It’s fair to say that up until now the main voices speaking up in Southwark about the Muslim Prayer Service held at St John’s Waterloo under the invitation of Canon Giles Goddard have been evangelicals of various flavours.
Today two prominent Anglo-Catholics, one of whom is a fellow honorary canon of the Cathedral alongside Goddard, have spoken out clearly and boldly,
As Catholic Christians in the Church of England we understand and know
Jesus Christ to be the unique and final revelation of God. Covering the
symbols of our salvation, in order not to offend or to allow others to
worship, is an act of sacrilege; that this should be done by a Priest
ordained in the Church of God and exercising ministry within the Church of
England is an affront and an act of reparation should now take place.
Rev Canon Andrew Stevens, St Nicholas, Plumstead
At a time when Christian men, women and children are being slaughtered in
Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria and elsewhere for their belief in the unique
salvation delivered by Christ Crucified it is a scandal and an offence
that a clergyman of the Church of England should embrace an act of islamic
worship in a consecrated building dedicated to the glory of God, Father,
Son and Holy Spirit.
Fr Martin Hislop, St Luke’s, Kingston upon Thames
It’s now one week since Bishop Christopher Chessun met with Canon Giles Goddard to discuss these events. Apart from one brief statement the diocese has been silent. The growing voices speaking out may soon be wondering why the bishop has not got more to say.
Other figures in the diocese have observed to me that Goddard is an honourary canon of the Cathedral; an appointment that is the bishop’s gift. Goddard’s parish also has interesting patrons of the living; the Archbishop of Canterbury and the evangelical Church Pastoral Aid Society. I wonder how long they are happy for this mess to carry on without being properly dealt with. As the clock ticks on, attention turns increasingly from the actions of Goddard to the inactivity of his bishop, Chessun.