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August 29 2016 By dvirtue The Salisbury dean was wrong to bless a gay pride festival

In an episcopal denomination such as the Church of England, the Bishop of a diocese has the responsibility under God to hold public ministers to account for their life and teaching.

Two things in relation to the Church of England's public teaching are noteworthy about Dean Osborne's action at Salisbury gay pride.

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August 24 2016 By dvirtue The C of E: limits to diversity and the inevitability of separation?

Other increasingly influential voices would say "yes" to the first question, but "no" to the second. Default orthodoxy is not conducive for church survival in the 21st century. The majority of those who call themselves "C of E" in our country are not evangelical, the argument goes; they are embarrassed by enthusiastic religion, they do not believe many biblical theological dogmas or traditional teaching on sexuality.

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August 23 2016 By dvirtue UK: Gay Anglican clergy to defy church's official stance on same-sex marriage

The letter is likely to reignite the heated debate on the issue, which has divided the church since same-sex marriages were legalised in England and Wales in March 2014.

Following the change in the law, church leaders, headed by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu respectively, decided that clergy must not enter into a same-sex marriage and that those in a gay marriage would not be ordained.

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August 23 2016 By dvirtue Church of England warned bishops not to apologise too fully to sex abuse victims

The paper, seen by The Telegraph and confirmed as genuine, advises bishops to use "careful drafting" to "effectively apologise" without enabling victims to get compensation.

Joe tried to contact the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Survivors said it showed there was a culture of denial, dishonesty and "blanking" victims in ways which had heightened their pain and ultimately failed to tackle the roots of the abuse crisis.

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August 18 2016 By dvirtue May we have our Church back please?

This strategy involves a massive diversion of funds away from struggling rural parishes -- traditionally the church's backbone -- towards new evangelical congregations in city centres. This is a do-or-die attempt to reverse the church's catastrophic decline -- the latest figures and forecasts predicting that within thirty years only 1% of the population will attend church.

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August 12 2016 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: 72 members of General Synod write Open Letter to the College and House of Bishops

We are grateful for the opportunity that was recently given to the General Synod to engage in a consideration of Scripture. However, we believe this was of an initial nature only and that much more biblical study is needed before we will be able as a Synod to make theologically informed decisions about human anthropology and sexuality.

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August 09 2016 By dvirtue Decline of religion in Britain 'comes to a halt' -- major study suggests

And that corresponds with a one point fall in the number of so-called "nones" -- those who describe themselves as having no religion -- from 49 per cent to 48 per cent.

The variations in the last year are too small to be regarded as statistically significant in themselves but will some offer comfort to those praying for an end to the seemingly relentless decline in Christianity.

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August 02 2016 By dvirtue Why is it "great to welcome" Muslim hate-preachers to Lambeth Palace?

...a man with inborn graciousness and a compassionate nature who exudes a special, spiritual charisma. His respectful eminence is a paragon of virtue that walks in humility and with utmost humbleness. Whenever an individual meets with him on the veranda of Eidgah Shareef, whether it is the US Ambassador or an illiterate laborer, warmth and love radiates naturally from his smiles and greetings, engulfing the guests in its embrace.

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July 29 2016 By dvirtue The Church of England smears saints and shields scoundrels

This is the tale of two bishops: Bishop Bell and Bishop Ball. Bishop George Bell was the Bishop of Chichester and a great friend and supporter of my hero Dietrich Bonhöffer in his resistance to Adolf Hitler. Were it not for his principled opposition to the blanket-bombing of Dresden, Bell would have been elevated to the See of Canterbury. 'To despair of being able to do anything, or refuse to do anything, is to be guilty of infidelity,' he wrote.

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July 28 2016 By dvirtue UK: Church accused of 'cover up' in handling of complaints about 'inappropriate' behaviour of vicar

The allegations were made as the complainant, now an associate priest, was giving evidence during the trial of retired clergyman, formerly known as the Venerable Granville Gibson.

Eighty-year-old Mr Gibson, from Darlington, the ex-Archdeacon of Auckland, denies eight counts of indecent assault and one further serious sexual assault.

All the alleged offending stems from the late 1970s and early eighties, when the defendant was vicar at St Clare's Church, in Newton Aycliffe.

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