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July 06 2019 By virtueonline CofE to accept marriage involving transgender worshippers

"Given that the Church of England's teaching about marriage is that it is a lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman, if one person in a couple undergoes gender transition, has consideration been given as to whether they are still married according to the teaching of the Church of England?" Ms Dailey asked in papers published on Thursday.

The Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, will reply on behalf of the Chair of the House of Bishops on Friday.

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July 06 2019 By virtueonline Almost 400 people in 'positions of trust' with the Church of England have been convicted of child sex offences, inquiry hears

A culture of 'excessive deference' towards church leaders and a lack of training about child protection meant some clergy who were accused of abuse were allowed to keep their jobs and even promoted.

Victims who made complaints were discredited or belittled by congregations and religious leaders who prized the reputation of the Church over the need to protect children or punish offenders, the counsel to the inquiry said.

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June 30 2019 By virtueonline Diocese of Newcastle Embraces LGBTQ Queering

Beyond tolerance

Between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 July, the Cathedral is hosting six LGBT events.

The message of the Gospel is that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Instead of repenting of sin, this festival celebrates it.

Colin Hart

These include a communion service with an LGBT emphasis, marching with others in the city centre and "LGBT History Telling".

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June 29 2019 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Fletcher faces allegations of naked beatings

Southwark diocese said last week (News, 28 June) that it had removed Mr. Fletcher's Permission to Officiate (PTO) in 2017, after an independent safeguarding assessment had concluded that, while there was "no criminal case to answer", nor any evidence that he posed "a significant sexual or physical risk to children . . . there was a risk of him behaving towards vulnerable adults who may be seeking his spiritual guidance in a manner which may be harmful".

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June 24 2019 By virtueonline What would reform of the Church of England take?

If you were following that line of argument, you would might also want to consider: (a) the reform of General Synod (a new force since the reformation) and (b) the reform of the links with parliament, a much more secular (and anti-Christian) lay influence than initially intended. But let's start with reflecting on the key issue of reforming the House of Bishops.

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June 17 2019 By virtueonline Oxford dean faces £500,000 secret tribunal in pay dispute

Although details of the complaints against Percy have not been disclosed, the college told alumni in a letter in January that the row related to pay. Percy, who has not commented on the dispute, is believed to earn about £90,000 a year plus accommodation and generous perks -- relatively low compared with other college heads.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline Church of England - Radical New Christian Exclusion

The future may be seen in a case from the recent past. When, in 2014, the General Synod agreed on the introduction of women bishops, the House of Bishops produced a Declaration promising respect and provision for those conscientiously unable to accept the innovation. Much was made of it being undergirded by a Canon prescribing a procedure for the resolution of disputes and the appointment of an Independent Reviewer, but the Declaration was essentially a gentlemen's agreement.

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June 08 2019 By virtueonline ROCHESTER, UK: A statement from Dean Philip Hesketh regarding the former Director of Music

Some of those offences were committed in Rochester while he was employed at Rochester Cathedral. He has pleaded guilty to all offences. A sentencing date is expected to be set in due course.

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June 02 2019 By dvirtue Sex abuse inquiry risks diplomatic flare-up between Holy See and Britain

The victims' solicitors for the investigation, which is examining the extent of institutional failures by the Catholic Church to protect children from sexual abuse, demanded to know what steps Britain's ambassador to the Holy See had taken, or had been asked to take, in order to facilitate this and in order to avoid it becoming a diplomatic issue.

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May 26 2019 By dvirtue Vicar resigns after being 'silenced' over a Church of England school's plan to keep an eight-year-old pupil's sex change a secret from parents

He also feared that staff and governors had been misled by the transgender lobby group Mermaids, which had been invited in to advise the school.

After his worries were dismissed by the bishop, Mr Parker quit the church where he had been a vicar for 14 years, and also the school after seven years as governor.

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