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October 17 2013 By virtueonline A gap is growing within the Church of England

Recent research on Anglicans suggests that there is indeed a gap between official and popular opinion in the Church of England but that it is not the one that Kelley would have predicted.

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October 15 2013 By virtueonline Since when did the Ch. of England decide to curl up in a corner and wait to die

Fortunately for Bishop Nick, this was not actually the case. The supposed source was a press release from the Church of England announcing their new Pilgrim discipleship course. The course has been designed in particular for new Christians who want to grow in their faith and become more mature disciples of Jesus. The press release mentions that the course offers an approach of "participation, not persuasion".

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October 14 2013 By virtueonline 'Catholic' confession is good for the soul - says Archbishop of Canterbury

He spoke of being part of a wider "catholic tradition", adding: "I've learnt over the last 10 years about the great sacrament of reconciliation: confession.

"It is enormously powerful and hideously painful when it's done properly ... it's really horrible when you go to see your confessor - I doubt you wake up in the morning and think, this is going to be a bunch of laughs.

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October 06 2013 By virtueonline UK: Judges bid to banish the Bible from court - oath no longer taken seriously

It is claimed the new oath would be fairer for everyone and make it easier to understand the importance of what they are saying.

But critics point out non-believers already have the option of promising to tell the truth without any reference to a sacred text, and that the change would further erode Britain's Christian heritage.

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October 03 2013 By virtueonline Discipleship course launched with blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury

The course's core authors are the Bishops of Chelmsford, Sheffield and Stockport, (Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Robert Atwell) and Dr Paula Gooder, writer and lecturer in New Testament studies. Speaking at Lambeth Palace this morning, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, said that for most people becoming a Christian is 'like a journey'. Evangelism, he added, should therefore be focused on 'helping people make the journey'.

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September 04 2013 By virtueonline Vicar 'refuses to baptise' baby of lesbian couple who both want to be registered

Aimi and Victoria said they were appalled and stormed out.

Hants, said: "Rev Gebauer sat there and told us no child could have parents of the same sex, no child could have two mothers.

"There was no way one of us was going to be listed as the Godparent. We are both Alfie's mum.

"He did all this for about 10 or 15 minutes and was asking us why we want Alfie brought into the church.

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August 28 2013 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury urges caution on Syria

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph the Archbishop urged MPs - who he said did not appear to be "slavering [to] unleash the dogs of war" - to check they were sure of what was happening in Syria. "The things which MPs will have to bear in mind in what is going to be a very, very difficult debate is firstly: are we sure about the facts on the ground?" he said.

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August 13 2013 By virtueonline Growing decade for cathedral congregations, show latest stats

Easter 2012 saw the highest attendance in the last decade, at 54,700. Attendance at midweek services has grown most, from 8,900 in 2002 to 16,800, while Sunday attendance has grown from 17,500 to 19,100.

The numbers of children and young people attending educational events is the highest for 10 years (306,800 in 2012 compared to 265,100 in 2002).

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August 09 2013 By virtueonline UK: What The F*** Would Jesus Do?':Female VICAR causes stir with obscene sticker

The offended parishioner took a photograph of the 54-year-old American-born vicar driving in her car and sent it to the local newspaper along with an anonymous letter quoting the Bible's prohibition of swearing.

Yesterday, Miss Goodman, rector in the Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams parish in Cambridgeshire, was unrepentant about the sticker and said her detractors should 'get a life'.

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August 06 2013 By virtueonline Justin Welby: People pay attention 'when the church is real'

After reading from Acts 4: 32-37, Archbishop Justin said:

Now, first of all, if you'll excuse me being quite impolite, the trouble with New Wineskins is that they get older. I'm looking around. I look in the mirror. It's a bit frightening. That may seem shocking and rude, but I'm afraid it's true, and it is the pattern of all renewal in the Church. As they get older, they accumulate bits and pieces that attach to them; they get baggage.

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