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March 21 2018 By dvirtue UK: University missions provide signs of hope amid Anglican decline

So are there signs of hope? It's not all bad news for the Kingdom: by that year more than 30% of churchgoers will be Pentecostal or independent evangelical. Amid general decline, some CofE churches are holding their own, and there are pockets of growth.

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March 18 2018 By dvirtue New Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich is in a Civil Partnership with Another Man

"I am delighted that it was a unanimous decision to appoint Joe. He is an outstanding and Godly priest. He is warm, engaging, caring and fun. He brings energy and wisdom, and a huge amount of experience in parish ministry.

"He has been Vicar of All Saints' in Fulham for 15 years and increased the regular congregation by 25% to more than 500 each Sunday, with a particular ministry with families and young people.

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‘Did the Church of England's divisions over homosexuality contribute to child sex abuse cover-up?’ proclaimed the headline to one of its purported news reports last week.
If the editor of Christian Today thought that putting a question mark at the end of the headline would mask the story’s revisionist bias, then, with respect to Mark Woods, he would be mistaken.

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March 09 2018 By dvirtue Another CofE Vicar comes out as trans Anglican

We are a parish church that was financed by Emmanuel Wimbledon about 100 years ago.

We are a medium sized parish church with plenty of families and spread of ages.

How did you end up in ministry?

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March 09 2018 By dvirtue Abuse victim: "The cruel and inhuman treatment I have received from the National Safeguarding Team in Church House, and others in the Church of England hierarchy, makes what Peter Ball did to me pale into insignificance"

The opening of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) into the deficiencies of the Established Church will take the headlines, but other stories have also arisen. The poor handling of Fr Matt Ineson's complaints against five bishops was featured in the BBC Inside Out programme, and the substance of it appeared on the BBC website. It was covered by Christian Today, and, as so often, His Grace offered a strong and incisive contribution.

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March 09 2018 By dvirtue Archbishop Sentamu ordered 'no action' against paedophile priest -- leaving him to abuse again and commit suicide

'Them' being John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster; Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield (now Bishop of Oxford); Martyn Snow, Archdeacon of Sheffield (now Bishop of Leicester); Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley; and Roy Williamson, Bishop of Bradford (now retired).

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March 08 2018 By dvirtue 'An attack on Lord Carey is an attack on us all', say Church of England figures

The letter, also signed by Simon Rufus Isaacs, Marquess of Reading, who is a friend of Prince Charles, former bishop of Woolwich Colin Buchanan, and campaigner Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, says that similar high-profile cases have not resulted in prosecutions for misconduct in public office.

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March 07 2018 By dvirtue UK: Paedophile Anglican priests passed vulnerable teenage boys between them, inquiry hears

'I woke up the next morning at some point in the bed in Colin Prichard's house. I was completely naked,' he said. 'I don't know what happened. I can only speculate and I expect you can speculate too.

'That really bothers me not knowing what really happened. It was terrifying.'

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March 05 2018 By dvirtue Discombobulated by Welby? You will be!

My longing for the LSD-like experience of discombobulation was satiated over the weekend when Justin Welby kept popping out of the newspapers like a Jack-in-the-box on steroids.

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February 26 2018 By dvirtue Securing a Future or Stockpiling Whitewash?

Ezekiel 13:10--16 Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out.

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