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April 25 2020 By virtueonline Cash-strapped Liverpool furloughs clergy

The pilot scheme is described as "a limited action with a limited aim". Any decisions about furloughing other clergy would be made in consultation with colleagues, parishes, and worshipping communities -- and, crucially, only after assessing the pilot scheme. "We have considered this very prayerfully and carefully," the statement said.

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April 21 2020 By virtueonline "Stratospheric" costs of "ugly" new Lambeth Palace Library need explanation

The Friends of Lambeth Palace Library includes some wealthy donors, but according to Private Eye, it was actually the Church Commissioners who have paid for the project. A spokesman has verified this claim.

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April 20 2020 By virtueonline 'Abusive' vicar who continued to practice after ban keeps Holy Orders despite addition to infamous 'Lambeth List'

He was unmasked by The Telegraph last year and since then his victims have come forward on condition of anonymity to speak out about how the former vicar of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, south-west London, left them feeling "like a neglected and abused dog".

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April 15 2020 By virtueonline UK: Cancel culture is coming for Christianity

One imagines that most readers of spiked would not agree with the spiritual worldview which lies behind Mr Stockhill's outlook on homosexuality. But it is nevertheless important to defend his right to speak and Destiny Church's right to hold its events.

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April 10 2020 By virtueonline English Archbishops: Zeitgeist or Holy Geist.Zeitgeist = 'Spirit of the age' or 'Spirit of the times'

You would think, in these extraordinary times, that we could reasonably look to our Mother Church for guidance, wisdom and support. Perhaps we are just looking to the wrong Church? Or could it be that we are simply looking to the wrong leaders? Those who have somehow scrambled their way up the greasy poles to the gilded palaces of Lambeth and Bishopthorpe, and now inhabit tiny PC-worlds of their own creation seem to be ever-further removed from the world the rest of us inhabit.

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April 09 2020 By virtueonline Church of England bishop bans hospital chaplains from the bedsides of sick and dying coronavirus patients amid fears they will spread infection

The bishop, who was formerly the Bishop of Reading and is soon to become the next Archbishop of York, said the clergy would be banned from entering wards treating patients presenting with symptoms of the coronavirus.

In a letter to the clergy, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, urged the clergy to take the medical given.

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April 06 2020 By virtueonline Calls for Titus Trust to close over John Smyth abuse

Smyth died in 2018 after being exposed by Channel 4 as having abused young men he groomed through Iwerne.

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April 03 2020 By virtueonline UK: Cash package announced to help dioceses

In an email sent to every bishop, dean, and diocesan secretary, the First Church Estates Commissioner, Loretta Minghella, and the chair of the finance committee of the Archbishops' Council, John Spence, said that the cash was an interim measure to ensure that those
struggling could stay afloat while the central Church came up with more comprehensive support.

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April 01 2020 By virtueonline A Church of England Perspective on the Coronavirus Pandemic

But if we were to enter our churches, we would see there the record of earlier times of solemnity, the war memorials and the names, some of which are still remembered by the living. Prayer has helped before, on the front, at sea, in the blitz, waiting for news of loved ones, consoling us when we must learn to live without them.

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March 31 2020 By virtueonline Church of England launches first LGBTI chaplaincy service to make Christianity a 'safe space for all'

The chaplaincy service - which volunteers claim provides a "lifeline" for some congregants - marks the first scheme of its kind and its pioneers hope that it will be rolled out across the Church of England's 41 other dioceses.

It also comes at a time when divisions within the Anglican church about how it deals with LGBT issues have come to a head.

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