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February 09 2004 By virtueonline SOUTHERN VIRGINIA: Diocese won't reject gay bishop

At its annual meeting in Norfolk, delegates voted to acknowledge "profound differences" over homosexuality and Scripture interpretation. It created a yearlong Reconciliation Commission to discuss differences.

Opinions vary on whether this could dissuade some parishes from leaving the diocese to join a national network of conservative churches likely to form by October.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline KENYA: Anglicans ready for split over gay priests

The Book of Common Prayer still sits on the pews and is used every week,
although not in every service. The congregation still sings from
"Ancient and Modern" hymnbooks.

But it is not just the style that is traditional. Parishioners are
deeply conservative. Most believe homosexuality is abhorrent.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Women priests costs Church half a billion dollars

The size of the final bill will dismay many in the Church, which is
facing severe financial difficulties and the prospect of dioceses being
made bankrupt.

The figures will also refuel the heated debate on whether the Church
should allow the consecration of women as bishops, a reform which could
trigger another exodus of clergy.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline KENTUCKY: St. Andrew's pastor feels called to Versailles

It's a decision he and his wife have struggled with. "Claire has asked
me a million times, 'Are you sure you're getting this right?'" he told
his new congregation yesterday. "I have told her time and time again,
'Yes, this is the Lord.'"

Brannen, the new rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Versailles,
said he has felt called by God before, in 1990.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline PERSECUTION IN THE CHURCH - Barnabas Fund Reports

A call by more than 200 mainly Muslim intellectuals and political
leaders from Iraq to stop attacks on Christians and cease forcing women
to wear the veil was published on Sunday 4 January on the Arabic website
Elaph [ ].
The call was directed at Muslim clerics, the Iraqi Governing Council and

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline Some Christians See 'Passion' as Evangelism Tool

Three weeks before the release of "The Passion of the Christ," a graphic
portrayal of the torture and crucifixion of Jesus, Christians nationwide
are busy preparing to use it in an immense grass-roots evangelistic

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But then he got a surprise. "On Thursday, Feb. 5, I was told I could stay and preach the following Sunday. Then at 4pm on Thursday I got a call from the bishop's assistant saying that I could not preach on Sunday someone else would, but I could address the congregation at the "peace" and that a pre-arranged plan to have a vote on whether to stay or leave was now cancelled."

I was officially inhibited, he told Virtuosity.

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If his consecration proceeds, we recognise that we have reached a crucial and critical point in the life of the Anglican Communion and we have had to conclude that the future of the Communion itself will be put in jeopardy. In this case, the ministry of this one bishop will not be recognised by most of the Anglican world, and many provinces are likely to consider themselves to be out of Communion with the Episcopal Church (USA).

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February 07 2004 By virtueonline World Anglican leaders support U.S. Episcopal group that opposes gay clergy

Their message spurns the leaders and policies of the Episcopal Church, which is the U.S. branch of the international Anglican Communion. The action gives the new U.S. conservative organization a claim to religious legitimacy as it seeks to gain supporters.

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