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A very curious thing happened this afternoon. The Queen began her traditional Christmas Day television and radio broadcast with seven paragraphs on "the King James, or Authorised, Bible, which next year  will be exactly four centuries old"... before concluding that it was all done "to build communities and create harmony, and one of the most powerful ways of doing this is through sport and games."
The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has suspended ("withdrawn from public ministry" in church speak) the Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, over remarks he made on Facebook about the engagement of Kate Middleton and William Windsor. Whatever view you or I take of the monarchy, the Church of England or the opinions of Pete Broadbent, this news raises some worrying questions.
On 3 November 2010, Anglicans commemorate the 410th anniversary of the death of Richard Hooker. Many are also using the occasion to launch a campaign (http://noanglicancovenant.org/) against a proposed Anglican Covenant which they believe could stifle or deny the originating gifts he brought to Anglicanism.