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December 20 2017 By dvirtue Church of England SPLIT could occur over homosexual teachings warns conservative Bishop

The former Chief Nursing Officer, who spent 35 years working in the NHS, will succeed Richard Chartres and become the 133rd person to hold the role.

Speaking on the late night BBC analysis show Bishop Thomas said: "Whereas with women bishops we decided as part of the negotiations that it was not one that ought to cause disunity, it ought to be one where we could agree to disagree, the issue of sexuality is different."

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December 19 2017 By dvirtue Safe Space Sarah: The box-ticking Bishopette of Londonistan

The CofE has just monumentally outdone Bishop Wright's criterion for selecting bishops by appointing an über-bureaucrat to England's third-most important ecclesiastical throne. Wherever the new Bishopette of Londonistan goes, people will serve not only tea, but chunky slices of gooey chocolate cake swathed in the swaddling clothes of the icing of niceness. Dame Sarah Mullally might as well wear a tea cosy instead of a mitre!

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December 19 2017 By dvirtue Archbishops at war: George Carey attacks Justin Welby over 'unjust' resignation demand

He adds: 'Just as well, then, that we are surrounded by a large and wonderful family who give us great support and pleasure.'

Carey, who retired from his position in 2002, was forced by Welby to resign as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford after a damning independent inquiry criticised his handling of the Ball case. Lord Carey quit after Welby made an unprecedented request for him to 'carefully consider his position'.

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December 13 2017 By dvirtue Rector threatens split if new Bishop of London tolerates gay relationships

The rector of St Helen's has said that his first question to the new bishop will be to ask him or her to "declare as sin what God calls sin".

If the bishop does not condemn homosexual relationships as sinful, then some form of break will be "unavoidable", the Rev William Taylor said last week in a sermon at the church, which attracts 2,000 worshippers across its four Sunday services.

He said: "We now wait to see what the new Bishop of London's views are."

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December 12 2017 By dvirtue Morale Deficit among Faithful Ministers in the Church of England needs Tackling

In many cases, these ministers are serving in churches that are not altogether behind them theologically. And many of them are serving the Lord in dioceses that are going terribly astray spiritually and morally.

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December 11 2017 By dvirtue Prince Charles' accession 'could spark debate over disestablishment' say secularists

But the new report, called Separating Church and State: The Case for Disestablishment, questions the institutional links between Church, Monarchy and Parliament and indicates that secularists are gearing up for a major discussion about the issue when Prince Charles accedes to the throne.

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December 05 2017 By dvirtue Anglican Bishop urged to oppose controversial UK Franklin Graham rally

He is due to speak at the town's Winter Gardens venue, which has hosted the likes of the Beatles as well as many political party conferences after being invited by a number of local churches including St John's Church in Blackpool, St Mark's Church in Layton, and All Hallows Church in Bispham for the rally next September.

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December 04 2017 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Advent-cum-Mawlid: church holds joint birthday celebration for Mohammed and Jesus

We have been here before: when Westminster Abbey hosted a service in which Mohammed was named in the succession of prophets, they effectively proclaimed to the world that Mohammed is greater than Jesus:

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What was striking was the statemanslike nature of the statement by AMIE's mission director Lee McNunn announcing the ordinations. This belied the juvenile headline by the allegedly evangelical but actually liberal-leaning website, Christian Today: 'Rival Anglican church ordains new clergy in challenge to Justin Welby' (current Archbishop of Canterbury).

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November 24 2017 By dvirtue Welby gives lecture on 'Christian hope' in Moscow

When my predecessor, Archbishop Rowan Williams, and His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew laid down the mandate for the fourth round of Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue in 2007 the topics to be discussed were ethical. Yet the first report of this phase of dialogue was about theological anthropology rather than Christian ethics. Why? Because ethical issues cannot be considered in the abstract. It is a mistake to look at ethics in a way that is disconnected from our understanding of human beings.

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