‘Joseph Ratzinger: European Pope’ – a poem

In St Peter’s Square, Holy smoke and a shy smile Of Bavarian piety and curial power. Funeral oration, Conclave sermon, Acceptance address: Momentous momentum. A hard act to follow, They chose a hard man. In thinking, penetrative; In doctrine, conservative; In power, effective; In discipline, pressive: Continuity reigns. Enforcer becomes caretaker To take care of […]

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Pope John-Paul II

Open a page at random in any one of that stream of Encyclical Letters that poured out from the Vatican during John-Paul’s papacy, and what do you see? Chances are you will light first on a discussion of Scripture – not quoted as a proof but teased out as a way of framing a question […]

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Easter Message from Fulcrum Chairman Francis Bridger

Dear Fulcrum Friend, ‘The way to Easter is Good Friday. The victory of resurrection requires the vulnerability of crucifixion.’ Walter Brueggemann The Easter message proclaims the triumph of resurrection over death. But, as Walter Brueggemann has noted, there can be no Easter Day without Good Friday, no resurrection without crucifixion. This is a truth the […]

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David Sheppard: Trailblazing and Hope

Article for the Good Friday 2005 edition of the Highbury & Islington Express ‘I don’t think I have ever read such unmixed admiration and affection across so many very long obituaries. They painted a portrait of a man who made the very best of his gifts by constant application.’ Andrew Brown of the Church Times, […]

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Fulcrum response to Primates’ Statement

The Primates’ Statement, like the Windsor Report, manifests long term solutions, rather than precipitous dissolution, for the Anglican Communion. We welcome their statement which builds on the profound theological insights of the Windsor Report, provides sensible provision for voluntary discipline in terms of a 3 year withdrawal of the provinces of ECUSA and Canada from […]

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