Archbishop Welby Prepared to Bulldoze Synod

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This article from London’s Guardian reports that, should the Church of England General Synod again reject the ordination of women as bishops that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has plans to bulldoze the measure through–trampling on the whole synodical process in the Church of England. For those who don’t know how it works, the Church [Read More...]

Archbishop Welby in Difficulty

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After his visit to Pope Francis, Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby acknowledges that having women bishops will cause difficulties in the search for church unity. John Bingham at the Daily Telegraph reports here. Don’t you just love English understatement? It reminds me of the classic English story of the Scott expedition to the Antarctic. [Read More...]

The Decline of the Church in Britain

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Damian Thompson (who is probably one of the world’s greatest journalists) write here about the decline of Christianity in Britain. The shrinking of those who identify as Christians is combined with a dramatic surge in the Muslim population. You can’t disagree with the statistics: Since the last census in 2001, the number of Britons identifying [Read More...]

The Real Divisions in the Church of England

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Yesterday I posted an explanation of the complex relationships within the Church of England. I explained here about Anglo Catholic, Evangelicals and Liberals. However, this is not the full story. As usual, there is a story behind the story. The divisions between Liberal, Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical are, in many respects, only superficial and historical. The [Read More...]

Understanding the Crisis in the Church of England

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This afternoon the Church of England General Synod voted against women’s ordination. For those of you who are befuddled by this–join the club! Here are some explanations from this former Anglican: The Church of England is the Mother Church of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Each of these churches are national churches and [Read More...]

Who Governs the Church of England?

Today the Church of England General Synod will take a historic vote on the question of women bishops. The vote will be very close. Although it is thought that most people are in favor of women bishops, there are enough opposed to make the success of the measure in doubt. What interests me is that [Read More...]


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