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July 05 2019 By virtueonline How should we respond when a church leader is guilty of abuse?

This acknowledges that false accusations are sometimes levelled at church leaders. This paper is written for a situation where the facts have been established. The particular kinds of alleged behaviour to which I have been asked to respond are of two kinds. The first is where a church leader has asked a number of other men, individually one at a time, to join him in private and naked massages.

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July 05 2019 By virtueonline There is no such thing as 'spiritual abuse'

There is no sex involved in this recent manipulation, but an abuse of power there certainly is, and an unwelcome degree of psychological pressure to accompany it. One would have to be very naive not to see persistent texting of a victim as a form of continued abuse by somebody who holds a senior position in the same closed group and who may themselves have been a victim of similar abuse.

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July 01 2019 By virtueonline The Vision For Human Freedom And Dignity--Biblical And Catholic

As I have written and shared elsewhere, I believe the question of what constitutes true human freedom and dignity lies at the heart of the once-every-500-year Reformation that we are in right now. The question might be phrased around the issues of authority that have been at the heart of every 500-year reformation: Where does the authority lie in defining the issue of our day?

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June 27 2019 By virtueonline No, Christianity Does Not Support Paying Reparations 150 Years After Slavery

Reparations have been supported by multiple Democratic presidential candidates and religious leaders. Last week, Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, the Episcopal bishop of Maryland, urged Congress to pass HR 40. Sutton, perhaps himself a candidate for the commission, claimed to represent the perspective of the faith community in favor of reparations. After all, reparations have unanimous support from his diocese, which is 90 percent white.

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June 26 2019 By virtueonline The Anglican Church of Canada and Same-Sex Marriage

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master -- that's all."

In other words, when Humpty Dumpty uses the word marriage, it means just what he chooses it to mean. The question is not about the meaning. The question is which is to be master -- that's all.

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June 17 2019 By virtueonline Feminism was women's great enemy--until transgenderism came along

Icarus ignores his father's instructions. He flies too close to the sun. The wax in his wings melts. He falls into the sea and drowns.

In calling for the destruction of the family, the patriarchy and monogamy, the high priestesses of feminism were calling for the abolition of womanhood.

In Greek mythology, Icarus is the archetype of hubris. In Greek tragedy, hubris is excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis.

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June 14 2019 By virtueonline Moral Leadership in Church and Society

We considered how the wrong use of money, sex and power can militate against good moral leadership in church and state.

We noted

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June 13 2019 By virtueonline Oxford bans brown-skinned speaker for diverse views in the name of "diversity"

The lecture had been booked for months, the publicity had been done and video-filming arranged for the venue. Cancelling the booking at this short notice, two days before the event, left organisers with very little time to find a new venue, meaning the public lecture could not go ahead at all.

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June 11 2019 By virtueonline Canadian Anglican & Presbyterian Activists in Forefront of Stonewall Celebrations

In hockey, this is called momentum. Since hockey is one of Canada's national sports (the other one is lacrosse), do not expect Canadians to stop here. The previous General Synod left us with a cliff hanger and although the vote could in principle go either way this time, everybody knows there is only one way that this will go. First Nation Anglicans are expected to oppose same-sex marriage creating consternation among progressives who would like to see a clean sweep on the subject.

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June 10 2019 By virtueonline THE OLIVE GROVE RETREAT

The call came on a Sunday afternoon in early 2015. I had conducted an Anglican service in the morning and we had lunch and were relaxing in our house in La Marina near Torrevieja. We had lived in Spain for four years and life was relatively peaceful. My ministry allowed me to conduct services most Sundays, funerals and wedding blessings. And not least pastoral ministry. Peaceful though. When the call to start a Retreat came, I realised our lives were about to change big style.

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