Comments: opinion

re Ian Duffield's article - about the re-branding of the Church of England; it would seem that the visiting GAFCON Primates, under the leadership of the ex-Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, have now named a new charity, 'GFCA', which will manage their agenda for the 'conversion of England' by providing an alternative Anglican Church in U.K.

Surely, now is the time for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to resist this challenge to the role of the Church of England? Did the Church not take any note of the devastation caused to the local Anglican Provinces of the USA and Canada, by the acts of piracy that took place in North America - at the instigation of these prelates?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 18 April 2015 at 12:32pm BST

Same old tired critique from Ian Duffield. I've yet to see any coherent proposals come from liberal colleagues. Meanwhile the grey hairs get greyer in the pews and the faithful are denied the opportunity to explore their vocation as disciples.

Posted by Simon Butler at Saturday, 18 April 2015 at 3:49pm BST

Michael Sadgrove's article reminded me of a book I enjoyed reading recently. It's called "What Days Are For" by Robert Dessaix and it's based around a near-death experience of the author. Philip Larkin's wonderful poem "Days" forms a significant part of the book. It's a short poem, rich in meaning. Last stanza: "Ah, solving that question/Brings the priest and the doctor/In their long coats/Running over the fields." I recommend this book, not written particularly from a Christian perspective, highly.

Posted by Pam at Saturday, 18 April 2015 at 11:09pm BST

As a liberal, I wholly agree with Simon Butler.

Posted by John at Sunday, 19 April 2015 at 8:29pm BST

The wisdom and humanity of Michael Sadgrove is inspiring. This was not gained on an ecclesiastical MBA programme, of course; but by years of patient study, prayer, reflection and pastoral care, sustained by rigorous theological formation. How very different from the formulaic and shallow proposals in RME and its near-relations.

Posted by Simon R at Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 9:39am BST
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