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July 24 2017 By dvirtue Including the Exclusive: how liberal can you be?

- On the Radio 4 Sunday morning programme on 2nd July there was a report about Billy Graham's son Franklin going to Blackpool and objections at his anti-gay and anti-Muslim views: 'we are open to free speech not hate speech'.
- Conservative evangelicals threatened to boycott the opening of General Synod two weeks ago because of the welcome given to the Bishop of Edinburgh, who had led the debate for legitimising gay marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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July 23 2017 By dvirtue Church of England 'withdrew emotional support for abused'

An independent reviewer said in one victim's case "financial interests were allowed to impact practice".

The Church said it aimed to separate pastoral care from insurance issues.

'Moral responsibility'

Gilo - a middle-aged man who lives in the south-west of England - told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme he had been raped in the early 1970s by a City of London clergyman, the Reverend Garth Moore.

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July 21 2017 By dvirtue Conservative Anglicans are close to despair. Is the CofE about to split?

On the face it, the Synod's changes were all fairly minor. For all the fuss, the proposal to write official liturgies affirming the new gender identity of transgender people may well be ignored even by Church's own bishops; and the changes on regulation of vestments merely rubber-stamps what already takes places across swathes of the Church.

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July 21 2017 By dvirtue Double Standards in the Church of England?

Forced resignation goes beyond the public humiliation meted out by the church authorities. Media seize on the word 'collude' and vilify Lord Carey for supposed implication in the crimes of Peter Ball. Invitations to minister in Churches in England and America are suddenly withdrawn. He has committed the unforgiveable sin -- systemic mistakes were made, which he admits, on his watch, so he personally has to carry the public opprobrium.

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July 20 2017 By dvirtue Apostate Church of England has mutated into a Gnostic "Sex" Sect

The flashpoint for the Reformation of 1517 was indulgences. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 2017 was indulgences. Yes. One more mnemonic device to help students remember how Humpty Dumpty had a big, great fall, sung to Cole Porter's Anything Goes. Only this time 'indulgence' meant indulging yourself.

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July 17 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Bishop becomes a patron of Pride event

In a statement, the Bishop referenced the homophobic murder of local gay teen Michael Causer.

The Bishop said: "Ever since the tragic death of Michael Causer, Liverpool Pride has stood for the struggle for justice as well as the celebration of LGBTI+ life in our city and region.

"I am privileged to identify with Pride's contribution to tackling prejudice and promoting awareness of the richness of our LGBTI+ community.

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July 14 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Synod: A Laywoman's Lament

STEP ONE: Synod REJECTED defining 'the common good' in biblical terms.

Encouraged by the Archbishop of York, General Synod voted to reject two amendments to a motion about how we should respond to the general election.

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July 12 2017 By dvirtue U.K.: Leading Anglican Evangelist Berates Welby over Carey's Forced Resignation

He did not collude with Peter Ball, who was cautioned by the police, resigned as Bishop of Gloucester and was in due course imprisoned. Lord Carey's mistake, for which he has apologised, was failing to put Ball, by then a sick man, on the Lambeth Caution List, because he did not think there was any chance of his ministering again. The provincial Registrar concurred. It is hard to escape the conclusion that Lord Carey has been made a scapegoat, and Dr.

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England: Welcoming Transgender People

It was moved by the Revd Christopher Newlands on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod.

Opening the debate, he said: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives."

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July 11 2017 By dvirtue Church of England Synod puts sex before the horrors of Christian persecution

Two months ago, in Civilisation sleeps while a Christian Holocaust takes shape, a response to A Manifesto for Persecuted Christians launched by Barnabas Fund, I set out how Christians today are the world's most persecuted religious group. The statistics are truly shocking: A Christian is killed every six minutes and 500,000 Christians around the globe are unable to practice their faith freely. No, these are not alarmist statistics provided by advocacy groups.

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