by Sara Maitland
The Walsingham pilgrimage refreshes the parts that other Anglican practices do not reach.
I first went to the Walsingham national pilgrimage, now gone again for another year, on the late May bank holiday in 1972. I was a newish re-convert (a Presbyterian childhood followed by a long time away from any religious faith) and still richly curious about it all.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Religious Affairs Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph
Leading traditionalist bishops in the Anglican Church have secretly told senior Vatican officials that they are ready to defect to Rome, taking clergy with them.
In a move likely to raise tensions between the two Churches, a group of Church of England bishops met last week with advisers of Pope Benedict XVI to set in motion steps that would allow priests to convert to Catholicism en masse.
They are set to resign their orders in opposition to the introduction of women bishops and to lead an exodus of Anglican clerics to the Catholic Church despite Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, urging them not to leave.
by Frances Gibb
The Times, Legal Editor
Christianity deserves no protection in law above other faiths and to do so would be ‘irrational, divisive, capricious and arbitrary’, a senior judge said yesterday.
In the latest clash between the judiciary and Christian believers Lord Justice Laws said that laws could not be used to protect one religion above another.
By Andrew Brown
Carey’s intervention in the case of the Christian Relate counsellor has been fisked by an appeal court judge. The judgment handed down by Lord Justice Laws doesn’t merely crush the case of Gary McFarlane, the evangelical Christian sacked by counselling service Relate for refusing to give sex therapy to gay couples; it goes out of its way to demolish former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey’s intervention. But does it also remove more vestiges of any established religion from the law?
by Jane Kramer
The New Yorker, April 26, 2010
Remember the Church of England, that mythically placid community of Sunday Christians and beaming vicars whom you met in Austen and possibly came to loathe in Trollope? ‘The Tory Party at prayer,’ generations of Fleet Street leader writers called it. You can forget that now.
Video of a lecture given in Lincoln Cathedral as part of the Archbishop's visit to the Diocese upon the occasion of the centenary of Bishop Edward King (1829-1910)
Dr Williams' visit also included a visit to the fish docks in Grimsby, an eco-friendly housing development in Long Sutton, and many more visits and meetings with Christian communities in the Diocese of Lincoln.
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