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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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January 23 2017 By dvirtue Church of England bishops plan to turn a blind eye to the sex lives of gay clergy

The House of Bishops will tomorrow discuss proposals to overhaul the system so homosexuals will not be asked about their private lives when they join the church.

But Ben Bradshaw, a Labour MP who is in a civil partnership, criticised the policy for shrouding homosexuality in secrecy as clergy would still be expected to be celibate.

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January 20 2017 By dvirtue Wobbly Welby has cornered the market in empty apologies

Phoney Tony and Chillax Dave are to blame. Tony Blair, the once consummate PR man, took it upon himself to apologise for the slave trade and the Irish potato famine (though not for the Iraq war). Dave tallied up an even more mouth-watering selection--for the economic crisis no less, Section 28, Bloody Sunday, the Hillsborough victims and the Amritsar massacre in India of 1919.

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue Archbishops call on Queen to repent of being Supreme Governor of the Church of England

Many will also remember the lasting damage done five centuries ago to the unity of the Church, in defiance of the clear command of Jesus Christ to unity in love. Those turbulent years saw Christian people pitted against each other, such that many suffered persecution and even death at the hands of others claiming to know the same Lord...

Remembering the Reformation should also lead us to repent of our part in perpetuating divisions...

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January 17 2017 By dvirtue Are martyrs of 500 years ago really a burning issue for Welby?

The move was ridiculed by former Conservative Minister Ann Widdecombe, an Anglican who converted to Catholicism.

'These gestures are pointless. The Archbishop has not put anyone to death, as far as I know,' she said.

'Modern Christians are not responsible for what happened in the Reformation.

'You might as well expect the Italians to apologise for Pontius Pilate.'

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January 11 2017 By dvirtue UK: Church missing the opportunity to speak to young people about key issues, report warns

Chris Curtis, the CEO of Youthscape, said: "This report is more a sober warning from a doctor than an autopsy of a dead body. Youth and children's work in churches isn't dead, but we're badly out of shape and a change of lifestyle is urgently required."

Losing Heart claims the majority of the churches "never" discuss the subjects of pornography, same-sex attraction, other world faiths and drugs and addiction with their young people.

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January 07 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Warns Of 'Serious Risks' To CofE Reputation After Cathedral Cash Crisis

In the resulting "visitation charge", a legal document published today, Bishop Donald Allister says the redundancies were "necessary" along with some property sales. And he warns that more "tough decisions" lie ahead.

He also warns that the current independence enjoyed by England's 42 cathedrals poses "serious risks" to the reputation of the entire Church of England.

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December 29 2016 By dvirtue Petitioner slams Dean "Vicious Viv" after Christmas bells remain silent at York Minster

As the scandal of the bell-ringers remains unresolved and after every effort by the Dean and Chapter to recruit bell-ringers from outside York Minster to ring the bells at Christmas failed, CAWTE initiated an online petition calling for the removal of the Dean of York.

VOL: Hope you had a great Christmas--despite the bells of York Minster being silent for the first time since the 14th century! Am I right?

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December 27 2016 By dvirtue The Anglican Church is dying from a surfeit of niceness

Church attendance has plunged to its lowest ever. This marks a defining moment for the comatose Church of England in 2016 as it gurgles and gasps on life-support. Only 1.4 percent of the population now attend C of E services on Sundays. Numbers have nosedived to a mere 752,000 souls.

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