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July 13 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury calls for mandatory reporting of sexual abuse

Survivors of clerical sexual abuse have argued that mandatory reporting of allegations or suspicions of abuse to statutory authorities is a vital component of effective child protection. They argue that a failure to comply should lead to criminal sanctions.

Welby told the inquiry that John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, shared his view. "We now both believe in mandatory reporting."

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July 09 2019 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Bishop Mountstephen calls for sanctions on countries which persecute Christians

..Because the Christian faith is perhaps the one truly global faith it has become a bellwether for repression more generally. If Christians are being discriminated against in one context or another you can be confident other minorities are too. So renewing a focus on Christian persecution is actually a way of expressing our concern for all minorities who find themselves under pressure. And ignoring Christian persecution might well mean we're ignoring other forms of repression as well.

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July 06 2019 By virtueonline CofE to accept marriage involving transgender worshippers

"Given that the Church of England's teaching about marriage is that it is a lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman, if one person in a couple undergoes gender transition, has consideration been given as to whether they are still married according to the teaching of the Church of England?" Ms Dailey asked in papers published on Thursday.

The Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, will reply on behalf of the Chair of the House of Bishops on Friday.

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July 06 2019 By virtueonline Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the Church of England have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears

A culture of 'excessive deference' towards church leaders and a lack of training about child protection meant some clergy who were accused of abuse were allowed to keep their jobs and even promoted.

Victims who made complaints were discredited or belittled by congregations and religious leaders who prized the reputation of the Church over the need to protect children or punish offenders, the counsel to the inquiry said.

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June 30 2019 By virtueonline Diocese of Newcastle Embraces LGBTQ Queering

Beyond tolerance

Between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July, the Cathedral is hosting six LGBT events.

The message of the Gospel is that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Instead of repenting of sin, this festival celebrates it.

Colin Hart

These include a communion service with an LGBT emphasis, marching with others in the city centre and "LGBT History Telling".

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June 29 2019 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Fletcher faces allegations of naked beatings

Southwark diocese said last week (News, 28 June) that it had removed Mr. Fletcher's Permission to Officiate (PTO) in 2017, after an independent safeguarding assessment had concluded that, while there was "no criminal case to answer", nor any evidence that he posed "a significant sexual or physical risk to children . . . there was a risk of him behaving towards vulnerable adults who may be seeking his spiritual guidance in a manner which may be harmful".

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June 24 2019 By virtueonline What would reform of the Church of England take?

If you were following that line of argument, you would might also want to consider: (a) the reform of General Synod (a new force since the reformation) and (b) the reform of the links with parliament, a much more secular (and anti-Christian) lay influence than initially intended. But let's start with reflecting on the key issue of reforming the House of Bishops.

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June 17 2019 By virtueonline Oxford dean faces £500,000 secret tribunal in pay dispute

Although details of the complaints against Percy have not been disclosed, the college told alumni in a letter in January that the row related to pay. Percy, who has not commented on the dispute, is believed to earn about £90,000 a year plus accommodation and generous perks -- relatively low compared with other college heads.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline Church of England - Radical New Christian Exclusion

The future may be seen in a case from the recent past. When, in 2014, the General Synod agreed on the introduction of women bishops, the House of Bishops produced a Declaration promising respect and provision for those conscientiously unable to accept the innovation. Much was made of it being undergirded by a Canon prescribing a procedure for the resolution of disputes and the appointment of an Independent Reviewer, but the Declaration was essentially a gentlemen's agreement.

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June 08 2019 By virtueonline ROCHESTER, UK: A statement from Dean Philip Hesketh regarding the former Director of Music

Some of those offences were committed in Rochester while he was employed at Rochester Cathedral. He has pleaded guilty to all offences. A sentencing date is expected to be set in due course.

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