Diocesan CU Branch - Diocese of Lincoln
On May 12th 1859 the Church of England Protection Society was formed to protect the rights of priests and worshippers and to defend the Faith against a claim of secular courts to determine what a Churchman was permitted to believe on the subject of Baptism. This resulted in the riots at St George's in the East. In May 1860 the organisation was renamed The English Church Union and under that designation it accomplished a task of incalculable value defending the Church's faith, laws and practice with singular zeal and wisdom for more than half a century. In 1933 the Anglo-Catholic Congress and the English Church Union coalesced under the new title of The Church Union, as it still is today.
Under its present day leadership, and working with other Catholic Societies such as Forward in Faith, and all the members of the Council of Catholic Societies the Church Union still works to those same aims and objectives. In its mission statement issued in April 1996, the Church Union pledged to work for the visible unity of the Church and believes the Church of England to be called to repentance and renewal in the Catholic Faith.
Through its Publishing House, Tufton Books, and its magazine, The Church Observer, the Church Union works to promote study especially of Holy Scripture; to commission, publish and distribute literature to further that work; to encourage religious education, including the training of clergy and laity in their vocation and ministry and to give counsel, protection and assistance to all people, suffering hindrance, deprivation or persecution because of their Faith.
Branch Chairman: Fr Edward Martin SSC, Scartho, Grimsby. Branch Secretary- Fr Paul Noble SSC, Skirbeck, Boston.
Events in 2013
- Church Union, CBS & Friends of Waddingworth Church Festival Mass and Barbeque-Saturday July 20th 2013
12.30pm Sung Mass.
Followed by Barbeque Lunch in Churchyard.
2.30pm Procession & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
- Annual General Meeting
Lincoln Castle Academy, Riseholme Road, Lincoln. Saturday October 26th 2013
The AGM takes place as part of the Catholic Societies Joint Meeting during the Forward in Faith Assembly.