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Reacting to the Jonathan Fletcher story – the Great Silence

In writing my reaction to the Daily Telegraph story on December 27th, there was one point where I got things completely wrong.  I speculated...

Peter Ball and Jonathan Fletcher. A toxic legacy?

The days after Christmas are treated by most clergy as an opportunity to relax a little.  Although I have not been caught...

A Prince and an Abuser

I made a decision that I would not allow my equilibrium to be disturbed by watching what many have now called the...

The Jonathan Fletcher story continues

This blog piece does not begin with some breakthrough news on the Jonathan Fletcher story.  This is a continuation of the narrative...

Silence about Smyth and Fletcher — What is happening in the Evangelical abuse review?

It was announced on 12 Aug 2018 by the Church of England that there would be a review into the case of...

Congregational dynamics and murder

A murder story, widely reported last week in the Press, would not normally have attracted any comment from this blog.  But the...

Who has power in the Church of England?

At the conclusion of a very well-written piece about the Matt Ineson affair , Martin Sewell asks a pertinent question.  Who is in...

An ethically challenged Church? Bullying and threats and the Church of England

Among the many documents attached to the recent IICSA hearings was an email correspondence dating back to 2015 between a survivors’ group...

Joining up the dots – the Jonathan Fletcher story

The Internet is a great provider of information.  Of course, there are to be found in it lies, rumours and falsehoods.  We...

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Bishop Nazir-Ali responds to the bishops’ pastoral statement on...

The clear stating of the Church’s biblical and historic teaching on the nature of marriage;  that marriage between one man and one...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes with vespers...

Representatives from Anglican and Orthodox worlds joined Pope Francis at the tomb of St Paul today to mark the close of the...

Church Society response to Bishops’ pastoral letter on civil...

Response to the latest statement from the House of Bishops. Church Society welcomes the recent pastoral statement from the House...

Open letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York...

Your Graces We write to express our anger and disappointment regarding the recent House of Bishops ‘Pastoral Statement’ concerning Same Sex...