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May 28 2017 By dvirtue Will the Bishop of Manchester 'come together' by inviting Muslims to his transgender week?

The reader must decide if the voices of Britain's religious establishment wailing loudly after the tragic and horrific Manchester terrorist attack on Monday are quacks whose words will only serve to anaesthetise further a culture steeped in snowflake sentimentality.

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May 24 2017 By dvirtue Heavens above! Church of England staff receive £1million bonuses... after Welby slammed bankers' excessive pay

The payments brought charges of hypocrisy from City critics who say the CofE has opened a gap between what it tells other people to do and what it does itself.

The annual report of the CofE's financial wing, the Church Commissioners, showed that bonuses, which were first paid to managers in 2013, topped the £1 million level for the first time in 2016.

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May 24 2017 By dvirtue Church of England beats professional investors

The Church Commissioners, the group that oversees the fund, described the returns as "stellar." The overall value of the fund rose by nearly £1 billion ($1.3 billion) to £7.9 billion ($10.3 billion).

Here's how it beat the market. More than a third of the endowment is invested in stocks, while another 30% is in real estate. The church keeps 10% of its portfolio in cash and similarly liquid assets.

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May 19 2017 By dvirtue Theresa May rules out forcing Church of England to perform gay marriages

"I strongly support equal marriage, and I know that these debates will continue, but it will have to be for the church as a whole to decide if it wants to make a change to its canon law."

Under canon law, the Church of England can exercise self-determination when it comes to the issue of whether or not it performs gay marriages.

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May 19 2017 By dvirtue CHEXIT:- Staying, leaving or consecrating new bishops

We have for example, been presented with decades of egalitarian gender theory. Slowly but surely, the mystical gender theology of St Paul has been downgraded, ignored and now disowned, even by evangelical Christians, who used to self-define by their admiration of the principle of the authority of Scripture.

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May 16 2017 By dvirtue Jesmond Vicar warns against trying to discipline curate ordained bishop by breakaway Church

The action was taken without the knowledge of the diocese of Newcastle or its Bishop. In a statement, a Church of England spokesman said that the Bishop, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, was now aware of the consecration and had informed the Archbishop of York.

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May 14 2017 By dvirtue The Church needs to demolish its wall around conservatism

Bishops Without Borders? Why not? Doctors Without Borders have been around for a bit, and they've been saving lives. So what's wrong with a new model of Évêques sans Frontières along the lines of Medecins Sans Frontières? Bishops need balls and brains, not borders. And the new species of bishops in the Church of England have lost both. Évêques sans couilles et sans cervelle!

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May 13 2017 By dvirtue Justin Welby is a heretic, say breakaway conservative Anglicans

Highlighting the level of concern over the CofE's teaching on homosexuality, Bishop Martin Morrison of the conservative breakaway Anglican Church in South Africa that oversaw the consecration of Jesmond's senior minister as a bishop, accused the archbishops of an ancient Christian heresy called Arianism.

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May 09 2017 By dvirtue Clergy accuse Archbishops of backing Tories in election letter

It called on Christians to set aside "apathy and cynicism" and draw new inspiration from the ancient Christian virtues of "love, trust and hope".

It also asked believers to pray for political leaders and for those who will be elected.

But it was the use of the word "stability" which raised concern from dozens of clergy and other Christians.

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May 06 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby should check his facts before uttering inanities

I spent ten days doing an advanced course on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism at Yad Vashem. We had some of the world's best academics lecturing us in Hebrew, French and English. There was one lesson they were constantly trying to drill into our thick heads: Don't compare anti-Semitism to other forms of racism.

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