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January 23 2004 By virtueonline BELGIUM: Gays are Perverts Says Cardinal

“I will sign here in my own blood that of all those who say they are lesbian or gay, at most five to 10 are effectively lesbian or gay,” Cardinal Gustaaf Joos, 80, told a magazine.

“All the rest are simply sexual perverts. Don’t hesitate to write that down. I demand you write it down. If they come to protest on my doorstep, I don’t care. I will not open the door.”

Joos, who studied with Pope John Paul, was appointed cardinal last year.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline PLANO: Conservative Episcopalians Launch Faction

"This has been, for us, a glorious and historic day," said Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, elected as network leader Tuesday after delegates gave a governing charter unanimous approval.

Under the charter, the network's core will be the 12 dioceses in nine states that sent delegates to a meeting at a suburban Dallas church. They must now return home and ask for formal diocesan approval to join the network.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline CONGO: Primate Issues Support for AMiA

We have come here to bring to you the support of the House of Bishops and the Christians of Congo, not just the Anglicans, but all the confessing Christians of Congo, for your courage, having stood firm in the traditional faith of the Anglican church, and in the doctrinal foundation: The Bible.

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January 21 2004 By virtueonline NEW ORTHODOX EPISCOPALIAN NETWORK LAUNCHED

"Today is a significant and joyful moment in the life of the Church," said Bishop Duncan. "What we have done today will bear fruit for years to come in the lives of our children and grandchildren."

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January 21 2004 By virtueonline CHARTER FOR THE NETWORK OF ANGLICAN COMMUNION DIOCESES AND PARISHES

WHEREAS the Preface to the original 1789 Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church and each ensuing revision contains the following statement:

“In which it will also appear that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship; or further than local circumstances require”; and

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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Episcopalians Seem Set to Launch Faction

But Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, the group's leader, told a Monday news briefing that Robinson's name wasn't even mentioned during the first day's deliberations.

Instead, he said, the 100 bishops, representing 12 dioceses and various conservative parishes in other dioceses, focused on building "a united, orthodox and missionary Anglicanism" in the United States.

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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Synod to debate Pope's supremacy

Church leaders anxious to promote unity have welcomed the proposals, but they will meet fierce resistance from conservative Protestants.

The Rev David Phillips, the general secretary of the Church Society and a Synod member, said: "We would reject universal primacy even if the papacy is reformed. There is no way we would want to be linked to the Roman Catholic Church. On some issues, its teaching is even worse now than it was at the Reformation."

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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Church congregations fall by 100,000 in two years

The average number going to a service on Sunday but not during the rest of the week was 1,002,000, down from 1,058,000 in 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, one diocese lost 5,600 weekly worshippers and another lost 4,700.

But the Church said there were signs of growth among young people, with the average number of under-16s attending church at least once a month increasing by one per cent between 2001 and 2002.

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January 20 2004 By virtueonline Group Warns of Launching Church Faction

The network's temporary leader, Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, says the meeting will give traditionalists ``some sense there is a future.''

Delegates will adopt an organizational charter, elect leaders and debate how to help conservative parishes in liberal dioceses. Planners insist the network isn't a breakaway denomination or schism, but a ``church within a church.''

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January 19 2004 By virtueonline Historic Network Convocation to be held in Plano, Texas on Monday and Tuesday

Attacks unleashed against the AAC
A letter to AAC members from the Rev. Canon David Anderson

1/18/04

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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