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March 10 2004 By virtueonline ALBUQUERQUE: Financial troubles at St. John's Cathedral sign of broader collapse

One cathedral, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, in the Diocese of the Rio Grande (New Mexico and Texas), announced on its website last week that it faces a $145,000 shortfall in its one million dollar 2004 budget. The dollar dry-up is another sign of the continued decline in parish giving to both the local diocese and national church.

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March 08 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Via Media Spins 'Middle Way' While Pushing All Out for Changed Church

It is absolutely ironic that they call themselves the Via Media, in Latin, the Middle Way, because in truth they are as far from being the 'middle way', as a drunk driver telling a cop that he was driving down the middle of the road, because he was frightened that if drove on either side of the road he might just drive off the black top and hit a tree.

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline LAGOS: African Bishops to confront issues of faith and morals

The CAPA bishops intend to take up the serious matters of faith and morals that confront the Communion. The ACNS statement completely omitted the stated agenda items from the CAPA statement. The topics to be discussed at the conference will include HIV/AIDS, political instability, technological stagnation, poverty and ecclesiastical issues and the current state of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Presiding Bishop Gives Tacit Support to Same-Sex Marriages

Griswold says he is concerned about the advisability of a constitutional amendment being put forth for discussion at this time. "Questions of sexuality are far from settled, and a constitutional amendment which was perceived as settling this matter might make it more difficult to engage in civil discourse around this topic."

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Bennison's Hubris In His "Power of Time" Message

But 'time' of its very essence deals with chronology, the interval between two events or the hour of the day, it has no substance in and of itself.

But then Bennison shows his hand. He said, "when that question was raised at the Primates' Meeting last October over Gene Robinson's consecration, we agreed that the core doctrine of Anglicans is a belief in the power of time."

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline MISSOURI: Orthodox St. Louis parish flees ECUSA for AMIA and Rwanda

The vote to leave was significant, said the Rev. Paul R. Walter, 66, who has been rector their for nearly 8 years. "Of the 148 who could vote, 98 were present, 84 voted for and 14 against leaving ECUSA. The balance of 152 (the church has almost 300 members) are being polled." That poll will be preserved for additional evidence that the parish is united, said Walker.

The Bishop of Missouri George Wayne Smith has inhibited Walter and has fired the Vestry and Wardens of the parish.

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February 27 2004 By virtueonline HERESY: The Deceptive and Insulting Sermon of Vickie Gene Robinson

"The real sin, of course, of any oppression is making an object out of another human being. Treating people as if they were a commodity, an it. Slavery, of course, being the ultimate," said Robinson.

"People of color. Women. Gay and lesbian folk. The physically disabled. The aged. All oppressed and all [are] offered liberation by this great God of ours, declaring the humanity and not the objectification of those people."

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline FAITH ALIVE!

He told his story before some 500 Episcopalians at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania recently at a lay witness weekend put on by Faith Alive, a 100 percent Episcopal organization involved in renewing the church, changing people's lives from the inside out. Faith Alive is one of the still thriving (after 30 years) evangelical ministries within the Episcopal Church.

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Leader Says They Won't Participate in War They Started

It is in the same category of foolishness and naivete that convinced the American people that they could remain neutral in World War II before Pearl Harbor.

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February 21 2004 By virtueonline NEW WESTMINSTER: Bishop Faces Triple Crisis

He faces a legal ultimatum with the leaders of St. Martin's parish in
North Vancouver who argue that unless the parish is allowed to control
its own finances and staffing, it will ask the B.C. Supreme Court to
overturn the firing of two church wardens last year.

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