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July 28 2021 By dvirtue Radical progressive activism and the Church of England

You can hear quite a few clergy spluttering over their cornflakes reading that. But those who do might like to consider a bit of unconscious bias training, because this paper's thesis is essentially that the Church of England's head has become detached from its body, perhaps nowhere recently better evidenced than in the 2016 EU Referendum, when the entire Anglican institutional machinery preached 'Remain', but the pews overwhelmingly voted 'Leave'.

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July 24 2021 By dvirtue Welby, the Church's Captain Calamity, steers Christ's boat towards the rocks

These buildings are etched into people's sense of belonging and identity because they understand that they represent the fabric of their existence.

This is gradually being destroyed under your watch by the paucity of ordained priests, burgeoning bureaucracy, increasing and unnecessary centralisation, an obsession with identity politics, climate change -- and, worse, obsequiousness before a cultural Marxist idolatry.

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July 23 2021 By dvirtue Nuclear ambiguity 'increases risk of disastrous miscalculation', Welby warns

Known as the Integrated Review, it left the door open to a shift in the potential deployment of the UK's submarine-based deterrent.

While it stated the UK would not fire, or threaten to use, its missiles against a non-nuclear state, it also said that assurance could be reviewed in future "if the future threat of weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological capabilities, or emerging technologies that could have a comparable impact, makes it necessary".

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July 22 2021 By dvirtue Church of England Evangelical Council questions propriety of the Bishop of Liverpool advocating for gay marriage

Bishop Paul was also clear in his apology that he remained committed to the substantive points he made. These included a call for the church to change its doctrine of marriage and many found not just the tone but the substance of his remarks unacceptable because contrary to Scripture and church teaching.

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July 22 2021 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Phobias used to silence opposition

Ms Ozanne told the bishop: "The LGBT community feel they are constantly being asked to love those who are abusing them and that in itself is abusive.

"There is transphobic and homophobic rhetoric even in these questions coming from people, which we are not even allowed to call transphobic and homophobic.

"I would remind people of what the definition of that is. It is views that are seen as transphobic by the person they are aimed at." [My emphasis - Ed.]

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July 21 2021 By dvirtue "Rule of woke " replaces God's word as Church's authority

Before going onto the Synod livestream for the sessions. I happened to have been going through 1 Corinthians in the course of a Bible reading plan in the morning. The Apostle Paul's rebuke to the Corinthian church in chapter 11 strikes me powerfully:

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July 16 2021 By dvirtue Bishop of Winchester announces retirement

Mahatma Gandhi said that "unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking." I have always been clear that, as your Bishop, I should be there to build and foster togetherness across our Diocese, focused upon our life together in Christ, and upon our joint mission to serve Christ in our communities and to sustain Christian witness in daily life. Sadly, it seems it is no longer possible for me to fulfil this role.

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July 16 2021 By dvirtue Church of England Considers Evangelical-Inspired Proposal for Lay-Led Churches

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell--second only in the hierarchy to the archbishop of Canterbury--first floated his ideas last year in a report from a "Vision and Strategy" committee that Cottrell heads. But its publication last month, just before the laity, bishops and other clergy attended the Synod sessions online, has caused an outcry.

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July 14 2021 By dvirtue Church of England bishops criticized for living 'lavish lifestyles' as churches struggle to survive

The CofE spends at least $166,000 a year on each of its 42 diocesan bishops in maintaining their houses and paying their expenses, in addition to $64,000 each bishop is given per year as a stipend, according to the data that was released ahead of the sitting of General Synod, which began Friday and will end on Monday.

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July 09 2021 By dvirtue Clergy and parishes at the heart of the Church of England -- now and in the future

"It has been claimed in some places that there is a plan to dissolve the parish system, sideline or even replace trained clergy, especially paid clergy, or to get rid of our beautiful, historic church buildings.

"So I want to make it abundantly clear that the Church of England is committed, now as always, to the ministry of the whole people of God including to ordained ministry in our parishes.

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