THE Archbishop of Canterbury admitted on Thursday that
allowing women into the episcopate will be a "further difficulty"
on the road to unity with other Churches
Eighteen months after the collapse of the previous women-bishops
draft Measure, a new creation was awaiting approval at the General
WEARING robes could become optional for those officiating at
some services, after the General Synod passed a motion calling for
draft legislation to relax the current rules
THE Archbishop of Canterbury has joined forces with 22 other
faith leaders to warn that a change in the law on assisted dying
would have a "serious detrimental effect" on society
A MAN who was abused as a choirboy, Phil Johnson, has added his
voice to the criticism of Baroness Butler-Sloss, who resigned on
Monday from chairing the Government's inquiry into historical
allegations of child-abuse in institutions
THE first Black Church political manifesto to be drawn up in the
UK has urged black and ethnic-minority Christians to engage in
social and political action
A NEW mood of penitence could be detected at Wonga, the payday
lenders, this week.
A PRIEST in Warwickshire has begun a David and Goliath battle
with the Treasury over the imposition of insurance premium tax
(IPT) on listed places of worship.
CONSERVATIVES and traditionalists who cannot accept women
bishops will still flourish in the diocese of Hereford, its next
Bishop has said
A CLERICAL cookery challenge set two priests to cook the best
nutritious meal, using only items found in a typical foodbank
parcel, in front of a live audience. They were given only 30
A REREDOS dating from 1908, created for St Luke's Hospital for
the Clergy by Sir Ninian Comper, has found a new home at St Mark's,
Regent's Park, London
POPE FRANCIS has advanced the cause of the canonisation of
Sophie Leeves, a British former Anglican, just a month after he
recognised the "heroic virtue" of Frances Taylor, the daughter of a
former Rector of Stoke Rochford, in Lincolnshire
IN A SURPRISE step, announced days before the end of the school
year, members of the Park View Academy Trust - which is responsible
for three Birmingham schools at the centre of the "Trojan horse"
allegations - resigned on Tuesday.
CHURCH officials have apologised to a woman after she stumbled
over human remains in a graveyard.
THE Orange Order and Northern Irish politicians were praised by
the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland after
the peaceful end to a contentious Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
on Saturday, which, in former years, sparked off days of rioting by
Loyalist and Nationalist factions.
"AS DELIGHTED as I am for the outcome of this vote, I am also
mindful of those within the Church for whom the result will be
difficult and a cause of sorrow." The Archbishop of Canterbury had
in mind on Monday evening the group of conservative Evangelicals
A SCHEME aimed at engaging churches with young adults through
their interest in motorbikes was launched this week. The REV
Project uses the iconic imagery of motorcycling as a way of sharing
the gospel to generate interest and engage young people.
THE fact that there might be more pressing needs than that of a
new church organ was not a matter that should prevent the grant of
a confirmatory faculty for the replacement of an existing pipe
organ with a digital organ, the Commissary General of the diocese
of Canterbury, Morag Ellis QC, stated
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found hard evidence of a rare medieval
convent, long known to have existed in west Wales. Until now,
mystery surrounded the exact location of the Llanllyr nunnery in
the Aeron Valley, near Aberaeron.
The Missal of Ludwig of Teck (1430-35), a newly discovered
work by the Master of the Prayerbook, Albrecht V, a Habsburg Duke
of Austria, was sold for £1,082,500, at Sotheby's on
Ronald Blythe, artist, writer, and Church Times columnist, with
the sculpture of his head created by the artist Jon Edgar.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, consecrates a new
burial ground, next to the graveyard at St Wulfran's, Ovingdean.
Known as "Daphne's Field", bought with a generous legacy from a
parishioner, it overlooks the sea.
Bishop welcomes new Education Secretary; Bishop Jones to
chair hospital inquiry; Mother feels her son's heart beat
again; Lay pioneers recognised; Rediscovered manuscript
adds weight to canonisation call
THE Egyptian-led diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the
Gaza Strip and southern Israel have been conducted against a
background of calls from church leaders for prayers for peace
THE spectre of famine is looming over South Sudan, three years
after it celebrated its independence, charities are warning
THE Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban
for campaigning for girls' education, Malala Yousafzai, this week
met the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. She pressed for the
release of the 200 schoolgirls captured almost 100 days ago by the
Islamist group Boko Haram
THE Dean of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, the Very Revd Phillip
Jensen, has announced that he will resign at the end of the
RELIGIOUS leaders have called on President Obama to respond
"compassionately" to the mounting humanitarian crisis along the
Texas border, where thousands of unaccompanied children have been
trying to cross over from Central America.
Women bishops: THE issue of women bishops
dominated the General Synod's sessions in York.
Vesture Canon: THE Synod has asked for draft
legislation to amend the canon on the vesture of the minister
during divine service, by carrying a private member's motion from
the Revd Christopher Hobbs (London).
Ecumenical greeting: DR IRMGARD
SCHWAETZER, who chairs the Synod of the Evangelische
Kirche in Deutschland (EKD, Evangelical Church in Germany), brought
a greeting on behalf of the ecumenical guests, as well as "cordial
greetings from the Council of the EKD, the Plenary Church
Conference, and the Presidium of the Synod.
Magna Carta: MOVING a Guildford diocesan-synod
motion about the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Keith
Malcouronne, described the Archbishop of Canterbury Cardinal
Stephen Langton as both "gifted remarkably and used remarkably" by
Common good: CHURCHPEOPLE have been urged
by the General Synod to challenge political parties to "promote the
common good" in the next General Election. The Church is also being
encouraged to develop further its own efforts in this area.
Alternative baptism: FOR many people, "the
devil has been turned into a cartoon-like character of no
particular malevolence," the Bishop of Sodor & Man, the Rt
Revd Robert Paterson, said as he introduced the first consideration
debate on the Additional Texts for Holy Baptism.
Churches Conservation Trust: THE Bishop of
London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, introduced an order to
continue funding the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) by £1.35
million a year, the same amount as the Church provided in
'The Uncommon Good': A PRESENTATION, "The
Uncommon Good", was given by the Revd Jim Wallis on Saturday
Safeguarding: THE Draft Safeguarding and Clergy
Discipline Measure and the Draft Amending Canon No. 34 received
their first consideration in the Synod on Friday afternoon.