Friday, 21 May 2010

catching up on the McFarlane judgment

I have not so far linked to the detailed Church Times report on the latest judgment, written by Shiranikha Herbert and published on 7 May. Here it is: McFarlane’s appeal is refused.

In the same issue, there was a news report headlined Bishops criticise ‘secular’ judgment.

And Andrew Brown devoted most of the Press column to this: The Lord and the Law Lord.

Even earlier Carl Gardner had written on his own blog, on 30 April Short shrift for Lord Carey.

And the day before, Heresy Corner had published Laying down the Laws.

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Carl Gardner - 'If Christians feel their faith is held in contempt, perhaps they should look to themselves and the leaders who make it contemptible'. Quite so.

Posted by: Richard Ashby on Friday, 21 May 2010 at 7:38pm BST

"Lord" Carey is some piece of work. It is startling to think that Margaret Thatcher got him appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury. His tenure was certainly that of a fundamentalist evangelical and not your average Anglican. His letter to the Court was appalling on so many levels but I guess he is certainly entitled to his opinions. Is it not time for this man to retire to the countryside?

Posted by: Chris Smith on Friday, 21 May 2010 at 9:09pm BST

Chris, many have referred to George Carey as Margaret Thatcher's revenge on the Church of England.

Posted by: Malcolm+ on Saturday, 22 May 2010 at 4:29pm BST

" The law of a theocracy is dictated without option to the people, not made by their judges and governments. The individual conscience is free to accept such dictated law; but the State, if its people are to be free, has the burdensome duty of thinking for itself." - 'Heresy Corner' -

What an excellent summarisation of Justice Laws' reasons for dismissing the Mc'Farlane claim to have been, himself, dealt with unjustly by the application of the law.

Also, what a resounding rebuttal of Lord Carey's defence of Mc'Farlane's appeal for what he wants from the government. Thank God for Justice Law's determination, and his gentle criticism of the one-time ABC's strident call for 'special rights' to discriminate against the LGBT community. The Church of England needs to learn from this - especially when the learned Judge is, himself, a committed member of the Church of England.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 23 May 2010 at 11:58pm BST
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