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February 15 2017 By dvirtue Debate hots up as Synod's sexuality take-note approaches

Other proposals include a new sexuality-and-relationships working group of the Archbishops' Council, "responsible for holding the theological diversity of the Church of England", a national lead for LGBTI matters at Church House, and the publication and recommendation of an approved liturgy for prayer and thanksgiving with same-sex couples after a civil partnership or marriage.

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue Church of England General Synod votes to retain marriage banns

Rev Trott told the General Synod that administering banns was 'fraught with difficulties' and a cause of 'great concern and even stress' to clergy.

Clergy should be concerned with marriage teaching and preparation and not the 'heavy burden' of a legal role, he said.

"In Synod we have made considerable progress towards redirecting all our efforts and energy into intentional evangelism, renewal and reform," he said.

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue Donald Trump is part of a 'fascist tradition of politics', says Archbishop of Canterbury

His comments came after John Bercow was criticised for accusing Mr Trump of "racism and sexism", and are likely to further complicate the planning for the president's state visit later this year.

Addressing the Church of England's General Synod, the Archbishop said both Brexit and Mr Trump's rise had been caused by factors including globalisation and social "marginalisation".

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February 13 2017 By dvirtue Church facing new battle over attitude to LGBT members ahead of General Synod

It said the report read as though bishops saw "their task as managing rather than perhaps enabling or leading" on the issue.

The report, written by serving bishops, upholds the traditional teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Currently church doctrine says that LGBT clergy members must be celibate and are forbidden from conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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February 06 2017 By dvirtue UK: Archbishop apologises as new abuse allegations come to light

"I was completely unaware of any abuse," the Archbishop told LBC radio, on Thursday. "I never heard anything at all at any point. I never had the slightest suspicion that there was anything going on."

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February 04 2017 By dvirtue UK: Church 'regret' as trainees hold service in gay slang

But officials said it had not been authorised and was at variance with the doctrine and teaching of the church.

Polari is thought to have originated in Victorian London but fell out of use as homosexuality began to be decriminalised in England in the 1960s.

Its words, however, were brought to wider public attention in the same decade by comedian Kenneth Williams in the BBC radio series Round the Horne.

'Fantabulosa Fairy'

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February 03 2017 By dvirtue Lord Carey Praises Potentially 'Outstanding' President Trump And Condemns 'Reprehensible' Protests

He added that the "extraordinary and hysterical reaction" against Trump is "reprehensible" and could "damage the fabric of democracy".

The Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that Trump has been invited by the Queen to a state visit of the UK later this year, and has reiterated this despite more than 1.6 million people signing a petition against such a visit.

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February 02 2017 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Why conservative evangelicals should be grateful for Rod Thomas

According to the Ordinal, the biblical DNA of ministerial responsibility diverges between presbyters and bishops at this particular point. The Apostle Paul's instruction to Timothy - 'what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also' (2 Timothy 2:2 - RSV) - would therefore apply to the bishop rather than to the presbyter.

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January 26 2017 By dvirtue 'The Church of England is Dying,' warns former Queen's Chaplain

Gavin: Yes, it is ironic. But the irony can partly be explained by the fact that while the DNA of the monarchy is Christian, the country is not. The monarchy faces difficulties as it prepares for the coronation of Prince Charles at the sad moment when our present Queen dies. Secularism will try to rubbish the highly potent Christian content of the coronation; and Islam is likely to claim that it wants to be recognised within it in some way.

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January 25 2017 By dvirtue General Synod presented with vision for "setting God's people free"

Surveys show that the laity in our churches don't feel equipped for whole life discipleship and witness in the world. 'Clericalism' is identified as a major problem in the C of E's culture, for example it is commonly assumed that ordination is the 'next step' as part of an upward progression in the journey of discipleship, rather than a calling to a specific ministry.

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