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  • Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain’s revelation raises tensions between traditionalists and liberals in the Church of England. The conservative Anglican group Gafcon has said that appointing a gay man as the Bishop of Grantham was a “major error.” Reverend Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden, a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and a vicar in Jersey, says that the leader of the Church of England took a risk by making Nicholas Chamberlain a bishop and placed ‘difficult stresses on a church which is hanging together by the skin of its teeth.’

  • The Reverend Canon Andy Lines, Chairman of the Global Anglican Future Conference UK Task Force told the BBC : "Christian leaders are to be above reproach".

    He was responding to the revelation on Friday that Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain is gay.

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  • The bishop of Grantham has become the first Church of England bishop to say that he is gay and in a relationship.

    Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain, a suffragan in Lincoln diocese, was consecrated last year by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby - who has said he knew about the bishop's sexuality.

    He was in a "long-term and committed" relationship, Archbishop Welby said.

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  • Liinamaria Roos and Toni Fagerholm, pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, say they will be disregarding the recent decision of the Finnish branch's synod that says the church will not officiate same-sex marriage rites. Both of the Helsinki clerics say they will begin marrying homosexual partners next March, when the new marriage act takes effect.

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  • A few weeks before my son Wil was due, I was sitting at my computer working when I suddenly had the strangest feeling. Out of nowhere, I thought: there’s something about this child that’s going to make him different from our other children. I put it out of my mind. Then, closer to the birth, I had a similar experience and this time the thought I had was that our new baby would have Down’s syndrome.

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  • Sir Michael Wilshaw said some councils are “getting in the way” of Ofsted’s attempts to stop pupils studying at unregistered schools.

    It is believed there are up to 160 illegal schools currently operating.

    Sir Michael said: “Some of our lawyers are saying that our cases are very robust.

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  • When Patricia Mendez miscarried in March 2015, she says police and detectives were called into the hospital ward to watch as she writhed in pain and expelled the dead, 20-week fetus.

    "I was naked, with just the robe they give you, and I had all of them around as I miscarried," the 21-year-old recalled. "I was in a lot of pain, but nobody did anything. They just said, 'Confess, you have committed the worst sin in the world.'"

    Eighteen of Mexico's 32 states have passed so-called right-to-life measures that have drawn criticism from women's rights activists, all in response to a 2008 law legalizing abortion in Mexico City. The legislation ranges from constitutional changes that outline general principles on protecting life from inception to a law in Veracruz state, where Mendez miscarried, that calls for unspecified "educational measures" for women who abort.

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  • Father Warren Hall said he was notified by phone on Wednesday that Newark Archbishop John Myers, an outspoken conservative, says Hall’s actions are “confusing the faithful" by supporting gay advocacy groups and backing a counselor fired for being in a same-sex marriage.

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  • The archbishops’ Motion 29 working group on church structures will now work with a consultants’ panel of key stakeholders, as it develops proposals for General Synod/Te Hīnota Whānui 2018.

    The Motion 29 working group, whose brief is to find a structure that safeguards this Church’s two integrities on blessing same gender relationships, was to be named on September 1.

    This week, however, the archbishops have called for a new panel of consultants to accompany the working group in their task. Since May, say the archbishops, so many Anglican groups have requested a voice on the working group that it had begun to look too weighty to get off the ground.

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  • "Sensationalist" reports cause Christians to think they are not free to proselytise, according to a new resource that urges the public sharing of faith.

    Speak Up was launched by the Evangelical Alliance (EA) and the Lawyers Christians Fellowship (LCF) on Friday and aims to persuade Christians they have the law on their side when it comes to sharing their faith in public. The guide on what the law says and how to share your faith in public and at work suggests Christians have "very considerable" freedom to preach the gospel in the UK.

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