Church of England evidence to Same Sex Marriage Bill committee

Yesterday the Right Rev. Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, William Fittall, secretary-general of the General Synod of the Church of England and Alexander McGregor, deputy legal adviser to the General Synod and the Archbishops Council, gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons. I have edited the Hansard report, rearranged […]

Why did the HoB take a decision about the eligibility of clergy in CPs becoming bishops?

I’ve received emails from both the Bishop of Sodor and Man and from William Fittall and I’m grateful to both of them for replying. They help to complete parts of the picture but still leave questions unanswered. Robert Paterson says he would have no hesitation about making the document produced by his working party public, […]

Changing Attitude asks for Sodor and Man working party report to be published

I’ve emailed the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man and Mr William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod and the Archbishops’ Council, asking that the report of the working party on civil partnerships be placed in the public domain. Transparency in the processes by which the Church of England reviews and revises […]

The Bishop of Buckingham records an Out4Marriage video

The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, has recorded a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, released yesterday. The Evening Standard carried a report yesterday, saying that the “married father of five, caused a row in the Church” by urging leaders to “get our head around blessing gay people’s relationships”. In the section of the video reported […]

Wallace Benn and Winchelsea – there are more questions to answer

Bishop Wallace Benn may have unwittingly started a process which will lead to the dismantling of the Church of England’s policy towards LGB&T people. Last week the Diocesan legal officer issued formal notification to David Page and Fr Howard Cocks that a complaint has been laid against them by the Archdeacon under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. […]

Is the Bishop of Leicester indicating a more radical review of civil partnerships is underway?

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stephens, has a letter in last Friday’s Church Times defending the Church of England’s response to the Government’s consultation document on same-sex marriage against the paper’s critical leader the previous week. There is much of interest in Bishop Tim’s letter, particularly in the final paragraph where he […]

CA accuses Church House of misrepresentation in the C of E statement on Equal Marriage

Changing Attitude England Press release Correspondence between William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod and Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England 14 June 2012 Dear Colin I entirely understand why you want to be critical of the submission that the Archbishops sent the Home Secretary on same sex marriage but am a bit […]

How can the Church of England publish something so offensive to her LGB&T members?

I woke this morning to the R4 Today programme’s news headlines about the Church of England’s response to the Government’s equal marriage consultation. I felt so angry. The Church has achieved another set of disastrous headlines thanks to its ill-considered submission. The Church looks like an institution in panic and crisis, terrified that the lesbian […]

Crown Nominations Commission leak designed to sabotage the appointment of someone because they are gay

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, has written a letter to the Guardian about the leak from the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) in July 2010 that Jeffrey was a shortlisted candidate for the See of Southwark. The leak was clearly designed to sabotage the possibility of Jeffrey being appointed. There is […]

Diocese of London clergy ask for civil partnerships in church

Changing Attitude banner at York General Synod 2011

A letter signed by 120 clergy in the Diocese of London asking the Church of England to allow priests to follow their individual conscience on whether to hold civil partnership ceremonies in their churches has been published by The Times. The letter says: “We, the undersigned, believe that on the issue of holding civil partnership […]