Tags: Church of England

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Bishops in the House of Lords – too political or not political enough?

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

The Labour MP Frank Field (right) has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over some of the seats that the Church of England bishops occupy in the House of Lords to representatives who would take a more active part in policy making.... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, House of Lords

Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising

Not content with a third of state-sponsored schools pushing his faith, now Dr Welby wants the BBC to do more evangelising

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England takes it for granted that it is the taxpayers' job to fund its evangelising. We contribute hundreds of millions to support "faith schools" which they use to impart their religion to children who are obliged by law to attend. ("School... Read More »

Tags: BBC, Christianity, Church of England

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

The CofE tries to spin its bad news. But it’s still bad news.

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Church of England was struggling to make the best out of its latest attendance figures (pdf) (for 2011), claiming that they are "stabilising" and provoking the Daily Mail's headline: "Hark! The flock's back: Church attendances up... but it's only at Christmas".... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, statistics

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson, president, National Secular Society

We've argued for a long time that the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society. Last night's vote at the General Synod to reject women... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Church of England’s establishment is well past its sell-by date

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 by Stephen M Evans

By Terry Sanderson, president, National Secular Society

We've argued for a long time that the establishment of the Church of England as an arm of the state is unsustainable in a modern, diverse society. Last night's vote at the General Synod to reject women... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

The new Archbishop should have no special say

The new Archbishop should have no special say

Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 by Oliver Kamm

The Times's top leader yesterday welcomed the appointment of Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, to succeed Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury. From what I hear of Welby, he is a thoughtful man who is likely to be an effective Church leader. Where I differ... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The following message appeared recently on the social networking site Gransnet:

"Went with a friend for her Chemo session. A chap who was a spiritual healer, wearing a chaplaincy badge, was approaching, one by one, everyone who was having chemo treatment, asking... Read More »

Tags: Big Society, Chaplaincy, Charity, Church of England, Healthcare, public funding

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England is either in its last desperate death throes or it is making a concerted effort to revive itself and reclaim the widespread influence it once enjoyed. At its General Synod (parliament) this week it got itself into a humiliating tangle... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams is demob-happy.

It seems that since he announced his resignation he feels he can now say what he wants, rather than what the "Anglican Communion" demands. And in the process he seems to be demonstrating an extraordinary... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

The message is clear: "do as we say or there will be dire consequences."

Their response to the Government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Obama

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 by Oliver Kamm

By guest blogger, Oliver Kamm

Christianity, says Lord Carey of Clifton, is under threat. The former Archbishop of Canterbury complained recently of "a deliberate attempt ... to get rid of Christianity as a public faith". Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary,... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

He starts by saying he welcomes... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Big Society, Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers, Equality & Human Rights

The Church of England – myth and reality

The Church of England – myth and reality

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We are told constantly how important the Church of England is to this country and how fond of it we all are. That doesn't sit very well with the result of a BBC survey for the quiz show Pointless that asked 100 respondents to name Archbishops of Canterbury.... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England

The great debate begins

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it.

The initial reaction has been — as we predicted last week — hysterical, misinformed,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies.

These are not empty words. The Church of England and the Catholic Church are already in talks to... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights

Why do the bishops have the right to thwart democratically agreed legislation?

Why do the bishops have the right to thwart democratically agreed legislation?

Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It was the Rt Rev John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, who introduced the successful House of Lords amendment this week that defeated the Government's plan to cap benefits at £26,000 per family.

Whatever you think about the issue (and I know that the... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Lords Reform

Establishment and the gay bishop

Establishment and the gay bishop

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Geoffrey John, the clergyman at the heart of the gay bishops row, is threatening to take the Church of England to court if it continually refuses to make him a bishop.

It isn't clear what law he would sue under. Certainly not the Equality Act, which specifically... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

Cameron is joining the right-wing rush to religion

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 by Terry Sanderson

David Cameron's now notorious speech to the Church of England, in which he promised to elevate "Christian values" to a special place in society, has been much commented on in the past week.

The speech itself was confused, contradictory and in places downright... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, David Cameron, Morality