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January 17 2004 By virtueonline AAC RESPONSE TO BISHOP JOHNSON'S "PASTORAL LETTER"

Bishop Johnson emphasizes his desire to preserve the "church as it currently
exists." Here are the facts about the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) as it
currently exists. It is a Church that is no longer in relationship with the
majority of Anglicans worldwide. It is a Church that no longer turns to
Holy Scripture for its guidance. It is a Church that has chosen the ways of
man over the ways of God. It is a church that has undermined the

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January 16 2004 By virtueonline A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Johnson

No matter what one's opinions are about the more controversial decisions
reached at our last General Convention, one has to admit that they were
done publicly and above board. Using the long established means to reach
decisions as a Church gathered in Convention, the outcome and resulting
actions were literally done before the eyes of the world.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline Parish vote to cut ties leaves hurt feelings

Borrett and other members of the diocesan standing committee met for
several hours Jan. 5 with the vestry of All Saints Church of Pawleys
Island to try to find a way to keep the parish from voting to leave the
denomination, which it did Thursday, he said.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline North Dakota nominates one bishop candidate by petition

None of those five candidates has directly expressed his views on the
recent confirmation of the openly gay New Hampshire bishop, the Rev.
Gene Robinson. Thompson disagrees with the confirmation of homosexual
clergy but said it is important to work together.

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January 15 2004 By virtueonline "Cautious Optimism" for Jan. 27 PBS Gay "Marriage" Debate

The January 27 program is scheduled to air at 9:00 pm EST on local PBS affiliates and to feature excerpts from a debate taped on January 4 at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, founded in 1695 and site of Benjamin Franklin’s grave. The debate was between newly elected homosexual ECUSA Bishop Vickie Eugene Robinson and Dr. Bob Wenz, vice president for National Ministries of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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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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