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Articles from Forward in Faith Lincolnshire

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Update on Women Bishops

On this occasion it might be thought rather pointless to summarize the long and difficult succession of debates and discussions that took place on women bishops in the various enacting bodies of the Church of England, notably the Legislative Drafting Group, the Revision Committee and above all the General Synod itself. Most readers of this Newsletter will by now be only too aware of the events that led up to the final debate at York in July when Synod took the penultimate step of passing the draft Measure that will both enable women to become bishops and deny traditionalists any real safeguards except those contained within the much derided code of practice.

What Does the Future Hold for Forward in Faith?

In the fourth quarter of last year three announcements of significance were made, one originating in Rome and two in England.  The Rome announcement was made on 20th October 2009 by Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and achieved considerable publicity in the press and in church circles.  This was to herald the introduction of personal ordinariates for disaffected Anglicans.  The announcement emphasised that this innovation was a response by Rome to “the many requests that have been submitted to the Holy See from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful in different parts of the world who wish to enter into full visible communion with the Catholic church

The Third Movement
In this issue of our Newsletter, I want to focus attention on the Third Province Movement (to which some of our members may belong). Though not having acquired the reputation for publicity that Forward In Faith has over the years, the Movement continues with quiet resolve under the leadership of Mrs. Margaret Brown to advance its beliefs and claims to all who will listen to it.
Be Faithful
Fr Reg
This was the title for the meeting of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) in the Central Hall, Westminster on Monday 6th July 2009, a follow up conference to GAFCON.  These are my thoughts; they do not have any official status; others who were there may have entirely different interpretations.  In spite of the media slant before the event, it was not an “anti-gay” event.  It could be described as a day of two halves.
Dear Sir Richard Attenborough...
Fr Andy
In a recent interview Sir Richard Attenborough revealed how he received hate mail from Christians who are angry that he denied the existence of a creator God. He said ‘They [The Christians] always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds, I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live any other way except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find it that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator.’ I like and admire Sir Richard and I wouldn’t dream of sending him hate mail. But I thought I’d share with you the letter I might send.
Ron Coates Looks Backwards and Forwards
Ron Coates
Early beginnings of my relationship with like minded people, who saw the dangers that had become so prevalent in synodical government among many other difficulties in the Church of England, were brought about by the movement to ordain women. The proponents appeared to be well organised and gathering supporters and followers. Those opposed in my view were least prepared and very isolated. It was common to hear the remarks from people (in my opinion people who should have shown more responsibility) trotting out, “It will never happen in my lifetime”. This remark seemed to me to miss out in providing substance for our children and grandchildren to grow in faith.
And Then There Were Two
Fr Bryan
With the departure of orthodox bishop The Rt. Revd. John-David Schofield and most of the Diocese of San Joaquin from The Episcopal Church in the United States (TEC) through their affiliation with the Province of the Southern Cone, there are now only two sitting diocesan bishops, The Rt. Revd. Jack L. Iker of the Diocese of Fort Worth (my former diocese) and The Rt. Revd. Keith Ackerman of the Diocese of Quincy, who do not ordain women to the priesthood or license women priests to exercise sacerdotal ministry in their dioceses.
National Assembly - 10th & 11th October 2008
Fr Trevor
The National Council of Forward In Faith agreed that in the past there was a lack of involvement in National Assembly proceedings by the attending delegates. It was therefore determined that the way the Assembly was structured should be altered. The 2008 Assembly would over the two days hear a number of brief presentations to help delegates understand the present situation and so be informed when debating future action. The presentations would be followed by a period of debate and discussion following which formal resolutions would be moved on behalf of the Council.