Appointment of Fr Philip North as Bishop of Burnley

Posted on the 7th Nov 2014

Forward in Faith is delighted at the news that Fr Philip North is to be the next Bishop of Burnley, in succession to Bishop John Goddard.


Fr North is well known for his pastoral gifts, his zeal for mission and evangelization, and his commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel, especially amongst the poor.


We are proud to welcome a new episcopal member of Forward in Faith, and we pray for Fr North as he prepares for his move, and for the whole people of God in the Diocese of Blackburn.


No doubt every member of Forward in Faith who is attending this year's National Assembly on Saturday 15 November at St Alban's, Holborn, will want to congratulate Fr North in person as well as pay particular attention to his sermon at the National Assembly Mass.


Forward in Faith welcomes the appointment of Sir Philip Mawer

Posted on the 24th Oct 2014

Forward in Faith welcomes the appointment of Sir Philip Mawer as the Independent Reviewer, under the Regulations which will establish a procedure for the resolution of disputes arising from the House of Bishops' Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.


We trust that Sir Philip will be committed to the flourishing of all in the Church of England in accordance with the five Guiding Principles, and that he will not hesitate to remind others of their responsibilities in this regard.



The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker



Pastoral Letter from the Council of Bishops of The Society

Posted on the 16th Jul 2014

The Council of Bishops of the Society has issued a Pastoral Letter. The Bishops invite their clergy to read it, and make it available, in their churches on Sunday 20 July.


The text of the Pastoral Letter and a PDF file suitable for printing may be found on the website of The Society at




Women Bishops: Roman Catholic Statement

Posted on the 16th Jul 2014

Forward in Faith welcomes the statement issued by the Archbishop of Birmingham on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

In the statement, Archbishop Longley comments:

"We note and appreciate the arrangement of pastoral provision, incorporated into the House of Bishops' Declaration and the amending Canon passed by the General Synod, for those members of the Church of England who continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches."

The full statement may be found here:


Final Approval of the Women Bishops Legislation

Posted on the 14th Jul 2014

The Society

under the patronage of S. Wilfrid and S. Hilda


The Council of Bishops of The Society has issued the following statement:


Final Approval of the Women Bishops Legislation


Many in the Church of England are celebrating today, following final approval of the legislation to permit women to be ordained as bishops.


While recognizing this, we deeply regret the further obstacle that this decision places in the path to the full, visible unity of the whole Church.


We do, however, welcome the provision that has been made in the House of Bishops’ Declaration. It recognizes that our theological convictions about ministry and ordination remain within the spectrum of Anglican teaching and tradition. It assures us that bishops will continue to be consecrated within the Church of England who can provide episcopal ministry that accords with those theological convictions. It makes provision for parishes to gain access to that episcopal ministry by passing resolutions.


This gives us confidence in our future as catholics who are called to live out our Christian vocation in the Church of England. For this we give thanks to God.


On behalf of the Council of Bishops                         


  TONY PONTEFRACT                                         

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson                                            

Bishop of Pontefract








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