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October 06 2013 By virtueonline UK: Judges bid to banish the Bible from court - oath no longer taken seriously

It is claimed the new oath would be fairer for everyone and make it easier to understand the importance of what they are saying.

But critics point out non-believers already have the option of promising to tell the truth without any reference to a sacred text, and that the change would further erode Britain's Christian heritage.

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October 03 2013 By virtueonline Discipleship course launched with blessing from Archbishop of Canterbury

The course's core authors are the Bishops of Chelmsford, Sheffield and Stockport, (Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Robert Atwell) and Dr Paula Gooder, writer and lecturer in New Testament studies. Speaking at Lambeth Palace this morning, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, said that for most people becoming a Christian is 'like a journey'. Evangelism, he added, should therefore be focused on 'helping people make the journey'.

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September 04 2013 By virtueonline Vicar 'refuses to baptise' baby of lesbian couple who both want to be registered

Aimi and Victoria said they were appalled and stormed out.

Hants, said: "Rev Gebauer sat there and told us no child could have parents of the same sex, no child could have two mothers.

"There was no way one of us was going to be listed as the Godparent. We are both Alfie's mum.

"He did all this for about 10 or 15 minutes and was asking us why we want Alfie brought into the church.

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August 28 2013 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury urges caution on Syria

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph the Archbishop urged MPs - who he said did not appear to be "slavering [to] unleash the dogs of war" - to check they were sure of what was happening in Syria. "The things which MPs will have to bear in mind in what is going to be a very, very difficult debate is firstly: are we sure about the facts on the ground?" he said.

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August 13 2013 By virtueonline Growing decade for cathedral congregations, show latest stats

Easter 2012 saw the highest attendance in the last decade, at 54,700. Attendance at midweek services has grown most, from 8,900 in 2002 to 16,800, while Sunday attendance has grown from 17,500 to 19,100.

The numbers of children and young people attending educational events is the highest for 10 years (306,800 in 2012 compared to 265,100 in 2002).

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August 09 2013 By virtueonline UK: What The F*** Would Jesus Do?':Female VICAR causes stir with obscene sticker

The offended parishioner took a photograph of the 54-year-old American-born vicar driving in her car and sent it to the local newspaper along with an anonymous letter quoting the Bible's prohibition of swearing.

Yesterday, Miss Goodman, rector in the Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams parish in Cambridgeshire, was unrepentant about the sticker and said her detractors should 'get a life'.

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August 06 2013 By virtueonline Justin Welby: People pay attention 'when the church is real'

After reading from Acts 4: 32-37, Archbishop Justin said:

Now, first of all, if you'll excuse me being quite impolite, the trouble with New Wineskins is that they get older. I'm looking around. I look in the mirror. It's a bit frightening. That may seem shocking and rude, but I'm afraid it's true, and it is the pattern of all renewal in the Church. As they get older, they accumulate bits and pieces that attach to them; they get baggage.

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August 03 2013 By virtueonline LONDON: 'I am still not getting what I want': Gay couple suing Church of England

Drewitt-Barlow said, "The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us."

"But we don't want to force anyone into marrying us - it is supposed to be the happiest day in my life and that would make me miserable and would spoil the whole thing," he said. "Aren't Christians meant to forgive and accept and love?"

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July 30 2013 By virtueonline Church investments undermine Welby's tilt at Wonga

On Friday, the Archbishop told Radio Four's Today programme that he was "embarrassed" and "irritated" by the news - uncovered by the Financial Times - but that he had "no illusions" about the complexity of investment.

Lambeth Palace said that they had been unaware of the investment. "We will be asking the assets committee of the Church Commissioners to investigate how this has occurred and to review the holding."

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July 25 2013 By virtueonline UK: David Cameron: 'I want to export gay marriage around the world'

Thanking the ministers and civil servants who helped to pass the legislation into law despite objections from the Tory Right, he said: It's been a real pleasure to work with you and to deliver this landmark social change for our country, which to me still comes back to the simple word of commitment."

He said that he wanted to "export" same sex marriage around the world so other countries could follow suit.

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