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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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December 24 2016 By dvirtue Muslim Refugees In Britain See Jesus In Their Dreams - Convert And Spend First Christmas As Christians

They are truly men and women from the East, being born again in a stable.

Their miraculous stories are among the remarkable events that have been taking place this year at St Mark's, part of the Hanley team ministry in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, which has seen more than 50 Muslims convert to Christianity in one year alone.

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December 23 2016 By dvirtue Fmr. Archbishop of Canterbury: England Needs Citizenship Tests on Christianity For Immigrants

"I believe we should include Christianity in citizenship tests for all those who want to come to this country," said Lord Carey, who was the archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002. "There are many questions asked of migrants about the Royal Family and Parliament, but little about the Church of England or Britain's Christian history."

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December 22 2016 By dvirtue The End is 'Nye'....The culture war in the C of E

But to try to redefine the disagreement as a question of the legal status of a Lambeth Conference resolution, misjudges the nature of the debate and the struggle both in the Church and in wider society.

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December 21 2016 By dvirtue UK: Cultural "first" appointments highlight diversity of Anglican Communion

While Dr Dorgu will be the first Nigerian to be a stipendiary full time bishop in the Church of England, he isn't the C of E's first Nigerian bishop - the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, is an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of London.

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December 17 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Bell ringer ding-dong could see York Minster fall silent this Christmas for first time since 1361

With a 17,000-strong petition calling for the bells to ring at Christmas, the Minister had approached campanologists from neighbouring churches to ring in the festive season.

But, one by one, they are rejecting the Minster's offer in an "act of solidarity" with the York ringers.

Leeds Minster's deputy ringing master Robert Childs said members discussed the invitation from York's Dean and Chapter during a practice session where 13 members voted no, with two abstaining.

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December 10 2016 By dvirtue Where next on same-sex marriage in the Church of England

There are various potential options for the future of the Church on this subject. Some have listed only the different ways in which so-called "traditionalists" might be hived off into a "safe space", or leave the Church altogether once the liberal triumph is complete. But it is far from inevitable or desirable for that to be the outcome.

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December 08 2016 By dvirtue Spiritual Tragedy for England if the Bishop of Maidstone left the Church of England

He was before he was consecrated Bishop of Maidstone in 2015, with a brief to provide episcopal oversight for conservative evangelical churches, opposed to women bishops around England, on the executive committee of the Anglican Mission in England, set up in 2011 to spearhead new orthodox churches outside the CofE's structures. It was right to step out of that role when he was consecrated Bishop in order to focus on building relationships in dioceses, which he has successfully done.

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