VATICAN CITY (RNS) Giovanni Maria Vian said women bishops would have “an extremely negative impact” on steps to bring Anglicans and Catholics closer together despite a positive meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Camelle Daley, who founded the label House of ilona, says it’s high time for a shake-up among Anglican clergy who, like Roman Catholic priests, still wear traditional black shirt and collar.
British politicians and pundits are at each others’ throats—again—debating whether or not the United Kingdom is and should be a “Christian country.” As with all things British, the answer is complicated, controversial and tied up in history.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Alan Wilson, bishop of Buckingham, criticized the church’s stance of not recognizing same-sex marriage as “sheer cruelty” and “morally outrageous,” adding: ”Most gay people would be happier out, including bishops.”
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Bats are making life unbearable for congregations by defecating on church worshippers from roofs as well as bell towers, according to a report to the Church Buildings Council of the Church of England.
Good news for jailed atheists in Tunisia and Indonesia. A high school football coach in South Carolina is ordered to stop baptizing players. And Mormons weren’t always the teetotalers they are today. Bottoms up!
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) With little more than two months to go before Britain’s first same-sex marriage, the College of Bishops issued a statement saying that “no change” to the Church of England’s teaching on marriage is proposed or envisioned.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) On Jan. 25, worshippers at Canterbury Cathedral will hear the voices of 16 girls singing the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams — a first for the historic church.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which parents and godparents need not repent of their “sins” or reject “the devil.”