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March 18 2004 By virtueonline A response to Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold - by Rev. Matt Kennedy

You see Frank, it does no good to prooftext canon. What was going on in the
canonists community at the time the canon was written? What particular social,
economic, ethnic or political struggles marked the community in which the
canonist lived? Surely you are not suggesting that we simply take the words of the
text written in one social context and apply them directly to our own?

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline The Pill made same-sex nuptials inevitable - by Rev. Donald Sensing

The three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) actually recognize this explicitly in their holy writings. The book of Genesis ascribes the foundation of marriage in the very acts of God himself in the creation of the world: "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. . . . A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:18, 24).

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Mainstream writes to Canterbury - ECUSA Primate Celebrates Eucharist

At a time when most of the communion is in some form of impaired or broken communion with ECUSA, it is inexplicable, indeed highly provocative, that, at the first major Communion gathering after the Lambeth Primates Meeting, the chief consecrator of Gene Robinson, the person who ignored the pleas of the Primates last time they met, the presiding bishop who within days of agreeing to a statement with his fellow Primates acted in direct contravention of it, should be invited to preside at a

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline ALABAMA: Bishop Parsley Blasts Media Characterization of Diocesan Events

The headline of the Sunday edition of The Birmingham News read, "Diocese
rejects gay N.H. bishop". This statement is not true, nor was any such
statement made in our convention, either formally or informally.

In a multi-faceted resolution adopted by the convention, the words
appear, we reject the unilateral actions of the 74th General Convention
on issues of human sexuality. This is quite different from rejecting a
person or a bishop of this church.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline New Hampshire Consecration seen through the eyes of a layman - by Andy Freborg

RUSSELL: The church was full, the children in the choir were wiggly, the
people in the pews predictably increased the volume of their
conversation when the organ prelude started.

FREBORG: How predictably reverent

RUSSELL: The procession had all the ordinary suspects94 for such an
auspicious episcopal occasion: crucifers and torchbearers, choristers
and clergy with
a smattering of bishops in their red and white regalia.

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March 13 2004 By virtueonline The Gay Divorcee. Robert Hart on the Real Robinson Affair

I saw this at a meeting held by and for Episcopalians who were trying to deal with the practical effects of this latest crisis. These well-meaning and very sincere people were concerned only about his homosexuality. It is for them the straw that breaks the camel’s back, the point of no return. What I heard that night has been said over and over again: “We cannot allow the consecration of an openly ‘gay’ man to the office of bishop.”

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March 10 2004 By virtueonline PLANO: Rector Tackles Gay Marriage on National Public Radio

Gay marriage continued to grow as an issue this week as more gay couples chose to exchange marriage vows. In San Francisco, Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime companion were among the gay couples who decided to tie the knot. And in New Paltz, New York, just up the Hudson from New York City, several couples were married by the city's 26-year-old mayor. At the same time, the politics heated up.

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March 10 2004 By virtueonline DALLAS: Activist layman exhorts diocese to stand firm in the faith and Network

I have been in prayer and reflection concerning the diocese's position on the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes. I have read the March 3, 2004 letter to the Executive Council signed by the Rev. Chuck Treadwell and 16 clergy.

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March 09 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Betrayal of Trust Makes Claims Ring Hollow - by Erik Nelson

Which is why it is difficult to take Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold seriously when he said in a February 25 statement on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) that the Episcopal Church is “committed to continuing discussion and discernment” concerning human sexuality.

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline A Response To Mark Harris - by Ernesto M. Obregon

It may help the reader to understand Fr. Harris' article if it is
deconstructed using two key paragraphs of his monograph and some key
historical facts. The key historical facts are (of course): the
overwhelming vote at Lambeth 1998 where nearly 90% of the assembled
bishops voted for the approved sexuality statement, the Primates'
statement of 03, and the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury. These

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