We are told repeatedly that pastoral provision for same-sex couples is required, that those in committed relationships should be affirmed and that guidance should be issued for clergy to 'shape prayers' for those entering same-sex relationships. How will such prayers be different from public liturgy and how will they relate to the marriage service and the Church's teaching on marriage?Read more
One obvious question that needs to be addressed, is whether or not the Bishops' report is a situation in which being 'even-handed' acts sufficiently forensically as a tool of diagnosis?
To put matters at their simplest; both warring parties claim to, if not have seen the face of God, then at least to have been privy to His mind. Is it a matter of holding the two at equal arms' length?Read more
You can only get to the Cave Church as you pass through this area. When we finally arrived at the security gate my colleague had to show the guard the cross he has tattooed high up on his arm. But I realised once we were inside that most Coptic Christians have a cross tattooed very visibly on their wrists.Read more
We've seen the era of the Blair babes, and we've seen the epoch of Dave's dolls. Now we're witnessing a new age of Welby's "wimmin" priests and bishops. While Buckingham Palace has just given the bum's rush to a Queen's Chaplain who adores the Lord Jesus Christ, Lambeth Palace has just welcomed an Archbishop's Chaplain, who adores the ultra-radical French feminist Luce Irigaray.Read more
"We were notified today of the canonical process being initiated by the Archdiocese to remove Fr. Phillips as the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Parish as well as the head of The Atonement Academy. The Archbishop stated that Fr. Phillips has done nothing wrong, yet claims his ministry is detrimental to the faith of the people and keeps the people of the parish separate from the communal activities of the archdiocese.Read more
Perhaps this is why the response from the victim's families to the man who murdered their loved ones is so astonishing. Rather than vengeance and retribution they spoke of prayer and forgiveness. Hope was expressed that he might one day repent, but there was no sentimentality in their message.Read more
But Anglican clergy rush in where angels fear to tread, and the dog-collars of Gloucester Cathedral have bullishly charged ahead with a multi-religious a la carte menu offering acts of interfaith worship within the consecrated space of the Cathedral and its sacred precincts hoping to Allah that the viral eruption of Twitter doesn't turn the cathedral into a volcanic Vesuvius.Read more
But since it is likely to be reported in, in some way or another, I am going to offer some clarification here on my website.
Radio 4 were very keen to know the circumstances of my decision.
The answer was that after a conversation instigated by officials at Buckingham Palace, I decided the most honourable course of action was to resign.Read more
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