“But can you apologise for the massacre of Bishop Bell’s reputation, Archbishop? We can all apologise for something we can do nothing about – that’s easy – but find it hard to apologise for something we can do something about.Matthew 7 v 5 applies to us all” ~ Richard W. Symonds
Welby “can apologise when it suits” ~ Peter Crosskey
Does he know anything? Does he understand his own religion?
There he lies flat on his face in the Indian city of Amritsar, regretting a massacre he didn’t carry out 100 years ago.
It was pretty thoroughly condemned at the time, and its culprit was forced to resign.
Archbishop Justin Welby laid flat on his face in the Indian city of Amritsar
Christianity is about recognising your own faults, Archbishop.
Get some practice. Explicitly and fully apologise for your Church’s decision to publicly smear the great, late Bishop George Bell, now shown beyond doubt to be the result of a one-sided, sloppy kangaroo court.
No need to lie on the floor.
Just say sorry for a foolish, unfair mistake, and the vanity that has prevented you from admitting it.
[a] October 19 2015 – Chichester Cathedral website
In the spirit of George Bell, Bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958 and a great friend of the churches of Germany, the Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.
[b] February 7 2016 – Chichester Cathedral website
The Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.
Example 2 – Deletion: “In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between
Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship
between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than
70 years ago”
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More Google results Take a forthcoming event in the cathedral calendar, such as the Coburg Conference.
Entering the search string “Coburg Conference” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk
into Google on a previous visit generated a single result from Google’s search of its
cached files. In other words, the last time Google catalogued the site, this is the reference
it found to the Coburg Conference. However, clicking the link generated a
“page not found” response from the website, suggesting the file had been deleted
from the site since Google’s last visit. The page in question first appeared in 2011,
when Chichester last hosted the biennial, four-cornered conference. Take a more specific example, that of the Lutheran bishop of Bayreuth, Dr Dorothea Greiner: an ecumenical interlocutor and a Canon of Honour at Chichester. The search string “Dorothea Greiner” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk generated 10 results in Google, cached from a previous visit by the search engine. Not one of the links could be opened as live pages. This has been recorded in a screencast, saved as a QuickTime movie and is available for download separately. The links are listed below: the pages have been deleted, not moved, since a cross-check using the search string Greiner on the cathedral website returned zero results.
The Wayback Machine
However, it turns out there is no need to slog through Google searches or guess at
what Chichester Cathedral might have published in years gone by. There is an altogether
easier option. The Internet Archives project has been recording the Cathedral
website at random intervals for years as part of its Wayback Machine project. This
must be the largest collection of cached web pages on the planet, with electronic
archives stretching back decades.
The Wayback Machine project has not retained all the PDF attachment pages, but
here is a screengrab of one of the pages that we believe to have been-deleted recently,
since it was in a current Google cache file. The cached page can be found at: https://web.archive.org/web/20161222133625/https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/n
The passage highlighted in yellow reads: In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than 70 years ago. She praised the Church of England for its attempts to hold the different Christian traditions together: ‘Keep going, dear Anglican brothers and sistsers. You are a big role model for us!’
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‘Bishop Bell by Eric Kennington – Chichester City Council
George Bell, Bishop of Chichester
“From Wuppertal 1934 to Chichester 2019” by Peter Crosskey
The end of May 2019 will mark the 85th anniversary of the Barmen Declaration, which expressed the commitment of a small but determined group of Lutheran pastors to oppose the rise of Hitler and the National Socialists.
Meeting in the Gemarke Church, Wuppertal-Barmen, more than 130 delegates including pastors, committed Christians and theologians, issued a six-part declaration opposing mainstream German Christian acceptance of national socialism.
Half a century later, in October 1984, an ecumenical conference in Chichester brought together German church leaders from both the FRG and GDR. Alongside Anglican theologians, they gathered to discuss practical aspects of rapprochement and Christian unity.
The event also celebrated the lives and work of Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The latter had been ministering to German-speaking congregations in London at the time of the Barmen Declaration, before returning to Germany in 1935.
The 1984 Chichester conference prepared the way for the first of the Coburg conferences in 1985, which has since been established as a rolling biennial series of ecumenical conferences hosted in rotation by three German churches and the Diocese of Chichester.
The first article opens with the words: “God’s plan … is to reconcile all things in Christ…” and the second article discusses the nature of communion. The third article is a call for unity: “…to fulfil its mission the Church itself must be united.” The fourth article talks about communion as a shared act of faith, while the fifth article records a number of points of agreement and the sixth sets out the next steps for mutual acknowledgement. The final paragraph concludes with the words: “We know that beyond this commitment lies a move from recognition to the reconciliation of churches and ministries within the wider fellowship of the universal Church.”
At the time of writing, Chichester cathedral’s European ecumenical
committee had this to say about the Coburg conferences:
“The first ecumenical conference held in Chichester in 1984 to celebrate Bishop George Bell proved so valuable that the regular ‘Coburg conferences’ were born. Held every other year, delegates from the Diocese of Chichester, the Evangelical Kirchenkreis Bayreuth, the Lutheran church in Berlin-Brandenburg, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamberg meet for discussions, lectures and workshops on a variety of topics and current issues. It is an opportunity to share and solve problems together and exchange news of parish links. A very strong bond of support, fellowship and understanding has developed.”
Bishop Martin observed: “They were drawing from a vision that was formed at the very moment when Europe was descending into the second world war, indeed when Bishop George Bell was seeking to support Christians who were separated from us by that conflict, but not in faith.”
The 2019 Chichester leg of the Coburg Conferences programme will open in October.