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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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July 06 2017 By dvirtue CofE General Sex Synod 2017: not one question about the Persecuted Church

Buses carrying Christians in Egypt are being attacked, and children slaughtered. Christian girls in Cairo are being kidnapped. Christians in Syria are being abducted. Christians in Pakistan are being subjected to false accusations of blasphemy, and being summarily dealt with: Asia Bibi has been languishing in a Pakistani prison since 2010. Churches are being torched and Christians taken hostage in the Philippines.

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July 05 2017 By dvirtue UK: Why will this tormented sex abuse survivor be protesting at General Synod in York this weekend?

Devamanikkam had been due to appear before Bradford and Keighley magistrates charged with three counts of buggery and three counts of indecent assault in the 1980s. The charges were brought under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and related to a time when the homosexual age of consent was 21.

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July 03 2017 By dvirtue Child abuse in the Church of England: hypocrisy, inconsistency and ongoing cover-up

Child abuse in the Church is not only seriously distressing, it is eternally consequential: "If anyone causes one of these little ones -- those who believe in me -- to stumble," said Jesus, "it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

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June 28 2017 By dvirtue Church of England and Methodists to discuss sharing clergy

They require approval from both the Church of England and Methodist governing bodies.

The Methodist Church claimed 195,000 members last year, compared with 263,000 in 2007, while numbers attending Church of England services have fallen by 12% in the last decade.

The proposals are included in a report produced by both Churches called "Mission and Ministry in Covenant".

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June 27 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury backs cross-party Brexit commission to 'draw poison' out of negotiations

But he warned that it would be a "disaster" if the UK's negotiators went into bat against the "united determination of the EU" without having the "confidence" that they have the full backing of Britain.

As a result he has backed calls for a cross-party approach to Brexit talks.

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June 25 2017 By dvirtue Welby is guilty of rank hypocrisy

George Carey has stepped down. So why is Sawyer is still facing 'cruel and sadistic treatment by the very highest levels of the church'? Is he pointing his finger at the current archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu? In that case, should Justin and John swallow their cyanide pills and walk the plank?

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June 22 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby asks Lord Carey to consider his position as assistant bishop over Ball abuse case

At a press conference with Dame Moira launching the independent report today, Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the lead bishop on safeguarding in the Church, confirmed that Archbishop Welby had 'written directly' to Lord Carey asking him 'carefully' to consider his position.

Bishop Hancock said that 'this is now a matter for Lord Carey and the Bishop of Oxford' who have been having conversations on the telephone and are set to meet in the next two days.

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June 21 2017 By dvirtue Loose Canons? Andy Lines and the Canons of Nicaea

What was most intriguing, however, was what the Archbishop went on to say next:

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