Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, January 18, 2010

Church of England May Consider Greater Rights for Partners of Gay Clergy: Institutionalized Immorality Gains Ground

The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Church of England is considering giving greater recognition to homosexual clergy in relationships.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, Bishops and senior clergy will debate at next month's General Synod whether the Church should provide same-sex couples with the same financial benefits as are awarded to married couples.

The private member's motion (to be released this week) calls on the Archbishops' Council, chaired by Rowan Williams, to introduce changes that would "provide for pension benefits to be paid to the surviving civil partners of deceased clergy on the same basis as they are currently paid to surviving spouses".

Alison Ruoff, a conservative-evangelical on the General Synod, expressed concern over the implications of the motion. 
"It wouldn't be right for the Church to provide gay clergy's partners with the same pensions as it would mean that the Church would be recognising homosexual relationships in the same way as marriage," she said.

"It would show that the Church is becoming increasingly liberal and moving further from Biblical teaching."

According to the Telegraph around 200 priests are believed to have entered civil partnerships since they were introduced in 2004.

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(Source: The Sunday Telegraph, 17/01/10)

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