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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Conform not to the world!

Here we go again. From Christian Today 'Bishop and senior clergyman join calls for Church of England to lose equalities exemptions':

"The Church of England should lose its protections under the Equalities Act that allow it to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality, a bishop and senior clergyman have said today. Paul Bayes, the bishop of Liverpool, and David Ison, the dean of St Paul's Cathedral, both backed Jeremy Pemberton, a gay priest who was blocked from being a hospital chaplain after marrying his partner. They are supporting the Ozanne Foundation, a charity launched on Monday campaigning against discrimination within religious institutions."

The episcopal rot which is leading to the demise of the US Episcopal Church spread rapidly to our shores as liberal clerics and laypersons saw an opportunity to use the church to legitimise their behaviour.

It has been reported that the 'Episcopal Church Prepares to Tighten Screws on Traditional Marriage Proponents', quoting Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ law: “Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.”

In supporting the Ozanne Foundation senior clergymen are simply conforming to the world without discernment. The Foundation slogan is 'We Believe in Just Love For All!' as if others do not. Failure to conform results in accusations of homophobia and more.

What people do in private is between them and God. It is not for others to judge but we have a right to stand firm in defence of holy matrimony which is between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others and for life.

Ozanne herself came out as gay to her friends and family. She then entered into a long term relationship with another woman, although they separated after five years together. Fidelity, it appears, is not included in 'Just Love For All'.

Who cares? Business manager bishops and senior clergy don't, leading others astray when they should be transformed

David Ison, dean of St Paul's Cathedral told Christian Today: 'We've got to come to terms with the reality of the world we're in and we're not doing that. That is why we're becoming disconnected from society. The church is becoming disconnected from society because it has nothing different to offer.

Bishop Bayes told Christian Today, "I hope for a future whereby people like Jeremy [Pemberton] can feel that their ministry can be exercised and that they can love the person they love freely".  Pemberton is a divorced father of five.

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church has decided to permit same-sex marriage. The Church in Wales bench of bishops can hardly contain their eagerness despite the absence of a mandate.

Gone are the days when Anglican bishops acted like bishops.


  1. “David Ison, dean of St Paul's Cathedral told Christian Today: 'We've got to come to terms with the reality of the world we're in and we're not doing that. That is why we're becoming disconnected from society. The church is becoming disconnected from society because it has nothing different to offer.”

    I think, AB, we'd better spell out loud and clear, just what it is that's different that the Bible can offer society, even if Bishops and Deans seem to be ignorant.

    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
    St Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Chapter 12 v2

    Anglican Misfit (and proud to be mis-fitting)

    1. But AB, let's not beat round the bush. There aren't any 'Catholic' Anglican bishops in Wales. As from June 1997 an authentic Catholic episcopate is gradually being erased from the annals of Welsh Anglican church history. What remains is an infected attempt to impersonate

  2. Quite AM; the sexual ethics and pattern of family life espoused by the Apostles is indisputable. Why any Christian would think that they know better than Christ's Apostles, especially those who value their orders in succession of them, is beyond me.

    As predicted the issue of polyamory was in the news; how long now before the church sanctions that and polygamy too. If people are consenting and love one another, who are we to object. After all, love wins doesn't it?

    No, its not a matter of singling groups out for discrimination, it is a matter of allowing God to be God and telling us as creator the pattern for family life. It is also a matter of fact that the greatest institution in human history has been the institution of monogamous marriage between one man and one woman for life.

    This is true spirituality, socially, culturally and economically and the Church should be fighting for this tooth and nail. Instead it stares like a rabbit in the headlights or possibly a more apt metaphor would involve lemmings.

  3. This post of Fr Hunwicke's sets the question of women's "ordination" in its proper context: