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February 12 2020 By virtueonline Bishop offers orthodox Anglicans hope of retaining protected minority status as Diocese takes progressive route

Bishop Colin's letter appears at first sight to be balanced. The House of Bishops' Pastoral Statement has caused distress for some, but drawn praise from others. The Oxford Bishops have listened to both sides, concerned for the pastoral care of those who identify as LGBT, while also respecting and not wanting to exclude those who hold to the church's traditional teaching.

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February 10 2020 By virtueonline No sex please, we're bishops

Archbishop John Sentamu had previously seemed relaxed about it. In 2011 he was asked what he thought of the choices made by Prince William and Kate Middleton, who lived together on and off for seven years before they were married. He said he fully understood that some people want to, er, "test whether the milk is good before they buy the cow." But now, according to the new guidelines, he believes the royal couple were "falling short of God's purposes for human beings."

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February 06 2020 By virtueonline Bishop David's Statement regarding Franklin Graham UK visit

We are disappointed his views are overshadowing the primary work of evangelism training that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is gifted in.

We expect Franklin Graham to keep his promise, when speaking as an evangelist, to avoid expressing condemnation of persons and not promoting political bias.

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January 28 2020 By virtueonline CofE bishops in disarray over 'sex for married straight couples only' rule

In their document, published in response to the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships, the House of Bishops said last week: "For Christians, marriage -- that is the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows -- remains the proper context for sexual activity."

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January 26 2020 By virtueonline Church of England reaffirms biblical teaching on sex and marriage--but for how much longer?

More pastorally, it adds: 'In its approach to civil partnerships the Church seeks to uphold that standard, to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships and to minister sensitively and pastorally to those Christians who conscientiously decide to order their lives differently.'

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January 26 2020 By virtueonline Pastoral Statement from the House of Bishops of the Church of England: A Comment

The Civil Partnerships Act of 2005 was designed to imitate marriage: the Bishops point this out in paragraph 12 of their statement. At first, Government ministers were claiming that the then Bill was to remove hardships on such matters as visiting rights in hospitals, inheritance and security of tenancy for people living together.

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It clarifies that Kent University, which conferred the doctorate, "regularly uses the Cathedral as one of a number of locations to host its graduation ceremonies," and the "Cathedral does not have any involvement with the content of these events or their choice of honorary degree recipients."

The cathedral statement, drafted as a rebuttal to a Jan. 14 Church Militant article, does not cite our story or provide a link to it.

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Members of the Pastoral Advisory Group introduce the Pastoral Principles in the video below.

These Pastoral Principles invite church communities to examine afresh their life together, seeing our many differences as gifts that can build us up in trust and mutual affection, using them could be transformative for your church community and for the church as a whole.

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January 16 2020 By virtueonline Extradited CofE priest faces jail after abuse conviction

The conviction comes at the end of a long process. Dr Macfarlane, now a Professor of Law in Canada, made her first complaint to the Perth diocese in 1999. By that time, Mr Griffiths had been working as a priest in Western Australia for 11 years, first as Assistant Curate of Albany, then Rector of Collie, and then Priest-in-Charge of Maddington. An internal investigation was begun, and the following year Mr Griffiths was told that he faced a hearing under the Clergy Discipline Statute.

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January 14 2020 By virtueonline English Anglican evangelicals: five areas of disagreement

Church of England: hope or despair?

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