It’s easy to mock the communiqués that come out of the recent Primates’ meeting. There is a call for a ‘season of prayer of repentance and reconciliation’, and one might ask when is not a season of prayer of repentance and reconciliation?
There are bits that sound like a conflated discussion of security in Northern Ireland and Harvey Weinstein when it speaks ‘deliberate non-consensual cross-border activity’. Then there is the shocking news that actions (the Scots allowing same-sex marriage in church) have ‘consequences’, expect that these ‘consequences’ are imposed on the Scots (‘no more meetings for you, then’) and not just happy couples being married.
Sir Philip Mawer’s Report, as Independent Reviewer, on the non-appointment of Bishop Philip North to the Diocese of Sheffield describes what happened in, as has been noted elsewhere, ‘measured tones’.
Much attention is paid to the personal challenge it was to Bishop Philip, and one feels great sympathy for him. It must have been awful. The Report also pays close attention to the part played by Professor Martyn Percy’s article on the Modern Church website and the impact it had on the eventual outcome.
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Vol 58:3 July 2017 - Editor: Steven Shakespeare
2018 Annual Conference of Modern Church
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