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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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August 04 2021 By dvirtue Church of England leaders increasingly embracing 'ultra-progressive values' -- report

The researchers found that 70 per cent of the CofE's 42 dioceses have appointed clergy who "promote climate activist warnings".

Over half of all declarations from the clergy promoting climate activist warnings occurred within 12 months after the CofE hierarchy urged support for climate protests during Holy Week in 2019, they noted.

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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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