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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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November 28 2019 By virtueonline UK: Relationships and Sex Education is not about Protection but to teach children 'British values'

1. Well-funded lobbying organisations are being allowed to promote their propaganda in schools. Such political activity is illegal and needs investigation.

2. Much ideological material is being introduced top-down, without proper consultation and over-riding parental concerns.

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November 27 2019 By virtueonline Decriminalising Abortion: an Open Letter to the Bishops of the Church of England

In light of the Church of England's own teaching that it is strongly opposed to abortion, that "the foetus is a human life with the potential to develop relationships, think, pray, choose and love", and that the Church "would like to see a drastic reduction in the number of abortions carried out and stricter interpretation of abortion law" (press statement of the Mission and Public Affairs Council for General Synod, 30 August 2011), we write, as members of the Church of England (and a small n

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November 25 2019 By virtueonline Chichester Cathedral moves to restore Bishop George Bell

The Chichester Cathedral guidebook had included a passage which reflected the Church of England's acceptance of the allegations of child abuse against Bishop George Bell, notwithstanding the conclusions of the two independent reports into the allegations by Lord Carlile and Timothy Briden, which each concluded that the evidential basis for such allegations was unsafe.

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November 21 2019 By virtueonline Centuries of Christian anti-Semitism led to Holocaust, landmark Church of England report concludes

It also marks the first time that the Church of England has made an authoritative statement on the subject of anti-Semitism.

The new "tool for teaching" on Christian-Jewish relations acknowledges that Christian theology played a part in the "stereotyping and persecution fo Jewish people which ultimately led to the Holocaust".

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November 09 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop condemns oil companies for 'sparking environmental genocide'

He said: "Roughly 40m litres of oil wind up in the Niger Delta annually, eight times more than is spilled in America, the world's biggest producer and consumer."

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