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January 03 2020 By virtueonline Jonathan Fletcher presents the Church of England with a crisis of integrity

This was not the only 'fox in the henhouse' story to feature in the post-Christmas press. The Daily Telegraph reminded its readers, and those of us with responsibility for safeguarding within the Church, that the Rev'd Jonathan Fletcher, the equally Marmite eminence grise of Conservative Evangelical Anglicanism, has still not retired gracefully from his role following the withdrawal of his Permission to Officiate in the Church of England.

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January 02 2020 By virtueonline Peter Ball and Jonathan Fletcher. A toxic legacy?

The stories about Ball and Fletcher have proved to be as much about institutional behaviour and misbehaviour as that of individuals. Each man offended in the context of having a senior institutional role. In neither case did the institutions involved seems capable of checking the behaviour of their senior representatives. Nor did they show much remorse after the nefarious deeds had been exposed. These institutional failures will probably be what is remembered by history.

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December 30 2019 By virtueonline Church of England gives staff 'unconscious bias training' to help ensure that half of its leaders are female by 2030

At present, 25 out of 115 bishops in the church are women in the UK.

Meanwhile Pope Francis has reaffirmed the 'door is closed' for women to become priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

Ms Mullally told The Times: 'I certainly think that having women as priests enables different types of conversations that probably wouldn't happen if you're a man. My background as a nurse means people often talk to me in a different way.'

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December 27 2019 By virtueonline Rowan Williams: Climate change 'largest challenge ever'

Perry, who was the day's guest editor on the Today programme, asked Dr Williams what the driving force was behind people disbelieving climate change.

Dr Williams, who held the senior Church of England post between 2002 and 2012, said some people were reluctant to acknowledge the climate crisis because it would require them to change their behaviour.

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Also, the biblically-faithful legacy of the Book of Common Prayer and the 39 Articles of Religion was and, to be fair, still is the official doctrine of the CofE, and so an evangelical could join it with spiritual integrity.

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December 11 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop Justin, you need some new Jewish friends

May I offer you my warmest greetings in this time of Advent and as we approach the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. We live in difficult times when trust and reconciliation are in short supply. I think we can agree that Advent's anticipation of renewed hope and Hanukkah's rededication to a higher good, are greatly needed.

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December 09 2019 By virtueonline UK: St John's College to close after 156 years

A statement issued this week said that the college's council had agreed, on 11 November, "that the operation of the current configuration of St John's is no longer financially viable in the long term", and that the process of closure would begin.

The Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course, the Revd Dr Alex Jensen, suggested this week that there was "great fear" in the theological Education Institutions (TEI) sector that other closures could follow.

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December 02 2019 By virtueonline Church of England will oppose relaxation of British abortion laws as proposed by opposition parties

As a general rule we would not comment on specifics of party manifestos in the midst of a General Election campaign, but as bishops and as Members of the House of Lords we are fully committed to engagement on this with parties, MPs and Peers when Parliament returns. The issue has in the past been a matter of individual conscience for MPs and Peers where the party whip is not usually applied, and we believe firmly that it should remain so.

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November 30 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury Supports Pro-Abortion Buffer Zones

Stuttering through his response, the archbishop argued: "You could say they're doing the wrong thing, you could say they're doing the right thing, you can say it's their right, you can say that the baby has rights ... uh ..."

"The Church of England is very clear on this," he continued, but refused to go "into the detail of that, because we're running out of time, but the Church of England has a very clear view on that and had since the eighties."

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November 28 2019 By virtueonline SPUC Slams Inconsistent Comments Of Archbishop Welby

"It is difficult to comprehend how the Anglican leader can contradict himself so profoundly in his comments about "Censorship Zones". The position adopted by Archbishop Welby is shocking. Justin Welby speaks about love and compassion when he deliberately excludes the most vulnerable members of the human family -- the unborn.

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