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February 23 2015 By dvirtue 'Bishops' Betrayal': The Church of England Bishops' Pastoral/Political Letter

In their haste to attack the present Government, they present figures that are false.
Seemingly unable to bear to tell the truth about the real fall in the numbers of the unemployed under this Government, they disguise the fact; they appear to want to believe that in-work poverty has fallen -- so they say, contrary to other facts that it has risen.

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February 19 2015 By dvirtue Bishop Graham Kings appointed as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, currently Bishop of Sherborne, has been appointed and will take up this new post in July 2015. He will be based in London, visiting Durham University, as an Honorary Fellow, and will travel in the Communion. He will convene a series of seminars in Anglican Communion Studies for theologians, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A new web site, launched today,, will publish the papers.

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February 19 2015 By dvirtue I’ve Changed My Mind: Conservative Evangelicals could do with A ‘Flying’ Bishop

But what has changed since then? The fact that at February’s General Synod it emerged that since January the Bishops are requiring all ordination candidates to sign their internally contradictory five guiding principles on women in the episcopate. The principles are to be ‘held in tension’ and are designed to ‘create space’, conservative evangelicals are being told.

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February 17 2015 By dvirtue Church of England calls for a 'new direction' in British Politics

The bishops, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Bishop of London Richard Chartres, lament the fact that "deep divisions and the gulfs between people and communities" seem to be widening.

They openly state their desire to leave Thatcherism behind, accusing her administration of bringing in competitive individualism, consumption and of fragmenting social solidarity.

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February 17 2015 By dvirtue Sin but no devil: Church of England debates its baptismal liturgy

Bishop of Truro Timothy Thornton said the new baptism texts were being drafted because of concerns that the present services were too "complex and inaccessible" to non-churchgoers.

"Those who work with young people give consistent advice that references to the devil are likely to be misunderstood in today's culture." He said a clear majority of the committee working on the texts had agree it was "unhelpful to refer to a personification of evil in the form of the devil."

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February 13 2015 By dvirtue Most Serious Threat to Reformed Anglicans since Archbishop Laud

"Now that legislation has been passed to enable women to become bishops the Church of England is fully and unequivocally committed to all orders of ministry being open equally to all, without reference to gender, and holds that those whom it has duly ordained and appointed to office are the true and lawful holders of the office which they occupy and thus deserve due respect and canonical obedience."

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February 13 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby: Evangelism is vital to the Church

"That last paragraph is, of course, complete rubbish. To be honest, I just put it in in order to reassure you, as it is well known that I am in fact a businessman who put on the wrong clothes this morning."

In his first presidential address to the synod last July, Welby labelled evangelism as one of his three main priorities in ministry. "We need new imagination in evangelism through prayer, and a fierce determination not to let evangelism be squeezed off our agendas," he said.

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February 08 2015 By dvirtue Welby Scheme: 'It's Not Necessarily About Sitting Down Arguing Over The Scriptures' -- David Porter

Interviewer: So I'm here with Malcolm Brown and David Porter and we're going to talk about the College of Bishops Meeting and what might happen at the College in the week ahead.

Malcolm, how have we got from the Pilling Report to what's going to be happening at the College of Bishops this week:

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February 05 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby tells firms - pay your taxes

"Business is important, we need to affirm the significance of those who generate and create wealth," he said.

The Archbishop kept his strongest comments for the role taxes play in ensuring that companies contribute to the societies in which they operate.

"There has always been the principle that you pay the tax where you earn the money," he told me.

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January 27 2015 By dvirtue UK: Protesting priest shouting 'Not in the Bible' disrupts consecration of first female bishop in the Church of England at York Minster

The historic event was briefly interrupted by the appearance of an ultra-conservative priest, Rev Paul Williamson, shouting 'Not in the Bible' as she was presented to the congregation.
Man objects to Libby Lane's consecration as first female bishop

Rev Williamson interrupted the ceremony by shouting 'Not in the Bible'. A Church of England spokesman said his attempt to disrupt the ceremony was 'expected'

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