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July 21 2017 By dvirtue Double Standards in the Church of England?

Forced resignation goes beyond the public humiliation meted out by the church authorities. Media seize on the word 'collude' and vilify Lord Carey for supposed implication in the crimes of Peter Ball. Invitations to minister in Churches in England and America are suddenly withdrawn. He has committed the unforgiveable sin -- systemic mistakes were made, which he admits, on his watch, so he personally has to carry the public opprobrium.

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July 20 2017 By dvirtue Apostate Church of England has mutated into a Gnostic "Sex" Sect

The flashpoint for the Reformation of 1517 was indulgences. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 2017 was indulgences. Yes. One more mnemonic device to help students remember how Humpty Dumpty had a big, great fall, sung to Cole Porter's Anything Goes. Only this time 'indulgence' meant indulging yourself.

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July 17 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Bishop becomes a patron of Pride event

In a statement, the Bishop referenced the homophobic murder of local gay teen Michael Causer.

The Bishop said: "Ever since the tragic death of Michael Causer, Liverpool Pride has stood for the struggle for justice as well as the celebration of LGBTI+ life in our city and region.

"I am privileged to identify with Pride's contribution to tackling prejudice and promoting awareness of the richness of our LGBTI+ community.

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July 14 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Synod: A Laywoman's Lament

STEP ONE: Synod REJECTED defining 'the common good' in biblical terms.

Encouraged by the Archbishop of York, General Synod voted to reject two amendments to a motion about how we should respond to the general election.

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July 12 2017 By dvirtue U.K.: Leading Anglican Evangelist Berates Welby over Carey's Forced Resignation

He did not collude with Peter Ball, who was cautioned by the police, resigned as Bishop of Gloucester and was in due course imprisoned. Lord Carey's mistake, for which he has apologised, was failing to put Ball, by then a sick man, on the Lambeth Caution List, because he did not think there was any chance of his ministering again. The provincial Registrar concurred. It is hard to escape the conclusion that Lord Carey has been made a scapegoat, and Dr.

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England: Welcoming Transgender People

It was moved by the Revd Christopher Newlands on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod.

Opening the debate, he said: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives."

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Synod puts sex before the horrors of Christian persecution

Two months ago, in Civilisation sleeps while a Christian Holocaust takes shape, a response to A Manifesto for Persecuted Christians launched by Barnabas Fund, I set out how Christians today are the world's most persecuted religious group. The statistics are truly shocking: A Christian is killed every six minutes and 500,000 Christians around the globe are unable to practice their faith freely. No, these are not alarmist statistics provided by advocacy groups.

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July 10 2017 By dvirtue Church of England bishops 'delaying same-sex equality' move

The intention, he added, was to "map, to set out clearly where we agree and where we disagree, to help us understand better the issues and the points of conflict".

He said he hoped a document would be available for discussion at the synod in early 2020 "though on a process this complicated we cannot be pinned down relating to time".

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July 09 2017 By dvirtue Church of England demands ban on conversion therapy

Conversion therapy is usually described as an attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Some churches in the C of E and other denominations have encouraged LGBT members to take part in prayer sessions and other activities to rid them of their "sin".

Proposing the motion, Jayne Ozanne -- who underwent conversion therapy resulting in two breakdowns and two spells in hospital -- said conversion therapy was "abuse from which vulnerable adults need protecting".

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July 07 2017 By dvirtue Lord Carey's forced resignation is an injustice: he, too, was a victim of Peter Ball

We also need to recall that Peter Ball operated in a period when it was seriously advanced on behalf of abusers of children that 'all children lie', that they did so for trivial advantage, and quite seriously by some psychiatrists, that all little girls fantasise about having sex with their fathers.

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