New Chairman of Forward in Faith

Posted on the 17th Nov 2014

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Forward in Faith for a four-year term of office. He succeeds the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, whose term of office as Chairman ended at the meeting of the National Assembly held at St Alban's, Holborn, on Saturday 15 November 2014.


In his address to the National Assembly, the Bishop of Pontefract called on members of Forward in Faith to respond to the invitation and challenge to flourish within the life and structures of the Church of England. Catholic Anglicans, he said, needed to be open to, and engaged with, the rest of the Church of England. He called on the Catholic Movement to be 'tolerant of the diversity of views that exists among us' and to 'work harder at unity amongst ourselves'.


Bishop Tony's address may be read by clicking here »


Dr Lindsay Newcombe and the Revd Ross Northing were re-elected unopposed as Lay Vice-Chairman and Clerical Vice-Chairman respectively.


Elections were held for five places on the National Council of Forward in Faith. The successful candidates were: the Revd Philip Corbett, the Revd Ian McCormack, Prebendary David Houlding, the Revd Ian Brooks, and Mr Andrew Carter.


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:







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