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January 26 2004 By virtueonline AUSTRALIA: Three-way struggle to lead Anglicans

For the first time in history, the nation's 23 bishops will join the five archbishops as real contenders to be titular head of the nation's 3.8million Anglicans.

The 47 members of a board to elect the new primate will be chosen at the General Synod meeting in October.

The result of their deliberations is impossible to predict. But authoritative sources have told The Australian there are three main candidates for primate.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CULTURE WARS: Boston Archbishop Says No Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians

"These politicians should know that if they're not voting correctly on these life issues that they shouldn't dare come to communion," the Archbishop told LifeSiteNews.com.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CULTURE WARS: Infanticide is justifiable in some cases, says ethics professor

The professor's comments were made during an unreported debate last week on sex selection, which was held as part of the Commons Science and Technology Committee's consultation on human reproductive technologies.

Prof Harris, who is also a professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester, was asked what moral status he accorded an embryo and he endorsed infanticide in cases of a child carrying a genetic disorder that remained undetected during pregnancy.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline KENTUCKY: Versailles Episcopal Dispute on the Front Line

The showdown between Sauls and the governing board of St. John's Episcopal Church is drawing praise and condemnation from national Episcopalian leaders.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline Local Episcopal church watches quietly as fallout continues over gay bishop

"I think there's still a feeling that that's (all happening) back east and we're here in East Texas," the Rev. Hickman said. "We'll see what happens."

The fallout continues from the national church's election last summer of an openly homosexual clergyman. A conservative branch of the church has expressed opposition over the election of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, leaving in its wake talk of a split in the church.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline OREGON: Faced with church's stand, member walks

Hawkins, 48, a resident of Wilsonville and a former major in the Marines, is now a former Episcopalian.

He's made the painful decision to walk away from the church that he thinks left him Nov. 2, when the Diocese of New Hampshire consecrated an openly gay bishop, to the distress of many U.S. Episcopalians and their global community, the Anglican Communion.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Edict on Gay Marriages: Do Them or Quit. Clergy Fear They Are Next

Dr. McVety has heard from Clergy across the country on this issue. "I
have had numerous calls and visits from Pastors who are afraid they are next in line as the government invades the religious territory of
marriage". The Director of the Evangelical Association seems to concur.
Dr. Thomas stated "It is only a matter of time until the government
decrees that others who perform marriages must Do them or quit".

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline Exploding Myths about the Episcopal Church Crisis

Myth two: The Episcopal Church’s recent actions indicate concern for the oppressed.

Myth three: Those of us who dissent from the Episcopal Church’s actions are undermining Christian unity.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: Bishop Seeks Calmer Tone in Episcopal Controversy

In his first public remarks since he signed the charter of a new network for traditionalist Episcopalians on Tuesday, Howe addressed the opening of the diocese's annual convention Friday afternoon. He expressed approval of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, but at the same time reiterated his position that neither he nor the diocese would leave the Episcopal Church.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline 5,000 pastors cheer Mel Gibson's 'Passion'

"I think this work can change things," Mr. Gibson said. The film
officially opens in 2,000 movie theaters nationwide on Feb. 25, Ash
Wednesday .

"To atone for the sins of everybody, it boggles the mind," said Mr.
Gibson, who spent close to $25 million from his personal funds to make
the film. "[Christ] could have done it by pricking His finger and
shedding His blood. He didn't choose to do that. He went all the way."

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