This year marks the Anglican Journal’s 140th anniversary, and we would like to thank you for being a faithful reader and supporter.

Turning 140 years old is an exceptional milestone for a newspaper—not that many publications can lay claim to such longevity. Today, the Journal continues to be at the forefront of providing Anglican, religious and secular news and viewpoints that enrich a Christian life. It is an important tradition—alive since 1875—that is truly worth celebrating and preserving.

We are highlighting our 140th birthday with a special web page that will feature new and old photographs and stories. Fourteen articles will be showcased, all published in the Journal within the last 140 years. We selected the articles for a variety of reasons: some reflect historic events and seminal moments in the life of the Anglican church and the Anglican Communion; others display thinking that was ahead of its time; and still others because they exemplify the immortal qualities of good old journalism.

We hope you will enjoy our offerings. We’d also love to hear from you.  Please submit your comments at the end of each article or by e-mail at [email protected]

Timeline: The Journal through the years

See the newspaper’s front pages through the decades

Sins of the fathers

Ben Pratt is squeezing a dirty old baseball cap between his beefy fingers. We are seated in a small room in the sparkling new administrative building on the Gordon Indian Reserve in Punnichy, Sask., about 150 kilometres north of Regina. Our interview has been intense, but so far without incident. Then I asked the 44-year-old Native Canadian about his time in prison (an incarceration in the early 1970s for a crime he claims he did not commit) and the sexual abuse he suffered at the Gordon's Indian Residential School in the 1960s.

Primate apologizes

Anglicans failed native people, themselves and God with their involvement in residential schools, said Archbishop Michael Peers, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, as he delivered an apology at the second national native convocation, held here last month. 

Revolution on all fronts mark new Islamic century

Last November 29, Islam reached a new milestone. The adherents of the world’s second largest religion began a new century, Islamic year 1400.

The mother church no longer

The Church of England’s refusal to allow visiting women priests to officiate threatens to throw that church into ecclesiastical anarchy. It also raises the question of whether a church which so condones discrimination on the grounds of sex has the right any longer to be regarded as head of the Anglican Communion.

Church ordains women priests

"This occasion is particularly happy for some, and particularly sad for others," Bishop John Bothwell of Niagara told the people who filled Grace Church here to witness the ordination of two of the first women priests in Canada.

Understanding homosexuality

“The homosexual is the modern equivalent of the leper,” said Pierre Berton in his book, The Comfortable Pew (1965). “His very job, economic and social status, community position and public acceptance depend upon the successful concealment of an awful secret…”

Taking a trip without acid

“A trip without acid.” That was the advance billing given the controversial “psychedelic” service in Vancouver late last year.

Remarriage of divorced persons

With second reading of the Canon on Marriage and Related Matters (Canon XXVIIB) passed overwhelmingly at General Synod in late August, the Anglican Church of Canada became the second member of the world-wide communion to approve the remarriage of divorced persons.

Christian education pattern questioned by ex-teacher

Sunday Schools have become obsolete but those in authority are doing nothing about it. Parents, teachers of Sunday School and clergy carry on in the same old way. We ignore the fact that a generation of non church-goers is growing up.

Our church name

That one should be asked during a prolonged spell of hot weather to write an article on a subject that has been both prolonged and at times “hot,” is, I suppose, mere coincidence. Certainly, the assignment could hardly be classified as “reward” even though the writer was indeed honoured to be one of those named by the Primate to study and report on the subject, “The Name of the Church.”