Discrimination warning as women leave Church
WATCH, a group that campaigns for women bishops in the Church of England, was “deeply concerned for any woman priest who may have left or wishes or leave the Church because of discrimination”, Christina Rees, who chairs WATCH, said after two women priests were received into the Roman Catholic Church. Fr Michael Seed, the RC priest involved, said “they were tired of being treated like dirt in their own Church.”
York celebrates in Rome
THE Archbishop of York visited Rome on Wednesday at the invitation of the director of the Anglican Centre, the Rt Revd John Flack. Dr Sentamu is to attend ecumenical vespers at St Paul-without-the-Walls this evening, a highlight of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, at which the Pope is to preside and preach, assisted by an Orthodox bishop.
Welsh bishop’s protests over ill woman’s deportation
THE Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, protested on 17 January about the deportation of Ana Sumani to Ghana from her hospital bed in Cardiff, but his remarks were not in time to be included in Paul Vallely’s Comment piece in the Church Times of 18 January. Dr Morgan said: “It is never appropriate for a civilised, wealthy society to turn, literally, a sick woman out of her bed and put her on a plane to a very worrying future. What sort of moral example does that send to the rest of the world?”
Charity to celebrate King James Bible
FRANK FIELD MP is to chair the 2011 Trust, set up yesterday at a launch in Westminster Abbey to mark the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version in three years’ time.
Bishop of St Albans to retire
THE Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, has announced that he will retire next year on 7 January, his 65th birthday. His final service will be on 8 November this year, after which he will be on holiday.