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February 06 2019 By dvirtue UK: Pressure on orthodox Christian views politely and gently increased in nation and church

If the reader scrolls down through technical legal issues about government powers, and the discussion about whether Civil Partnerships should be extended to siblings, the moving of amendment 2 by Lord Faulkner of Worcester can be found: "The Secretary of State must make regulations to amend the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 to remove the exemption for members of the clergy to solemnize the marriage of a same sex couple." Faulkner went on to urge the Church of England to "follow the lea

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February 06 2019 By dvirtue Bishop of Chichester refuses to say Bishop George Bell is "innocent"

Maintaining that the Church of England's internal investigation led by senior ecclesiastical lawyer Timothy Briden had cleared Bishop Bell only of the second set of allegations, the recent Briden report "made no statement about the original allegations," Warner said.

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February 03 2019 By dvirtue UK: Why it's right for churches to split over gay marriage

The idea is that while we may not be able to agree about sexual morality, we can agree to disagree, as we have for example about remarriage after divorce and women's ministry, and all just rub along together. We do this for these other two contentious issues, so why not for same-sex marriage?

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February 01 2019 By dvirtue UK: 2,000 clergy sign letter saying welcoming trans people into the Church may 'harm' children

In December, the church announced vicars would now be able to hold a special service so transgender people could celebrate their new identities.

But there has been a steadily growing backlash to the proposals, culminating in the open letter which attacks them as "deeply concerning" and "lacking in serious theological analysis".

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January 26 2019 By dvirtue No "words of knowledge" on Bishop George Bell's innocence, Archbishop Welby?

Now you know why wily Welby timed the "tongue speaking" interview just before the Briden report exonerating Bishop George Bell of molesting a child was released on Thursday.

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January 25 2019 By dvirtue UK: Archbishop of Canterbury apologises after Bishop Bell inquiry finds allegations unfounded

However, supporters of Bell argued the evidence against him was too slender. A subsequent investigation of the Church's handling of the issue by QC Alex Carlile found it had 'rushed to judgment' and had 'failed to engage in a process which would also give proper consideration to the rights of the bishop'.

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January 24 2019 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby is suffering from a terminal case of confirmation bias

"In my own prayer life, and as part of my daily discipline I pray in tongues every day--not as an occasional thing, but as part of daily prayer," Justin the oil-wallah told Justin the journalist. "Part of my daily prayer discipline is expecting to hear from God through people with words of knowledge or prophecies," the Archbishop added.

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January 22 2019 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury: 'I pray in tongues every day'

He said: 'In my own prayer life and as part of my daily discipline I pray in tongues every day -- not as an occasional thing, but as part of daily prayer.'

He said he had been encouraged by words of knowledge and prophecy: 'I expect to hear from God through other people with words of knowledge or prophecies -- some of which I am unsure about, others I can sense there being something of the Spirit of God.'

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There must be many pastors of similar ilk to those highly regarded by Joad who remain active in the Church of England today. When criticism is made of the Church of England it is leveled principally, forcibly, and deservedly, at those in positions of leadership, and also those followers who heartily approve of them. There is great cause in our time to weep at the poor quality of spiritual leadership in the Established Church.

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January 14 2019 By dvirtue Welby & Lambeth Palace endorse a heterodox priest representing them in Rome in a move that tarnishes their integrity

But not this time. Justin Welby has been called on to think again and preside over the appointment of someone whose views are less of a slight to the integrity of the Holy See. After all, much of the energy that drove the secession of the Church of England in the first place was a determination to believe and practice the faith as it was encountered in reading the Gospels. It is odd, to say the least to appoint to this office a man who cannot take the New Testament at face value.

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