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July 23 2021 By dvirtue Nuclear ambiguity 'increases risk of disastrous miscalculation', Welby warns

Known as the Integrated Review, it left the door open to a shift in the potential deployment of the UK's submarine-based deterrent.

While it stated the UK would not fire, or threaten to use, its missiles against a non-nuclear state, it also said that assurance could be reviewed in future "if the future threat of weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological capabilities, or emerging technologies that could have a comparable impact, makes it necessary".

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July 22 2021 By dvirtue Church of England Evangelical Council questions propriety of the Bishop of Liverpool advocating for gay marriage

Bishop Paul was also clear in his apology that he remained committed to the substantive points he made. These included a call for the church to change its doctrine of marriage and many found not just the tone but the substance of his remarks unacceptable because contrary to Scripture and church teaching.

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July 22 2021 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Phobias used to silence opposition

Ms Ozanne told the bishop: "The LGBT community feel they are constantly being asked to love those who are abusing them and that in itself is abusive.

"There is transphobic and homophobic rhetoric even in these questions coming from people, which we are not even allowed to call transphobic and homophobic.

"I would remind people of what the definition of that is. It is views that are seen as transphobic by the person they are aimed at." [My emphasis - Ed.]

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July 21 2021 By dvirtue "Rule of woke " replaces God's word as Church's authority

Before going onto the Synod livestream for the sessions. I happened to have been going through 1 Corinthians in the course of a Bible reading plan in the morning. The Apostle Paul's rebuke to the Corinthian church in chapter 11 strikes me powerfully:

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July 16 2021 By dvirtue Bishop of Winchester announces retirement

Mahatma Gandhi said that "unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking." I have always been clear that, as your Bishop, I should be there to build and foster togetherness across our Diocese, focused upon our life together in Christ, and upon our joint mission to serve Christ in our communities and to sustain Christian witness in daily life. Sadly, it seems it is no longer possible for me to fulfil this role.

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July 16 2021 By dvirtue Church of England Considers Evangelical-Inspired Proposal for Lay-Led Churches

Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell--second only in the hierarchy to the archbishop of Canterbury--first floated his ideas last year in a report from a "Vision and Strategy" committee that Cottrell heads. But its publication last month, just before the laity, bishops and other clergy attended the Synod sessions online, has caused an outcry.

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July 14 2021 By dvirtue Church of England bishops criticized for living 'lavish lifestyles' as churches struggle to survive

The CofE spends at least $166,000 a year on each of its 42 diocesan bishops in maintaining their houses and paying their expenses, in addition to $64,000 each bishop is given per year as a stipend, according to the data that was released ahead of the sitting of General Synod, which began Friday and will end on Monday.

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July 09 2021 By dvirtue Clergy and parishes at the heart of the Church of England -- now and in the future

"It has been claimed in some places that there is a plan to dissolve the parish system, sideline or even replace trained clergy, especially paid clergy, or to get rid of our beautiful, historic church buildings.

"So I want to make it abundantly clear that the Church of England is committed, now as always, to the ministry of the whole people of God including to ordained ministry in our parishes.

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July 09 2021 By dvirtue Harry Kane for Archbishop!

To be fair to myself, I have not been entirely passive, skulking in the back pews with an Agatha Christie novel concealed behind a copy of Hymns Ancient & Modern (Revised).

For all that half-century I have fought a rearguard action against the tide of modernisation, secularisation and infantilisation which has constituted the agenda of the Established Church.

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July 05 2021 By dvirtue Queen's governor causes constitutional crisis with gay wedding

As the Queen is supreme governor of the church and the archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Hon and Most Rev Justin Welby, says he upholds the church's stance against gay marriage, the wedding causes new controversy at a time when Anglicans within and outside the United Kingdom are deeply divided.

The non-established Scottish Episcopal Church, along with its counterpart in the United States, has in recent years permitted gay weddings.

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