Inside this week’s edition…

24frontpageWelcome to this week’s edition of The Church of England Newspaper, which is now available to download from our website at


The Church could be facing a shortage of clergy. That is the conclusion of the Church’s director of ministry, the Ven Julian Hubbard. He made his comments as he launched the latest statistics on ordinations. Also in that story you can find out what “lay, lay leaders” are, and why they could be the key to growth.


Last week fashion house Gucci held an event in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey, but it has attracted the ire of ethical groups, who were upset that the show featured skins of exotic animals. We have that story on page 3.


As the EU Referendum gets ever closer, we have comments this week from the Bishop of Peterborough, who regrets that a referendum has been called, although he remains silent on whether he is in the Remain or Leave camp. Meanwhile, one bishop has declared his opinion. You can find out who it is and what position he is taking on page 4.


Gafcon are ramping up their rhetoric over the direction of the Church of England. The Nigerian Primate and leader of Gafcon, the Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, said that Anglicans here had embraced an ‘America-drive false gospel.’ Meanwhile a Nigeria diocese has cut its links with the Diocese of Liverpool after the appointment of an American bishop as an assisting bishop there.


In our leader column we look at the differing opinions of two prominent Christians in the Cabinet: David Cameron and Michael Gove. And Alan Storkey looks ahead to the impending publication of the Chilcott Inquiry.


Still on the EU, we have a piece from the leading Lib Dem Lord Newby, who takes his inspiration in the referendum debate from St Paul.


Elsewhere we have an inspiring story from Church Army that demonstrates the power of the Gospel to change lives. We report on a new video that brings together U2’s Bono and Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) who discuss their shared love of the Psalms. And on the back page we feature Jennifer Garner’s new film, Miracles from Heaven. Based on a true story is is released this week.

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