A Conference On Anglican Patrimony
On The 50th Anniversary of The Publication of Archbishop Michael Ramsey’s ‘Gospel And The Catholic Church.
Secularism & the Church of England:
The Future For Orthodox Anglicans Committed to the Gospel and the Catholicity of the Church.
‘The Gospel and Catholic Church’.
This conference has rightly set out to look both backwards and forwards. Back to the inspiration of Ramsey’s interpretations of the symbiotic mutuality of Gospel and Catholicity, and forward to discern how Gospel and Catholicity can be faithfully expressed in a culture that has begun to turn aggressively on both Gospel and tradition.
My own experience of both began when I grew up in the Cathedral precincts of Canterbury when Michael Ramsey was Archbishop. It was he who confirmed us in the mother Church of the Cathedral, and he who prowled around the precincts among us, not unlike an ancient benign Patriarch, blessing shyly whatever or whoever he came across. Continue reading “‘Secularism & the Church of England: The Future For Orthodox Anglicans Committed to the Gospel and the Catholicity of the Church’. Gavin’s paper at the Oxford Anglican Patrimony conference:-“
The thought of leaving Canterbury, spiritually or emotionally, breaks my heart. I grew up there. I spent five years in the school built around its cloisters. I sang from its tower on Ascension days. I sat for hours at the entrance to the cloisters where Thomas a Becket was struck down for refusing the demands of the secular over the sacred. I took the Eucharist there in the bowels of its undercroft before dawn in the mists of winter. I was confirmed there when the saintly prophetic Michael Ramsey was Archbishop. Continue reading “Leaving home – the future of the Christian faith in England.”
Without going into the history of the recent meetings of thE Anglican Primates, not all the archbishops there had personal experience of what had happened during the course of this long struggle- between those who were trying to change the essentials of the Christian Faith by re-defining what marriage was, and those who, as bishops ought to, guarded the integrity of the faith. Continue reading “Gavin Ashenden examines the implications of the Primates meeting in Canterbury.”
The newly appointed bishop of Gloucester, + Rachel Treweek, has had to ask the Queen not to write to her as a ‘Reverend Father in God’. She returned the document addressed to her. The scribes have not caught up yet . She is not a father. This has been the time-honoured way of addressing Christian bishops down the ages, but it stops now for the Church of England.