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January 03 2005 By virtueonline Christian Apologetics - by CS Lewis (1945)

This is your duty not specifically as Christians or as priests but as honest men. There is a danger here of the clergy developing a special professional conscience which obscures the very plain moral issue. Men who have passed beyond these boundary lines in either direction are apt to protest that they have come by their unorthodox opinions honestly. In defense of these opinions they are prepared to suffer obloquy and to forfeit professional advancement. They thus come to feel like martyrs.

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December 27 2004 By virtueonline "Homo Indifferens" Is Still a "Homo Religious"

Earlier this year I led the members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for Culture on a reflection intended to give a new impetus to the response to the challenges of unbelief and religious indifference. We began by making an updated map and analysis of unbelief in the world.

As regards the analysis of the state of unbelief in the world today, let me share with you the following conclusions:

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December 26 2004 By virtueonline This doctor is proud to have killed four newborns - by Damien McElroy

Dr Verhagen's actions have already provoked condemnation from the Vatican and others who argue that the right-to-life must remain inviolable.

Other Dutch doctors side with Dr Verhagen, however, and in the past four years have sought to challenge this by reporting 18 such cases of "neo-natal" deaths to the national prosecutor's office in the Hague.

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December 24 2004 By virtueonline WINDSOR REPORT: A "Self" defining moment for ECUSA and The Ang. Communion

As my colleague, Oliver O'Donovan, said recently, when placed along side most Anglican Documents, the Windsor Report is decidedly "up market." In contradistinction to a number of contrary judgments, I agree; and the burden of my remarks will be designed to show that, despite certain omissions and errors (some serious) the report provides a credible way forward both for ECUSA and the Anglican Communion as a whole.

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December 16 2004 By virtueonline New Vatican Document on Homosexuality and the Priesthood Coming Before Fall 2005

The Vatican has confirmed several times that men with homosexual sexual orientations should not be ordained. The December 2002 bulletin of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments contained a letter signed by Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, who has since retired as the head of the Congregation, which said ordaining such men would be imprudent and "very risky."

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December 16 2004 By virtueonline Navigational Errors: A thriving church sank, not because it hit an iceberg...

Now a year later—September 2004—the entire pastoral staff is gone, attendance is down 75 percent, most of the Christian education leaders have either left the church or are hesitant to sign up for another year of duty. The parish is deeply discouraged, mission giving is down, and the near future of the parish looks bleak, financially and spiritually.

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December 09 2004 By virtueonline A Critique of Mark Dyer’s Explanation of the Windsor Report - by Andrew Goddard

This suggests that a primary aim of the Report is a sort of ground-clearing exercise, a means to the end of the Communion having a conversation on sexuality. This purpose and goal is not given prominence by the Primates, the Mandate of the Commission or the Report itself.

Does the Report have a stance on sexuality?

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November 28 2004 By virtueonline Theological Education for the Anglican Communion - Book List

Anglican Communion, The Official Report of the Lambeth Conference, 1998 (Morehouse, 1999) [An essential resource for resolutions, plenary presentations (including an important lecture by Rowan Williams on 'Making Moral Decisions) and discussion on all the major issues affecting the Communion]

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November 19 2004 By virtueonline Reflections on the Windsor Report: N. T. Wright, Oliver O'Donovan et al

Many churches have established mechanisms for answering this question. The worldwide Anglican Communion has never before needed to develop such mechanisms, but the Commission argues that it now needs to do so. To this end, we are proposing various ways in which our existing structures can be strengthened and our existing processes clarified.

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November 08 2004 By virtueonline Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

Pearcey is a scholar, an intellectual, a brilliant writer, and she has an uncanny ability to explain profound ideas in a way that is accessible – and helpful -- to regular people. She appeared recently at the Heritage Foundation to talk about her book to a standing-room-only crowd.

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