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April 09 2017 By dvirtue UK: Gay clergyman passed over seven times for promotion to bishop

John, dean of St Albans Cathedral, was put forward for the post of Bishop of Sodor and Man in February, but failed to make it on to the shortlist despite positive feedback. The rejection came shortly before he was passed over for appointment as Bishop of Llandaff after objections to his sexuality allegedly were raised.

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April 09 2017 By dvirtue Welby’s hero Keynes lost nearly everything in the 1929 crash

He lauds Keynes for trashing thrift and savings. Why? Because since Keynes ‘it has been recognised that, rather than spending, the very wealthy choose to save more (what Keynes called ‘hoarding’) and preserve their wealth.’ Tell that to my father and his generation of low-income pensioners—who built their lives on the financial prudence of thrift. Welby has praised Keynes in his Bible Reading Notes. In an interview with the Guardian, he quotes a letter from Keynes to Virginia Woolf.

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April 04 2017 By dvirtue Crisis for Church of England as older female churchgoers pass away

In a new book, The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen, the sociologist Dr Abby Day of Goldsmiths at the University of London outlines how the financial and social structures of the Church of England are kept afloat by a shrinking band of committed women who are now entering their eighties and nineties.

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March 31 2017 By dvirtue Our Racist Church - the Church of England

Leave aside for the moment the question of how one can be “too” quintessentially anything – for “quintessence” is what it says it is: the very quick and soul of a thing. But, as the modern services demonstrate only too clearly, our church authorities are not too familiar with the English language, what will go into it and what won’t.

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March 29 2017 By dvirtue Welby Sahib's post-colonial guilt patronises me because of my skin colour

No, thank you very much, Welby Sahib! I don't need another postcolonial foreign aid handout from you. Your white guilt doesn't make me feel good. I am not a victim and don't you dare call me one. I refuse to be labelled an ethnic minority--like a bird species about to fall extinct. I am a full member of British society and don't you deny me that privilege.

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March 28 2017 By dvirtue Church of England to create bishop for minority ethnic community

Despite his or her title, the new bishop will be based mainly in Leicester, one of the first majority black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) cities in the UK. In the 2011 census, only 45% of the city's population identified as white British.

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March 25 2017 By dvirtue Archbishops launch investigation into Philip North row after 'highly individualised' attacks

'The recent events surrounding the nomination of Bishop Philip North as Bishop of Sheffield, including his withdrawal from the process, have understandably raised great concern amongst many in the Church of England,' they said on Friday.

'Some of those concerns relate to whether the nomination itself, and the procedure leading up to it,' they say in a letter to Sir Philip.

But 'others are about what happened once the nomination had been announced'.

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March 25 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Christ's love and self-sacrifice will triumph over evil and despair'

But there also needed to be a physical memorial to those murdered.

'There needs to be a memorial because remembering helps us not repeat. But the best memorial we can build is a country at peace with each other and at peace with itself,' he said at a prayer vigil at Westminster Abbey with leaders representing Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Archbishop Welby was in Lambeth Palace when he heard the news.

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March 21 2017 By dvirtue More calls for Welsh church to make Jeffrey John a bishop

Dr John is in a long-term gay relationship with another Anglican priest and in a strongly worded open letter on Sunday claimed his sexuality was the sole reason why he was blocked.

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March 17 2017 By dvirtue Former Queen's Chaplain Gavin Ashenden quits 'liberal' Church of England

He declined to comment on the move until his six-month waiting time is up.

It comes after the long-standing critic of the Church left his post as Queen's chaplain in January following a row over a Quran reading in Glasgow Cathedral. The Shropshire-based priest criticised the decision by Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, for inviting a reading from the Islamic holy book at the Epiphany service on January 6.

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