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January 15 2004 By virtueonline The Episcopalian Church Is At The Edge Of Religious Irrelevance

Rome rejected his petition for an annulment from Catherine on the
grounds a dispensation had been granted from whatever impediment might
be involved, and later, Catherine, defending her marriage to Henry,
insisted the marriage to 16-year-old Arthur (even then sickly) had never
been consummated. Her confessor, Bishop John Fisher, argued in her
favor, and he above all others would have known if in fact the marriage

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Bishop's edict on abortion draws a strong reaction

``This is about as stark a decree to come down against Catholic
politicians as we've seen in recent history,'' said Barry W. Lynn,
executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for
the Separation of Church and State.

``The problem with it is that elected officials have to represent people
of all faiths and none, and not adhere to one religious demand like the
bishop's,'' he said.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline New church founded (yet unaffiliated) in Wyoming

Initial attendance, estimated between 75 and 150 people, will be
comprised mainly of Episcopalians who stopped going to church after last
year's controversial appointment of a gay bishop.

"I'm the last person on Earth that many people would think to do this,"
Reeves said. "I've always been what you would call a company man."

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Strategy paper asks "replacement" for Episcopal Church due to gay bishop

News of the memo, first reported in Wednesday's Washington Post, comes as conservatives prepare for a crucial closed-door meeting next week in Plano, Texas, to establish a national group called the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO AEO FOR ORTHODOX PARISHES

The Anglican Primates said unanimously in their October statement that adequate episcopal oversight must be provided to these beleaguered congregations. The AAC is actively seeking out ways to respond to the Primates' direction. Two of our leaders met in good faith with the Presiding Bishop after the Primates Meeting to try to work out an agreement for oversight along the lines of the Primates' request.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Faith tested as local leaders take sides over homosexuality

The Rev. Brad Jones, rector of Christ Church Episcopal, on State Street in Schenectady, also is a lifelong Episcopalian. Now 46, he has seven children and will celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary this year.

Jones once was gay but said he believes he was "healed" through prayer. He said he believes homosexuality is a sin and that he suffered from a form of spiritual illness akin to alcoholism, gambling or sex addiction.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Episcopal Dissenters Plan Their Strategy

That plea, however, did not come from supporters of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is divorced and has lived openly with a male partner for 14 years. It came from bishops, priests and lay leaders who have denounced Robinson's election as heretical and have heaped opprobrium on the recent course of the Episcopal Church.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline AAC: Plan to Supplant Episcopal Church USA Is Revealed

The six-page strategy paper, obtained by The Washington Post, was confirmed as authentic yesterday by its principal author, the Rev. Geoff Chapman, pastor of St. Stephen's Church in Sewickley, Pa.

After reviewing the document, James Solheim, a spokesman for the national church, called it "very provocative." The strategy it outlines, he said, "is going to plunge us into litigation for decades."

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January 14 2004 By virtueonline Bishop dismisses leadership of Versailles church

The move split the church and led to the creation of a new, independent
congregation.

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January 14 2004 By virtueonline CONSERVATIVE NETWORK STARTS TAKING SHAPE...

The new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes reportedly has--among other things--the encouragement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.

But, while it seems highly unlikely that he would presently support the designation of it as a "replacement" for ECUSA–-an unprecedented step--he may face a hard choice on that score.

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