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November 26 2015 By dvirtue The Preacher to the Pope, The Church of England and the Discernment of Spirits

So we can assume there was nothing accidental in his choice as preacher and nothing accidental in the message he delivered.

He preached about the prophetic witness of Haggai who called for the rebuilding of God's house, invoking the presence of the Spirit of God.

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November 24 2015 By dvirtue Oh gosh, yes!

I admit it is feeble of me to continue to doubt, but I cannot stop sceptical thoughts from entering my head. For example, if there really is a genuine Archbishop of Canterbury, why is the Church of England in such a mess?

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November 23 2015 By dvirtue Welby bids to defuse Church of England's 'demographic time bomb'

However, critics fear that traditional values could be lost amid the speed of change, lack of consultation and a new culture of setting goals and targets. "Some of those driving the Reform and Renewal agenda don't seem to understand the complex nature of the institution they are seeking to improve. In trying to change the church, there is a significant risk of unintentional vandalism," said Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

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November 21 2015 By dvirtue Church of England vicar accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy in India is urged to return there to face trial

The boy, who stayed at a children's home set up by the clergyman, said he was kidnapped and taken to New Delhi where he was molested in cheap hostels.

But by the time a warrant was issued for Robinson's arrest, the married cleric had returned home to Wales. Judges at the High Court in Madras have now agreed to lift an Interpol 'wanted' alert in the hope that he will voluntarily fly to India to face trial.

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November 18 2015 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Forward in Faith Assembly completes transition

After a keynote presentation by the Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, on the Society bishops' recent statements on Communion, Catholicity and a Catholic Life, the Assembly replaced constitutional references to Forward in Faith's previous Communion Statement.

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November 16 2015 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Compassion To Refugees, Not Capitulation To Islamic State

Having said that, we must also ask about the causes of the crisis and what can be done to address them. We have to ask too about the role of international agencies in the crisis, as well as that of regional powers.

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November 11 2015 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Debating the Pemberton Tribunal

Jeremy's opening comment was that the verdict was no surprise to him. This was interesting, since it contradicted the confident comments of his supporters prior to the judgement being announced, and suggests that Jeremy initiated the case not because he would win, but because it would gain publicity. Presumably the same will be true of his planned appeal.

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November 02 2015 By dvirtue UK: Christians must not be afraid to disagree with Muslims about the nature of God

Writing in the latest Evangelicals Now, Dr Ovey has warned that Christians publicly opposing the tenets of Islam could in the near future risk jail: 'There is a risk, increasingly, that some of us may go to prison if we say what we must say in public about Islam and its blasphemous denial of the deity of the Son' (of God).'

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October 30 2015 By dvirtue Church of England rocked by third abuse priest in as many weeks

It comes after former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, was jailed for 32 months on October 7 for committing acts of "debasement" in the name of religion with regards 18 vulnerable victims.

On Thursday last week, former Bishop of Chichester George Bell, was also outed as an offender after the Church paid compensation to a victim he abused more than 50 years ago.

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October 26 2015 By dvirtue UK: Don't see God as a man says first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords

The bishop said God should not be gendered and said while she knowns many will disagree, she believes the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God

Treweek, who is one of just six female bishops in the Church of England, said she chooses not say 'he' or 'she', but instead uses 'God', although she admitted she does occasionally forget.

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