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August 04 2015 By dvirtue Demise of Christianity: 1,000 churches could shut across Britain as congregations shrink

Decaying masonry and rusting metal work have put 887 places of worship on the critical list as service attendance numbers continue to plummet.

A Save Our Spires appeal has just been launched to protect the 40 most threatened steeples while other of the Church of England's 16,000 buildings face closure because of the perilous state of repair.

The crisis is impacting religious services and community resources from scout meetings to zumba classes.

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July 29 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Interview: 'I Have No Right to Be Here'

"That's the question one always returns to. Prayer isn't a means of making things happen. If God exists, God is worth talking to and listening to. That's the simple way of putting it."

Welby has a reputation as a guy who enjoys a good laugh and discourages formality. His manner when I meet him is affable but circumspect. This is a man who once observed that he didn't want the top job and was "one of the thicker bishops" in the Church of England.

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July 17 2015 By dvirtue Justin Welby's "spiritual magpie" plan to save the Church of England

Officials call it urgency; critics say it is panic. The Church of England, the thinking goes, is about to shrink rapidly, even vanish in some areas, unless urgent action is taken. This action, laid out in a flurry of high-level reports, amounts to the biggest institutional shake-up since the 1990s. Red tape is to be cut, processes streamlined, resources optimised. Targets have been set. The Church is ill -- and business management is going to cure it.

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July 17 2015 By dvirtue Sex abuse priests could return to church without checks, warns Archbishop of York

The Archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church of England, warned that even he has no power to demand to see the files of banned cleric from other dioceses who retire to his area and apply for a new permission to serve as a priest again.

He told the Synod that unless the loophole is closed, abusers could return to serve as priests in a different part of England and potentially reoffend.

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July 14 2015 By dvirtue Church of England brings back powers to defrock vicars guilty of sex abuse and other crimes

Restoration of the most severe penalty for clergy guilty of sex abuse or other crimes was revealed after the Most Reverend Justin Welby told a survivors group that the Church is ready to launch its own examination of the extent of child sex abuse by priests.

Getting tough: Restoration of the most severe penalty for clergy guilty of sex abuse or other crimes was revealed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (above)

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July 09 2015 By dvirtue UK: Reform Response to the US Episcopal Church Resolution on Marriage

In rejecting this definition of marriage, the bishops of the US Episcopal Church have rejected Jesus' own teaching. As such, they have denied the faith they profess to teach, forfeiting any right to be regarded as true bishops of the church of Jesus Christ. Jesus warned us to "watch out for false prophets" who come in his name (Matthew 7.15, 22)

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July 09 2015 By dvirtue Welby preaches God, Jesus, sin and salvation to The Times

No apology was forthcoming; nor, apparently, any invitation to write an extended piece on the miraculous nature of Jesus Christ. The irruption of God into the world just isn't news, you see. So Justin Welby did what Jesus tended to do: he went to Times Towers and spoke to some of his critics face-to-face. It's so much more Christian than carping behind people's backs and spreading manifest untruths about the Church.

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June 30 2015 By dvirtue LAMBETH PALACE: Archbishop of Canterbury Responds to US Episcopal Church Resolution on Marriage

While recognising the prerogative of The Episcopal Church to address issues appropriate to its own context, Archbishop Justin Welby said that its decision will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships.

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June 24 2015 By dvirtue YORK: John Sentamu calls for harmony as Church of England rows over sexuality escalate

Some are calling on Bishop of Buckingham Alan Wilson to resign after he defended the gay marriage of Rev Jeremy Pemberton. They are also threatening to switch allegiance from the Church of England to the new conservative Gafcon fellowship.

The escalating war of words is a sign that the "conversations" currently taking place over human sexuality in the Church of England come amid a time of intensifying crisis.

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June 18 2015 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury 'passed the buck over gay priest's wedding'

The bishop replied: "To paraphrase the TV programme [House of Cards], you may say that, but I couldn't possibly comment." Inwood was speaking at an employment tribunal for Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who has made a claim for discrimination against the bishop.

In April 2014, Rev Pemberton became the first clergyman to marry his same-sex partner, in defiance of guidance issued by the C of E's bishops the month before.

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