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February 02 2021 By dvirtue Former Archbishop of Canterbury says treatment over Smyth allegations has been 'unjust'

His PTO was reinstated by the Bishop of Oxford after the core group concluded that, following recent training, the former Archbishop did not pose a safeguarding risk.

In his piece in The Telegraph, Lord Carey said the core group, which investigates safeguarding complaints, was "secretive" and "stutteringly slow, brutal and impersonal".

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February 01 2021 By dvirtue Church of England warns it may cut number of paid clergy by up to 20% amid fears a FIFTH of worshippers may never return after pandemic

The Church of England will now look to recruit unpaid clergy with the number of paid priests being cut by 10 to 20 per cent, one source told The Sunday Times.

These new recruits would join the 2,870 unpaid clergy, 7,370 retired clergy who continue to officiate and 7,830 lay readers already part of the establishment.

The publication also stated that the document questioned 'the sustainability of many local churches'.

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January 28 2021 By dvirtue Archbishop George Carey Reinstated to Officiate

An NST core group was set up and the conclusion to their investigation was that I had seen the report. They also concluded that as a result of this investigation and further training that I have recently undertaken, they believe I do not pose a safeguarding risk.

I welcome this latter conclusion. However, I respectfully disagree with their judgement. I have no memory at all of John Smyth at Trinity College Bristol.

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January 24 2021 By dvirtue UK: 'Abusive' vicar victims fear cover-up, as church officials gain advance access to conduct report

Victims of an "abusive" vicar unmasked by The Telegraph fear a church cover-up, as it emerges officials will have a month to scour the investigation into his conduct before its publication.

In June 2019 The Telegraph revealed that Rev Jonathan Fletcher, one of the Church of England's leading evangelical figures, was banned from preaching after "spiritually abusing" vulnerable adults.

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January 20 2021 By dvirtue Can the Church of England survive Covid?

Over the following weeks, Allerton did 64 walking services around London, helped by the amazing weather. Each service -- with a hymn, a prayer and a 60-second sermon -- took seven minutes. He invited people -- up to 50 at a time -- to join in from a window or doorway. 'So many people commented on social media, saying things like, "I'm not religious but I've got goosebumps. There are tears coming down my face." God's presence was touching people.'

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January 06 2021 By dvirtue Shutdown of churches and ban on weddings during Covid crisis has cost Church of England '£150MILLION' and could trigger a cull of parishes

Among those discussed have been a cut in the number of bishops from more than 100 to as few as ten, and a redrawing of parish boundaries to reduce their number from 12,500 to 9,000.

Highly-placed sources suggest it lost £150million in donations alone during the months when collection plates went unused and fees for special services dried up. Pictured: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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December 30 2020 By dvirtue Bishop Pat Harris. 1934-2020

From 1963, he spent 17 years in Northern Argentina amongst the Wichi people. One key role he had was to prepare the first Wichi for ordination, of which there have now been many. This led to the ordination of the first Wichi bishops. "

In 1968, Bishop Patrick married Valerie Pilbrow. They had three children, Jonny, David and Rachel.

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December 10 2020 By dvirtue The English Inquisition: Church of England team get power to probe and charge sex abuse clergy

Experts in the body will bring suspects for trial before a new tribunal system, which is likely to be supervised by judges from the secular legal system.

This 'central office' would be the first organisation set up to police clergy in England in nearly 1,000 years.

It mirrors the Vatican organisation -- the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- charged by Pope Francis with investigating allegations of child sex abuse against Roman Catholic priests.

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November 25 2020 By dvirtue The dying Church of England cannot afford a sabbatical

But there is no accompaniment in 2020 because the churches have been shut (earlier this year, the Anglicans banned even their own clerics from entering them), and though the Church of England hierarchy spreads the Good News, it tends to do so quietly and thinly. In the past few days alone, the Archbishop has also spoken in defence of Britain's foreign aid budget and urged the world to ban the bomb.

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November 25 2020 By dvirtue The Church of England's guide to hearing God's voice through the bible, according to LLF

In the chapter on 'the bible' (part of a comprehensive section on 'How do we hear God?', the traditional, conservative method of reading various passages is questioned and set against a revisionist interpretation. So for example, after lessons on how to look at the context and take into account "canonical diversity and complexity" (p280), there is a case study: can we articulate a 'biblical' view of marriage?

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