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General Synod – more press reports

Here is a follow-up to our first round-up of press reports on the agenda for next month’s meeting of the Church of England General Synod.

First, two subscriber-only items by Bill Bowder in last week’s Church Times are now generally available.
Synod to discuss ban on BNP membership
Diocesan motion expresses concerns after Eweida case

Synod will be debating the Financial Crisis and the Recession on 12 February. A report on what effect the crisis might have on the Church itself was sent to synod members a few days ago. The Church’s own finances will be debated by the synod in July.
Martin Beckford in the Telegraph Church of England calls for increased donations as recession hits finances
Bill Bowder in the Church Times Parishes hit for millions by crunch
The Church Times also has Leader: reasons to spend fatly in the lean years
The paper GS Misc 913 Financial Prospects for the Church of England is available here as a PDF, and also here as a web page.

One item on the synod agenda next month is a private member’s motion on church water bills. There have been several press reports on this topic recently.
Martin Beckford in the Telegraph Churches, Scout troops and sports clubs celebrate as water firm freezes ‘rain tax’
and ‘Rain tax’ means churches pay many times more than neighbouring businesses
Three items at the BBC
Churches fight drain on finances
Church begins ‘rain tax’ protest
Ministers fight church ‘rain tax’

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BNP membership..my teaching Union recently banned BNP membership. Am I next on the line, because I hold to the Catholic position on moral and ethical issues?

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‘BNP membership..my teaching Union recently banned BNP membership. Am I next on the line, because I hold to the Catholic position on moral and ethical issues?” – Robert I Williams –

Well, who knows, Robert, whether your Roman Catholic Church will decide you mustn’t join the BNP? After all, It allows into it’s fellowship members of the Society of St. Pius X – even if they happen to be Holocaust-deniers. It does seem to have similar objectives, after all.

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Are you equating BNP teaching with that of the RC denomination ? I know the Vatican is right wing, but it seems a bit much, — even after the ‘return of the prodigal gas chamber denier’ !