I thought +David made a most calm and thoughtful contribution to the debate, where, by his very position, it would not be appropriate to take sides, but where he is right to encourage the debate to take thoughtful paths, rather than knee-jerk reactions.
The problem with the Scottish Episcopal Church is that it is a shadow of a shade and has less than no influence in Scotland. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, now has an enormous constituency, far exceeding the Church of Scotland or any other denomination. The Piskies fell to pieces when they abandoned their Tractarian roots.
With less than one percent of Scots being communicant Anglicans..is his opinion of any real value?
The Scotsman has published a letter criticising its headline:
Published on Friday 14 October 2011 00:10
It is difficult to see how your headline, “Gay marriages backed by Episcopal Church” (13 October), can in any way be justified by a fair reading of the article by our Primus, the Most Reverend David Chillingworth, “A Secular State Should be Prepared to Defend Religious Freedom”.
Read it all at
I cannot agree with John Bowles. I have lived since 2001 in Scotland, and in that time have seen an increase not only in membership, but a much more lively and alive church; that is increasing, attracting new members, and certainly taking the middle gound.
As a tractarian in the past, I thank God that we have moved from our narrow vision, to a church that is alive to the needs of the people of Scotland. Inclusive, and certainly following the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Grace.
We are well Blessed in our Primus, who has seen a change in the House of Bishops over the last couple of years.
I may be retired, but have Hope in our Province, and see it growing in always in the future
Fr John Harris-White
Jesus too, had a tiny following of (mainly) no-marks during his public ministry as depicted in the Gospels.
Certainly the last two 'Piskie churches of which I was/am a member were growing and lively. And the Provost of Glasgow Cathedral does not have much trouble making his voice heard, which is a good thing.
For those who are interested, the 'Piskies have many roots and traditions. Recent research by Rodger Edwards on the congregation at Glasgow's 'Piskie cathedral suggests that political motivation was high especially in the 1700s. The indefatigable Dean Hood in Argyll and the Isles in the mid 1800s was an Evangelical. As to the present colour of congregations you will find everything from Evangelical through Liberal Catholic to FiF somewhere in the church.
One should remember that the Scottish Episcopal Church was actively persecuted by the British government for a significant period of time. Episcopal clergy and worshiper were subject to a series of restrictions the last of which were finally removed only a few decades ago.
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