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August 07 2019 By virtueonline The domestication of Church of England evangelicalism

I'd like to put forward four areas where ways of thinking ingrained among English Anglican evangelicals are perhaps unhelpful and contribute to our current problems. In doing so I'm aware that I'm part of the culture I describe, so I'm very much saying "we" rather than "you" or "they".

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The Arch-enchiladas of Canterbury and York are proving to be congenitally cack-handed at contrition. Getting the archbishops to mutter a mea culpa is more difficult than getting Jeremy Corbyn to hum Hatikvah.

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July 25 2019 By virtueonline What happens when the Bishop decides to get tough?

But far from taking this on the chin, the Bishop is affronted because she believes the Church has bestowed on her an authentically spiritual oversight. She resolves to play hardball with this Rector, but she is clever about it and bides her time.

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July 25 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop of York reveals he looks forward to retiring as elderly clergy 'can go gaga' and be 'embarrassing'

Perched on a wooden garden bench, dressed in a floral multicoloured summer shirt and matching pectoral cross, Dr John Sentamu told The Telegraph: "The reason I think there is a limit on the retirement age of archbishops is that you can go gaga really and start embarrassing everybody!

"There is nothing more terrible than that, when someone is in their prime and can do a wonderful job. It doesn't help in any way -- it doesn't help the person, it doesn't help the church either.

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July 23 2019 By virtueonline Church of England sex abuse victim says Archbishop of Canterbury has never apologized

And following the completion of the public hearings in London he has revealed his fury at comments made by the Most Rev, Justin Welby.

During evidence heard last week, the archbishop was asked if he had ever apologised to Mr Ineson for the church's failure to act on his sexual abuse disclosures.

He produced a letter for the inquiry, dated July 2017, which he claimed was an apology.

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July 13 2019 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury calls for mandatory reporting of sexual abuse

Survivors of clerical sexual abuse have argued that mandatory reporting of allegations or suspicions of abuse to statutory authorities is a vital component of effective child protection. They argue that a failure to comply should lead to criminal sanctions.

Welby told the inquiry that John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, shared his view. "We now both believe in mandatory reporting."

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July 09 2019 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Bishop Mountstephen calls for sanctions on countries which persecute Christians

..Because the Christian faith is perhaps the one truly global faith it has become a bellwether for repression more generally. If Christians are being discriminated against in one context or another you can be confident other minorities are too. So renewing a focus on Christian persecution is actually a way of expressing our concern for all minorities who find themselves under pressure. And ignoring Christian persecution might well mean we're ignoring other forms of repression as well.

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July 06 2019 By virtueonline CofE to accept marriage involving transgender worshippers

"Given that the Church of England's teaching about marriage is that it is a lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman, if one person in a couple undergoes gender transition, has consideration been given as to whether they are still married according to the teaching of the Church of England?" Ms Dailey asked in papers published on Thursday.

The Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, will reply on behalf of the Chair of the House of Bishops on Friday.

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July 06 2019 By virtueonline Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the Church of England have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears

A culture of 'excessive deference' towards church leaders and a lack of training about child protection meant some clergy who were accused of abuse were allowed to keep their jobs and even promoted.

Victims who made complaints were discredited or belittled by congregations and religious leaders who prized the reputation of the Church over the need to protect children or punish offenders, the counsel to the inquiry said.

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June 30 2019 By virtueonline Diocese of Newcastle Embraces LGBTQ Queering

Beyond tolerance

Between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July, the Cathedral is hosting six LGBT events.

The message of the Gospel is that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Instead of repenting of sin, this festival celebrates it.

Colin Hart

These include a communion service with an LGBT emphasis, marching with others in the city centre and "LGBT History Telling".

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