pass on my own concerns about these matters.  I want also to thank you Rod for the leadership you are showing in this regard and pray for you in all that you are undertaking.’

Bishop Thomas also shed some light as to why that he was unable to episcopally assert himself after the story came to light. Safeguarding and GDPR rules limited the bishop’s abilities.

He said:

“Separately, I intend to pursue those recommendations in the report that relate to the sharing of information when a clergyperson’s permission to officiate (PTO) is withdrawn. This has been the cause of much misunderstanding. The GDPR requirements of confidentiality that apply in these cases mean that third parties seldom hear of the reasons for such a withdrawal – if they hear at all. This situation does not encourage proper adherence to PTO requirements. In my own case, I had pastoral responsibilities at Emmanuel but no safeguarding oversight; this meant that to a substantial extent, I was treated as a ‘third party’.”

Thomas will also be meeting with the Interim Director of the National Safeguarding Team and staff of Thirtyone:8 to further discuss how to better handle such problems.

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