Rose-Coloured Spectacles

Susan Russell must be wearing them. Because either she’s got the best “half-full” attitude that I’ve seen in a long time or she’s in complete denial. Commenting on the recent Living Church report she reckons, on the basis of this statement: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has been allotted two sessions of next month’s primates’ […]

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something that shouldn’t slip under the Bar – Ecclesiastical Law Society Conference, Liverpool (UK)

What do you call a group of lawyers? Well, one answer might be the “Ecclesiastical Law Society“, a UK organisation, Patronised by ++Canterbury and ++York, that seeks to promote the study of ecclesiastical and canon law, particularly in the Church of England and those churches in communion with it. . Now, normally that sort of […]

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Giles Fraser … [fill the rest in yourself]

I know I shouldn’t but I find Fraser compulsively addicting – like watching a car crash. This week Fraser wants us to think about scapegoats. It starts off well enough with this quote: âœTHEN AARON shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of […]

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what point the Panel?

The one thing that’s intriguing about the ongoing Virginia furore is that at no stage did the “Virginia 11” make any appeal to the Panel. And, frankly, what would be the point? First, 815 has made it perfectly clear that the Panel will now be ignored. Second, the alternative structures that the Global South Primates […]

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spontaneous combustion

no, not Bonnie Anderson, rather the countryside here in Australia. The temperature here in Sydney for the past few days has been around 37C (that’s around 100F for those reading in Ameriland). Needless to say, at that level the Bush just starts to burn everywhere. Currently in Sydney a suburb in the north is in […]

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more from Fraser, this time blatant straw-manning

from dictionary.com: straw man -noun a mass of straw formed to resemble a man, as for a doll or scarecrow. a person whose importance or function is only nominal, as to cover another’s activities; front. a fabricated or conveniently weak or innocuous person, object, matter, etc., used as a seeming adversary or argument: The issue […]

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Saddam’s execution

I’ve mulled a bit over posting this but I thought it might be informative for readers to know where to look for details of the event. No point pretending now that a full video isn’t available. Here it is. If you’d just like to read an account of the whole video then the BBC has […]

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New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year to all our readers! New Year is a time when people make resolutions, turn over a new leaf. While it’s customary to pick some for ourselves I thought it might be appropriate today, the first day of the year, to suggest one for the Presiding Bishop of TEC, Katherine Jefferts-Schori. And it’s […]

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