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January 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO AEO FOR ORTHODOX PARISHES

The Anglican Primates said unanimously in their October statement that adequate episcopal oversight must be provided to these beleaguered congregations. The AAC is actively seeking out ways to respond to the Primates' direction. Two of our leaders met in good faith with the Presiding Bishop after the Primates Meeting to try to work out an agreement for oversight along the lines of the Primates' request.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Faith tested as local leaders take sides over homosexuality

The Rev. Brad Jones, rector of Christ Church Episcopal, on State Street in Schenectady, also is a lifelong Episcopalian. Now 46, he has seven children and will celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary this year.

Jones once was gay but said he believes he was "healed" through prayer. He said he believes homosexuality is a sin and that he suffered from a form of spiritual illness akin to alcoholism, gambling or sex addiction.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Episcopal Dissenters Plan Their Strategy

That plea, however, did not come from supporters of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is divorced and has lived openly with a male partner for 14 years. It came from bishops, priests and lay leaders who have denounced Robinson's election as heretical and have heaped opprobrium on the recent course of the Episcopal Church.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC: Plan to Supplant Episcopal Church USA Is Revealed

The six-page strategy paper, obtained by The Washington Post, was confirmed as authentic yesterday by its principal author, the Rev. Geoff Chapman, pastor of St. Stephen's Church in Sewickley, Pa.

After reviewing the document, James Solheim, a spokesman for the national church, called it "very provocative." The strategy it outlines, he said, "is going to plunge us into litigation for decades."

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January 14 2004 By virtueonline Bishop dismisses leadership of Versailles church

The move split the church and led to the creation of a new, independent
congregation.

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January 14 2004 By virtueonline CONSERVATIVE NETWORK STARTS TAKING SHAPE...

The new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes reportedly has--among other things--the encouragement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.

But, while it seems highly unlikely that he would presently support the designation of it as a "replacement" for ECUSA–-an unprecedented step--he may face a hard choice on that score.

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January 13 2004 By virtueonline Attorneys withdraw Episcopal land-grab resolution

Resolution No. 6, passed at a diocesan convention in September, was at the heart of an October lawsuit filed by a Shadyside church against Duncan and the diocese's board of trustees to prevent them from transferring ownership of any church property.

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January 13 2004 By virtueonline TWO PARISHES IN ATLANTA LEAVE ECUSA FOR SOUTHERN CONE

The new churches have called themselves New Anglican Church and Holy Cross Anglican Church, and will be located in northwest Atlanta and Loganville. The New Anglican Church, (a temporary name), held its first service on Sunday and Holy Cross Anglican Church will hold its first service February 8.

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January 13 2004 By virtueonline DOES THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION HAVE A FUTURE?

Addressing several hundred attendees at a conference here, Seitz, Professor of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland said, "one can actually hear the timbers of our Communion boat creak, and there seems to be little sign that the winds are calming. The Communion has been hit by a tsunami, and we are salvaging what we can and hoping things have not gone beyond the possibility of repair."

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January 13 2004 By virtueonline Catholic lawyers urged to fight gay 'marriage'

"The social cost of the breakdown of family life has already been enormous," Archbishop O'Malley said at the annual Red Mass, which is dedicated to judges, lawyers and others in the legal system.
"It's not a question of live and let live, it's a question of right and wrong," Archbishop O'Malley said.

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