Comments: General Synod - day 1 of 2

I am impressed with the theological insight and wisdom of your Queen.

Posted by Cynthia at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 1:18am GMT

How lovely to see a Franciscan Friar preaching the Good News to members of the Church of England General Synod - in the presence of the titlua Head of the Church of England! No doubt, his confessional Superior, Pope Francis, would have hade some sort of involvement in the composition of the sermon.

This could be a mile-stone of inter-Church koinonia that could have a lasting effect on the future of our relationship with Rome - even if the GAFCON provinces were to separate out from us of their own volition.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 8:24am GMT

"I am impressed with the theological insight and wisdom of your Queen."

Does anyone know the extent to which the Queen has any input to the speech at the opening of General Synod? Is it like the State Opening of Parliament speech where not a word of it is her own? Or maybe she's allowed a freer rein with this one.

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 10:55am GMT

Laurence, I am pretty sure the Queen has a sincere Christian faith, but she is usually the epitome of discretion, and I imagine there are few people who really know the leanings and sympathies of her private beliefs.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 4:03pm GMT

It was most interesting to hear Our Queen speak of 'putting our hand into the hand of God' For those of us of a certain age, and good memory; it took us back to a Christmas message spoken H.M King George v1; her father. He spoke of the man at the gate of the year, putting his hand into the Hand of God. A time then when things were frightening and difficult for us all.
We are richly Blessed by our Queen, and all her family, past and present.

Posted by Fr John Harris-White at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 4:04pm GMT

"I am pretty sure the Queen has a sincere Christian faith"

I agree with you. It comes across in her Christmas Messages which exhibit what used to be called 'simple piety' (that's meant as a compliment).

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 5:36pm GMT

I'm struck by how different Fr Cantalamessa sounds now, under Francis, than he did just few years ago, under Benedict (when he infamously compared *criticism* of the RCC's handling of child sexual abuse, to anti-Semitic oppression of Jews http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/world/europe/03church.html ). Perhaps "Preacher TO the Papal Household" means, rather, "Mouthpiece OF the Current Papal Householder"? O_o

Posted by JCF at Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 11:43am GMT

The Church of England is considering dropping rules concerning the wearing of clerical robes and vestments. Once again, lawlessness by some parishes in discarding any form of clerical vesture leads to a consideration of rule change. Do we really want our clergy to turn up to occasions of Divine Service looking like Bestniks and Teddy Boys?

Posted by Father David at Saturday, 28 November 2015 at 8:17am GMT

The Synod needs their heads seen to; if they even consider such an idea, of discarding vestments. But nothing in this age seems sacrosanct, and it is not just being a retired priest

Fr John

Posted by fr john Harris-White at Sunday, 29 November 2015 at 4:30pm GMT
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