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July 18 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury still ‘not convinced’ by arguments for same-sex marriage

“Pastorally, you meet people, sit across the room with them, talk to them… and your heart goes out to them.”

When asked whether he believes the church’s current position is unstable, he repeated: “We’re in the middle of a prolonged period of disagreement and conversation, and therefore by definition it is unstable.”

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July 18 2014 By dvirtue CofE: One thousand #NewRevs “a remarkable gift to both Church and Nation”

As part of the ordination service, the new priests and deacons are addressed by a Bishop of the diocese in which they will serve who will say: "They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God's purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people.

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July 16 2014 By dvirtue English and Welsh Catholic Leaders say women bishops in CofE obstacle to Unity

At this difficult moment we affirm again the significant ecumenical progress which has been made in the decades since the Second Vatican Council and the development of firm and lasting friendships between our communities. We rejoice in these bonds of affection and will do all we can to strengthen them and seek together to witness to the Gospel in our society.

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July 15 2014 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND: No Church for Old Ladies

But if you are an old lady who has served your local parish church faithfully down the years, the lack of pastoral provision really hits you. You walk down to your local church on a Sunday only to find a notice affixed saying that the next service is in a month’s time.

As for being visited in your home, that is becoming virtually unheard of, whether by a vicar or by an over-stretched church volunteer.

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July 14 2014 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconciler

Last year saw the publication of Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury by Andrew Atherstone. The first biography of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the book was researched and written in 10 weeks – starting on the day Welby’s nomination was announced in November 2012 - and published in time for Welby’s enthronement in March 2013.

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July 14 2014 By dvirtue Church of England General Synod expected to approve female bishops

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has championed the proposals, said: "In my heart, I think we are OK."

Should the measure fail to get the two-thirds majority it needs among the synod's lay members – it is certain to pass the separate votes of bishops and clergy – Welby will consult with his fellow bishops as to what should be done and make an announcement as soon as possible.

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July 12 2014 By dvirtue How about tolerance for Christians, Mr Cameron?

Despite having recently asserted that Britain is ‘a Christian country’ and talking about the role religion can play in ‘helping people to have a moral code’, he failed to back the bakery.

At Prime Minister’s Questions this week, rather than defending Mr McArthur’s religious freedom, Mr Cameron lamely said that ‘tolerance and equality was a very important part of being British’.

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July 11 2014 By dvirtue Evangelicals in CofE want 12 bishops after women bishops vote

He also asked specifically that the Archbishop be "encouraging and ensuring the appointment of 12 conservative evangelical bishops".

The Church of England has resisted quota systems. A previous move during the 2013 November Synod to guarantee a place for at least one evangelical bishop in the College of Bishops was rejected.

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July 10 2014 By dvirtue As the Synod prepares to vote on women bishops Katharine Jefferts Schori the only Anglican woman Primate speaks

Gender is really not an issue, she said in a phone conversation a fortnight ago, just before travelling to the UK to preach at the annual pilgrimage in St Albans. "It's been a very minor theme. When I was first elected, there was profound objection from a couple of bishops who did not think that women should be ordained. We've long ago gotten past that: they decided they didn't want to be part of the Episcopal Church.

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July 10 2014 By dvirtue PM rejects call for law change in gay cake row: Cameron declines to support 'conscience clause' to protect Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs

Questioned by MPs, Mr Cameron declined to offer support for the idea of laws to defend Christian beliefs. Instead he told the Commons that gay equality rights are part of being British.

Cameron has batted aside calls for a 'conscience clause' to protect Christians persecuted for their beliefs. He said that tolerance and equality for people with different sexualities are ‘a very important part of being British.’

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