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February 25 2014 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Listen to Those Turbulent Priests

There is not one corner or acre of this country that the church does not cover. Wherever you live you are in someone's parish, and are someone's responsibility, even if you have no faith. And if you need help, you can count on the church to at least do something. To be honest, clergy know far more about the state of the country and how the government's policies have affected everyday people than the MPs do themselves, and they are elected to know.

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February 17 2014 By virtueonline UK: Women in the Episcopate: Reference to the Dioceses

When legislation is referred to the dioceses because it touches the sacraments of the Church, Forward in Faith believes that synod members should give their votes according to principle and conscience.

For members of Forward in Faith that is likely to involve voting against the Measure and the Canon because, for reasons of theological conviction, we cannot endorse the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate.

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February 17 2014 By virtueonline Rwandan priest in UK faces probe over allegations of role in 1994 genocide

The church said it was "disturbed" by allegations - made in human rights reports and brought to its attention by an Observer investigation - that Ruhumuliza collaborated in endangering Tutsis with another Anglican bishop, who was arrested by a UN tribunal on genocide charges.

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February 13 2014 By virtueonline Church of England Synod Report: Highlights and Extracts

The Bishops have admitted profound disagreement among themselves and in church and society at large on the subject of homosexual practice, and while they appeared to rule out support for gay marriage, they could only commit to a moratorium on blessing of same sex couples during the period of "conversation".

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February 05 2014 By virtueonline UK: Bishop of Bradford named as first Bishop of new super diocese

The Bishop, who will be 57 this year, and his wife Linda were also looking at their new home in Leeds today. Mrs Baines said she thought they would be leaving Bishopscroft, in Heaton, in April and moving across to Leeds in May.

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January 30 2014 By virtueonline South Sudanese Church 'an example to us all', says Archbishop Welby

Archbishop Justin, accompanied by his wife, Caroline, today starts a five-day visit to South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion.

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January 30 2014 By virtueonline Archbishops recall commitment to pastoral care, friendship for all

The text of the joint letter is as follows:

"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

In recent days, questions have been asked about the Church of England's attitude to new legislation in several countries that penalises people with same-sex attraction. In answer to these questions, we have recalled the common mind of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, as expressed in the Dromantine Communiqué of 2005.

The Communiqué said:

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January 27 2014 By virtueonline Work of ARCIC irrelevant to most Christians, says Lord Carey

The former Archbishop of Canterbury said 45 years of attempts to bring about visible unity by bridging theological differences had "run into the sand". "I don't know what is going on," he said. "If you take the latest ARCIC document, I think it is so irrelevant to the ordinary Christian - Catholic, Anglican or Methodist - that it might as well be talking on the moon."

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January 21 2014 By virtueonline The Church of England Funded Pension Scheme valuation

Mr. Ralfe says that the clergy pension scheme's discount rate was increased by 0.5% without an explanation. The pensions board made the assumptions for the valuation based on their assessment of the strength of the responsible bodies' financial covenant, the fall in yields on fixed interest gilts, market expectations for future RPI inflation and up to date mortality expectations.

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January 01 2014 By virtueonline Archbishop of Canterbury: a 'good vicar' is key to tackling falling numbers

The Archbishop said he was "extremely hopeful" about the future of the Church of England, and said many local congregations were increasing in numbers.

However, he admitted: "We are falling in numbers and there is a change in the attitude to the Christian faith generally across the country. That is unquestionable. We need to be quite realistic about that."

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