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May 02 2004 By virtueonline A personal observation on the appointment of Jeffrey John - by David Phillips

The normal protocol for the appointment of Deans means that Richard was not consulted by the Diocesan Bishop but only learnt about the appointment a few days beforehand.

Bishop Richard was thus presented with a fait accompli and appears to have acquiesced to it. In his statement on the appointment he said:

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April 29 2004 By virtueonline Sorrow From the Sidelines: Reflections after the March for Women’s Lives

The event was a media feeding frenzy. Cameras and reporters were everywhere. One TV network reporter walked up to me and said, “Are you here as a part of the anti-abortion group?” “No,” I said, “I am here as a part of the pro-life group.” She paused for quite a long time and then finally figured out what I was saying.

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April 29 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Church Society Leader Blasts Jeffrey John Appointment

The normal protocol for the appointment of Deans means that Richard was not consulted by the Diocesan Bishop but only learnt about the appointment a few days beforehand.

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April 26 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Wake Up, and Smell the Burning Coffee

`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.' Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll, Chapter 6 Alice's Adventures in Anglican Wonderland continue, with the latest news out of the final Canadian House of Bishops Meeting before General Synod: "Church heads to General Synod without "safety net" as bishops decline to endorse Task Force recommendations." Humpty ensues!

[b]A Few Rear-view Mirror Moments[/b]

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April 22 2004 By virtueonline CAMBRIDGE: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Unfortunate Sermon

On the basis of his sermon in Cambridge yesterday, however, Dr Williams produced a false prospectus of Shell-like proportions. Politics fascinates him, understandably, but he seems unaware of the danger of striding, in his idiosyncratic way, into the middle of political controversies.

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April 12 2004 By virtueonline ALABAMA: Episcopal Theologian Lays out Network Options

Dr. Ephraim Radner from the Diocese of Colorado and an orthodox Biblical scholar came to inform us of the progress and goals of the Network. Bishop Henry Parsley was also invited as an honored guest.

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April 10 2004 By virtueonline Faith vs. Polity - Bishop Fitz Allison responds to Rev. Zabriskie

Thus, we are "entitled" to differ regarding important theological
and ethical matters" such as denying catholic Christology and the doctrine
of the Trinity (Pike), theism and saving action of Christ (Spong), and
Christianity itself (Carter Heyward) but we must respect bishops who
currently admit they, as a House, are "dysfunctional."

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April 10 2004 By virtueonline Faith vs. Polity - Rev. Zabriskie writes to Bishop Fitz Allison

Good friends and good Episcopalians are welcomed and entitled to differ
regarding important theological and ethical matters. This has and always
will be the case, if our tradition continues in its historic matter.

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April 08 2004 By virtueonline Forward in Faith Leader Reacts to HOB DEPO Statement

For this we can be grateful, because it allows for a clear analysis of what the Bishops of ECUSA actually have in mind. They write, “As we exercise pastoral leadership in our dioceses, we pledge ourselves to work always towards the fullest relationship, seeking, as the Archbishop of Canterbury has said, ‘the highest degree of communion.’”

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April 06 2004 By virtueonline Gay Marriage: The Train has left the Station

The leadership of Grace Cathedral unanimously supports gay
couples and their families. At the same time, we acknowledge this is a
significant and historical departure from tradition. We take very
seriously some people's misgivings. Breaking the law is no small matter.
But what's done is done. Meanwhile, our concern and conviction is that
the time is long overdue for gay and lesbian people to have the support

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