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Thursday, 17 May 2018

A right royal soap

 Michael Curry presiding bishop of TEC                      Source: Mike Theiler/Reuters/Christian Today

Blanket coverage of the royal wedding is to be expected. Royal watchers have already secured their positions in Windsor, bedding down in the most advantageous positions well in advance of the big day. TV cameras will beam pictures around the world to millions of people.

The big question is, who will give away the bride now that Ms Markle has announced from Kensington palace that her father will not attend the wedding.

But why bother with tradition? The Anglican Church has been dropping tradition and scripture like hot potatos. The couple have reportedly been living together for some time so why not walk down the aisle together in the spirit of the age?

The Anglican Church has become a rubber-stamp used to endorse the spirit of the age, divorced from the true Spirit which was sent to guide the Church from age to age.

Preaching at the royal wedding will be Michael Curry, the first African-American head of the US Episcopal Church (TEC), despite his 'never having met the couple'.

 A spokesman for Kensington Palace said of the Prince and Ms Markle's choice: 'The couple and the archbishop discussed a number of possibilities for a preacher.

'Whilst Bishop Curry is not personally known to the couple, it was felt that given the fact that he is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as well as a wonderful speaker and preacher, it would be highly appropriate for him to be invited to speak.'

Archbishop Welby reportedly has a close relationship with his American counterpart, "despite backing the decision to impose sanctions on the Episcopal Church for allowing same-sex marriage. The 'consequences' came after the Episcopal Church first consecrated an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003, and officially authorised gay marriage in 2015."

"Curry, who is descended from slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama, has spoken of how his background influences his own passionate defence of same-sex marriage in church."

Clearly a natural choice for today's Church of England. A secret baptism followed by a swift confirmation culminating in the presence of a 'charismatic preacher' who is a passionate advocate of same sex marriage in church.

As Christian Today put it: "The wedding will be watched by millions around the world and presents the largest audience any preacher has had since Richard Chartres, then bishop of London, preached to around two billion people at the wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

"It is possible, likely even, that Curry's energetic personality, his charismatic preaching, and his sonorous voice will mean he is the unexpected star to emerge from the wedding."

We must wish the couple every happiness but this is not Anglicanism. It has been allowed to become a right royal soap opera.

Justin Welby appears to be doing his best to divide the church. The blatantly feminist appointments of Sarah Mullally as bishop of London and Vivienne Faull as bishop of Bristol are merely the latest in a string of appointments of bishops openly promoting same sex marriage.

Now presiding bishop Michael Curry has been given a platform to address millions of people at the royal wedding. Welby should be ashamed of himself for placing the Queen, the supreme governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith in this position.

Michael Curry: Brits will fall in love with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal wedding preacher here.

Michael Curry: Who is the Royal wedding preacher who backs gay marriage and opposes Trump? here.


  1. HashtagStopYourGiving17 May 2018 at 15:38

    Before the sad Royal 'watchers' were able to grab the best viewpoints and bed down for a couple of night slumming it on the streets of Windsor, the police had to make sure the homeless habitual street sleepers had been moved on so as not to lower the tone of the celebrations.

    Whilst in Wales, rather than Davies, Caiaphas et al rolling up their sleeves to minister to the Cardiff homeless sleeping under bridges within sight of their new £500,000 a year Penthouse suite at 2 Callaghan Square, 39 Cathedral Road remains empty and up for sale, all while the Church in Wales proudly announces the squandering of a trifling £10 million on the latest trite public relations flagship project.

    "Ambitious projects to grow new Christians across Wales are the focus of a major new £10m fund being launched this weekend."

    The shower on the bench couldn't grow mushrooms never mind Christians.

    1. The crowd-funding begging bowl hasn't met with much success so Stephen Moore should try submitting a bid for a crumb or two from the £10 million suddenly available for 'ambitious' projects.
      25% - £763 so far but not counting the chickens.

    2. HSYG, I would have to disagree with you about the bench and mushrooms. To grow mushrooms you need plenty of sh*t and a lot of darkness. You don't get to be a benchsitter unless you know about the deeds of darkness. As for the first criterion, don't stand too close when a bishop opens his/her mouth!

  2. I remember, as a Curate, in the seventies, the launch, and subsequent, flop, of the inter-denominational evangelical campaign 'Wales for Christ' - when a copy of the NT was delivered through the door of every house in Wales - supposedly. Nuff said.

  3. I am sorry, but asking a man who does not believe that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman to preach at your wedding is like asking the wolf in sheep's clothing to give a talk on shepherding to your flock.

  4. I rather thought that Richard Chartres successor at London had a more traditional view of marriage that the soon to be + Viv Bristol appears to hold?

  5. PP, what a preacher