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Conservative clerics move to set up alternate structures within Church of England

August 29, 2016

Conservative Anglican clerics in England are meeting this week to set up a "shadow synod" that could provide an alternate system of church governance if they break away from the Church of England.

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About a dozen Anglican clerics, who uphold traditional Biblical principles of morality and reject recent decisions by the Church of England on questions such as homosexuality, are meeting in Tunbridge Wells. Rev. Peter Sanlon, who is hosting the meeting, explains:

 I am not leaving the Church of England - but in order to stay, I need new partnerships and structures to discharge the mission of the Church of England, which is to bring the message of Christ to every postcode in England.

The meeting will take place just after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, told an a audience that he is "constantly consumed with horror" when he thinks about the history of Christian treatment of homosexuals.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 31, 2016 12:22 AM ET USA

    Unnatural vice is so repulsive precisely because it is unnatural. Unnatural acts can incite spontaneous emotive responses that can go further than are justified, especially when the responder ought to take into account recent instructions by the CDF that these acts are carried out by persons afflicted with an objective disorder. Acknowledging a certain ignorance on the part of our predecessors, we should perhaps not judge as harshly those who reacted without sympathy toward the perpetrators.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Aug. 29, 2016 2:58 PM ET USA

    Some people are constantly consumed with horror that Jesus has been forgiving the sin of sodomy, and all other sins, through the ministry of the Church for 2000 years. How dare Christians treat people with mercy, implying by such reference to God's forgiveness that their sins are in fact sins?