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Church must reconcile with LGBT+ Catholics

Church must reconcile with LGBT+ Catholics

Among younger Catholics the Church’s traditional language is frankly incomprehensible....

The Tablet editorial claims that among younger Catholics the Church’s traditional language about gay men and women, especially the phrase “intrinsically disordered”, is frankly incomprehensible. It implies they are deficient and in some way inferior to heterosexuals because their sexual inclinations are inherently unnatural and sinful. This teaching itself can be harmful.

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The Pope and the paradigm shift

The Pope and the paradigm shift

Just how deeply Pope Francis is feared and loathed is exemplified by the rise of ultra-conservative Catholic movements on the internet, says…...

The current transformation of the Catholic Church has been likened, prosaically, to a change of gear, or more delicately, as a “revolution in tenderness” – the words of the great and sadly lamented Jean Vanier, whose death was announced this week. Vanier’s own life epitomised that revolution: he was a man who “prepared the way of the Lord”. The more contentious and perhaps more ambivalent phrase for the process initiated and being led by Pope Francis is “paradigm shift”, and opponents of this papacy have latched on to it as summarising all they despise.

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Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) campaign against anti-migrant hate speech

Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) campaign against anti-migrant hate speech

QCEA campaign against anti-migrant hate speech on social media in the context of the upcoming European Parliament elections. It’s called…...

QCEA campaign against anti-migrant hate speech on social media in the context of the upcoming European Parliament elections. It’s called #ChooseRespect.

We’re trying to build a more civil and positive narrative around people on the move, based on the idea that hate speech has real-world consequences - including at the ballot box.

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United Methodists (USA) strengthen the bans against LGBTQ ordination and marriage

United Methodists (USA) strengthen the bans against LGBTQ ordination and marriage

What to do about ordination? A gay divinity school student ponders her future...

After finally accepting her call to preach, Spencer Cullom took a step of faith and began the yearslong process to become ordained in the United Methodist Church.

She believed God called her to become a United Methodist minister. And she hoped that her denomination would drop its restrictions against LGBTQ clergy and allow her to follow that call.

But Cullom knew that might not happen.

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Sri Lanka massacres - PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others - says PCN Chair

Sri Lanka massacres - PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others - says PCN Chair

PCN Britain adds its own sorrowing voice to others who strive to convince a sceptical and weary world that religious faith does have the power…...

For decades theologians such as the late John Hick have written about the need for a pluralistic approach to religion in an ambiguous world. They have seen a search, in different religions, for ultimate reality and truth and consequentially have encouraged a path of dialogue between faiths which has been a constant feature of religious conversations both at the international and local level.

 

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Alan Jack Dean -In Memorium

Alan Jack Dean -In Memorium

Jack was a Lay Preacher of some renown, but his progressive views didn’t please everyone...

My memories of Jack Dean … George Drake

I first became aware of Jack Dean through articles he had written for Progressive Voices and letters to Reform – the magazine of the United Reformed Church.

 My first correspondence with Jack was a request for the first of two booklets of essays he had produced, (the two booklets were ‘Didn’t see you in church, Jesus’ and ’ A View from the Pew’ – They can be downloaded from the website). This was the start of a blossoming friendship, that was further enhanced when I wrote a letter to Reform in support of Jack, when some readers took offence at a letter he had written.

 

 

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Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England - your support vital

Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England - your support vital

Equal, the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, is campaigning for a change in the teaching and practice of the Church of England…...

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The Church of England’s current official position is that only opposite-sex couples can marry in its churches. Same-gender couples cannot marry in church. They cannot even officially receive a blessing after a civil marriage. Christians who have married their same-gender partner are discriminated against in the ministry of the church, both lay and ordained.

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PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN AGM 2019 Chair’s Report

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April....

PCN members met for their annual meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 6 April. Appropriate for the venue, the guest speaker on this occasion was Professor Richard Wilkinson, who spoke on the relationship between inequality and well-being (or lack of it). This was the subject of the Pickett/Richardson latest book, ‘The Inner Level’. Richard was able to show, through his extensive array of graphs how people in more unequal countries have higher rates of mental illness, depression and self esteem. The political implications are of course never far away and PCN members were left considering what we can do as an organisation to press home the points being made by Wilkinson.

The business part of our meeting allowed Peter to present the accounts with a fluency and calm not always seen in treasurers! Our finances are in a healthy state, allowing us to develop our work in certain directions such as the film project. Dave Coaker was re-elected to be a trustee and we welcomed a new trustee, Tony Sanchez from London.

In an opening exercise the 60 or so members took time to meet with someone they didn’t know and exchange their ideas about PCN. We heard of future conferences being planned and saw a film clip which exemplified the expertise of the media company who will produce our films.

All in all a productive and enjoyable annual meeting.

Adrian Alker

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Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons thanksgiving service - clergy protest

Westminster Abbey nuclear weapons thanksgiving service - clergy protest

Christian CND has been coordinating the following statement on the upcoming “National Service of Thanksgiving”...

Clergy within the Church of England have protested against  the planned “Service of Thanksgiving” at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear weapons being on constant patrol at sea should not go ahead.

At a time when the United Nations has agreed a new Treaty to ban nuclear weapons and the Church of England General Synod passed a motion calling on Christians to “work tirelessly for their elimination across the world”, we believe this service sends the wrong message to the global Anglican communion.

Please note if you are ordained within the Church of England anywhere in the world and would like to  sign this statement, please email ccnddevelopment@cnduk.org

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Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine: by Matthew Fox on March 20, 2019

Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine: by Matthew Fox on March 20, 2019

Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine might be something one of our gifted writers would write about. The ninth Article…...

Q: By Charles

  Pelagius’ view of Original Sin and his conflict with Augustine might be something one of our gifted writers would write about. The ninth Article of the Anglican 39 Articles don’t look very favorably on him and his followers.  

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Abuse summit achieved something, but not what pope or bishops expected

Abuse summit achieved something, but not what pope or bishops expected

The reality, whether the pope likes it or not, is that the institutional church cannot fix itself.  Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer and inactive…...

The so-called “summit” on the clergy sex abuse crisis was not a total failure. The process and the outcome of the Feb. 21-24 meeting of bishops at the Vatican were clearly a serious disappointment to the victim-survivors, their families and countless others who hoped for something concrete to happen. The accomplishments can only be understood in the context of the totality of the event: the speeches, especially those of the three women, the bishops’ deliberations, the media reaction, and the presence and participation of the victims-survivors from at least 20 countries.

I have been directly involved in this nightmare since 1984, when the reality of sexual violation of the innocent by clerics, and the systemic lying and cover-up by the hierarchy (from the papacy on down) emerged from layers of ecclesiastical secrecy into the open. By 1985, Pope John Paul II and several high-ranking Vatican clerics possessed detailed information about what was quickly turning into the church’s worst crisis since the Dark Ages.

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From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

From Charter for Compassion to our Muslim family in New Zealand

And (remember) Job, when he cried to his Lord, ‘Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.’ …...

We are wounded and we bear the sorrow of our brothers and sisters in New Zealand. A new wave of terror has passed through yet another country, ending the lives of 49 Muslims who gathered in prayer. We stand in disbelief that still another terrorist act has traumatized us into a state of confusion and hopelessness. We must not let this happen. The massacre that occurred in New Zealand is not an isolated incident, it was not perpetrated by a small group of white-supremacists or white nationalists. It represents a reality in which Muslims live throughout the world. Each of us, must work in our own way, to stop the hatred that is so well planted and grown throughout the globe. We need to continue to use our minds and voices to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, whether they live in our community, or in camps in Bangladesh. The Charter created a Islamophobia Handbook a few years ago.  The first section, “Speaking Out and Taking Action,” may be very helpful to all of us as we navigate through these difficult times.

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Why did John Paul ll  fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Why did John Paul ll fail to address sexual abuse in the Church

Clifford Longley writing in The Tablet lays blame for failure to address sex abuse scandal at door of John Paul ll’s pre- Vatican ll conservatism...

Longley writes:

“In all the soul searching in the Catholic Church over clerical child abuse and its cover-up, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role played by Pope John Paul II. There seems to be a conscious refusal, particularly in the right-wing Catholic media, to acknowledge the responsibility he bore for years of evasion, negligence and even criminal complicity. John Paul II is their model, their hero. His image must not be tarnished.”

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Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Gay man facing deportation supported by Open Table

Man hopes to submit a fresh asylum claim based on new evidence and is being supported by Kieran Bohan, a chaplain at the Liverpool YMCA and network…...

The Guardian reports that a man faces deportation to Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, after the Home Office said it did not believe he was gay – suggesting it was suspicious that he did not have a boyfriend.

Open Table Video re the campaign for Yew Fook Sam

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The Church has not gone far enough  - editorial The Tablet

The Church has not gone far enough - editorial The Tablet

Editor claims: “The old phrase “pray, pay and obey” still hovers over lay people as a summary of their duties. Bishops are like little…...

The Church has to look itself in the mirror, and realise that what is missing from the image reflected back is any serious role for the laity in church governance.

News of the conviction of the Australian Cardinal George Pell for child abuse has swept away whatever confidence leaders of the Catholic Church might have been feeling at the conclusion of their summit in Rome. Was that summit a success? It will ultimately be judged by results, but for all its shortcomings and disappointments, it has moved the Church forward in addressing one of the greatest crises it has ever faced. The Pell case is a giant step backwards, not least for the Church in Australia. It has been shamed time and again by the most appalling evidence not just of the systematic abuse of minors by clerics but of a systematic failure – for which Cardinal Pell himself bears some responsibility – to root out the abusers.

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gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable…..USA Methodist debate

gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable…..USA Methodist debate

The delegates have spoken and the UMC has just died: gays are irredeemably bad, evil and unacceptable....

Christy Thomas writing in Patheos states she can barely write about this discussion by the UMC.

“The delegates have been debating the inclusive One Church Plan, one three minute speech after another, since about 1:15 pm. Each side makes points that they feel are definitive.

Nowever, as I see tight, tight votes on what are simple corrections and not substantive changes passing by one vote or not passing by a tie, I am aware of how fully we are split.

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Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

a chance to celebrate the lives and achievements of LGBT+ people from our past and present...

Greetings for February, LGBT+ History Month.

LGBT+ History Month has taken place in the UK every February since 2005, organised by Schools Out UK, a campaigning group for LGBT+ people in education. It’s a chance to celebrate the lives and achievements of LGBT+ people from our past and present. Each year it takes a theme from the education curriculum - this year’s theme is Peace, Reconciliation and Activism as 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in the LGBT+ civil rights movement.

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