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October 03 2017 By dvirtue Justin Welby unable to give 'straight answer' on whether gay sex is sinful

Welby, who came under fire at the weekend by survivors of sexual abuse for his suggestion that the Church of England had acted with integrity, is likely to disappoint LGBTI campaigners within the church over his "cop-out" on gay sex.

Asked by Campbell if gay sex was sinful, Welby said: "You know very well that is a question I can't give a straight answer to. Sorry, badly phrased there. I should have thought that one through."

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October 02 2017 By dvirtue Justin Welby accuses BBC over Jimmy Savile abuse victims

The dispute was prompted by criticism of the BBC levelled by Justin Welby for its response to the Jimmy Savile crisis. The archbishop of Canterbury said the BBC had not shown the same integrity over accusations of child abuse that the Catholic and Anglican churches had.

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September 24 2017 By dvirtue What has the Archbishop of Canterbury got against Marriage?

The mosquitoes have elected a few representatives to govern them. The overseers believe in maximum freedom. There is, after all, plenty for everyone and no reason why anyone should starve. Despite this, a new political party of mosquitoes called Marxitoes begin feverishly discussing what they see as the malarial economic decline of the new Mosquitoland.

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September 21 2017 By dvirtue Satanic Fashion Show Inside a Church at London Fashion Week

Her latest fashion show featured artist Brooke Candy (her videos are full of MK imagery) and drag artist Violet Chachki.

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September 19 2017 By dvirtue Sheffield debacle shows CofE needs to promote more traditionalists, campaigners say

An investigation by Sir Philip Mawer into events surrounding his resignation was published on Friday. It said the Church needed to revisit a compromise settlement made in 2014 to try and hold together those who support and reject women's ordination.

But a conservative grouping within the CofE, of which North is a part, said the Church should respond by appointing more traditionalists to senior positions to ensure a full spectrum of views is represented.

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September 18 2017 By dvirtue Prancing in the Church of England

Unfortunately, Coles is also doing the reverse by taking the dance floor into the church. You can see his latest "sermon" below. One can only assume he is convinced that this makes Christ more accessible, the congregation more with-it and the church more relevant.

Or it may leave the impression of a church that has forgotten how to do what it is supposed to do and resorts to a rather pathetic attempt to imitate what the world does instead.

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September 17 2017 By dvirtue Why the C of E needs to admit it's only a C in E

'A Church in England' is how the C of E can rebrand its ailing company and its failing product. It can no longer claim to represent the people of England -- such a boast would be both pompous and pretentious.

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September 17 2017 By dvirtue The Church of England will die unless we read the Bible...

Two KGB majors ran the interrogation. They threatened to have me tried as a bullion smuggler (I'd failed to declare that a gold ring I was wearing was imported bullion). When I was found guilty, the sentence would be 20 years in the labour camp in Siberia, they said. In exchange for not prosecuting, they wanted the names of the contacts I was taking the Bibles to.

I survived the questioning, they didn't get the names and I lived to tell the tale.

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September 10 2017 By dvirtue RIP the C of E -- choked by her own niceness

This week, the British Social Attitudes Survey pronounced the coroner's verdict on the strange death of the Church of England. Only 3 per cent of adults under 24 are Anglican. In the 25-34 age group, only 5 per cent identify as Anglicans. Only 15 per cent of British adults call themselves Anglican. The decline is catastrophic. It is time to lay the C of E to rest.

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September 06 2017 By dvirtue Transgender priest Rachel Mann made minor canon at Manchester Cathedral: 'God did not reject me,' she says

She was honoured with the title of Minor Canon at Manchester, which has the second highest LGBT population in the country outside London, for her work as resident poet at the cathedral. The honour also signals however a potential tectonic shift in the established Church's often-tormented approach to the issue of sexuality. Could it mark the beginning of an era where it is possible to be both an 'orthodox' Christian yet 'liberal' on the gay issue?

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