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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/15 14:50:00 (1710 reads)

Diocese of Mississippi resolution calling Presiding Bishop into accountability dies
Resolution 2013-1 dealt deathblow by Standing Committee

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
April 15, 2014

Twin communiqués in the January 2014 edition of The Mississippi Episcopalian tell the story of what happened to Resolution 2013-1. One missive was from the diocesan Standing Committee, the other from Bishop Duncan Gray III (IX Mississippi). The year-old resolution, calling for the rescinding of Katharine Jefferts Schori's deposition of Bishop Mark Lawrence (XIV South Carolina), was permanently tabled. It will not be discussed during the Diocese of Mississippi's 187th Annual Council. The Resolution was dead on arrival at the 2014 diocesan meeting which was held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Natchez.

The original Resolution "Rescinding Deposition of Bishop Mark Lawrence" was presented to the 186th Annual Council by Yazoo City's Trinity Episcopal Church rector Fr. George F. Woodliff III. It was co-sponsored by fellow Mississippi Episcopalian Gloria Walker.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/8 3:50:00 (2374 reads)

Archbishop Welby links Gay marriage with Christian African killings by Muslim Extremists
Liberal Episcopalians condemn Welby and spin his remarks


By David W. Virtue
April 8, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury said that Christians are being killed in Africa as a consequence of liberal attitudes towards homosexuality in the United States and Britain.

That’s bad enough. Then the Guardian reported that Welby had had private discussions with his predecessor, Dr. Rowan Williams, who “anguished” about it. Really.

Then why didn’t he speak up when he was ABC? Why did he go off endlessly about homophobia in England and Africa, but never publicly opined about the mass killings of African Christians, some of them undoubtedly Anglicans? Because sodomites like Jeffrey John and Gene Robinson whined about their need for acceptance of a behavior so dangerous that it has killed hundreds of thousands of homosexuals in the USA, UK and other nations with AIDS. Was he too busy pushing The Body’s Grace, a paean to homosexual acceptance, to see the damage he was doing?

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/6 15:30:00 (2020 reads)

Archbishop of Canterbury to make Personal, Pastoral Visit to see Canadian and US Anglican Leaders
Will talks be substantive or will it all be smoke and mirrors?


By David W. Virtue DD
March 6, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, are expected to arrive in Canada on Monday, April 7, for a “ personal, pastoral visit,” with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The brief visit is a part of Welby’s personal commitment to visit the primates (senior archbishops) of the Anglican Communion, to meet them, and to learn about their provinces prior to the next meeting of all the primates.

No major public events are planned in keeping with Welby’s request that the visit be a private one.

He will leave early the following morning to meet in the United States with Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/4/1 13:30:00 (3967 reads)

Why the Church Can Never Embrace Gay Marriage


By David W. Virtue D.D.
April 1, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ, in all its myriad manifestations, is in the midst of the greatest cultural change on sexuality since Apostolic times.

Never before in church history has the ontology and cosmology of human sexual behavior been so challenged. Not even the Borgia Popes dared challenge the definition of sexuality, however debauched their behavior was. In some denominations today efforts are underway to overturn prevailing definitions. The speed with which all this has taken place is breathtaking in its brevity and stunning in its acclamation.

When I wrote my first editorial in 1979 for the Virginia Churchman titled Gay is Not Okay, I could not have envisaged, over three decades later, the ordination of openly homosexual practicing bishops, both men and women. Nor could I have possibly dreamed that this would become such a defining issue that it would tear the fabric of the Anglican Communion apart, pitting province against province, diocese against diocese, archbishop against archbishop, bishop against bishop, splitting whole congregations, and leading to massive schism with lawsuits running into the tens of millions of dollars. It has also led to broken friendships, angry bloggers, screams of homophobia, and capitulation by churches, including bishops and archbishops, as well as corporations, states and possibly, in time, an entire nation led by a homosexual affirming President.

It has been a sexual blitzkrieg without moral equal and with a ferocity unequalled since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement with its struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/31 0:00:00 (1225 reads)

KENYA: Anglican Archbishop Blasts Western Views on Marriage
Homosexual movement has become an ideology that attacks human identity as male and female
Same Sex marriage in England is profound rejection of the law of God, says Wabukala
Archbishop condemns Kenyan law

By David W. Virtue D.D.
March 31, 2014

The Anglican Archbishop of Kenya said yesterday that marriage is under attack and the homosexual movement has become an ideology that attacks human identity as male and female created in the image of God. He also said that laws passed in England legalizing same sex marriage are “a profound rejection of the law of God.”

Addressing church members at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala affirmed his church and the Bible’s stance that marriage is the lifelong union of one man with one woman for the raising of children, joyful companionship and the blessing of society and the nation. “We have no other position than the teaching of the Bible.”

“In his teaching about marriage, Jesus reaffirms that marriage is the coming together of a man and a woman in accordance with the pattern of creation itself when he says ‘from the beginning of creation God made them male and female’ (Mark 10:6). For the health and well being of both church and society we must promote this great God given gift of marriage without compromise and ambiguity.”

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/26 1:50:00 (2453 reads)

TEC bishops defend decision to bring HOB to Taiwan for meeting
Springfield Bishop Daniel Martins questions reasoning
Only 687 Taiwanese Episcopalians attend 13 churches on the Island
Episcopal Church is vestige of colonialism and is an embarrassment

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
March 26, 2014

NAVASOTA, TEXAS --- Late Monday night, Bishop Daniel Martins (XI Springfield) blogged, "After dinner, the item on the plenary agenda was a briefing on the next meeting of the House, which will take place this September ... in Taiwan."

He was reporting on the daily actions of the Episcopal House of Bishops' spring meeting, which is a mix of a conference and a retreat being held at Camp Allen, an Episcopal conference center located in the Diocese of Texas.

"Why Taiwan, you ask?" Bishop Martins continued to write on his Confessions of a Carioca blog. "Because the Episcopal Church, in fact, has a diocese there, whose bishop faithfully attends every meeting of the House.

"However, I had already made the decision that I will let them have this meeting without me," the Springfield bishop revealed, "I'm certain the Diocese of Springfield would come up with the funds to send me, pretty much without blinking. But I just don't think it's good stewardship of the not-unlimited money we are blessed with."

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/25 9:40:00 (2468 reads)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to visit The Episcopal Church in April

By David W. Virtue
March 22, 2013

In keeping with his promise to visit all his fellow Archbishops around the Anglican Communion over the coming year, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will make his first official visit to the Episcopal Church in April as plenary speaker at a special Episcopal Church gathering, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence.

He will meet with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and a number of TEC bishops April 9-11 at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). The plenary speakers and plenary addresses, presentations, workshops and panel discussions will examine violence in all its forms in society, with a hard look at what can be done to alleviate the situation.

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Posted by David Virtue on 2014/3/25 4:00:00 (1288 reads)

KENYA: Anglican Archbishop says Continuing Indaba is a False Gospel
Wabukala rips the Episcopal Church for funding project
Archbishop praises Diocese of South Carolina’s alignment with Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

By David W. Virtue
March 25, 2014

The Anglican Archbishop of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, the Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala related in his March Lenten Letter that the continuing Indaba project is a “false gospel” because it assumes all differences are matters of context and interpretation.

“There is the need for repentance, without which we cannot have true unity, and this is is obscured when the authority and clarity of Scripture come into question.”
Much of its funding comes from the Episcopal Church of the United Sates, he wrote.

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