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September 21 2021 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Archbishop defends MP threatened over trans views

The 50-year-old MP for Canterbury has angered the trans community by saying that "only women have a cervix".

Commenting on her decision to pull out of the Brighton conference, Duffield told The Sunday Times: "We have had Labour MPs who have had to have security at conference over the past few years, and I didn't want that sort of attention or to become the story. I just thought it was better for everyone if I quietly stayed away."

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September 16 2021 By dvirtue Climate calamity? An open letter to Justin Welby

It was full of the usual canards. Firstly, you describe the future scenario put about by 'climate activists' as a worldwide calamity. Why? Where is your evidence for such an extreme statement?

In a later part you reel off the usual supposed claims for such a calamity: rising sea levels, floods, droughts, cyclones, fires, loss of species etc. Where is the data for these claims? Let me examine a few of them:

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September 13 2021 By dvirtue Former archbishops split on assisted suicide, and there's no Anglican via media

The arguments are well known and well-rehearsed: it is essentially a choice between human autonomy and the sanctity of life, with both sides claiming human compassion, societal virtue and clinical obligation. What is wrong with the 'right to death', Lord Carey might ask, provided that we protect the vulnerable with safeguards and judicial oversight?

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September 10 2021 By dvirtue Will the Church of England soon follow the Church in Wales on same-sex marriage?

She said: "I'm thrilled to hear of this significant step by the Church in Wales towards a fully inclusive church today. If we want all in our care to flourish and thrive, and for our churches to grow, we must learn to embrace diversity and be known as people who practice what we preach.

"I yearn for the day when the Church of England has the courage to make the same step - we need to be a Church for all England."

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September 10 2021 By dvirtue Justin Welby is missing a trick on climate change

Asked about meat, he said he had cut down, but mainly for health and financial reasons. (Can't Lambeth Palace afford daily sausages?) Then he spoke about the Church's gradual divestment from the extractive industries: make me carbon-free, Lord, but not yet.

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September 03 2021 By dvirtue Bishop of Ebbsfleet to step down to seek full communion with the Roman Catholic Church

"With regard to the see of Ebbsfleet, we will be starting a process of consultation with colleagues and others -- including the parishes to whom Bishop Jonathan ministers -- to determine what the next steps will be."

Bishop Jonathan said, "I have arrived at the decision to step down as Bishop of Ebbsfleet, in order to be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, only after a long period of prayer, which has been among the most testing periods of my life.

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September 01 2021 By dvirtue UK: The Archbishop who apologises for the Bible

Question: what will happen to theological education and spiritual training, pastoral care and guidance and the celebration of Holy Communion?

Well, I have commented before on the words of Stephen Cottrell, the arch-seculariser who has ascended so far as to receive the title Primate of England. But I could never reach the centre of his mind. At long last this mystery is solved, because the Archbishop has produced his book Dear England which dispels any misunderstandings.

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September 01 2021 By dvirtue Explained: Why tensions are running high in the CofE's church planting row

The current farrago was sparked a few months ago by the announcement of ambitious targets to plant 10,000 new churches. But to understand it fully, you have to wind the clock back a lot further.

RESPONDING TO DECLINE

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August 25 2021 By dvirtue The Church in Wales set to bless same-sex unions in new Bill

The new bill proposes offering a "service of blessing" to be used "experimentally" over the next five years at individual clergy's discretion.

The bishop lead Bill comes after governing body members expressed concern over a lack of formal provision for those in committed same-sex relationships, call it "pastorally unsustainable".

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August 11 2021 By dvirtue ENGLAND: The Church is on the brink of revolt

He was writing in support of the newly formed Save the Parish movement -- a group I have been plotting with from its creation. And yes, that is a staggering thing for a former Archbishop to say about the current leadership.

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