Category Archives: Simon Butler

LLF: History Repeating Itself: The “Beautiful” Story

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury and and member of the Archbishops’ Council Not long ago I did something very embarrassing. In email correspondence with a man of Afro-Caribbean heritage, I failed to notice … Continue reading

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Safeguarding, ‘Reabuse’ and LGBT People

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury and member of the Archbishops’ Council Last Tuesday was perhaps the most shameful day in the history of the Church of England for hundreds of years. Forensically, the … Continue reading

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Do We Believe in Life After Death? – A Response

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury and Vicar of St Mary’s Battersea In last Friday’s Church Times, Canon Angela Tilby wrote a typically provocative and thought-provoking piece entitled Do we believe in life after … Continue reading

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The Darkness Within…

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury Some years ago I had the unenviable task of preaching a sermon to a congregation shortly after a member of the church had been arrested for alleged offences … Continue reading

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As a Vicar I know it’s Time the Church Stopped telling People to be Abstinent

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury (This article was first published in The Metro on January 26th 2020, and is reproduced with Canon Butler’s permission) Last week, bishops of the Church of England, issued … Continue reading

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Living in Love & Faith – The Importance of Speaking the Truth

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury Sir Roger Scruton died on Sunday. Unrepentant fox-hunter, lobbyist for the tobacco industry, publisher of countless articles attacking the progressive “isms” of our day – feminism, multiculturalism, pacifism … Continue reading

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Wellbeing, Leadership and ‘The Other’

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury How well are the clergy you know? If they weren’t at their best, would they feel able to tell you? During the past two years, I’ve been involved … Continue reading

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History & Doctrine – Written by the Winners?

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury It is a common dictum that history is written by the winners. Scholarship, particularly for the pre-modern world, enables us to uncover the other side of the story. … Continue reading

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A Via Media in Safeguarding?

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury  Via Media is billed as Rediscovering the Middle Ground. Among the polarisations within the church today is the one that exists between what we might not-quite-helpfully identify as … Continue reading

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After IICSA: Facing Up to Clericalism

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury I tell a story against myself. When I was a young naval officer, I recall the first time the ship I served in docked in a military harbour. Keen … Continue reading

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