News in Church Issues

New Archbishop of Canterbury challenges David Cameron on gay marriage

New Archbishop of Canterbury challenges David Cameron on gay marriage

by: Steven Swinford - The Telegraph in Church Issues,

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will issue a challenge to David Cameron by voicing opposition to gay marriage on the eve of the first parliamentary vote on the controversial new law. In his first official day as leader of the Church of England, the Rt Rev Justin Welby is expected to say that marriage should remain “between a man and a woman”.

 Without the search for unity faith would be be abandoned

Without the search for unity faith would be be abandoned

by: Kurt Koch - L'Osservatore Romano in Church Issues,

Ecumenism is quite different from a matter of mere ecclesial policy or a purely pragmatic issue; rather, it is intrinsic to the faith itself. For this reason the Year of Faith also calls us to actualize the foundations of faith of the Church's ecumenical endeavour and to reinforce them anew.

Prince’s succession change concerns ‘unfounded’

Prince’s succession change concerns ‘unfounded’

by: Sam Adams - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The prince is believed to be concerned that canon law requires the children of such a marriage to be brought up as Catholics and was said to be sceptical when told that any constitutional difficulties this creates could be resolved by negotiations with the Holy See, according to the Daily Mail.

Church of England concerned over royal succession reforms

Church of England concerned over royal succession reforms

by: Alice Philips - The Telegrpah in Church Issues,

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey shares the worries of Prince Charles; he, along with other leading members of the clergy, believe the Prime Minister's plan to remove a ban on an heir to the throne marrying a Roman Catholic could upset a "delicate constitutional balance".

 "Blessed are the Peacemakers"

"Blessed are the Peacemakers"

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Church Issues,

 "Blessed are the Peacemakers" is the title chosen by the Holy Father for his Message for the 46th World Day of Peace, celebrated every year on 1 January. "Each new year brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved."

Spain’s bishops urge united front against same-sex unions

Spain’s bishops urge united front against same-sex unions

by: Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

 “Spanish legislation on marriage is gravely unjust — it does not protect the parties’ right to be recognized in law as husband and wife, nor the right of children and young people to be brought up as future husbands and wives, and to enjoy a father and mother in a stable family,” the bishops’ conference said.

The Pope to French Bishops: Religious Ignorance is one of the greatest problems of our times.

The Pope to French Bishops: Religious Ignorance is one of the greatest problems of our times.

by: Vatican Information Service in Church Issues,

"One of the most formidable obstacles to our pastoral mission is ignorance of the content of faith. Indeed, this is a dual form of ignorance: the ignorance of Jesus Christ as a person and ignorance of the sublime nature of His teachings, of their universal and permanent value in the search for the meaning of life and happiness.

Measure of compromise

Measure of compromise

by: The Tablet in Church Issues,

The media has depicted the Church of England as being on the verge of collapse because of the rejection of a General Synod Measure permitting the appointment of women as bishops. It was seen as a triumph of obscur­antism over progress, a refusal to recognise the right of women to equal treatment with men. But there is more to it than that. 

In defence of the CofE’s House of Laity

In defence of the CofE’s House of Laity

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Spectator in Church Issues,

Even friends of an Established church like myself – though I’m a Catholic – should think twice about the wisdom of the idea after the naked political interference in the affairs of the CofE in the Commons. The Speaker, who is non-religious/agnostic, was among the most overt in encouraging MPs to overturn the church’s decision not to approve women bishops.

Nichols concern over women bishops

Nichols concern over women bishops

by: Vicent Nichols - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Archbishop of Westminster has said that the Church of England will move further away from "the Catholic tradition" if it decides to ordain women bishops. Archbishop Vincent Nichols said the Catholic Church was following the process "with some concern."

High Court bid to block Catholic schools fails

High Court bid to block Catholic schools fails

by: Graeme Paton - The Telegraph in Church Issues,

The future of faith schools was safeguarded today after a bid to block two new Catholic schools was dismissed by the High Court. Local parents and the British Humanist Association have lost their High Court bid to block the opening of two new faith schools.