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Women in the Episcopate: Reference to the Dioceses

February 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

The diocesan synods will shortly be voting on the Women in the Episcopate legislation – a draft Measure and a draft Canon.

This legislation forms part of a package which also includes a House of Bishops’ Declaration (containing provisions that will replace Resolutions A and B and the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod) and a Resolution of Disputes Procedure, both of which we warmly welcome.

Only the Measure and the Canon will be the subject of formal voting in the diocesan synods. When legislation is referred to the dioceses because it touches the sacraments of the Church, Forward in Faith believes that synod members should give their votes according to principle and conscience. For members of Forward in Faith that is likely to involve voting against the Measure and the Canon because, for reasons of theological conviction, we cannot endorse the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. This will be the only opportunity for members of diocesan synods to vote on the principle in accordance with their theological convictions.

We wish to underline that in making this recommendation we are not seeking to hinder progress towards a final resolution of this issue. It is important that this is made clear in diocesan synod debates. We are conscious that at this stage in the process only simple majorities are required.

We were encouraged that, when members of the General Synod voted against the relevant parts of the legislation at the February group of sessions, the fact that they felt obliged to do so as a matter of integrity was widely accepted. We trust that similar understanding will be shown in the diocesan synods.

On behalf of the Council:

X JONATHAN FULHAM LINDSAY NEWCOMBE ROSS NORTHING

The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker Dr Lindsay Newcombe The Revd Ross Northing

Chairman Lay Vice-Chairman Clerical Vice-Chairman

 

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The Act of Synod and the House of Bishops’ Declaration

February 12th, 2014 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith, News Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

As part of the package of proposals regarding the ordination of women to the episcopate in the Church of England, the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 is to be replaced by a House of Bishops’ Declaration and a Resolution of Disputes Procedure (to be established by Regulations made under a new Canon).

Yesterday the General Synod welcomed the draft Declaration and Regulations and included the text of the new Canon in the legislation that will now be referred to the diocesan synods for approval. It also voted in favour, at the preliminary stage, of the draft Act of Synod that will eventually rescind the existing Act of Synod. We note that this will only come into force when the new Canon is promulged, thus ensuring continuity.

We welcome the fact that the new House of Bishops’ Declaration refers to the Sees of Beverley, Ebbsfleet and Richborough by name. It notes that they will remain in existence as one of the means by which episcopal ministry is provided to parishes that pass resolutions under the Declaration.

We welcome the following statement by the House of Bishops in paragraph 23 of its most recent report (GS 1932):

‘The title and role of the “provincial episcopal visitor” are currently set out in the 1993 Act of Synod. There is no reason why these – or the financial arrangements for the three sees – should change when the 1993 Act of Synod is rescinded, given the House’s wish for there to be continuity. As noted in paragraph 30 of the Declaration, the three sees and their occupants remain an integral part of the new dispensation.

We welcome the fact that, once the new Declaration has been finalized, the House of Bishops will only be able to amend it if the amendment has been approved by two-thirds majorities in each House of the General Synod. This gives us assurance as we approach the new era that the legislation will initiate.

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Women in the Episcopate: The Latest Drafts

January 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

From Foward in Faith

Forward in Faith welcomes the publication of the House of Bishops’ report (GS 1932).

In commenting on the proposals in November we set out three matters that still needed to be resolved. We are grateful that two of them have been addressed: the draft Declaration now contains transitional provisions, and the House of Bishops’ Standing Orders will provide that the Declaration cannot be amended unless two-thirds majorities in each House of the General Synod support the amendment. We also welcome the other minor improvements which the House has made to the draft Declaration and Regulations.

However, we note that the draft Declaration does not address the third of the matters that we raised in November. Para. 42 of the Steering Committee’s report (GS 1924) pointed to the need for ‘an agreed way of proceeding’ with regard to ‘issues that will arise in relation to consecration services for Traditional Catholic bishops’, including the ‘further and sharper issues that will arise in due course as and when there is a woman archbishop’. The Steering Committee was clear in envisaging ‘an overall, balanced package’ and that the dioceses should ‘vote on the legislation in the knowledge of how all the elements of the package fit together’ (para. 42).

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Statement by Forward in Faith, North America, on the Pilling Report

December 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Pilling Report Comments Off

We recognize that the recommendations of the Pilling Report are primarily for reflection and discussion by the Church of England's House of Bishops.

Nonetheless, under the authority of holy scripture and tradition of the church, we affirm that sexual activity can only properly take place within the context of holy matirimony between a man and woman.

We affirm that any other type of sexual relationship is sinful regardless of context or degree of fidelity, and that the church cannot bless any type of sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony between a man and woman.

We affirm Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference as the standard for Christian sexual behavior.

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The Pilling Report: Statement by the Council of Bishops of The Society

December 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Pilling Report, The Society Comments Off

Statement from Forward in Faith

The Chairman of the Council of Bishops of the Society has issued the following statement:

The Report of the House of Bishops' Working Group on Human Sexuality (the Pilling Report) is an important piece of work which deserves careful consideration. We encourage our clergy and people to read it and reflect upon it prayerfully.

We note that the Report proposes no change in the doctrine of the Church of England and that its practical recommendations remain, at this stage, recommendations to the House of Bishops.

Those of us who are members of the Church of England's College of Bishops will be discussing it with other members of the College in January, and we shall also be discussing it at our own meeting in February. We plan to comment more fully after those discussions.

On behalf of the Council

X TONY PONTEFRACT

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson

Chairman

For this and other news from the Society, see: http://www.sswsh.com/news.php

 

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Women bishops: Anglo-Catholics run up the white flag

November 18th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

By Damian Thompson, Telegraph

"Traditionalists ready to allow women bishops," says the headline in The Times today. Anglo-Catholics in the Church of England won't have to encounter lady bishops in their own parishes, but they are decisively throwing in their lot with a liberal Protestant denomination that consecrates them. Come on, guys, admit it! There will be some sort of fig-leaf "safeguard" to stop the women bishops… um, do you know, after 20 years of watching Anglo-Catholics slowly accommodating themselves to female ordination I've lost track and I'm not sure exactly what this will stop (apart from having the women bishops in their sanctuaries, for the time being).
 
Put it this way: the white flag is very near the top of the mast.
 
Dr Jonathan Baker, "traditionalist" Bishop of Fulham, has this to say:
 
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Read Forward in Faith's statement 'Women in the Episcopate: Further Comment'
 
 
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‘Grow the Church and win souls for Christ’, says Forward in Faith Chairman

October 24th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith Comments Off

Addressing the Forward in Faith National Assembly, the organization’s Chairman, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, commented on the report on fresh legislative proposals for women in the episcopate considered by the General Synod in July.
He noted that the working party had unanimously agreed that catholics and evangelicals who are unable, on the grounds of theological conviction, to receive the ministry of women bishops or priests remain with the spectrum of Anglican teaching and tradition and that the Church of England would be committed to their flourishing within its life and structures.

Forward in Faith would be ‘watching like hawks to see that the promises, the commitments, contained in those words are honoured’. But ‘If the Church of England really does mean what it says, that we are to be given the space, the tools, the means whereby we can flourish, then we had better grasp every opportunity to occupy that space, to grow the Church, to win souls for Christ, to serve the people of this nation, and to build the Kingdom of God’.

Bishop Jonathan set out an agenda for this work, based on the growing relationship between Forward in Faith and the Society under the patronage of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and its bishops. ‘Above all’, he said, ‘We look for a renewal of our hearts and minds in the service of the Lord; a deepening of our prayer; a greater love for Jesus Christ, in the Blessed Sacrament, in the life of the Church, in the face of the poor.’
 
The text of the Chairman’s address, together with an audio file, are available here.
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Women Bishops: Forward in Faith responds to July 2013 General Synod Debate

July 9th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

Forward in Faith thanks the many members of the Catholic Group in General Synod, together with other supporters, for their excellent contributions to yesterday's debate.

Naturally, we are very disappointed that none of the amendments which would have ensured secure provision for those unable to receive the ministry of women as bishops and priests was passed. However, we are encouraged by the significant minorities, especially in the House of Laity, which did vote for such provision. We are confident that these votes, and the commitment which they represent on the part of many to a genuinely inclusive Church of England, in which all may flourish, will not be overlooked as the process moves forward. The alternative, which we would deeply regret, would be to pursue unsatisfactory legislation, lacking the necessary breadth of support, with the strong risk of ultimate defeat.

More detailed comments are set out below.

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New Director commissioned to co-ordinate Forward in Faith as ‘catalyst for unity and continuity’

April 16th, 2013 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith, Priesthood Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

We are not called to be another pressure group, says Bishop of Fulham

More than 300 people witnessed the commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as Director of Forward in Faith tonight, as the former Clerk of the General Synod pledged to “work for the unity of the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ and for its mission in the world”.

Members of the organization were joined by former and current members of the General Synod and staff of the National Church Institutions, reflecting what Dr Podmore described as “the breadth of the Church of England, and our commitment to the ‘mutual flourishing’ of its diverse traditions”.

Twelve Anglo-Catholic bishops and over 40 representative priests concelebrated the mass at a packed St Alban’s Holborn, in a liturgy drawn from Common Worship and sung to the setting ‘Collegium Regale’ by Herbert Howells.

During the service, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham and Chairman of Forward in Faith, promised that the charity would “continue to speak the truth in love about those issues which exercise us, because of their impact, as we see it, on the unity and apostolicity of the Church”.

Encouraging those who take a different view on the issues of the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate to hear the organisation’s message “with an equal love”, Bishop Jonathan’s sermon lamented the “tragedy… that the Church of England should have come to this: that faithful Anglicans who are inspired by convictions which the whole of the Church still affirms in her title deeds and carries in her DNA should be perceived by some as disloyal, a fifth column perhaps.”

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The New Bishop of Blackburn

March 3rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

We send our good wishes to the Ven. Julian Henderson on his appointment as the next Bishop of Blackburn, and assure him of our prayers as he prepares for this new ministry.

Catholic Anglicans have reason to be grateful to Archdeacon Henderson, as one of those members of the Synod who voted against the Women Bishops Measure despite their own support for the principle.

We welcome his commitment to ensuring that there is an honoured place for both positions on the ordination of women within the mainstream of the Church of England. Like him, we hope that Blackburn might continue to be a model for the rest of the Church of England in this regard, as it has been under his predecessor. Whether that can be so will depend to a significant extent on whether both views continue to be represented among the diocese’s bishops.

 

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The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

November 9th, 2012 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Forward In Faith Comments Off

Forward in Faith is pleased to learn from 10 Downing Street that the Right Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, is to be the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The appointment of a man with a proven track record of engagement with, and support of, traditionalists is most welcome and we look forward to working with him to achieve an equitable solution to the problems presently facing the Church of England. He can be assured of our prayers as he prepares for his translation.

Comprehensive media coverage of the appointment can be found on Thinking Anglicans

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New Bishop of Fulham

October 31st, 2012 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith Comments Off

Downing Street has announced this morning that Jonathan Baker, currently Bishop of Ebbsfleet, has been appointed to succeed John Broadhurst in the Bishopric of Fulham. He will be moving to St Dunstan in the West Church in Fleet Street which will be the base for his ministry.

Bishop Jonathan grew up in Pinner in Middlesex, and as a boy attended the parish church of St Edmund the King, Northwood Hills, in the Willesden Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London. He was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994 in the Diocese of Oxford, and served in parish ministry in that diocese from 1993 – 2002, including seven years as parish priest of the Holy Trinity, Reading and St Mark’s, Reading. In 2003 he was appointed Principal of Pusey House in Oxford. Pusey House offers a pastoral ministry to students in the University of Oxford together with research and formational resources rooted in the revival of catholic teaching and practice within the Church of England known as the ‘tractarian’ or Oxford Movement.

I believe Bishop Jonathan will be a great asset to the London Team. He has already indicated his willingness to play the fullest possible part in the life of the whole Diocese as well as caring for the Fulham Parishes in London, Southwark and Rochester.

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Forward in Faith director to retire

October 13th, 2012 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith Comments Off

Stephen ParkinsonIt was announced today at the Forward in Faith National Assembly that Stephen Parkinson will be retiring at the end of December, after over 19 years as the Director of FiF. He will be succeeded by Dr Colin Podmore, who is currently the Clerk to the General Synod of the Church of England.

FiF Chairman Bishop Jonathan Baker commented: ‘It is thanks to the tireless work of Stephen Parkinson that Forward in Faith has been able to make such an impact on the life of the Church of England. As its Director, he has played a pivotal role in building Forward in Faith into the distinctive and dynamic organisation that it is today. It is a tribute to Stephen’s achievement that we have been able to attract so distinguished a successor.’

‘Colin Podmore will bring to the role a wealth of experience at senior level in the Church of England. He is passionate about the faith and order of the catholic Church as received by the Church of England and has long been committed to the visible unity of the one Church of Jesus Christ,’ Bishop Jonathan added.

Dr Lindsay Newcombe, Vice-Chairman of FiF, said: ‘Forward in Faith gives hope and confidence to the many young Anglicans of orthodox faith who need a structure in the Church of England within which they can thrive and share their faith with others. Colin is well equipped to support us in making that vision a reality.’

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Women Bishops: Statement from Forward in Faith

September 18th, 2012 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

Members of Forward in Faith can take some comfort from the House of Bishops’ recent decision to resist calls to delete clause 5(1)(c) of the Women Bishops’ draft Measure, added by the House in May. The revised clause, with the welcome language of ‘respect’ at its heart, indicates that the theological convictions held by traditional catholics and orthodox evangelicals on this disputed question continue to occupy an authentic and honourable place in Anglican teaching and practice.

Should this draft legislation receive Final Approval in November, the proposed Code of Practice will assume huge significance in setting out the manner in which the new clause 5(1)(c) will be interpreted and implemented. There is, therefore, a good deal more work to be done on the legislative package as a whole before its full implications for traditionalists can be properly assessed.

In the meantime, attention returns to the text of the draft Measure as a whole, in advance of the debate on Final Approval. The question for members of General Synod remains the same: is this legislation fit for purpose in meeting the needs of all members of the Church of England, both those who welcome, and those unable to receive, the development of ordaining women as bishops?

 

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Priest is heckled on radio as he says believers are often ridiculed

August 30th, 2012 Jill Posted in Faith, Forward In Faith, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald
 
The director of the National Office for Vocation of England and Wales was heckled on a radio programme as he began to tell the audience that people of faith often have their views dismissed or ridiculed in the public square.
 
Appearing as a panellist on the Radio 4 programme Any Questions?, Fr Christopher Jamison said: “I think what concerns me is that there is a kind of new discrimination emerging which is that we are very keen to have a neutral public square which is quite right and proper in a secular democracy. One of the difficulties for people of faith is trying to get their views heard in that public square,” but members of the audience then heckled him.
 
When the presenter Eddie Mair asked Fr Jamison why he thought he was heckled, he replied: “Well, I was intrigued, it sort of slightly proved the point.”
 
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Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops

June 8th, 2012 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith, Women Bishops Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus prayed: ‘May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you
have sent me.’

As Bishops standing in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, we write to
encourage and support all those who stand in that tradition.

The celebrations of the Queen’s diamond jubilee have reminded us of the important bonds that exist within our nation between the monarch, the Church, and the people of this land. The celebrations have also underlined the value of tradition as something that is always alive and dynamic, while remaining true to its character and inheritance.

A sense of the dynamism of Christian tradition is familiar to us from other celebrations and texts. We speak of our inheritance of faith as one which “the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation.” These words are
declared before every bishop, priest and deacon and congregation at ordinations and when new ministry is authorised by the bishop’s licence.

Remaining faithful and obedient to this commission is a challenging task. The ordination of women has opened up divisions over what is and what is not a legitimate development of our inheritance. We shall see those divisions played out
again at the General Synod in July. We believe that the Church of England must keep its pledge to recognise that many in the Catholic tradition cannot in conscience receive the sacramental ministry of women priests and bishops.

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Statement from the Chairman of Forward in Faith

February 25th, 2012 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith Comments Off

It seemed right to leave a pause for reflection after the meeting of the General Synod in February, which devoted much time to further consideration of the draft legislation on women bishops.

We are hugely grateful to the Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale, for introducing the Diocesan Synod Motion on behalf of the Diocese of Manchester, and for the gracious and generous way in which she did so. This motion invited the House of Bishops to consider amending the legislation, in order to introduce provisions for those unable to accept the ordination of women to the episcopate along the lines of those contained in the amendment proposed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, which was very narrowly defeated in July 2010.

While the Manchester motion was not passed in the form proposed, the debate was a helpful one. Many members of Synod, including those from the Catholic Group, but by no means only them, spoke eloquently and forcefully in favour of arrangements whereby those unable to accept women in the episcopate, on theological grounds, would be able to continue in the Church of England with integrity and a real opportunity to flourish. It was enormously encouraging to hear the speeches of younger lay people, women and men, and younger priests, putting our case.

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New Chairman of Forward in Faith

July 12th, 2011 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

Following the resignation late last year of the then Bishop of Fulham as Chairman of Forward in Faith, the Council of Forward entered into a period of reflection with regard to the election of a successor. Over recent weeks, and in line with the requirement of the Forward in Faith Constitution that such a mid-term vacancy must be filled by election from within the membership of the Council, the necessary process has taken place which allows us to announce, with much pleasure, that the new Chairman of Forward in Faith is the Right Reverend Jonathan Baker, ssc, Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

A message from the Chairman to the members of Forward in Faith can be read here.
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The See of Ebbsfleet – A message from Fr Jonathan Baker

June 10th, 2011 Jill Posted in Forward In Faith Comments Off

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Consecrations of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet & the Bishop of Richborough

May 27th, 2011 Jill Posted in Church of England, Forward In Faith Comments Off

From Forward in Faith

Arrangements for the Episcopal Ordinations of Fr Jonathan Baker and Fr Norman Banks.

The Ordination will take place in Southwark Cathedral, London SE1 at 11.00 am on Thursday, 16th June, 2011.

Tickets are not required.

Clergy or Licensed Readers who wish to robe should contact the Cathedral by email at [email protected]

There will be Solemn Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at S.Alban the Martyr, Brooke Street, Holborn, London EC1 at 4.30 pm (followed by refreshments)

 

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