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June 28 2021 By dvirtue Church of England should recognise same-sex weddings, says bishop

The "world beyond the church" has found it to be offensive, oppressive and hypocritical, he said.

Issues of sexuality, gender and same-sex marriage have caused deep and bitter divisions within the C of E in recent decades. Conservatives have sought to uphold traditional teaching that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Campaigners for change say the bible teaches inclusivity and equality.

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June 28 2021 By dvirtue Manchester Bishop dismisses Matt Hancock's adultery as "a bit of a fling"

Certainly, hypocrisy is serious: if you are depriving people of their liberty, you at least need to comply with the strictures of your own regulatory framework. After all, people couldn't kiss their loved ones as they were dying; and then they couldn't attend the burials or cremations. So, yes, the hypocrisy is serious, because every breach of social distancing might kill granny, as Matt Hancock once warned.

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June 26 2021 By dvirtue Post-evangelical theologian reveals humanistic roots of LLF

But not all change is good; discernment and wisdom, informed by the Scriptures, need to be applied, often to tease out what is beneficial and what is potentially erroneous and harmful in a theory of change. So for example, socialism began by questioning why most of a nation's resources end up in the hands of a small elite.

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June 21 2021 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury apologises over bishop's 'never trust a Tory' comment

The letter, seen by The Telegraph, will heap further pressure on the bishop to quit.

Her comments were also condemned by the senior bishop in Wales, who expressed regret for the "hurt it caused".

Dr Penberthy had posted on the social media platform in March "never, never, never trust a Tory" in response to another Twitter user who had alleged that the Conservatives were planning to abolish the Welsh Parliament or Senedd.

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June 09 2021 By dvirtue I was a Smyth victim too, says Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate

"I was deceived by John Smyth and first beaten in Smyth's shed in late August 1981. I recall being beaten twice more, the last in early December 1981. After that, I never went again.

"On 12 February 1982, I reported the beatings to the minister of the church I was attending at the time."

Smyth chaired the Iwerne Trust - now named the Titus Trust - between 1974 and 1981 during which time he abused young men at the evangelical summer camps run by the charity.

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May 27 2021 By dvirtue Letter in Church Times (May 21) about Dr Bernard Randall from the Ven Norman Russell

Readers of the Church Times may be generally aware of Critical Theory with its roots in Marxism and Freudian pseudo-science, and aware of how that has shaped the politics of race, gender and identity, but it is probably not at the forefront of the thinking of the average Christian in the pews, mystified by why what Christians have traditionally believed is changing.

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May 24 2021 By dvirtue Institutional narcissism in the Church of England

Wilde's point is a subtle one, but it has deep echoes in recent psychological research. A 2017 paper by economists at Chicago University found that working for a socially responsible company increased the tendency of people to act unethically. The authors called it "moral licensing": the finding that when people do good, they sometimes feel they have more latitude to do bad.

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May 22 2021 By dvirtue One of Church of England's most senior bishops is stepping down for six weeks after he was threatened with vote of no confidence over his leadership

Local reports say he is stepping down for six weeks because of the discontent.

The Rt Rev Deborah Mary Sellin, Suffragan Bishop of Southampton, said in a statement: 'Bishop Tim has today informed me he will be stepping back from his role as Bishop of Winchester for the next six weeks, so that he can focus on discussions about future leadership and governance reform in the Diocese.

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May 22 2021 By dvirtue Archbishop Welby's apology to John Smyth's victims

John Smyth, who died in 2018, was the chair of the Iwerne Trust for almost a decade (1974-81) and present at many camps. Accounts of abuse by Smyth, who was a QC, or Queen's Counsel -- a senior counsel -- in the British legal system, first came to public notice in 2013 when a victim reported his experiences to the Diocese of Ely. Much of the publicity then focused on the presence of a young Justin Welby at many Iwerne camps, as a dormitory officer.

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May 17 2021 By dvirtue Dr. Bernard Randall and the moral bankruptcy of the CofE leadership

The Rev Dr Bernard Randall was, until fairly recently, an employee of Trent College, Nottingham ("We believe in potential and we believe in excellence. At Trent College & The Elms, we'll help you go further"). This is a fee-paying high school. Dr Randall took up a place as Chaplain in 2015 and left in December 2020 through redundancy. His crime?

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