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August 07 2018 By dvirtue China demolishes hundreds of churches and confiscates Bibles during a crackdown on Christianity

Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival.

Experts and activists say that as Xi consolidates his power, he is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

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August 03 2018 By dvirtue BARBADOS: Anglican Priest Denounced for Telling Gays the Bible Is Just 'Silly Words'

His words were met by loud applause from parade attendees. Hall also told them they were accepted into the "flock of Christ" and that God is willing to give them the Kingdom.

He also claimed that homosexuality has "always been part of the natural order of things."

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August 02 2018 By dvirtue HOLLYWOOD, CA: St. Mary of the Angels Loses Legal Battle

The ruling means the church will now resume to be under the control of the Anglican Church of America (ACA) and Los Feliz resident Marilyn Bush, who together were the key litigants in the case.

"This has been a very long [six] years finally coming to a close," Bush said in an email. "To say I am delighted is an understatement."

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July 31 2018 By dvirtue Re-branding the Church of Scotland

So far that 'radicalism' seems to be tied in with the 'solutions' offered by the theologian, Doug Gay, whose Chalmers lectures were fascinating -- not least because the solutions they offered were at best sticky plaster and cosmetic, rather than radical. --

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July 30 2018 By dvirtue Wiesenthal Center accuses Episcopal bishop of anti-Semitism

We have been unable to corroborate the bishop's stories, though there was a report from March of this year of a three year old who was temporarily detained, but in Hebron, not Jerusalem. We have reached out to the bishop's office and will update this post with any response.

Here is the statement from the Wiesenthal Center:

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July 28 2018 By dvirtue FT. WORTH: Diocese and Corporation file petition for review with Texas Supreme Court

In 2013, the Texas Supreme Court directed the lower courts to decide the property issues according to Neutral Principles of state law. The trial court did so in 2015, granting summary judgment in favor of the Diocese. The TEC plaintiffs appealed, and the now nine-year-old case was left pending for two years in the appellate court.

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July 28 2018 By dvirtue Heather Cook, ex-bishop convicted of fatally striking bicyclist with car in Baltimore, applies for work release

Cook's application is under review, according to a prisons spokesman and a letter sent to the victim's family and shared with The Baltimore Sun.

The prison system's Victim Service Unit said in the July 19 letter to the family of Thomas Palermo that placement of Cook "is to begin within the next several weeks."

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July 25 2018 By dvirtue Provincial fact-finding group looking into claims of episcopal election fraud in Diocese of Haiti

The 16 priests and 26 lay people say that Bishop Diocesan Jean Zache Duracin and his supporters:

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July 25 2018 By dvirtue New bishops consecrated for new dioceses in a potential new Anglican Communion province

The consecration took place at Saint Paul's Cathedral in Valparaíso in a service which also marked the cathedral's 160th anniversary. The cathedral has been declared a historical monument and has an important heritage value for the city and the Church in Chile as the first protestant Church in the country.

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July 25 2018 By dvirtue AUSTRALIA: Newcastle Anglican bishops referred for disciplinary action

The diocese has referred former Bishops of Newcastle Alfred Holland and Roger Herft to the Australian Anglican Church's Episcopal Standards Commission, and former Assistant Bishop Richard Appleby to the diocese's professional standards committee, after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made adverse findings against them in December, 2017.

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