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Faith of our Fathers

Basilean Exhortations to Unity The fourth Century Church Of the church of his fourth-century day, St Basil says: Nowadays it is hard to find, and extraordinary to see, a Church pure, unharmed by the troubles of the times, and preserving [...]


More of the Same As the Church of England moves towards the formal debate about women in the episcopate there are a number of options for the way forward. This month we examine the suggestion that the present arrangements for [...]

Faithful & Orthodox

ONE DEVICE widely used by the LesBiGay lobby to make its agenda acceptable has been to use the word `faithful' repeatedly with respect to `partnerships' or `relationships' between persons of the same sex. In that two persons stay with each [...]

The gifts that remain

Patrick Henry Reardon on the ultimate inheritance tax It is a commonplace of simple wisdom that ‘you can’t take it with you when you go.’ This popular axiom, usually cited as an exhortation to detachment from material things, is also [...]

Ladies Errant

A Celebration of Womanly Enterprise and Adventure The National Portrait Gallery currently has an exhibition entitled Off the Beaten Track – 300 years of Women Travellers. They are a fascinating variety of women, some well-known like Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell, [...]

Mission Impossible

John Edmonson on the gospel–taught, caught or sold short? At the beginning of my research project into the regional theological courses, it became obvious, following discussion with the Church of England’s Director of Ministry, that the way in which the [...]

Clutching at Straws

John Wijngaards (No Women in Holy Orders? The Ancient Women Deacons, The Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: The unmasking of a Cuckoo’s Egg tradition’ etc) is at it again (‘A lesson from history’, Tablet August 14). Why, he [...]


Bidding for a Cloistered Cell Reformers and dissolution Should Anglicans encourage the religious life? Yes, actually, since our church claims to be catholic as well as reformed. Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries that our reformers sought to justify. In the [...]

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