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Funny ironies 1: Church of England stuffs up a million marriages through invalid weddings

Posted 25-Nov-2010 at 12:42 PM (12:42) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Nov-2010 at 12:58 PM (12:58) by Gurdur

Far from it for me to cite from the Daily Fail, but in this case it's just too good; "A million marriages are 'invalid' because of Church of England blunder". What's happened is that because of a legal mix-up and oversight, marriages performed under the Alternative Service Book, introduced in 1980, and under the Commons Worship book, introduced in 2006, may well be technically quite invalid, as apparently the Church of England Synod was informed yesterday, when CoE lawyer, Charles George, reportedly...
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Factory-farm religion or free-range faith? Bishop of Lincoln, John Saxbee, on the Anglican Covenant which has just now passed on vote by the Church of England

Posted 24-Nov-2010 at 01:17 PM (13:17) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Nov-2010 at 07:38 PM (19:38) by Gurdur

It has been reported on Twitter by Riazat Butt of the Guardian, Cif & Religion sections, that the Bishop of Lincoln, John Saxbee, has said that the Anglican Covenant proposal, up for vote today, means factory-farming religion instead of free-range faith. This is quite a brilliant way of putting the whole issue in a nutshell.

It has been reported by Rev'd Lesley Fellows on Twitter that he received massive applause for that remark.

It has also now just been reported that Synod has passed the Covenant proposal;...
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Will the blizzard blow over, or are they sowing a real wind?

Posted 24-Nov-2010 at 12:59 PM (12:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

So the Church of England, the Anglican church in England itself, is meeting for the second day, and the issue is the proposed Anglican Covenant, a measure that would set up a committee to rule who is "in communion" with the Anglican church worldwide (which at the moment just barely still includes the Episcopalians of North America), or, in other words, which parts of the wider Anglicans get thrown out or not.
The blizzard,
The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold,
...
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Queen Elizabeth II of Britain says religious believers and atheists equally able to contribute to prosperity and wellbeing of country

Posted 23-Nov-2010 at 08:59 PM (20:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Nov-2010 at 12:26 AM (00:26) by Gurdur

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has officially said, in an opening speech for the General Synod of the Church of England, that religious believers have no monopoly on morality, and that believers and unbelievers alike contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the country. A news report on that can be seen here.

Now I guess her speech gets written for her in consultations between Lambeth Palace (the Archbishop of Canterbury), the Prime Minister, and the Queen's secretary, so the speech...
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When in trouble, fear and doubt: escalation, Damian Thompson, The Church Mouse, Archbishop Cranmer, Ruth Gledhill, Bishop Richard Chartres, Bishop Pete Broadbent

Posted 23-Nov-2010 at 04:25 PM (16:25) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Nov-2010 at 12:30 PM (12:30) by Gurdur

When in trouble, fear and doubt,
Run in circles, scream and shout.


Or, in other words, keeping a cool head and downplaying situations can sometimes be far more advisable than adding to drama. I was going to do this blog post anyway, before the brouhaha over Bishop Pete Broadbent blew up today, but that silly fuss reinforces my thinking. What sparked my plan to do this blog post was Damian Thompson's monotonous agenda on his blog on the Daily Telegraph, an agenda where he dumps...
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Over-reaction: Bishop of Willesden, Bishop Pete Broadbent, asked to withdraw from public service: in effect suspended

Posted 23-Nov-2010 at 01:50 PM (13:50) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 28-Nov-2010 at 07:51 PM (19:51) by Gurdur

The newest news from the Synod (meeting at the moment) of the Church of England right now is that Bishop Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, has been asked by Bishop Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, to withdraw from public service for the time being, despite an apology already made by Bishop Broadbent for his remarks about Charles and Diana, and the Royal Family, on his Facebook page (now closed to the general public).

To me, this is ... way over the top in ethical terms....
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The Anglican Covenant, the upcoming Church of England Synod: Broad Church despite schisms?

Posted 04-Nov-2010 at 04:59 PM (16:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Nov-2010 at 06:00 PM (18:00) by Gurdur

On the 22nd of November, i.e. in 18 days' time, the Church of England CoE) will meet for its Synod, a kind of ruling parliament of the church. This is for the Anglican church in England only (roughly speaking and passing over some awkward details), but while its decisions apply to the Anglican church in England, its decisions do have worldwide implications for the wider Anglican/Episcopalian communities all over the world (the Anglican Communion is, again broadly speaking, the practical expression...
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More on the pressure tactics being used in a run-up to the Church of England Synod

Posted 21-Oct-2010 at 02:25 PM (14:25) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 21-Oct-2010 at 02:44 PM (14:44) by Gurdur

I blogged just the other day on a supposed press release quoted in Damian Thompson's blog on the Daily Telegraph, alleged to be from Evangelical and (Anglo-)Catholic groups in those elected to the upcoming Church of England Synod (which meets in November, to decide on things that include the proposed Anglican Covenant and the issue of women bishops). As I said at the time, I was somewhat suspicious of it, since I could find no independent verification of it on the net, but it looked plausible and...
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More schisms loom in the Church of England, and they will turn nasty

Posted 19-Oct-2010 at 07:03 PM (19:03) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 20-Oct-2010 at 01:48 AM (01:48) by Gurdur

I'm still trying to get through a backlog of work, but events within the Church of England (CoE) seem to be turning dramatic and pressing, and it deserves a speedy note about it. Damian Thompson of the Daily Telegraph has today blogged about a supposed press release from the Christian News Release Service (UK), allegedly representing a joint statement of sorts from the Reform group and the Catholic group. If the press release is genuine (I cannot yet find any original verification of it on the web,...
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interNicene warfare: Bishop John Broadhurst, the Anglo-Catholics of the Church of England and the Ordinariate

Posted 19-Oct-2010 at 05:57 AM (05:57) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Oct-2010 at 07:26 AM (07:26) by Gurdur

Many of the Anglo-Catholics within the Church of England (CoE - the Anglican church in England, while "Anglicans" refers to the worldwide loose association) -- those that feel closer to the Roman Catholic Church than to Protestantism, and who are fairly implacable against having women bishops -- are making noises about finally moving to the Roman Catholic Church, through the specially set up Anglican Ordinariate, since the CoE will no longer make special arrangements for them so they are not tainted...
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Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 03 October 2010

Posted 04-Oct-2010 at 03:22 AM (03:22) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Oct-2010 at 05:42 AM (05:42) by Gurdur

As usual, here are ten blog posts (or topics with more than one blog post on them) I found in the wider blogosphere in the last week or so (roughly speaking), and felt to be interesting or worthy, and all quite random - keep in mind, I may totally disagree with any one blog post mentioned here, but I felt it worthy of mention.

Jamie Vernon blogs on, "The key to success for women in science is not men but they can help". It's also worthwhile reading his previous blog piece, "How will...
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