Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 30 July 2016

Jeremy Pemberton Embodying Love and Hope – The Chaplain’s Calling

David Pocklington Law & Religion UK Acclamation, assent and disruption: Further thoughts on objectors to women bishops and how the Church might respond

Giles Fraser The Guardian Father Jacques Hamel died as a priest, doing what priests do
Christopher Howse The Telegraph Sacred Mysteries: Christian martyrdom is not an act of aggression

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes Difference in Christian Thought 2: Order and Chaos

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Susannah Clark
7 years ago

‘Embodying Love and Hope’. What a moving, wonderful article.

The day stops, and tears well in my eyes.

7 years ago

Priests in opposite-sex relationships must be in wedlock in order to carry out their ministry, whereas priests in same-sex relationships must remain out of wedlock or face disciplinary action (unless they marry in secret and not get found out). The Prime Minister warned the Tory Party conference back in the 1990s against becoming the ‘Nasty Party’, and, as Home Secretary, stuck to her guns by carrying forward Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone’s proposal to introduce equal marriage. This reform was the centrepiece of Theresa May’s speech outside No.10 when she talked about compassionate and one-nation Conservatism. The House of Bishops, on… Read more »

Fr John Harris-White
Fr John Harris-White
7 years ago

JEREMY, Thank you for your words of love and hope. I too have been a hospital chaplain for over 21 years, and now aged 82, retired with Robert my partner of 15 years. Can I assure you Jeremy your ministry never ends. It maybe a hidden ministry, but none the less important and real. A chance to deepen that love and hope, and share with those who come across your path. I am recovering from a total knee replacement, and valued beyond words the ministry of the hospital chaplain. Now recovering with the loving, marvellous support of Robert my partner.… Read more »

Henry Dee
Henry Dee
7 years ago

Susannah, I’d like to reuse your words as they are also very appropriate.

The day stopped, and tears fell from my eyes for the martyrdom of Fr Jacques Hamel.

The demons in men are afraid of Christ, that is why they try to destroy us

7 years ago


When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.


Seems to me that the Church is rather like Humpty Dumpty and doesn’t like being challenged, whether that is on the meaning of marriage or whether a woman should be made a bishop.

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