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December 30 2004 By virtueonline KISSING JUDASES: How the Episcopal leaders have betrayed their own faith

This theme of correcting, improving, updating, reinterpreting, reinventing, and streamlining ideas about God emerged as a powerful and deliberate movement in the Christian church in the eighteenth century, in response to Enlightenment attacks on faith and Enlightenment views of progress.

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December 25 2004 By virtueonline The Post Windsor World of 815 - by Bill Atwood

That fall, the Archbishop of Canterbury called an emergency meeting of the Primates to deal with what the Episcopal Church had done. In their discussion it was made abundantly clear that the Anglican Communion would be “torn at its fabric” if ECUSA proceeded with the consecration of a bishop in a same-sex relationship. Even the Presiding Bishop of ECUSA signed the report, recognizing the gravity of the situation. He then went on to be the chief consecrator in New Hampshire.

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December 24 2004 By virtueonline Do you know where your ministers are? - by Burt Prelutsky

Which is just one of the reasons I'm glad I wasn't invited to the big shindig the American Academy of Religion held recently in San Antonio, Texas.

The AAR, founded in 1909, is an organization composed of professors of religion, church historians, theologians and ethicists. Some 7,500 of them were expected to come together to share research and team up on various projects.

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December 21 2004 By virtueonline Poor clergyman doesn't know he's afflicted - by Ted Byfield

But it's pertinent that he is an Anglican clergyman and sometime academic.

Needless to say, he was writing in the Globe and Mail, a journal which frequently opens its pages to people similarly afflicted, though rarely as severely as this poor man.

He was writing on the gay marriage issue, and he wanted the world to know that, even though he is "a church-going, Bible-reading, creed- affirming Christian," he is whole-heartedly in favour of gay marriage.

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December 19 2004 By virtueonline Bishops, bishops and more bishops - by Peter Toon

Now, the fervent desire of the present members of the extra-mural Anglican Way to have a large supply of bishops is such that - to borrow from Presbyterian Polity -- all presbyters should be regarded as bishops and all bishops as presbyters and so all presbyters consecrated bishops; and then henceforth the normal way of ordination for all postulants should be deacon for one year, presbyter for three years, and bishop then onwards.

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December 16 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Disunion - by William Sachs

The authors of the report, an international commission chaired by Ireland’s Archbishop Robin Eames, emphasized that they were resolved to preserve the Communion. “The commission’s meetings became a remarkable process,” observed member Jenny Te Paa of Auckland, New Zealand. “We saw that we could agree among ourselves and we wondered if we could encourage that spirit across the church.” Commission member Bishop David Beetge of South Africa concurred with that account.

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December 14 2004 By virtueonline Blue America: The land of the easily offended - by Dennis Prager

Liberals regularly portray as offended women, African Americans, Jews, American Indians, gays and every other group liberals declare a minority, i.e., any group that votes Democrat -- no group that votes Republican, such as Mormons, Cuban Americans and Vietnamese Americans, is considered a "minority." All other groups are constantly warned that almost anything they say that is not patronizing of those groups is offensive (and therefore subject to litigation).

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December 09 2004 By virtueonline No Half Measures - by Stephen Trott

It seems to be common ground that the advent of women bishops will bring to an end the uneasy truce provided by the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, which exploited all available room for manoeuvre to enable women to be ordained as priests. Consecrated Women? acknowledges that existing safeguards provided for parishes within the 1993 Measure will need to be repealed, in order to facilitate the ministry of women as bishops in the Church of England.

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December 08 2004 By virtueonline Bauer: Shepard's Death No Hate Crime -- How Will Media Handle News?

Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families says homosexual advocates have been rocked by this new information. "The Matthew Shepherd crime has been used by the gay rights movement as a battering ram to try to prove that America is awash with anti-homosexual hate crimes," he says, "so these new revelations that this was a run-of-the-mill crime by a couple of thugs is certainly an eye-opener."

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December 03 2004 By virtueonline Reflections on the Windsor Report and Lagos Meeting - by Bill Atwood

It is humbling to have been invited. It is also encouraging to see so many friends and gratifying to hear reports of the impact of our conferences and projects. One of the Archbishops here attended one of Ekklesia’s first conferences years ago when he was still a layman. Another Archbishop who was at that same conference as a priest said he still uses the principles he received those years ago. Many spiritual partnerships already exist, but there are real needs for more of them.

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