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February 17 2017 By dvirtue Church of England gay marriage vote thrown into chaos after members 'get confused and press wrong button'

Rev Peter Ould, of Canterbury, said he had heard from other synod members who had also voted "no" incorrectly.

He added: "I've spoken to two members of the house of laity who were confused, one of whom was very clear that he voted the wrong way. It would need four members of the house of clergy to say that they made a mistake for the result to change.

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February 17 2017 By dvirtue Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury following today's General Synod

How we deal with the real and profound disagreement - put so passionately and so clearly by many at the Church of England's General Synod debate on marriage and same-sex relationships today - is the challenge we face as people who all belong to Christ.

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February 16 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury's address to General Synod

We live and think synodically, in terms of parties, procedures and attitudes. We work on winning votes which means we develop well organised parties which meet and co-ordinate speeches and responses even to quite routine bits of legislation. We may not be at the stage of the House of Commons, with three line whips, but we have some resemblance to the Lords, with party groups and a mass of cross bench members whose vote is far less predictable.

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue UK: Priest Threatens Resignation if forced to give Communion to Lesbian Couple

Karen argues that what she and Anna are doing is no more than what is permitted by Issues in Human Sexuality, issued as long ago as 1991, and reiterated in the Pastoral Statements of the House of Bishops ever since, namely that lay people may dissent from the traditional teaching of the Church and continue to be welcomed as members of the Body of Christ in sacramental life. She says that Julie has no power to bar them from receiving Communion.

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February 15 2017 By dvirtue York Minster bells to ring again, in aftermath of heavy dispute

York Minster disbanded its 30-strong ringing group in October in the culmination of a bitter and long-running dispute over safeguarding.

The mass dismissal caused an outcry among campanologists around the country, with some refusing to ring York's bells on Christmas Day in solidarity with their sacked colleagues. A petition for their reinstatement was signed by more than 18,000 people.

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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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