Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 2 February 2019

Tina Beardsley ViaMedia.News A Trans Priest’s Response to the “Harmful” Open Letter

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of baptismal rites. It’s time for the bishops to stand firm.

Ann Reddecliffe LGBTQFaithUK Why the bishops are right.

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love On leaving in Love and Faith

Madeleine Davies interviews Paul Bayes for Church Times An interview with the Bishop of Liverpool
“Bishops are allowed to have opinions, Paul Bayes tells Madeleine Davies”

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church The John Smyth affair two years on. Has anything changed?

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Some of the survivors of John Smyth instructed solicitors to make claims against the Titus Trust. I am not aware of any further announcements, and one assumes that their claims are ongoing unless there have been settlements subject to confidentiality agreements.

There was discussion at the time on an on earlier TA thread about the confidentiality and sub judice issues which this raised.

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I despair of this kind ‘discussion’ and take my hat off to Dr. Beardsley for responding with such sensitivity and good grace. Regarding the comments beneath her piece on ViaMedia.News I find the references to ‘ ad hominem attacks’ rather disingenuous. I find the treatment of a minority both, here and in the Church, by the majority, concerning. It makes the Church of England eel unsafe to myself and indeed, toxic. The privileging of academic modes of thought over the experience of trans people and other marginalised minorities is inimical to spiritual growth and well-being.

Father Ron Smith
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Andrew Lightbown (Theoreo) expresses very well the reality of the situation where the signatories of the Letter of Opposition to the Bishop’s Guidance (led by Ian Paul) are, themselves, a ‘strident’ group’ seeking to influence the Bishops. Here is Andrew’s seminal paragraph: “So here is the paradox: to suspend or jettison the guidelines, and the use of the Rite of the Reaffirmation of Baptism, would itself be a capitulation to ‘an increasingly high-profile ideological movement,’ and this is something that the bishops should avoid. To deny a small group of people a rite through which to re-appropriate, and re-affirm, their… Read more »