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January 20 2017 By dvirtue Wobbly Welby has cornered the market in empty apologies

Phoney Tony and Chillax Dave are to blame. Tony Blair, the once consummate PR man, took it upon himself to apologise for the slave trade and the Irish potato famine (though not for the Iraq war). Dave tallied up an even more mouth-watering selection--for the economic crisis no less, Section 28, Bloody Sunday, the Hillsborough victims and the Amritsar massacre in India of 1919.

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue Archbishops call on Queen to repent of being Supreme Governor of the Church of England

Many will also remember the lasting damage done five centuries ago to the unity of the Church, in defiance of the clear command of Jesus Christ to unity in love. Those turbulent years saw Christian people pitted against each other, such that many suffered persecution and even death at the hands of others claiming to know the same Lord...

Remembering the Reformation should also lead us to repent of our part in perpetuating divisions...

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January 17 2017 By dvirtue Are martyrs of 500 years ago really a burning issue for Welby?

The move was ridiculed by former Conservative Minister Ann Widdecombe, an Anglican who converted to Catholicism.

'These gestures are pointless. The Archbishop has not put anyone to death, as far as I know,' she said.

'Modern Christians are not responsible for what happened in the Reformation.

'You might as well expect the Italians to apologise for Pontius Pilate.'

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January 11 2017 By dvirtue UK: Church missing the opportunity to speak to young people about key issues, report warns

Chris Curtis, the CEO of Youthscape, said: "This report is more a sober warning from a doctor than an autopsy of a dead body. Youth and children's work in churches isn't dead, but we're badly out of shape and a change of lifestyle is urgently required."

Losing Heart claims the majority of the churches "never" discuss the subjects of pornography, same-sex attraction, other world faiths and drugs and addiction with their young people.

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January 07 2017 By dvirtue Bishop Warns Of 'Serious Risks' To CofE Reputation After Cathedral Cash Crisis

In the resulting "visitation charge", a legal document published today, Bishop Donald Allister says the redundancies were "necessary" along with some property sales. And he warns that more "tough decisions" lie ahead.

He also warns that the current independence enjoyed by England's 42 cathedrals poses "serious risks" to the reputation of the entire Church of England.

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December 29 2016 By dvirtue Petitioner slams Dean "Vicious Viv" after Christmas bells remain silent at York Minster

As the scandal of the bell-ringers remains unresolved and after every effort by the Dean and Chapter to recruit bell-ringers from outside York Minster to ring the bells at Christmas failed, CAWTE initiated an online petition calling for the removal of the Dean of York.

VOL: Hope you had a great Christmas--despite the bells of York Minster being silent for the first time since the 14th century! Am I right?

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December 27 2016 By dvirtue The Anglican Church is dying from a surfeit of niceness

Church attendance has plunged to its lowest ever. This marks a defining moment for the comatose Church of England in 2016 as it gurgles and gasps on life-support. Only 1.4 percent of the population now attend C of E services on Sundays. Numbers have nosedived to a mere 752,000 souls.

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December 24 2016 By dvirtue Muslim Refugees In Britain See Jesus In Their Dreams - Convert And Spend First Christmas As Christians

They are truly men and women from the East, being born again in a stable.

Their miraculous stories are among the remarkable events that have been taking place this year at St Mark's, part of the Hanley team ministry in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, which has seen more than 50 Muslims convert to Christianity in one year alone.

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December 23 2016 By dvirtue Fmr. Archbishop of Canterbury: England Needs Citizenship Tests on Christianity For Immigrants

"I believe we should include Christianity in citizenship tests for all those who want to come to this country," said Lord Carey, who was the archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002. "There are many questions asked of migrants about the Royal Family and Parliament, but little about the Church of England or Britain's Christian history."

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December 22 2016 By dvirtue The End is 'Nye'....The culture war in the C of E

But to try to redefine the disagreement as a question of the legal status of a Lambeth Conference resolution, misjudges the nature of the debate and the struggle both in the Church and in wider society.

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