The sound of Silence

The sound of Silence

By the Rev Canon J.John   Martin Scorsese’s Silence came to the big screen in December last year and has now come out on DVD. For a film entitled Silence it asks a lot of questions. The film is based on an acclaimed work of historical fiction by the Japanese Catholic writer Shūsaku Endō. Set in 17th-century […]

Church leaders condemn white supremacists for riots

THE Charlottesville riots on Saturday have been condemned by Bishops from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. In a statement, the Rt Revs Shannon S Johnston, Susan E Goff and Edwin F Gulick, explained that ‘it’s hard to imagine a time when the Church is more needed in the public square.’ They urged ‘concrete actions in […]

California church sale is ‘legally binding’

THE SALE of the church of St James the Great in Newport Beach, California, is legally binding. That was the judgement of the Bishop coadjutor, John Taylor, after a series of court cases that ended with the Bishop, the Rt Rev J Jon Bruno, being removed from his post. In a letter emailed to the […]

Loose Canons? Andy Lines and the Canons of Nicaea

Loose Canons? Andy Lines and the Canons of Nicaea

Mark Smith examines Justin Welby’s use of ancient canons to oppose “cross-border interventions” Anglican Life Church Society   On Friday 30 June, Andy Lines was consecrated at a meeting of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), as a ‘missionary bishop’ for Europe. This is in response to the recent decision of the Scottish Episcopal […]

Government urged to keep faith on its gambling review

THE BISHOP of St Albans has written to the Chancellor amid reports that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will delay its Review on high-stake gambling machines. The Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith has asked for it to be published this autumn as originally planned. In October 2016, the DCMS launched a consultation […]

Bishop joins football club to herald low-cost lending

THE BISHOP of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, attended NEFirst Credit Union’s official sponsorship launch of the Durham-based Bishop Auckland Football Club. NEFirst Credit Union, who will be the club’s main sponsor for the 2017/18 season, provide access to straightforward, secure savings accounts and affordable loans and provide an alternative to the higher-cost lenders […]

Bishop highlights post-Brexit Christian challenge

By Brian Cooper   CHRISTIANS across Europe must help the continent “keep the reconciliation achieved after World War Two”, whatever the structures of co-operation post-Brexit, Germany’s Protestant leader told an ecumenical audience in Edinburgh. Giving St John’s Episcopal Church ‘Festival Pulpit’ lecture, the Rt Rev Heinrich Bedford-Strohm , Bishop of Bavaria’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church and Moderator […]

Bishop speaks out

THE BISHOP of Newcastle, the Rt Rev Christine Hardman, is among the signatories of multi-faith leaders who have spoken out against a group of men convicted last week for the grooming and abuse of vulnerable girls. Bishop Hardman joined Hindu and Muslim leaders in releasing a statement saying: “We the community, faith leaders and non-faith […]

North-South divide causes inequality in England

THE BISHOP of Liverpool has said that a research report about the social, economic and health disparities between north and south England shows ‘systematic equality’ in the nation. The Rt Rev Paul Bayes wrote in the Huffington Post that the study by researchers at the University of Manchester, which analyses death records over the last […]

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (cert. 12A) is a futuristic epic written and directed by Luc Besson, adapted from a French comic book series. Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997) has become a favourite sci-fi film for many, and this is likely to repeat that, albeit it’s […]