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May 24 2018 By dvirtue Justin Welby: separation of church and state not a disaster

In an interview with the Guardian ahead of the royal wedding, Welby acknowledged that disestablishment -- separating church and state, and removing the C of E's official status -- would be a "complicated process".

"Would disestablishment be a disaster? No," he said, adding: "Nothing's a disaster with God."

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May 20 2018 By dvirtue Worried Church of England urges ministers against scrapping civil partnerships

Civil partnerships legislation was introduced in 2004 to give same-sex couples legal recognition of their relationship without changing the definition of marriage. But the Marriage (Same-Sex couples) Act in 2013 allowed gay couples to marry, or convert their civil partnership into a marriage.

This meant that in 2016 there were just 890 civil partnerships registered in England and Wales, down from 6,305 from 2007 to 2013.

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May 17 2018 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby: Reimagining Marriage?

Surprisingly, though, the protestors seem to have missed something important: there is considerable recent evidence that the Archbishop of Canterbury himself may actually share their views!

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May 16 2018 By dvirtue The Mullallyfication of the Church of England

How about Nicky Gumbel, pioneer of Alpha, a tool that has been used for evangelism across the world? I am not a fan of Alpha. But Gumbel's church has grown to one of the largest in London, with a vision for planting new churches.

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May 11 2018 By dvirtue Unstable CofE shows need for GAFCON vision

In short, the letter appears to be defending the biblical understanding of marriage against the new, secular one. Letters in the Church Times have now been written, and petitions signed, opposing this position. Is Canterbury standing firm for orthodox Christian teaching against the liberals?

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May 04 2018 By dvirtue Church of England Bishop happy "to be a useful idiot for Christ"

SUGDEN: Given that the conflict in Syria is becoming Iran versus Israel, with Syria as a platform for Iran, what did you gain of the views of the churches about the struggle in and for Syria?

LANGRISH: It's more than a struggle between Iran and Israel. There's a world war going on in Syria at present with so many parties using proxies. There's Iran, Israel, UK, France, USA, USSR and Turkey.

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May 02 2018 By dvirtue A report on the Anglican Patrimony Conference - UPDATED with Links

The conference was told that renewal was needed in the face of the rejection of the influence of the Jewish Christian tradition on western society through deceptive totalitarian definitions of justice, equality and fairness.

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May 01 2018 By dvirtue Church of England split over US plan to remove 'husband and wife' from marriage service

But the proposals have received support from elsewhere in the English church, with more than 300 members including Alan Wilson, the bishop of Buckingham, signing an open letter distancing themselves from Mr Nye's statements.

His letter, which emerged earlier this month, threatened to cut ties with the US church, which is a fellow member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, if it introduces the new service as standard, replacing the current wording in its Book of Common Prayer.

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April 25 2018 By dvirtue Cardboard cutout bishops stand silent as their leader makes an ass of himself

A year ago, Welby made a birch for his behind by insisting that a 'significant cloud' hung over Bishop Bell even after Lord Carlile's diligent investigation found that the Church of England had 'wrongfully and unnecessarily damaged' Bell's reputation. Bell was accused of molesting a child more than 60 years ago.

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April 25 2018 By dvirtue UK: Giles Fraser goes to Syria, and the Times denounces his 'moral decay'

It isn't that there is no truth: Aaronovitch is too brilliant to slander with total falsehood. It is that partial and potential truths are glued together with a stream of malignant ad hom. Giles Fraser goes to Syria, and by association he is murdering children and torturing dissidents; he is kissing Stalin and hugging Mussolini. Instead of gobbing on a framed portrait of Assad which hangs on the wall, he gazes out of the window and tweets pictures of detention centres and death camps.

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