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February 17 2004 By virtueonline SYDNEY: Archbishop Carnley says extremism may lead to church split

The archbishop, who is to retire next February, said that while the leadership of the diocese resisted most of his ideas, they were not universally rejected.

"The diocese of Sydney contains as much diversity of thought as most of the other Anglican dioceses, even if is to be frankly admitted that a distinct and characteristic kind of evangelicalism predominates," he said.

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February 16 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: Homosexuality and Hate Speech

Police investigated the statements and a spokesman said a copy of the article would be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service. Subsequently, the police dropped the case, the Independent newspaper reported Nov. 11.

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February 16 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Debate over gays ends diocesan convention

The American church and worldwide Anglican Communion are deeply divided over the ordination of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire and the morality of homosexual unions. Several international churches, especially in Africa, have declared "impaired communion" with the American church in protest.

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February 16 2004 By virtueonline GEORGIA: Local Episcopalians respond to Robinson Consecration

Meanwhile, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia expects a dip in donations from its 71 congregations this year, attributed in part to those protesting actions taken by the national convention in Minneapolis last August.

Congregational pledges are down $219,528 from last year's pledged amount of $1.63 million Bishop Henry I. Louttit Jr. said Wednesday. Also, the diocese has an estimated 18,649 active members.

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February 16 2004 By virtueonline VANCOUVER: Bishop's actions may have been illegal: Anglican parish

Ingham has until Feb. 23 to respond, she told The Canadian Press.

Diocese chief legal officer George Cadman said the bishop was within church regulations.

"The steps that were taken last year were within the canons and constitution of the diocese," Cadman said.

Last September, Ingham invoked an obscure piece of church law to remove the wardens, St. Martin's parishioners say.

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Archbishop hears call for an inclusive church

The handing over of the petition marks the first milestone in the life
of a grassroots organization that began in August 2003 in response to
the overturning of the appointment of Jeffrey John, a celibate gay
priest, as Bishop of Reading in the diocese of Oxford. "We are an
organization set up to campaign for an open, honest and generous
spirited Anglicanism that has always been the very heart and soul of the

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline FLORIDA: Prince of Peace Anglican Church Launches with Joy and Excitement

Prince of Peace Anglican Church today held its first worship service
since joining the Anglican Mission in America-a beginning that the
congregation hopes will enable it to grow and move forward in the work
of the gospel. 350 worshipers of all ages were welcomed to the
facilities of Our Father's House, a non-denominational church that has
offered space to the fledging mission. As a leader of the host church

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline TEXAS: Episcopal Bishop Requests Shelving of 4 Resolutions

In his address to the council, Wimberly also plans to declare out of
order a proposed amendment to the diocesan constitution and canons that
would nullify any national church assembly action that was "contrary to
Holy Scripture and the Apostolic Teaching of the Church."

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February 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC Commends Williams for his support on new orthodox Episcopal Network

We applaud Archbishop Williams' remarks affirming his commitment to
adequate provision for Episcopal oversight. His vision is consistent
with that of the Anglican Primates (as outlined in their October 2003
statement), the new Network and the American Anglican Council, and not
with the leadership of EC USA and their proposal for "supplemental
pastoral care."

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February 13 2004 By virtueonline FIFNA: Forward in Faith statement commends Network

The circumstances at Good Shepherd, Rosemont in September 2002 provided an opportunity for new cooperation between Forward in Faith, the American Anglican Council, Ekklesia, many Primates and the former and present Archbishops of Canterbury and offered a providential foreshadowing of our emerging common life.

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