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Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

Anglican Futures Anglican Alphabetti Spaghetti A dummies guide to the plethora of organisations and acronyms linked to faithful Anglicans in the UK and Europe. I once spent some time around military personel.  Everything had its own TLA (Three Letter Acronym) right...

Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

Canterbury Tales Favourite Bible stories retold by Archbishop Justin Welby The Good Samaritan A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead, halfway...

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) met in Synod on 18 June.  While there, they elected two suffragan bishops to aid Bishop Andy Lines in providing episcopal oversight for the overall work.  Bishop Lines also...

Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags. The institution in question is Kingham Hill School.  The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an...

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

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers The Prayer Book Society, which will soon celebrate its 50th Anniversary, is raising funds to put a special edition BCP into the hands of junior choristers around the nation.   The idea came to...

Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

Reimagining Britain Foundations for Hope Justin Welby Bloomsbury, 2018, new edn. 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-4729-8497-5, 322pp, £12.99) The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several notable political interventions recently, including over ‘partygate’ and the Rwanda deportation...

Birthday of Anglicanism in America

Birthday of Anglicanism in America By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins June 16, 1607 was the birthday of Anglicanism in America. On this day Captain John Smith and 104 others celebrated the Lord’s Supper when they arrived safely in Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was the...

Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

Barnabas Fund Reports Two Chibok Girls Found After 8 Years 24 June 2022 Two women, who were among hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok eight years ago, have been found. Hauwa Joseph was discovered among a group of other...

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

Church of Ireland News New Bishop Elected for Cashel, Ferns & Ossory The Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory now has a bishop-elect.  The Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross was elected to succeed the Rt Revd Michael...

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

Editorial Lessons to be Learned from American Pro-Life Movement Friday, 24 June 2022, the Feast of St John the Baptist, will be a date which will live in infamy amongst the supporters of abortion.  On that date, the US Supreme Court, overturned the precedent set by...

Letter to the Editor: The Church of England is Sinking

Dear Sir:

For many years I have wondered who has ultimate authority in the Church of England—General Synod or Archbishops.  The epidemic has given no answer as both left over-burdened parish priests to keep a ministry alive.

Archbishops might be excused for leaving the State to decide what could be done in church, but there is no excuse for not defending the legality of their own marriage contract, “let no man put asunder” and letting so many couples endure extreme distress.  If those words lack authenticity, what about those of the Absolution or consecration of the elements at Holy Communion?

General Synod has no direct connection with church members and priests not on the synodical ladder.  It is a dangerous collection of free spirits accountable to no-one for their decisions.  Two have been disastrous.  Allowing dioceses to appropriate money left to churches in wills and trusts impoverished and ruined scores of village churches which had small congregations but a steady income from investments.  

The second, trampled over traditions and theological beliefs by ordaining women without a referendum.  There is lingering resentment; was this the will of God or the success of the most powerful pressure group in Church House?

A third, is likely to be another disaster; setting a quota for priests from ethnic groups is racial discrimination in reverse and an insult to suggest they not be selected on merit.  Would they be tainted with the suspicion that they had been “pushed through” on the quota system?  The Church is jumping on the to the latest social movement.

I am a ninety-year old survivor of World War II, growing up in a Kent village with a church which never closed, even when bomb damaged or during the Battle of Britain.  For fifty-four years, I have been married to a priest who adheres to the principles of the Church into which he was ordained, but it is difficult.  I am also the great-niece of Bishop Frank Partridge, whose portrait hangs in London’s Church House.  If still available, General Synod members should read his preface in the book published at the time of its completion.  It high-lights the spiritual vision built into every bit of Church House.

Mrs J K Young

Morpeth

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