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July 06 2018 By dvirtue Church of England 'Warmly Welcomes' UK's Plan to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Among many other things, the plan would compel the government to "consider all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy."

In a statement released Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Church of England praised the action plan, specifically singling out the call to ban conversion therapy.

"We warmly welcome the government commitment to eradicate gay conversion therapy in this country," the statement reads.

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June 30 2018 By dvirtue Justin Welby needs to get off the fence

Having read his book Reimagining Britain, my opinion of him has not exactly fallen, but it has ceased to rise. The book doubtless has its virtues. Its discussions of practical matters such as housing and finance are acute and helpful. But Welby's treatment of the question of Christianity's relationship to secular culture is a predictable mix of evasion and muddle. He sounds like a man who is not allowed to say what he wants to say.

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June 28 2018 By virtueonline Church of England's Synod may abolish Holy Trinity to include Muslims

The Church of England's highest legislative body is due to meet at the University of York from July 7 to 10, 2018. Papers circulated to members of General Synod ahead of its sessions in York have been published online in two batches.

One briefing paper in the first circulation sets out how an existing Church of England service for reaffirming baptismal vows may form the liturgical basis for services which help transgender Christians mark their gender transition openly.

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June 24 2018 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury tweets GAFCON III

The largest gathering of Anglicans in more than 20 years almost went "unnoticed" by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has been turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the clarion cry of traditional Anglicans for internal reformation and a return to Biblical truths and Apostolic teaching within the wider Anglican Communion.

GAFCON has been at cross swords with the Archbishop of Canterbury since the beginning, no matter who is living in Lambeth Palace.

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June 21 2018 By virtueonline Rico Tice on why he stepped down from the archbishop's evangelism group: 'I have a different religion'

'It is a different religion,' he said. 'Bishop Paul Bayes and I have a different religion.'

'It is around whether scripture is authoritative in terms of human sexuality.

'I think it is a great wickedness to tell people who are on the road to destruction that they are not. To tell them that they are safe when it comes to God's wrath when they are not.'

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Dr Wells was preaching at 'the Service of Hope for LGBTI equality in the Church of England' at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham. He began with a bit of learned myth-busting about St Francis of Assisi's Prayer of Peace.

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June 15 2018 By virtueonline Church of England sexuality debate off the cards until 2020

The confirmation comes after Christian Today revealed the CofE would ignore any calls for change to give bishops time to write a new teaching document on sexuality, not expected until 2020. Instead of formal debates or legislation, any synod discussions on sexuality will take place behind closed doors in group settings, avoiding publicity around a head-to-head debate, Christian Today reported last month.

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June 12 2018 By virtueonline Vicar of Baghdad Andrew White Accused of Paying ISIS to Free Sex Slaves Is Cleared of Charges

Canon Andrew White, 54, who was the vicar of St George's Church in the capital of Iraq until 2014, said that the authorities had informed him last month that he was no longer being investigated and no further action would be taken, the U.K. Sunday Times reported Wednesday.

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June 07 2018 By virtueonline Sex abuse panel seeks witness statement from Prince Charles on pedophile Church of England bishop

The request for a statement from Charles and his private secretary was made public Wednesday during an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearing.

The inquiry is looking into the way abuse allegations against ex-bishop Peter Ball were dealt with. He was sentenced to 32 months in prison in 2015 for numerous sexual offenses going back to the 1970s.

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June 02 2018 By dvirtue Responding to the Lichfield Ad Clerum

People of any sexual orientation or gender identity should feel welcomed and cared for in our churches. Jesus was not shy about speaking to people with all kinds of backgrounds and histories and neither should Christians be. The good news of eternal life is for all who repent and believe, whatever their starting point when they first encounter Jesus, who lovingly calls us to leave our old lives and follow him in a new direction.

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