All Things Lawful and Honest
“All Things Lawful and Honest” seeks to make informed, reasoned, and theological comment on the present state of the Church of England as we navigate a way through the Covid 19 crisis and beyond.
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The Rev’d Dr James Hadley finds the bishops’ protestations that there is no central plan to do away with the parish system disingenuous. Soft power, stealth, patronage and spin, allied with episcopal groupthink and the control of cash is just as powerful as a synodically agreed central policy. In March, when the Government suspended publicContinue reading “Episcopal Soft Power”
The Rev’d Paul Thomas asks important questions about our legal and theological understanding of Christian marriage raised by recent reports of a private ‘back garden marriage’ three days before a couple were due to be married in church. A couple gave an interview this week in which they revealed that ‘three days before our wedding we got married’. This marriageContinue reading “A Nuptial Mess”
The Bishop of Burnley responds to recent claims that the Parish system is up for wide scale review, and strengthens the case for its place at the heart of the identity and mission of the Church of England. He suggests we need to trust the local to make good decisions, resolutely address failure where itContinue reading “The Primacy of the Parish”