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March 18 2020 By virtueonline Welby and Sentamu: a masterclass in moral relativism

Our great leaders, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, have indeed spoken. In the Daily Mail, no less. Have they told it like it is? Explained that if you are a Christian -- you have accepted Jesus as the Saviour and repented of your sins -- you don't need to fear death? Have they explained that God's peace and wisdom are for His children and for those who come to Him seeking redemption?

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March 16 2020 By virtueonline A nation confronting its own mortality needs spiritual leadership. So where is Justin Welby?

It amounts to little less than a recalibration of our existence. Things we have taken for granted all our lives -- ease of movement and of assembly, freedom from pestilence, indeed the relative salubrity of life itself -- are threatened. Apart from the profound consequence that many will die before what was expected to be their time, we shall be forced back on resources of character we did not know we had, and made to change patterns of behaviour for the common good.

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March 10 2020 By virtueonline UK: Same sex marriage survey -- the latest round

Jayne Ozanne: '....Nearly half of Church of England members now believe same sex marriage is right, with well over two-thirds of those under 50 believing it is right... younger Anglicans .... are overwhelmingly clear where they stand .... with nearly three quarters of the under 50s now believing in same sex marriage....To pretend that this is an issue on which many have not yet formed a view is to misunderstand the reality of what is happening in our pews.

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February 25 2020 By virtueonline Fly the White Flag

"Through the generousity of a number of chaps I know who have access to various trusts, I was able to secure the money to supply Renew with a number of white flags," Bishop Rod explains, "But not only that, when I mentioned my plan to Justin over our morning kippers, he managed to secure an extra £2k to make sure that the flags were durable enough to last through the coming 12 months.

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February 23 2020 By virtueonline Martin Bashir: I confronted 'dictatorial' vicar Jonathan Fletcher over exploitation of elderly parishioner - and he turned on me

The breadth and seriousness of the accusations are in marked contrast to the near universal admiration for his ministry and character.

In a book of Fletcher's parish newsletters, entitled 'Dear Friends' and published to coincide with his retirement as the vicar of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon, there are glowing tributes and not a hint of the abuse that victims say he meted out over the course of his career.

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But in the past few years its current Bishop Primus, John Fenwick, has been introducing Anglo-Catholic practices into the FCE, especially in its northern diocese. Convocation, which is supposed to be the governing body of the FCE, does not seem to have been doing much to stop this ironic departure from the FCE's founding convictions.

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February 14 2020 By virtueonline UK: Franklin Graham ban: Rees-Mogg defends freedom of religion

Mr Rees-Mogg

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February 13 2020 By virtueonline Row erupts at CofE General Synod over LGBT rights in the church

For decades, the church has been divided over how to deal with LGBT issues and rights, and the House of Bishops is set to approve the final LLF document in March.

However it emerged on Tuesday during a Synod debate that little progress has since been made. The admission sparked frustration from all corners of the Church who share diametrically opposed views on LGBT rights.

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February 12 2020 By virtueonline Bishop offers orthodox Anglicans hope of retaining protected minority status as Diocese takes progressive route

Bishop Colin's letter appears at first sight to be balanced. The House of Bishops' Pastoral Statement has caused distress for some, but drawn praise from others. The Oxford Bishops have listened to both sides, concerned for the pastoral care of those who identify as LGBT, while also respecting and not wanting to exclude those who hold to the church's traditional teaching.

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February 10 2020 By virtueonline No sex please, we're bishops

Archbishop John Sentamu had previously seemed relaxed about it. In 2011 he was asked what he thought of the choices made by Prince William and Kate Middleton, who lived together on and off for seven years before they were married. He said he fully understood that some people want to, er, "test whether the milk is good before they buy the cow." But now, according to the new guidelines, he believes the royal couple were "falling short of God's purposes for human beings."

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