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July 20 2004 By virtueonline Primates to meet in Feb. '05...Griswold's broken promises...PA, CT...

The final draft of the Lambeth Report will be sent up early in October, and then there will be four months for the spin to begin. Once the Anglican Communion Office gets a hold of the document the spin cycle will begin in earnest.

If the document calls for overt disciplinary measures against Frank Griswold, ECUSA's Presiding Bishop, you can be sure there will be much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth by Eames, the Anglican Consultative Council, even Dr. Rowan Williams himself.

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July 13 2004 By virtueonline UNITY...Communion Chaos, CofE Synod on discipline...firestorm over Rowan

The truth is ECUSA revisionist bishops, especially Frank Griswold don't care what the other Primates think anyway, he prefers to act independently on issues of sexual morality.

All the while the ECUSA itself is riven by growing factions because of the church's sexual and doctrinal innovations.

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July 06 2004 By virtueonline Lambeth power...African bishops could revolt against Williams...US news...

So, the argument goes, when and if the Primates should decide to act against ECUSA's Presiding Bishop, perhaps even Canada's Primate, then it will be largely symbolic, a slap on the wrist action rather than an act of any substance. Dr. Williams will opine that he is virtually powerless to do anything that will substantially change the course of Anglican history that involves substantive discipline. The worst that could happen is a sort of shunning.

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June 29 2004 By virtueonline FIFNA re-energized...two bishops duke it out in PA..NH...Newark...news

But at the 16th Annual Assembly in Bedford, Texas this week, FIFNA emerged re-energized, re-invigorated and hopeful, no longer sensing that they are alone. They have the ear, not only of the Archbishop of Canterbury but the Global South bishops as well. And because of the INTERNET their voices are heard not in days and months but in minutes and hours.

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June 26 2004 By virtueonline Liberal Christianity...Kanuga...Pennsylvania...CofE...Anglican crisis

For if it does it will, like Samson, bring the whole temple down on itself and destroy not only us, but them.

We are fast approaching a time when liberal Christianity, already on a downward slide will, it would now seem, slide inevitably towards its self-appointed oblivion. The mainline Protestant denominations, already in meltdown, are gasping in their death throes. They are on life support using up Trust Funds and endowments with fewer warm bodies and no gospel to proclaim.

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June 21 2004 By virtueonline Tectonic shake in Anglicanism...ACI issues demand for ECUSA discipline...

The groups, all based in the U.S. have come under the chairmanship of the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, ACN Moderator.

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June 15 2004 By virtueonline Communion moves towards brink...Griswold...gay marriage...Libs routed...

It was an interesting use of the word "sanctity" with liberal supporters of the amendment claiming that they did not intend the word "sanctity" to have any theological significance. Not true fired back a number of orthodox Anglicans. They argued that, in Church language, sanctity meant blessed, and they weren't buying it.

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June 06 2004 By virtueonline PLANO WEST affirms faith...Griswold has no confidence among Primates...

British Anglican evangelical, the Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Green who flew in for the occasion, said the church should not run away from the truth but embrace it and not succumb to political correctness, nor allow it to be run by those more interested in the church's canons and constitutions.

"Pleasing Jesus dominated the ethics of the Acts of the Apostles, it should be ours also," said Green. "It is not what the canons say, the question is, are we being obedient to God."

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline OH CANADA...liberal Apb elected Primate...reaction strong...ECUSA bad news

It was clear the Canadians wanted a middle way to the right of Hutchison but couldn't find it, Had Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Edmonton, been a contender she would have won. She is in hospital facing surgery for breast cancer.

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May 30 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: 37th General Synod opens...blessing same sex unions debated...

The blessing of same sex unions, a convulsive issue that is tearing at the heart of the Episcopal Church is also ripping at the very fabric of the Canadian church's 30 dioceses, with only 13 considered orthodox enough to resist changes to the church's received teaching.

The issue is whether General Synod will pronounce on this issue or toss it back to the dioceses. First discussions began on that yesterday.

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