Posted on the 30th Jun 2015 in the category News
It has been announced that Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Revd Anthony Howe to be Chaplain of HM Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace and Deputy Priest in Ordinary.
Bishop Tony Robinson, the Chairman of the Council of Bishops, said: “I am delighted that Fr Anthony has been appointed to serve as Chaplain in the Royal Household with responsibility for Hampton Court Palace. Given his gifts with music and liturgy he is well suited to this post."
Posted on the 10th Jun 2015 in the category Statements
Statement by the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Chairman of the Council of Bishops of the Society
It is with great regret that I have received the Bishop of Horsham’s resignation from the Council of Bishops of The Society. I acknowledge the pain he feels in taking this step, and his regret at the pain it will cause for others.
Part of The Society’s purpose is to continue within the Church of England a tradition of sacramental theology and ministry that accords with the mind and practice of the great churches of East and West. We see this as our contribution both to the breadth and diversity of the Church of England and to the quest for the full visible unity of Christ’s Church.
As a member of the Council of Bishops, the Bishop of Chichester will continue to provide pastoral and sacramental ministry and oversight under the House of Bishops’ Declaration to the clergy and people of The Society in his diocese.
We send Bishop Mark our good wishes for his future ministry.
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson
The Diocese of Chichester’s announcement is available here.
Posted on the 1st Jun 2015 in the category News
Bishop Tony Robinson, a Bishop of the Society, has echoed a statement by the ecumenical leaders of Churches Together in England expressing deep sorrow at continued attacks on Christians in many parts of the world. The statement comes as Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of El Salvador, martyred in 1980, was beatified by the Pope, the step before someone is declared a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
The Presidents of Churches Together in England have expressed their deep sorrow at the alarming increase in violence and murder against Christians in many parts of the world. Receiving eye-witness reports of martyrdom in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Indonesia among other places, the Presidents called upon all people of goodwill to uphold respect for the sanctity of life and the flourishing of every human being. Read the statement here.
Bishop Tony Robinson, the Bishop of Wakefield, recently visited Pakistan. He said, “Almost every week I get emails from our contacts in Pakistan telling me about how members of the Christian Community have been the subject of violent attacks or false accusations of blasphemy.
“Our brothers and sisters in Pakistan live with the daily fear of persecution.”
Last year, Bishop Tony and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and one of the statement's signatories, lit candles and prayed together in Leeds for a Christian couple who were burned to death with their unborn daughter in Pakistan. The Bishops condemned the actions of the 1,200 strong mob in Pakistan who burned the couple amidst rumours they had burned verses of the Quran. They also appealed to the Pakistan Government to bring the perpetrators to justice and protect the rights of minorities and pledged to work together on this issue.
Nationally, Bishop Tony chairs the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pakistan Focus group, which supports relationships with the Church in Pakistan; Presence and Engagement, which supports the Church's mission in areas with large ethnic communities and he is also Episcopal Adviser to the Church of England's World Development Advisers Network.