Comments: CEEC council endorses paper on 'Preserving Apostolic Faith and Life'

Notice the careful wording on divorce ..to keep the evangelical conflicting contradictory interpretations of clear scripture together, No mention of the indissolubility word...

No mention of the openess to life and spurn of contraception once held in Anglicanism...they all contracept.

Posted by Robert Ian Williams at Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 11:39pm GMT

This is very interesting: not least because this statement was originally drafted to be signed by the bishops attending this residential (after, I am reliably informed, the archbishops had let it be known they would welcome a statement). However, as time went on, one by one, the bishops who were prepared to sign it became fewer and fewer. A good friend of mine (who is in a position to know) said that, by the end, it was down to Blackburn, Maidstone and one or two others.

This highlights the degree to which the evangelical bishops are jittery, precisely because they know the momentum in the wider church is heading in another direction - and because of their inconsistency on divorce, contraception and abortion shows that the emperor has no clothes.

Obviously, if what I am being told is not correct, I would ask those bishops who were present (e.g. Guildford, Huddersfield, Lewes and Birmingham among others) to spare no time in putting the record straight.

Posted by David Richards at Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 7:30pm GMT
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