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Even though the House of Bishops at the Church of England's General Synod stated in February that 98.3% of abortions in the United Kingdom are immoral, only Apb. Justin Welby (Canterbury) and Bps. Paul Butler (Durham), Christopher Cocksworth (Coventry), Timothy Dakin (Winchester), Julian Henderson (Blackburn), Donald Allister (Peterborough) and James Newcome (Carlisle) voted pro-life in Parliament.

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June 08 2020 By dvirtue UK: What should good Anglicans do: stay at home, or join a crowd?

A letter to clergy from the Archbishop of York on 7th May gives detail on how individuals can enter churches for cleaning and essential maintenance, urging clergy to alway remember that "safety is paramount". Then, as recently as June 3rd a document was released from Church House, for "planning purposes", on how churches might be reopened "when circumstances allow" -- now thought to be 15th June.

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June 04 2020 By dvirtue Church of England welcomes back Rwandan bishop accused of defending genocide

Following the revelations, the Church of England said Ruhumuliza had been placed on "special leave" by mutual consent. Last month, he was appointed to a new post at a church in the diocese of Manchester after the Home Office failed in its attempt to refuse the priest refugee status. The UK government had said in 2011 there were "serious reasons for considering that he had committed ... a crime against humanity".

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May 15 2020 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury has been secretly volunteering in lockdown -- as chaplain at St Thomas' Hospital

"He gets a lot of solace from doing it. Just being able to physically see people and pray with them during lockdown - it's what the clergy has been doing the length and breadth of the country.

"There is some personal risk but he doesn't really think about that. He just thinks this is what Christians should be doing, helping others."

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May 14 2020 By virtueonline Titus Trust Issues Statement on settlement in case of John Smyth

The emergence of details about the abuse by John Smyth and Jonathan Fletcher has caused us to reflect deeply on our current culture and the historic influences upon us. Although the culture of the camps that The Titus Trust runs today has changed significantly from the Scripture Union camps of the late 70s and early 80s we still want to look hard at our traditions and practices and to invite feedback from those currently involved and also those who are no longer involved.

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May 06 2020 By virtueonline Challenges for the Church of England

It will be interesting to see the effects of this as researchers investigate what has happened. Anecdotal evidence suggests that churches with existing programmes to support the vulnerable, such as running foodbanks, have been able to continue with this, though with restricted opportunities for the personal contact that is so essential.

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May 06 2020 By virtueonline An unwelcome precedent for the Church of England: lessons from the Mayflower celebrations

Critics are accusing Mayflower 400 of buying into "the myth of the Mayflower". Some want the education programme scrapped and rewritten. The UK's largest teaching union is calling for educational materials to be "withdrawn and reviewed". For which read, 'censored/revised to suit the anti-colonial, anti-Christian narrative'. Teachers are claiming the materials 'whitewash a "colonial land grab" and the pilgrims' links to slavery'.

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May 05 2020 By virtueonline Over 500 Church of England Clergy call for Easing of National Lockdown

It is widely agreed that the temporary closure of churches for public worship is necessary in the current crisis. However, the broadcast of services from a closed church is explicitly permitted by government guidelines, yet unlike almost all other Churches in these isles, the Church of England has gone beyond this advice.

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April 25 2020 By virtueonline Cash-strapped Liverpool furloughs clergy

The pilot scheme is described as "a limited action with a limited aim". Any decisions about furloughing other clergy would be made in consultation with colleagues, parishes, and worshipping communities -- and, crucially, only after assessing the pilot scheme. "We have considered this very prayerfully and carefully," the statement said.

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April 21 2020 By virtueonline "Stratospheric" costs of "ugly" new Lambeth Palace Library need explanation

The Friends of Lambeth Palace Library includes some wealthy donors, but according to Private Eye, it was actually the Church Commissioners who have paid for the project. A spokesman has verified this claim.

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