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April 21 2014 By virtueonline Muslims and Jews know their sacred texts. Why don't Christians?

If the bishops fail in this, Christians will become a community filled with ignorant and therefore insecure men and women. They will feel threatened both by secularists and the followers of other religions. They will be the uncomfortable element in the all-embracing multicultural Britain the Coalition and Labour like to talk of.

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April 06 2014 By virtueonline Welby wages war on Wonga's Payday loans in Church's classrooms

‘There is a huge amount of work that has already been done in this area – by charitable institutions, by credit unions and a number of Government initiatives. But I think there is room for more to be done, particularly in primary schools.’

The Church of England has no power to rewrite the curriculum and Sants said that it would ‘take time to work out’ how to develop the agenda in collaboration with school authorities.

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April 02 2014 By virtueonline The Church of England’s official teaching on Christian marriage

Matthew 19.4-6: 4 Jesus answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh."

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March 31 2014 By virtueonline Gay marriage will change the Church of England forever

The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy who wish to marry should do so in defiance of the official line.

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March 28 2014 By virtueonline Archbishop Welby hosts major gathering of Anglican Religious Communities

The conference, ‘Religious Life and Renewal: Exploring Roots and Shoots’, has three aims: to give members of religious communities around the country an opportunity to interact with Archbishop Justin’s vision for the renewal of Religious Life; to receive affirmation and build vision together; and to seek to reinvigorate and reimagine connections between religious communities and the church’s structures.

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March 27 2014 By virtueonline A third of Church of England bishops are gay, priest claims

But as reported by the Daily Beast, an anonymous clergyman has revealed that homosexuality may be more prevalent in the church than some may think.

They write: ‘A clergyman, who did not wish to be named, claimed that at least 13 of the church’s 42 bishops were also gay, although they have not publicly acknowledged it.’

There are 42 bishops in the Church of England, who have a diocese and can vote in the House of Lords.

None of them are openly gay.

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March 27 2014 By virtueonline Channel Islands Church split to be dealt with by commission

The interim arrangement, in place while a long term solution is found, ends the 500-year-old relationship between the islands and the Diocese of Winchester.

The agreement was signed by the Deans of Guernsey and Jersey, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Mr Welby said: "I am delighted that we have found a way forward which engages the full support of everyone concerned."

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March 22 2014 By virtueonline UK: Biblical Ignorance of Anglican Politicians is no Laughing Matter

Positive male and female role models are very important in local communities but as an argument for the ordination of women, or indeed men, Mrs Spelman's apologia for women priests displays a lamentable level of biblical literacy. The primary calling of ordained ministers in the Church of England is to proclaim the Word of God, not to spend their time trying to compensate for societal breakdown.

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March 21 2014 By virtueonline UK: First priest to defy Church ban on gay marriage for clergy

The decision was applauded by traditionalists and several primates overseas but infuriated liberals in the Church.

Although the Church of England officially objected to the legalisation of gay marriage and has opted out of performing the weddings, there have been growing signs of a more relaxed stance on homosexuality.

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March 20 2014 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Anglican legal advisor named Queen's Chaplain

"It is a great honour to be appointed as one of Her Majesty The Queen's Chaplains," he said. "The role is largely honorary, but I hope it will increase the opportunities I have from time to time to emphasise the importance of the Anglican Communion, and the immensely valuable work done by Anglican Churches around the world'.

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