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May 29 2020 By dvirtue CHURCH OF ENGLAND FACES "MASSIVE SHRINKAGE" OWING TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The rise of online services has prompted a rethink of how the Church of England pays for its 42 cathedrals and 16,000 churches -- of which 12,500 are listed by Historic England -- with dioceses under pressure to merge their functions in education, theological training and administration to save money, said The Times.

"The crisis is going to lead to a massive shrinkage in the number of cathedrals, dioceses and parish churches," said a source familiar with his thinking.

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May 25 2020 By virtueonline FT. Worth legal decision is Knockout Punch against Episcopal Church Diocese

And then on Friday, the other shoe dropped; the Supreme Court of Texas told the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth that they had no right to the properties they alleged were theirs, (and for which they had fought over for 12 years in the courts) and said they could go pound sand.

It was basically about neutral principles.

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May 18 2020 By virtueonline Episcopal Presiding Bishop admits COVID-19 could kill off Church

Bishop Gene Robinson's consecration will be seen as just the tip of the iceberg for new growth, predicted the love talking Presiding Bishop.

"For the moment we may have to content ourselves with fewer dioceses, less bishops, empty churches, less money flowing in and no next generation millennials coming forward, but we will definitely have more queers in the pulpit and episcopacy. That's a huge cultural win for us. I see a transsexual bishop in our future."

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May 15 2020 By virtueonline NEW YORK EPISCOPAL BISHOP FAILS INCLUSION TEST OVER SAMARITAN'S PURSE

Dietsche said that the attitude of Samaritan's Purse (about homosexuality) was a key reason the plan to set up a field hospital inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was shelved last month, because as the New York Times put it, "The Bishop said that Mr. Graham espouses 'an exclusionary view and a very narrow view of what constitutes being a Christian.'"

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May 12 2020 By virtueonline The Times Blasts Archbishop Justin Welby over Church Shutdown

In a crisis when its flock requires rather more spiritual succour and sustenance than usual, not least because many members wish to grieve in the traditional way for the loss of loved ones, the Church of England has been shockingly absent. In the commercial jargon that the CofE has recently and dismally embraced, a huge gap in the market opened up and it has signally failed to fill it, said the editorial.

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May 09 2020 By virtueonline ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OUTRAGED OVER GEORGIA SHOOTING

The facts, in their simplest form, are these: a 25-year-old African American male went for a jog through a Georgia neighborhood on February 23. Perceived as a threat by three white residents, he was pursued and overtaken. One of Aubrey's pursuers recorded the confrontation, while the other two men who were armed, engaged in a struggle that ended with Aubrey shot multiple times and killed.

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May 05 2020 By virtueonline NIGERIAN ARCHBISHOP TALKS ABOUT GENOCIDE, GAFCON AND THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION

KWASHI: The war on terror seems to me to have multi-dimensional international interests. Firstly: the sophisticated chain supply of weapons available to the terrorists should concern the world community. Secondly: the number of troops recruited by the terrorists for them to be able to resist the nations of Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria, and to hold their grounds for up to ten years, cannot by any stretch of the imagination be a small venture of a band of terrorists.

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May 01 2020 By virtueonline Renowned Anglican Theologian & Historian Weighs the future of Orthodox Anglicanism

MCDERMOTT: David, I grew up as a Roman Catholic and was trained by the Jesuits in a high school in New York City. I had a conversion experience through the Catholic charismatic movement in 1970, which led me to join an evangelical Christian commune after college at the University of Chicago. There I became a convinced Protestant under the influence of IVCF and InterVarsity Press.

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April 25 2020 By virtueonline Jon Meacham says Jesus is not the only route to salvation

Meacham has taught history at Sewanee: The University of the South, the Episcopal Church's only university, a progressive institution which claims its influences are from the evangelical, the high church and the broad church traditions of Anglican theology and worship.

This is not Meacham's first run in with orthodox Christianity. In 2009, he slammed the then Bishop of Pittsburgh, Robert Duncan over heterosexual marriage, accusing the bishop of fundamentalism.

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April 23 2020 By virtueonline "God was little more than a rabbit's foot, before finding faith," says politician

As the 69th Governor of Ohio (2010-2018), John Kasich led the Ohio Comeback. His administration inherited an $8 billion budget shortfall that they solved without a tax increase. He went on to cut a record $5 billion in taxes, cut wasteful spending and reduced red tape. Ohio created nearly 550,000 jobs during his two terms in Office.

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