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February 01 2017 By dvirtue Gorsuch and the big scare-quote religion stuff? So far, little light shed on Supreme Court pick

The Episcopal Church, for anyone who's not been following religion trends in recent decades, has been careening to the theological and cultural left for years and its membership statistics show it. Thousands have left TEC and joined alternative Anglican churches.

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Bishop Peter Stuart told parishioners that Cathedral picture walls of former bishops and deans were distressing for some survivors of abuse "because it appears as though church is continuing to honour people" who failed to protect children or caused them harm.

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January 31 2017 By dvirtue CANADA: Anglican Church admits it 'helped to create' conditions for suicide crisis in Wapekeka First Nation

Ralph Rowe worked as a priest and boy scout leader and flew a plane with the Anglican Church logo into remote First Nations in northern Ontario where his "abuse was massive in its scope and horrendous in its impact," said a statement on Friday from Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada.

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January 30 2017 By dvirtue A Call to Prayer for Immigrants, Refugees, and Government Leaders

In our province we also have lawmakers who face a different, but related set of challenging moral issues. As public servants, they are called to carefully discern how best to respond to the global humanitarian need while also maintaining the appropriate role of government in protecting its citizens. There are no easy answers to how our nations should balance these priorities, and our leaders need your prayers.

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January 28 2017 By dvirtue The Bishops' Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships: a response from GAFCON UK

The Report as a whole requires a much fuller response than we can give here. However we do not have confidence that this document will guarantee the maintenance of orthodoxy within the Church of England for the future. We need to express our serious reservations about the many ambiguities in the text relating to how we as Anglicans understand truth and goodness, sin and salvation, and how we should carry out pastoral and liturgical practice.

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January 25 2017 By dvirtue TENNESSEE: Episcopal diocese to consider same-sex marriage at convention

"Episcopalians continue to be divided on this issue. Last year, we appointed a diocesan task force to promote prayer, reflection, and conversation about these matters," said Bauerschmidt, in an email to The Tennessean.

Gay marriage remains divisive issue in Episcopal Church

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January 24 2017 By dvirtue San Antonio Archdiocese removes priest from a parish of Anglican converts

The archdiocese's decision was effective Thursday. It has appointed Monsignor Frank Kurzaj as parish administrator to assume Phillips' role. Kurzaj, most recently pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville, has served in several other parishes in the archdiocese.

A few parishioners credited Phillips with increasing the flock and focusing on Scriptural study and sacred music. He also has been managing a major expansion of its school, Atonement Academy, they added.

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January 19 2017 By dvirtue ACNA House of Bishops Receive Phase 4 on Women's Ordination

A Holy Orders Task Force examining the issue of women's ordination concluded Phase 4 of their work and presented it to the college. "The Phase 4 report is being formatted and combined with the previous documents from the task force. This report will be passed on to the GAFCON Primates and to our ecumenical partners for feedback, and released to the whole Church in late February. The bishops will pick up these discussions at their next two meetings, in June and September of this year."

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January 18 2017 By dvirtue GLOUCESTER, UK: Muslim call to prayer at cathedral sparks debate, explanations and a deleted Facebook post

The event, which was seen by about 1,000 people at the iconic building, triggered hundreds of compliments from people around the city on social media.

But it also provoked criticism in some quarters, with some calling it inappropriate and even questioning why a "different God" should be allowed to be worshiped there.

Gloucester Cathedral also took the step of deleting a Facebook post on the call to prayer after the comments got heated.

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January 14 2017 By dvirtue Episcopalians Uneasy about Cathedral Inauguration Role

In a statement, the cathedral's chief communications officer, Kevin Eckstrom, said, "We do not pray or sing to bless a political ideology or partisan agenda. From its earliest days, the Cathedral was conceived as a 'great church for national purposes,' a place that could assist the nation in marking significant moments in our national life.

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