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July 20 2021 By dvirtue In ACNA abuse case, mother of an alleged victim says she paid a price for coming forward

Cherin had met her husband at the church, and at the wedding, at which York officiated, Rivera was a groomsman.

In May 2019, Cherin's 9-year-old daughter told her that she had been abused by Rivera. She reported the alleged abuse to York, believing that her great uncle and the others in church leadership would protect her daughter.

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July 17 2021 By dvirtue Abuse prevention advocates want input into ACNA investigation of bishop

Those allegations "are not limited to, covering up a failure in mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse, allowing those involved to continue in their positions of leadership which risked further negligence and abuse, and not informing his diocese of the abuse in a timely manner."

The group also asks ACNA leaders to confirm whether Ruch will be paid while on leave.

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July 12 2021 By dvirtue Statement on the former Bishop of Port Moresby

The bishop requested that his case and allegations against him be brought forward to ACPNG Church Provincial Court. As a result, the Church Provincial Court was convened. The Provincial Court followed all the canonical court process in conducting the proceedings based on the Constitution and Canonical Guidelines and found the allegations to be true and accordingly found Bishop Denny guilty of misconduct.

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"My first responsibility to the Province is to be a faithful pastor to the bishops, clergy and people," Bishop Robert said, "so that together we may all be equipped for our work in God's service and built up in the Body of Christ." But he indicated that a significant focus would also be to encourage greater work within the greater body of Christ.

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July 11 2021 By dvirtue A Letter from Archbishop Foley Beach Concerning the Diocese of the Upper Midwest

Later that day, I received a request from the Bishop's Council (Standing Committee) of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest asking that the Province take up oversight of the investigation into mishandling of abuse charges in the diocese. The Bishop's Council has also requested a review of their diocesan leadership structures. I have agreed to both requests.

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July 09 2021 By dvirtue AUSTRALIA: Gay married couple told to separate, be celibate to keep job in church

The congregation is rallying around the couple, with members launching an online petition calling for the clergy to reinstate them in their roles, be inclusive and reject discrimination. Some members have stopped taking communion, attending services and fundraising.

"This is an important issue for every Australian who has gay children or are gay themselves," Mr Sanders said.

"We are being discriminated against by the church for being who we were born to be."

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Various religious leaders gave reasons why it is imperative to have biblical approach to politics in Africa. They said if done so, even the usual chaos during elections would be minimized.

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July 09 2021 By dvirtue VTS reparations fund makes first cash payments to descendants of seminary’s Black laborers

“It’s just unbelievable,” the Rev. Linda Thomas, a Baptist pastor in Maryland, told Episcopal News Service. Her grandfather, John Samuel Thomas, worked at VTS as a general laborer and janitor in the first half of the 20th century, and she and her two sisters are among the first shareholders to receive reparations payments from VTS.

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July 07 2021 By dvirtue A Group Letter of Lament and Solidarity from ACNA women clergy to survivors of abuse in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest

As some of the woman clergy of the Anglican Church in North America, we wish to publicly express our support to you and other survivors of abuse as you share your difficult stories.

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July 05 2021 By dvirtue 'The Advent has changed': Andrew Pearson on why he left Advent Cathedral, dealing with the diocese, starting an Anglican church in Birmingham

The Advent had been through three years of negotiations with the Episcopal Diocese of Birmingham, which tried to get the cathedral to move in the same direction as the diocese.

That showdown came to a dramatic conclusion in May and June. For more than a decade, the Advent had allowed members to steer their giving away from the diocese and the national denomination by selecting "Advent Only" on their pledge cards.

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