Church of England considering a transgender naming ritual, similar to baptism

No, this is not a joke:  The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition. The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after [Read More...]

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Anglican church hosts 10 minute Sunday service

And this is a good idea…why? Details:  A village church made history when it held the first ever 10 minute service. St Mary’s Church, in Hawridge, held the short parish service, led by the Rector of Hawridge Rev David Burgess, on Sunday, May 3. It was believed to be the first ever short service. Rev [Read More...]

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Minnesota gets a married priest

Details:  Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May. His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy. Upon ordination, Treco [Read More...]

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You knew this was coming: UK’s first husband-wife bishop couple

From The Telegraph:  The UK’s first husband and wife team of bishops has been created with the appointment of a new Bishop of Hull. The Rev Canon Alison White, 58, is to become the Church of England’s second female bishop, but the role will mean she will see far less of her husband of 30 years, [Read More...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s solution to save Christianity in the UK: WiFi

Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2007 (photo by Tracey Nolan from Toronto, Canada via Wikipedia) From The Daily Mail:  The Oscar-winning composer behind “Jesus Christ Superstar” is planning an even more ambitious scheme to connect the nation with its Christian heritage – wi-fi in every church. Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose father was music director at a London church, [Read More...]

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Fr. Rutler on the Episcopal Church: “A tragic example of what happens when you abandon a serious commitment to the teachings of Christ”

From an extensive interview in the Catholic World Report:  CWR: You’ve spent half your life as a Roman Catholic and half in the Episcopalian church. The Church of England—of which the Episcopalian church is an outgrowth—recently made the news by naming its first female bishop, Libby Lane. How has the Episcopalian church changed over your lifetime? [Read More...]

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Church of England names first female bishop

From the BBC:   Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law. She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May. Mrs Lane has been the vicar at St Peter’s [Read More...]

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No Catholic burial for Richard III

From First Things: In February, archaeologists confirmed that they had discovered the remains of King Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester. Richard died in battle at Bosworth Field in August 1485; the Tudor victors gave him a rather unceremonious burial in what was then a local abbey. Richard will now be re-interred in Leicester’s Anglican [Read More...]

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The Cat in the Hat Eucharist

N.B.: This is not a Catholic Mass. It comes from our Anglican siblings in Canada. This is a couple years old, but for some reason it fluttered across my Facebook feed yesterday. The rector says: “We take the Eucharist seriously, but we do so with humor, with love, with invitation.” Alrighty then. That helps explain [Read More...]

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Worth a thousand words, Anglican edition

Behold, the 17 new Catholic deacons—soon to be priests—who were once Anglican priests in the UK. They were ordained today for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Ad multos annos! UPDATE: This item crackled across the wire yesterday, with news about the ordinariate in the United States: A former Episcopal priest, Matthew Venuti [Read More...]

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