Sunday, 12 July 2009

Greenbelt, CMS, Rochester

Dave Walker has the report: Anglican Mainstream attacks Greenbelt and CMS.

As Anglican Mainstream mentions the Moral Maze radio programme, readers may wish to listen to the most recent edition. Here is the synopsis:

Michael Buerk chairs a debate on the moral questions behind the week’s news. Claire Fox, Michael Portillo, Clifford Longley and Kenan Malik cross-examine witnesses.

While Conservative and Labour politicians are trading insults with each other in a bid to win over the ‘gay vote’, the Bishop of Rochester has taken a different tack. With the rainbow bunting from London’s Pride festival hardly yet packed away, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said homosexuals should change and repent their sin.

The Church of England has been embroiled in a doctrinal battle over sexuality since the ordination of the first openly homosexual bishop in 2003. The Bishop of Rochester was speaking just before the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, a conservative group in the Church of England. ‘We want to hold on to the traditional teachings of the Church. We don’t want to be rolled over by culture and trends in the Church.’ Well, despite Michael Nazir-Ali’s attempts to clarify his position, saying that we all need to repent for straying from God’s purpose for us, it hasn’t stopped the accusations of homophobia…

Listen here for another six days.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 12 July 2009 at 8:48pm BST | TrackBack
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It suits their purpose of complaint to maintain that Robinson was the first 'openly gay bishop'. It is nonsense. There have been many openly gay bishops --Mervyn Stockwood and Errol one time of Llandaf for starters.

And there is married retired bishop in America, whose partner happens to be a man.

Time to get over it.

Posted by: Rev L Roberts on Monday, 13 July 2009 at 12:48am BST

Clearly, of the two options (a) inviting speakers from one point of view and (b) inviting speakers from different points of view, everyone knows which is better, fairer, less biased, and more geared to attaining truth.

Otherwise the question will rightly arise: what have the one group got to hide, or to be afraid of, in addressing questions?

So far as I can see Anglican Mainstream has a great deal more postings daily than when it first began. The quality of these postings has not deteriorated. So in what does their 'decline' consist?

Posted by: Christopher Shell on Monday, 13 July 2009 at 12:28pm BST

I think that article is missing a vital `in America' in the relevant place.

Posted by: Tim on Monday, 13 July 2009 at 6:58pm BST
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