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April 26 2017 By dvirtue Elevation of the Blessed Asparagus: a Church of England pantomime

England might be a major producer of asparagus, and the Vale of Evesham might be hosting the world famous Asparagus Festival, but where exactly does this stop? Would the Church of England permit a man dressed up as a baked bean to process behind a Heinz tin of the things, and sanctify the mummery with a facade of thanksgiving? And why only adoration of asparagus? Where's the sprout liturgy, or equality for mushrooms?

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April 22 2017 By dvirtue Bishop of Oxford's St Ebbe's Sermon Epitomizes Relational Dilemma for Reformed Anglicans

It would be quite wrong to impugn the Christian sincerity of Dr Croft's desire to serve God's Church. His sermon was most edifying, biblically faithful and Christ-honouring. Lord willing, he will do a lot of good in Oxford Diocese.

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April 16 2017 By dvirtue Remains of five 'lost' Archbishops of Canterbury found

Builders renovating the Garden Museum, housed at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, found a hidden crypt containing 30 lead coffins.

Site manager Karl Patten said: "We discovered numerous coffins - and one of them had a gold crown on top of it".

The remains date back to the 1660s.

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April 13 2017 By dvirtue Archbishop of Canterbury at Spring Harvest: 'We are going to heal the world's separation from God.'

WATCH Justin Welby talk about Spring Harvest this year and how Christians can live together when they have 'profound disagreements'.

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April 09 2017 By dvirtue UK: Gay clergyman passed over seven times for promotion to bishop

John, dean of St Albans Cathedral, was put forward for the post of Bishop of Sodor and Man in February, but failed to make it on to the shortlist despite positive feedback. The rejection came shortly before he was passed over for appointment as Bishop of Llandaff after objections to his sexuality allegedly were raised.

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April 09 2017 By dvirtue Welby’s hero Keynes lost nearly everything in the 1929 crash

He lauds Keynes for trashing thrift and savings. Why? Because since Keynes ‘it has been recognised that, rather than spending, the very wealthy choose to save more (what Keynes called ‘hoarding’) and preserve their wealth.’ Tell that to my father and his generation of low-income pensioners—who built their lives on the financial prudence of thrift. Welby has praised Keynes in his Bible Reading Notes. In an interview with the Guardian, he quotes a letter from Keynes to Virginia Woolf.

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April 04 2017 By dvirtue Crisis for Church of England as older female churchgoers pass away

In a new book, The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen, the sociologist Dr Abby Day of Goldsmiths at the University of London outlines how the financial and social structures of the Church of England are kept afloat by a shrinking band of committed women who are now entering their eighties and nineties.

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March 31 2017 By dvirtue Our Racist Church - the Church of England

Leave aside for the moment the question of how one can be “too” quintessentially anything – for “quintessence” is what it says it is: the very quick and soul of a thing. But, as the modern services demonstrate only too clearly, our church authorities are not too familiar with the English language, what will go into it and what won’t.

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March 29 2017 By dvirtue Welby Sahib's post-colonial guilt patronises me because of my skin colour

No, thank you very much, Welby Sahib! I don't need another postcolonial foreign aid handout from you. Your white guilt doesn't make me feel good. I am not a victim and don't you dare call me one. I refuse to be labelled an ethnic minority--like a bird species about to fall extinct. I am a full member of British society and don't you deny me that privilege.

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March 28 2017 By dvirtue Church of England to create bishop for minority ethnic community

Despite his or her title, the new bishop will be based mainly in Leicester, one of the first majority black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) cities in the UK. In the 2011 census, only 45% of the city's population identified as white British.

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