The Spectator Podcasts. Have the health & safety bishops betrayed the people of God? Damian Thompson & Gavin Ashenden.

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Damian Thompson writes:-

“Last week I was sent a copy of a devastating 7,000-word letter accusing the Catholic bishops of England and Wales of grossly mishandling the coronavirus crisis by lobbying the government for a complete shutdown of their own churches, even for private prayer. The author called herself (or, more than likely, himself) ‘Fiona McDonald’ – and used a heavily encrypted email service in order to avoid being tracked down. 

McDonald claimed that the bureaucrats of the Bishops’ Conference were sending out misleading and even untruthful messages about the church lockdown, claiming that it was forced on them by the government. It quoted a letter from Richard Moth, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, which contradicted this. Writing to his priests, Bishop Moth reported that ministers only agreed to the blanket closure of churches after Jim McManus, the Catholic bishops’ healthcare adviser, begged them to do so.

As you’ll hear in this week’s Holy Smoke podcast, McDonald really stuck the knife into the Church’s officials, producing document after document calling into question their integrity. They brushed it off with an assurance that they were monitoring the situation.

But today’s Holy Smoke isn’t just about a dispute between Catholics (which, I’m told, is about to get spectacularly nastier).The Church of England, too, stands accused of bungling its response to the Covid19 pandemic – and in much the same way, subjecting ordinary clergy and worshippers to the diktats of bureaucratic control freaks.

I’m joined again by Dr Gavin Ashenden, a former chaplain to the Queen, who hopes that this fiasco will force both Anglican and Catholic churches to reform themselves after the pandemic is over.”

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Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’.

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The world is rightly talking about Michael Curry’s wedding sermon. It was a ‘tour-de-force’. He is very good at preaching. But it also offers us all an insight into the dramatic difference between the two kinds of Christianity that are at odds with each other in the Anglican Communion.

We will call them for the moment, ‘Christianity-max’, and ‘Christianity-lite’. Continue reading “Michael Curry & the Royal Wedding. A star-turn offers the world ‘Christianity-lite’.”

A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham.

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The responses to the news of Billy Graham’s death have been varied, as one might have expected. They stretch from the kind:

 

“Thank you Billy.
For Everything.
See you on the other side,
Michael W.”

 

To the septic, as in that of the Teen vogue columnist Lauren Duca:

“The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch.”

Archbishop Cranmer, (aka Adrian Hilton) penned a brief but admiring note in which he concentrated on what he perceived as the shift in Graham’s soteriology, and an implicit interrogation of his role as an evangelist.

“I used to believe that pagans in far countries were lost if they did not have the gospel of Christ preached to them,” (Dr Graham) said in a 1978 interview with McCall’s magazine. “I no longer believe that,” he added, calmly and assuredly. Continue reading “A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham.”

The unity between Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants-& the Prophetic words of ‘True Life in God.’ © Gavin Ashenden

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About 15 years ago I was part of a delegation to the World  Council of Churches that took place in Africa. On Sunday we were all supposed to go to the cathedral together. However Jesus is not always exclusively to be found  in cathedrals. Sometimes he is found in the  smaller, humbler churches in villages on the outside of the city. And so I felt on this Sunday. So I went for a long walk and I found a small church on the outside of the city. The priest was standing at the door and greeted me. “Welcome, Father! It is  five minutes before the mass. Will you preach?” Continue reading “The unity between Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants-& the Prophetic words of ‘True Life in God.’ © Gavin Ashenden”

Fr Rene Laurentin on True Life in God.

Fr. Rene Laurentin

Fr. Rene Laurentin is well known for his promotion of Medjugorje and for his investigations into the widespread apparitions of Our Lady throughout the world in recent years. He has written many definitive works on Church life, the Second Vatican Council and Marian theology. The following is taken from ‘When God gives a Sign’ a response to objections made against Vassula and published in 1993 by Trinitas in the United States (see sources of the books) Continue reading “Fr Rene Laurentin on True Life in God.”

The authenticity of the True Life in God prophetic messages- by Fr Gregory

THE TRUE LIFE IN GOD MESSAGES

by Fr Gregory, Father Superior CSWG

Father Gregory is Father Superior of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God, a small community of Anglican monks living in Crawley, UK. Other testimonies from the community can be found here

These Messages Are From The Holy Trinity

Continue reading “The authenticity of the True Life in God prophetic messages- by Fr Gregory”

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