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September 10 2020 By dvirtue The self-flagellating CofE's inexplicable obsession with race

The General Synod voted back in February to apologise for 'the conscious and unconscious racism experienced by countless black, Asian and minority ethnic Anglicans' and to commit the Church to increase the 'participation and representation of lay and ordained BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Anglicans throughout church life'.

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August 30 2020 By dvirtue England will miss our Church when it's gone

Though I wasn't raised in a churchgoing family, my husband and I joined our small-town Anglican church when we moved here. I've come to treasure it: the slow turn of the liturgical year, the opportunity to sing with others (a rare pleasure in the age of headphones and Spotify) and space to be serious with no particular goal in mind.

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August 30 2020 By dvirtue Is the Church of England trying to cancel Christianity?

I looked up the Church of England 'Find a Church' website for information. The rector stated it was a genuinely inclusive church with an active commitment to social media and included families and couples who have benefited from recent changes in the marriage laws. I was unsure what that meant, but happy to be involved.

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August 17 2020 By dvirtue FLETCHER FINDINGS ON THE WAY

Meanwhile the Church of England is also investigating the Archbishop of Canterbury's handling of allegations of abuse by the late John Smyth QC, who was well-known to Fletcher. All three were involved in the Iwerne Camps for top public schoolboys.

An "outrageousness of the silence" by senior evangelicals over Fletcher and Smyth

Melvin Tinker and Peter Sanlon respond to Evangelicals Now's report on the Jonathan Fletcher affair

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August 13 2020 By dvirtue House of Bishops asked to withdraw ban on individual cups at Communion

The Opinion, entitled "The legality of the use of individual cups for communion wine in the Church of England", has been prepared under the editorship of Stephen Hofmeyr QC, a member of General Synod. Other contributors include Mark Cawson and Andrew Wales, also QC's, and Carolyn Johnson a Manchester-based barrister.

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August 12 2020 By dvirtue Church of England minister Lee Gatiss receives vitriol online after leading national church service

Much of the criticism stemmed from him being from the Conservative evangelical wing of the Church of England and so supporting marriage that is between a man and a woman only, not supporting events such as Pride and believing a church leader should not be someone who has gone through a gender transition.

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August 07 2020 By dvirtue The CofE's clergy discipline scandal is symptomatic of a deeper problem

The report's findings included the shocking facts that more than a third of clergy undergoing a CDM considered suicide; only 18 per cent felt they were treated as innocent until proved guilty; and just about half "strongly disagreed" with the statement "I felt supported by the diocese through the process".

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August 03 2020 By dvirtue Church of England safeguarding inquiries go to the top

It was revealed this week that Welby is subject to an inquiry after a complaint was laid against his handling of the revelations about John Smyth, who was accused of beating boys at Christian holiday camps.

Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, is also subject to an inquiry in connection with the same case, after earlier being punished for his failure to act decisively against the paedophile bishop Peter Ball.

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July 29 2020 By dvirtue NST considers safeguarding complaint against Welby

The case comes a month after the new Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, admitted a failure to report a case of domestic abuse correctly in a former diocese (News, 29 June), and six weeks after permission to officiate was withdrawn from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, after further allegations relating to the Smyth case (News, 19 June).

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July 16 2020 By dvirtue Welby browned off after grilling on church closures

"The Government advice was about care for the community. We issued advice, not law, in the middle of a complicated process after the Prime Minister said places of worship would be closed. We were working with a fast-moving situation," he said.

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