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August 17 2020 By dvirtue FLETCHER FINDINGS ON THE WAY

Meanwhile the Church of England is also investigating the Archbishop of Canterbury's handling of allegations of abuse by the late John Smyth QC, who was well-known to Fletcher. All three were involved in the Iwerne Camps for top public schoolboys.

An "outrageousness of the silence" by senior evangelicals over Fletcher and Smyth

Melvin Tinker and Peter Sanlon respond to Evangelicals Now's report on the Jonathan Fletcher affair

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August 13 2020 By dvirtue House of Bishops asked to withdraw ban on individual cups at Communion

The Opinion, entitled "The legality of the use of individual cups for communion wine in the Church of England", has been prepared under the editorship of Stephen Hofmeyr QC, a member of General Synod. Other contributors include Mark Cawson and Andrew Wales, also QC's, and Carolyn Johnson a Manchester-based barrister.

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August 12 2020 By dvirtue Church of England minister Lee Gatiss receives vitriol online after leading national church service

Much of the criticism stemmed from him being from the Conservative evangelical wing of the Church of England and so supporting marriage that is between a man and a woman only, not supporting events such as Pride and believing a church leader should not be someone who has gone through a gender transition.

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August 07 2020 By dvirtue The CofE's clergy discipline scandal is symptomatic of a deeper problem

The report's findings included the shocking facts that more than a third of clergy undergoing a CDM considered suicide; only 18 per cent felt they were treated as innocent until proved guilty; and just about half "strongly disagreed" with the statement "I felt supported by the diocese through the process".

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August 03 2020 By dvirtue Church of England safeguarding inquiries go to the top

It was revealed this week that Welby is subject to an inquiry after a complaint was laid against his handling of the revelations about John Smyth, who was accused of beating boys at Christian holiday camps.

Carey, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, is also subject to an inquiry in connection with the same case, after earlier being punished for his failure to act decisively against the paedophile bishop Peter Ball.

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July 29 2020 By dvirtue NST considers safeguarding complaint against Welby

The case comes a month after the new Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, admitted a failure to report a case of domestic abuse correctly in a former diocese (News, 29 June), and six weeks after permission to officiate was withdrawn from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, after further allegations relating to the Smyth case (News, 19 June).

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July 16 2020 By dvirtue Welby browned off after grilling on church closures

"The Government advice was about care for the community. We issued advice, not law, in the middle of a complicated process after the Prime Minister said places of worship would be closed. We were working with a fast-moving situation," he said.

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July 12 2020 By dvirtue Church of England accused of turning blind eye to priests' abuse of their wives

Victims told The Telegraph that when their complaints were channeled through the Church's disciplinary process they encountered difficulties because it imposes time limits on claims and places the emphasis on complainants to prove their case.

The Church said on Friday that it was conducting a wide-ranging review of its disciplinary processes which Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has admitted is "not fit for purpose".

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July 09 2020 By dvirtue Forgiveness: a new transactional theology

He said, amongst other pearls of wisdom, that "repentance and justice must go together"; that the acts of those memorialised in statues could be forgiven "only if there's justice," and that forgiveness can only be granted "if we change the way we behave now and say this was then and we learn from that and change how we are going to be in the future."

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July 08 2020 By dvirtue 'Jesus was a black man,' says Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

"Jesus was a black man, and he was born into a persecuted group in an occupied country," he said.

"The leadership of the Church of England is still too white, and I hope under my watch we'll see further changes on that. The Church of England has not been good at reimagining what its ministry of leadership should look like."

He went on to say that he believed there was still institutional racism in the Church of England today.

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