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February 17 2015 By dvirtue Church of England calls for a 'new direction' in British Politics

The bishops, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Bishop of London Richard Chartres, lament the fact that "deep divisions and the gulfs between people and communities" seem to be widening.

They openly state their desire to leave Thatcherism behind, accusing her administration of bringing in competitive individualism, consumption and of fragmenting social solidarity.

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February 17 2015 By dvirtue Sin but no devil: Church of England debates its baptismal liturgy

Bishop of Truro Timothy Thornton said the new baptism texts were being drafted because of concerns that the present services were too "complex and inaccessible" to non-churchgoers.

"Those who work with young people give consistent advice that references to the devil are likely to be misunderstood in today's culture." He said a clear majority of the committee working on the texts had agree it was "unhelpful to refer to a personification of evil in the form of the devil."

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February 13 2015 By dvirtue Most Serious Threat to Reformed Anglicans since Archbishop Laud

"Now that legislation has been passed to enable women to become bishops the Church of England is fully and unequivocally committed to all orders of ministry being open equally to all, without reference to gender, and holds that those whom it has duly ordained and appointed to office are the true and lawful holders of the office which they occupy and thus deserve due respect and canonical obedience."

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February 13 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby: Evangelism is vital to the Church

"That last paragraph is, of course, complete rubbish. To be honest, I just put it in in order to reassure you, as it is well known that I am in fact a businessman who put on the wrong clothes this morning."

In his first presidential address to the synod last July, Welby labelled evangelism as one of his three main priorities in ministry. "We need new imagination in evangelism through prayer, and a fierce determination not to let evangelism be squeezed off our agendas," he said.

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February 08 2015 By dvirtue Welby Scheme: 'It's Not Necessarily About Sitting Down Arguing Over The Scriptures' -- David Porter

Interviewer: So I'm here with Malcolm Brown and David Porter and we're going to talk about the College of Bishops Meeting and what might happen at the College in the week ahead.

Malcolm, how have we got from the Pilling Report to what's going to be happening at the College of Bishops this week:

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February 05 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby tells firms - pay your taxes

"Business is important, we need to affirm the significance of those who generate and create wealth," he said.

The Archbishop kept his strongest comments for the role taxes play in ensuring that companies contribute to the societies in which they operate.

"There has always been the principle that you pay the tax where you earn the money," he told me.

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January 27 2015 By dvirtue UK: Protesting priest shouting 'Not in the Bible' disrupts consecration of first female bishop in the Church of England at York Minster

The historic event was briefly interrupted by the appearance of an ultra-conservative priest, Rev Paul Williamson, shouting 'Not in the Bible' as she was presented to the congregation.
Man objects to Libby Lane's consecration as first female bishop

Rev Williamson interrupted the ceremony by shouting 'Not in the Bible'. A Church of England spokesman said his attempt to disrupt the ceremony was 'expected'

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January 21 2015 By dvirtue Consecration of traditionalist bishop set to highlight Church of England divisions

Although no-one from the Archbishop's office, the diocesan office, the cathedral or the women's ordination group WATCH would comment to Christian Today, a source said the confidential plans had caused "great upset" because they revived the concept of "taint".

Effectively, it means the Church of England's catholic wing is being allowed to preserve the traditionalist apostolic succession, creating a line of male bishops in perpetuity.

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January 19 2015 By dvirtue Bishop Pete Broadbent: Church of England is near Last Chance Saloon

Among the targets of the report -- one of four major pieces of work to go to the Synod -- are restrictions on the deployment of clergy, for instance in short-term mission situations, and cumbersome procedures for closing churches and making good use of those which are no longer needed for regular worship.

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January 13 2015 By dvirtue Archbishops unveil 'urgent' reform programme for CofE

The groups are chaired by Prebendary the Lord Green; the Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft; John Spence; and the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent. The Green report was published last month amid widespread criticism (News, 12 December). The remaining reports are to be released over the course of this week, before discussion by the General Synod next month.

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