Saturday, 2 March 2013


Miranda Threlfall-Holmes writes for The Guardian that Justin Welby has already signalled his faith in women’s ministry.

Marc Handley Andrus (the Bishop of California) writes for The Washington Post about The Episcopal Church’s gay rights pilgrimage.

These articles look ahead to the next pope and what awaits him.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly carries this interview: New Archbishop of Canterbury on New Pope.
In The Guardian there is this video: Diarmaid MacCulloch on the next pope: the Catholic church is in crisis – it has avoided reality for too long
and Andrew Brown writes about The new pope’s three key challenges.

Giles Fraser writes in The Guardian that We cap benefits but not bonuses. How on earth are we ‘all in this together’?

Peter Graystone writes In praise of wishy-washy Christians for the Church Times.

Also in the Church Times Angela Tilby writes about A profession that needs to earn respect.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 2 March 2013 at 11:00am GMT | TrackBack
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The Washington Post article is, in my view, poor because +Marc doesn't explain that many of us do believe that inclusion is an imperative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That Gospel calls for radical love and justice. And Jesus clearly commanded us not to judge.

He does explain that we believe in continuing revelation, an important point. But he sounds trite when he refers to "culture" without noting strongly enough that a big part of that culture, in our moral decisions, has been driven by the Civil Rights Movement. That movement was theological, moral, and powerful. And it has yet to come to completion.

Posted by: Cynthia on Saturday, 2 March 2013 at 5:08pm GMT

MacCullough's wonderful video brings light on the largely unrealized huge leap in centralization of the Roman Catholic Church that had to been in reaction to the French Revolution, both actions seemingly to the detriment of what remains in France today, cathedrals bereft of the once-magnificent choir schools, that are full of wanting tourists, pilgrims and the faithful thirsting for so much more. And the Anglicans? We've kept our decentralization (along with it's messiness), and the revolution spared the churches (at least politically) in England, and the result seems to be that the choir schools spared, along with a wonderful sense of realizing that there's more that we don't know about God, and no dogma to pretend otherwise. Excellent video.

Posted by: evensongjunkie on Sunday, 3 March 2013 at 12:19am GMT
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