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March 13 2017 By dvirtue Bishop of Chelmsford calls for "prayers of thanksgiving" for same sex relationships

A brief response.

This is a further indication that Archbishop Justin Welby's call for "radical inclusion" has given a green light for Diocesan Bishops to publicly express a preference for abandonment of more than 3000 years of Judaeo-Christian anthropology and sexual ethics. Chelmsford follows Manchester, Hereford, Portsmouth and Liverpool in recent weeks.

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March 10 2017 By dvirtue New Bishop of Sheffield stands aside after 'highly individualised attacks' over his views on women priests

"It is clear that the level of feeling is such that my arrival would be counter-productive in terms of the mission of the Church in South Yorkshire and that my leadership would not be acceptable to many."

He added: "There is clearly much to be done on what it means to disagree well and to live with theological difference in the Church of England.

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March 09 2017 By dvirtue Cathedrals 'not too big to fail', Archbishop of Canterbury warns cash-strapped Guildford

The future of the cathedral is now under threat after plans for a housing development on surplus land that would have raised a £10m endowment were rejected by the council.

The cathedral is losing up to £100,000 a year, with sources saying the relatively modern building, completed in 1961, struggles to attract the donations received by more established churches.

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March 08 2017 By dvirtue UK: Outlaw street preachers says Archdeacon Martin

Michael Overd of Creech St Michael, Somerset and Michael Stockwell of Selden, New York were fined £300 and ordered to pay costs after a magistrate at Bristol Magistrates Court found them guilty of disorderly conduct and using 'threatening and abusive words ... likely to cause alarm'.

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March 08 2017 By dvirtue Evangelicals Must Stick With Church Despite 'False Teaching' On Gay Marriage, Says the Bishop of Maidstone

'In the face of false teaching, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy both to keep his distance from it but also to continue in patient teaching,' Bishop Thomas writes. 'He recognises that this may involve suffering.'

The 'floating' bishop, whose position was installed to appease conservatives, offers oversight to those parishes who refuse to recognise female ordination but find themselves under a woman bishop.

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March 06 2017 By dvirtue The End of Church & State?

It wasn't just the hunger for 'free love' as it became described; other factors affected faith,- like the horror of the two world wars; as if it was somehow God's fault that having given us free will, we exercised it to slaughter each other in unimaginable numbers.

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March 06 2017 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Drawing conclusions from the Iwerne scandal

Much of the post-war resurgence of Anglican Evangelicalism can be attributed to the leadership given by those formed at and by Iwerne. Against this background, how justified is the broadside against the whole constituency occasioned by the one man's appalling behaviour and launched by Professor Linda Woodhead and Andrew Brown (Comment, 17 February)?

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March 04 2017 By dvirtue Lambeth Palace letter suggests 'indistinguishable' blessing after same-sex marriage

The letter was written to Dr Richard and Matthew Edwards, who married last year in Birmingham Register Office. Both are members of the PCC at St Paul's, Birmingham. Dr Edwards is the treasurer, and Matthew Edwards the vice-chair and a churchwarden. They have been together for five years, and got engaged in 2015. Before they married, they wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury for guidance.

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February 25 2017 By dvirtue Opponent of female priests urged to decline bishop of Sheffield post

Percy claims there is a "substantial amount of resistance building up" to North's appointment, which he says would "represent the toleration of gender-based sectarianism".

In 2012, North stepped aside from his appointment as bishop of Whitby after protests over his opposition to women in the ministry. He is currently the suffragan bishop of Burnley; Sheffield, a diocesan post, is a promotion.

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February 21 2017 By dvirtue Memo To Bewildered Bishops - Please Be Shepherds, Not Sheep

We all know the seemingly irreconcilable theological positions of those who, on the one hand, believe sexuality to be a matter akin to the civil rights struggle, votes for women and so on -- and those who, on the other, believe it is an issue in which the authority of the Bible and people's eternal salvation are at stake.

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