/April 1996 Articles

AN AMERICAN POSTBAG

Is there an innocent party in the house? The events surrounding the trial of Bishop Walter Righter, the twice divorced former bishop of Iowa, become increasingly bizarre. The issue upon which the pre-trial hearing has focused - whether or not [...]

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AN AMERICAN POSTBAG

Coming Apart at the Eames Concerned that events in the United States might presage similar incidents in the Church of England - or facilitate them - the Council of Forward in Faith wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury, in his [...]

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AN AMERICAN POSTBAG

Hearty but not Cordial Whilst reports emanating from the English House of Bishops indicate no burning enthusiasm to see women taking their rightful place in that august body for the foreseeable future, in other parts of the former Anglican Communion [...]

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LEGAL & PAROCHIAL

Canonical Obedience versus the Rule of Law A recent article in Legal and Parochial drew attention to the Lambeth List and the way in which offending clergy can be listed, not only for criminal offences, but as a matter of [...]

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REFORM UPDATE

For "Overseer" read "Adviser-with-Oversight" The Reform conference last month took a further definite step, albeit with some trepidation, down the road of providing a parallel support system within the Church for its own membership with the offer of such support [...]

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LETTER FROM AMERICA

DOCTRINE OR DISCIPLINE? It has been a fairly quiet month since I last wrote. The Diocese of Newark made its annual visit to the newspaper headlines by voting in favor of assisted suicide, that being the cutting edge issue of [...]

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LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA

A FOCUS OF DISUNITY The bishops of the Church of England are reported to have decided that now is not the time to press for the appointment of women bishops. Such wise caution is not shared by their opposite numbers [...]

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POP GOES THE WEASEL

Usage and ab-usage in the language of contemporary Anglicanism In order to preserve some semblance of unity in a loose association of churches which was once united by mutually accepted and interchangeable orders but is no longer, the Archbishop of [...]

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SYNOD INSIDER

A WORD IN EDGEWAYS When I was elected to General Synod in 1990, I saw myself in the role of a reformer able to re-focus the Church in the right direction, possibly by one major speech in a big debate. [...]

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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

Under the Sistine Umbrella The umbrella is an unlikely symbol. But, whether neatly rolled and accompanied by a bowler hat and sombre sub-fusc, or gorgeous, yellow and befringed above the head of the Son of Heaven as he made his [...]

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