Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 24 March 2018

Fred Hiltz Primate of Canada ‘Standing under in order to understand’

Jonathan Clatworthy Château Clâteau Sex abuse and godly power

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church IICSA – Final reflections

Anna Norman-Walker Viamedia.News Is There Life for the Church After IICSA?

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of ++Justin: legality, honesty and rising above contempt.

Church Times Interview with Loretta Minghella, the new First Church Estates Commissioner
Loretta Minghella tells Paul Handley how the Church Commissioners are flexing their muscle

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Thanks for both the article by Archbishop Fred Hiltz and that by Jonathan Clatworthy. Notwithstanding those kinds of insights, I just can’t shake this Luke 9:60 kind of feeling with regard to the institution. It is never going to be what many of us hoped it could be. It is an insight that is increasingly painful with every passing Holy Week. Shalom.

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Anna Norman-Walker suggests that we need independent safeguarding to die a good death so we can renew. I commented there, but I will say something similar here. Independent safeguarding might help with a specific need, but if it happens only because IICSA recommends it, I don’t think it will do much to restore trust. There is a huge range of possibilities. I don’t think the specifics matter much. Those in positions of privilege have not been discharging a responsibility commensurate with that privilege. What is needed is some grand gesture of attrition to voluntarily surrender some of that privilege, either… Read more »

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“change Synod to be one person one vote without houses” The corrective for clericalism is not anti-clericalism, though. I would suggest (humbly) that the house of clergy on Synod is more diverse of age and social class than the house of laity (couldn’t say on gender/sexuality), even if only because we have the privilege of being able to be on Synod (which I’m not by the way,, not my bag at all) without being retired, or with private means, or being able to sacrifice limited holiday time to attend meetings. Perhaps someone has a proper breakdown of the demographics of… Read more »

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Kate, isn’t there a danger in saying something must be done or taking action as the archbishop puts it? It is giving the archbishop carte blanche to impose any change he wants, provided only he can loosely relate it to safeguarding. Throughout history rulers have understood people will accept unpopular policies if they are disguised as solutions to even more unpopular problems. It is the cry of despots. Power to the People, as Citizen Smith would say, but the House of laity does not represent the people of this country, who need to take back control of their national church,… Read more »