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August 01 2017 By dvirtue I can bless toilets but not gay marriages declares Bishop Holtam

"I do think that is bizarre," he continued and was met with applause.

Pressing on through the clapping, he said, "just look at the change that has happened in the last 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality."

He explained that the Church of England played a very significant role in making the change in 1967 noting that he was sad that the CofE was not still in the same progressive frame of mind and mood.

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July 27 2017 By dvirtue Fundamental shifts in the General Synod

The quality of debate has fallen sharply in recent years. The vogue is to vocalise experience and 'tell stories'. In particular, the victimisation and injustice narrative holds sway. Any serious theological input is viewed with growing impatience and embarrassment. Theology is seen to get in the way of real life. The little theological context there is focuses on love, acceptance, equality and justice.

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July 24 2017 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Hull Minster Holds Service for LGBT

We have taken our cue from the statements of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, written after the Report from the House of Bishops at General Synod February 2017 was not 'taken note of'.

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July 24 2017 By dvirtue Including the Exclusive: how liberal can you be?

- On the Radio 4 Sunday morning programme on 2nd July there was a report about Billy Graham's son Franklin going to Blackpool and objections at his anti-gay and anti-Muslim views: 'we are open to free speech not hate speech'.
- Conservative evangelicals threatened to boycott the opening of General Synod two weeks ago because of the welcome given to the Bishop of Edinburgh, who had led the debate for legitimising gay marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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July 23 2017 By dvirtue Church of England 'withdrew emotional support for abused'

An independent reviewer said in one victim's case "financial interests were allowed to impact practice".

The Church said it aimed to separate pastoral care from insurance issues.

'Moral responsibility'

Gilo - a middle-aged man who lives in the south-west of England - told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme he had been raped in the early 1970s by a City of London clergyman, the Reverend Garth Moore.

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July 21 2017 By dvirtue Conservative Anglicans are close to despair. Is the CofE about to split?

On the face it, the Synod's changes were all fairly minor. For all the fuss, the proposal to write official liturgies affirming the new gender identity of transgender people may well be ignored even by Church's own bishops; and the changes on regulation of vestments merely rubber-stamps what already takes places across swathes of the Church.

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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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