Trevor Grundy is an author at Religion News Service.
Welby praised for ‘honesty’ over paternity shocker
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The stunning news that the Anglican leader’s biological father was not his mother’s husband may bring the elite-educated primate closer to the people.
Charismatic movement gains as Church of England sputters
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Hundreds of Pentecostal and charismatic churches draw young, black, Asian and mixed-race Brits.
Dropping ‘Easter’ from eggs sparks culture war in England
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The chocolate companies denied claims they were deliberately trying to distance Easter eggs from their religious origin.
Report finds Church of England failed to deal with sex abuse by clergy
(RNS) An independent review commission finds clergy failed to act in the case of an altar boy who was “sadistically” assaulted.
Anglican bishop: It is a Christian duty to give blood, organs
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Christians and their families need reassurance that there are no theological problems with giving blood or tissue, says an Anglican bishop.
Henry VIII’s chapel hosts Catholic prayers for the first time in 450 years
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The service was a symbolic act cementing growing ties between this country’s two leading Christian faiths, Catholicism and Anglicanism, divided since the Reformation.
Publisher pulls all copies of controversial new book on Church of England
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Speculation mounted that the book was pulled because it contains a disputed passage about the sexual activities of various Church of England bishops.
London bishop urges vicars to grow beards as way of reaching Muslims
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Bishop of London said two Anglican vicars should be commended for growing full beards, as do some Jews and Muslims.
Anglican leaders downplay censure of Episcopal Church
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Exclusion of Episcopal Church from governance was “not a sanction; it’s a consequence” of its moves to allow clergy to perform same-sex marriages, the archbishop of Canterbury said.
Archbishop Justin Welby: ‘Reconciliation doesn’t always mean agreement’
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Archbishop Justin Welby said the 85 million-strong Anglican Communion would still be a “family” even if some national churches went their “separate ways.”
Vatican relics headed to Anglican cathedral for display as pivotal summit nears
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Valued at $365,505, a crozier handle will be on view to the public and the 38 Anglican prelates gathering this weekend for a make-or-break meeting of the 80 million-strong Anglican Communion.
Dial back Christianity in British official life, make room for secularism, says new report
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England is outraged by recommendations that would diminish its dominance in public life to make room for other faiths and unbelievers.
British sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches, politicians
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The inquiry will consist of 12 different investigations, including whether the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in England failed to protect children.