Il­lib­eral lib­er­als gang up on Philip Gid­dings

The Church of England - - ENGLAND ON SUNDAY -

It was pre­dictable that Philip Gid­dings would sur vive the ‘no con­fi­dence’ mo­tion in the House of Laity last week. The in­ad­vis­able meet­ing, which cost tens of thou­sands to stage, was based on the en­tire non­sense that the elected of­fi­cers of Synod had a duty to be neu­tral even when they were not in the chair. This has never been the case in my me­mory of decades of cov­er­ing Gen­eral Synod meet­ings.

The real rea­son for op­pos­ing Philip Gid­dings be­came clear dur­ing the meet­ing as speaker af­ter speaker ex­pressed an­i­mos­ity to­wards conser va­tive evan­gel­i­cal­ism and in par­tic­u­lar the Angli­can Main­stream group­ing of which Mr Gid­dings is con­vener.

Th­ese rather extr eme and il­lib­eral lib­er­als ar e the equiv­a­lent of any so-called ‘fun­da­men­tal­ists’ they pro­fess to de­plore. I would pre­fer il­lib­eral lib­er­als not to hold high of fice in the Church of Eng­land in any ca­pac­ity but I recog­nise that the Church of Eng­land is a broad church and a cer tain amount of tol­er­ance comes with the ter­ri­tory of be­ing Angli­can. It is a shame that they find it so dif fi­cult to con­cede any such re­cip­ro­cal gen­eros­ity.

An un­usual ser­vice from St Martin-in-the-Fields

Yes­ter­day’s Ra­dio 4 morn­ing ser vice from St Martin-in-the-Fields, marked the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. I can­not think that the BBC or St Martin’s would hold such a ser vice for a Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent. Nor would they do so for a Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter.

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