Day: March 17, 2012

Williams the “red tory”

When Rowan Williams was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury most of the liberal portions of the Anglican Communion were delighted. But, as we’ve heard repeatedly over the past couple of days, they were quickly disappointed. The problem Giles Fraser argues is not that Williams’ changes his thinking, but that most people assumed he was liberal rather …

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J.K. Rowling’s giving drops her from billionaires list

J.K. Rowling, creator of the 15 billion dollar Harry Potter franchise was for a time one of the wealthiest authors in the world. But she’s given so much of her wealth away to charity over the past few years that she’s dropped off the list that Forbes keeps of the world’s richest people.

Coptic Pope Shenouda dies

Pope Shenouda the III of the Coptic Church died earlier today. He was the Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He had recently been the focus of a great deal of international attention as Christians in Egypt were the focus of persecution during the events leading up to the Arab Spring uprising last year.

Bishop of Liverpool sees problems with Covenant

The Diocese of Liverpool voted strongly across all “houses” of their diocesan synod to reject the Anglican Covenant today. That degree of rejection must have been influenced by the Presidential Address of the diocesan bishop, James Jones. He sees the Covenant as a distraction to the real work of the Church.

Anglican Covenant gathers more “no” votes

There are five dioceses of the Church of England voting on the question of the Anglican Covenant today. So far this morning four have voted and three have rejected the Covenant. Liverpool voted “no” by almost 3 to 1 margins (and both bishops voted no). St. Albans voted “no” with the laity more than two to one opposed. Ely defeated it and Chester and Norwich voted in favor.

Patrick: bishop and missionary

We have a lot to thank Ireland for, including Patrick and Patrick’s Lorica, the Breastplate. Who needs green beer when they can have a daily dose of poetry, prayer and statement of faith, all in one shot?