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October 26 2015 By dvirtue UK: Don't see God as a man says first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords

The bishop said God should not be gendered and said while she knowns many will disagree, she believes the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God

Treweek, who is one of just six female bishops in the Church of England, said she chooses not say 'he' or 'she', but instead uses 'God', although she admitted she does occasionally forget.

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October 26 2015 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Forward in Faith defends the Seal of the Confessional

Such a change would be undesirable and counterproductive. It would discourage people who have committed criminal offences from making their confession, reducing the likelihood of a priest being in a position to counsel them to report themselves to the Police. The time and energy expended in promoting such a controversial piece of legislation could be deployed more profitably in other ways.

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October 22 2015 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Revered Bishop George Bell was a paedophile

The Church of England has issued a formal apology to the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous and has asked even for their gender not to be disclosed, and settled a legal claim for compensation.

The victim first came forward in 1995 but the complaint was effectively ignored by the then Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, who died in 2009.

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October 20 2015 By dvirtue Cameron should listen to Syrian bishops, not the Anglican ones

He was, naturally grateful for the CofE bishops taking an interest. "Love-wise, Christian feelings-wise, it is a good move", he said of the letter on today's Sunday Programme on Radio 4. From the perspective of what actually works, however, he intimated it was pretty well the opposite of what Christians in Syria want. "We suffer that our people would leave the country", he said. So, not so keen on encouraging the exodus.

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October 19 2015 By dvirtue The Church of England is not dying -- it is regenerating

Well believe it or not large parts of the Church of England are just about there and as you might expect, it's not a great place to be. The parish system has been on its last legs for years. Individual clergy have been taking responsibility for more and more churches meaning their limited time and resources are spread increasingly thinly.

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October 15 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop Longley rejects synod proposal on Communion for Anglican spouses

If approved it would mean Anglicans being allowed to present themselves at Communion during Mass if they were married to a Catholic but unable to attend a service in their own denomination.

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, co-chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (Arcic), set up to further unity, has criticised the move, however, saying it did not meet the demands of either the Code of Canon Law or the Ecumenical Directory.

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October 15 2015 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Sir Humphrey Appleby to train ethnic minority clergy for bishoprics

You see it just doesn't seem right to have coloured people in the Church of England wearing mitres and carrying crosiers. Where will it all end? There'll be bishops in the House of Lords with thick Nigerian accents. There'll bishops speaking to Prince Philip at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day with funny Indian accents. And these ethnic minorities might make terrible grammatical mistakes and split their infinitives.

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October 15 2015 By dvirtue Will revisionism save the C of E? We're about to find out

Some Dioceses have already posted their results, and the headline has been the election of Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain as a representative for London. The background: In February 2014 the Bishops' post-Synod statement reiterated that the Church of England cannot bless same sex relationships nor change its doctrine of marriage.

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October 13 2015 By dvirtue UK: Married gay priest elected to Church of England Synod

But some traditionalist evangelicals called for the vote not only to be declared null but for him to be sacked as a clergyman because of his decision to marry his partner despite a Church-imposed bar on clerics entering same-sex marriages.

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October 08 2015 By dvirtue UK: ReNew Conference draws Hundreds of Clergy and Lay Leaders to Evangelize England

One of the highlights of ReNew was the presence and video message of Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop-designate of Maidstone, who promised to uphold the cause of Anglicans who held to a complementarian position on the issue of women in leadership. Bishop Rod noted the situation of evangelicals as 'feeling rather on the back foot in the Church of England and being aghast at some of the changes that are taking place.

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