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Is not just for robots.

 

 

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April 30, 2012 at 20:45

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Why North American Anglicans Are the Way they Are

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Some valid points are raised here.

Lessons for all.

 

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April 30, 2012 at 17:47

Former Prayer Chapel now a London Abortion Clinic

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The Westminster Record reports…

An abortion clinic in Ealing was once the site of a prayer chapel, founded and developed by Christian healer Dorothy Kerin.

Kerin, who was herself healed from a serious illness by a deeply religious mystical experience, responded to a vision of the Virgin Mary by founding Chapel House for prayer on Mattock Lane in the late 1920s.

The prayer chapel became part of Kerin’s first residential home of healing. The home is now part a complete that includes Marie Stopes International, one of the largest abortion providers in the UK.

The connection between the place of prayer and Marie Stopes International has caused distress for many people including members of the Catholic community.

Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster said “The fact the Chapel House was founded as a house of prayer and healing, and is now home to an abortion provider is a tragic betrayal of the life and mission of Dorothy Kerin.”

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Judgment will come.

 

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April 30, 2012 at 13:41

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Appearances…

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HT

 

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April 30, 2012 at 06:54

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Australian Billionaire to Build New Titanic

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Australian billionaire Clive Palmer plans to build a 21st-century version of the Titanic with the help of a Chinese shipyard, with the cruise ship’s maiden voyage from England to North America scheduled in late 2016.

Palmer said he had invited the Chinese navy to escort Titanic II on its maiden voyage to New York, according to an e- mailed statement. The initial pact with China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard also includes plans for a fleet of luxury liners.

The original Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on April 15, 1912, costing the lives of 1,514 passengers and crew, according to the statement. Mining magnate Palmer, 58, has a fortune of A$5.05 billion ($5.3 billion) and was Australia’s fifth-richest person, according to BRW magazine estimates in May.

“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said. “The Chinese ship building industry with our assistance wants to be a major player in this market.”

There is more here.

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

April 30, 2012 at 06:42

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New Anglican Bishop of Wellington: A Dreadlocked and Barefooted Priest

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The Anglican Church needs to be ”dusted off” and it believes a dreadlocked, barefooted priest is the man to do it.

Justin Duckworth has been announced as the next Anglican Bishop of Wellington, replacing Bishop Tom Brown who recently retired.

The 44 year-old has been involved in christian work in Wellington since leaving school, although somewhat removed from the mainstream churches.

In his early 20s he began running a home for teenage women in Berhampore with his wife Jenny.

The couple then formed the group Urban Vision with other young christian activists and fifteen years later the group is made up of about 60 members running refuge houses in Wellington neighbourhoods.

Mr Duckworth and his wife also pioneered Ngatiawa, a contemporary monastery in the Reikorangi Valley that provides for strugglers, those seeking retreat, and those looking for a more meaningful lifestyle. Last year, 1100 visitors stayed.

The decision to appoint Mr Duckworth was somewhat unexpected but has been welcomed by Archbishop David Moxon who said he was confident his election would challenge and invigorate the church.

Mr Duckworth said the Anglican Church was struggling with change and transformation but had a fine legacy and huge potential.

”I think the Anglican Church is doing amazing stuff, and is a total treasure. But it’s a treasure that needs to be dusted off.

”At this point in our history we’re aging and I think we’re struggling to find our way. If I can help us find our way and help us engage with another generation, then I’ll be happy.”

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A formal announcement is here.

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

April 29, 2012 at 15:55

Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition

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The Catholic League:

Ten years on from the successful exhibition at the Vatican Museums to mark half a century of warm ecumenical relations between the See of Peter and the Church of England, here is the online presentation of the first part (made possible with a grant from the Catholic League), charting Anglicanism’s communion of origins with the Latin Catholic Church of the west and thus their shared commitment to fullness of communion.

Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition

Check out the the document. It’ll make for some nice Sunday reading.

 

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

April 29, 2012 at 14:55

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