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December 16 2010 By virtueonline AUSTRALIA: Anglican priests follow ritual from 500-year-old liturgy

The mass-conversions in Britain, Canada, the US and other English-speaking countries have been spurred on by conflicts within the Anglican church over women priests and bishops and controversies over traditional doctrines such as the divinity of Christ and the virgin birth.

Bishop Elliott said the initiative was "groundbreaking and historic . . . I am heartened by the spirit of goodwill and co-operation and the convergence of heart and mind."

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December 15 2010 By virtueonline Ordinariate-bound Mission in Irving, Texas Read more
December 08 2010 By virtueonline ATHENS, TX: St. Stephen's Leaves ACA for ACNA

Following the 2003 consecration of a bishop living in a committed same-sex partnership and other significant doctrinal changes, well over 100,000 Anglicans left the Episcopal Church. Individuals, parishes and four major Dioceses, including the nearby Diocese of Ft. Worth, left and ultimately formed the Anglican Church - North America (AC-NA) as a separate province for orthodox Anglicans in the United States and Canada.

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November 24 2010 By virtueonline "Becoming One" - A Canadian perspective on San Antonio gathering

This conference was billed as an opportunity for those in the US who are interested to learn more about what Pope Benedict's Apostolic Constitution has to offer to those in the various Anglican bodies there. Everyone was welcomed, whether in the Traditional Anglican Communion, another of the Continuing Anglican bodies, The Episcopal Church, or the US Pastoral Provision Parishes.

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January 03 2010 By virtueonline UK: You don't know what you've got till it's gone - Stephen Trott

The beauty of the English liturgy has long been admired outside the Church of England, and the new text made it possible for it to be used within the Roman Catholic Church, by means of a number of amendments that make it conform more closely with the Roman Missal.

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January 02 2010 By virtueonline The big news: The Pope welcomes disaffected Anglicans - Ian Hunter

This means, in practice, that a place will be made within Catholic liturgy for Thomas Cranmer's 1662 Book of Common Prayer - considered by many to rival Shakespeare's plays as the apotheosis of the English language. Also to be welcomed is the rich treasure of Anglican hymnody. All of this is (to paraphrase Hamlet) "...a consummation devoutly to be wished", and it was greeted as such by many thoughtful Catholics and Anglicans of my acquaintance.

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December 31 2009 By virtueonline The Vatican's bold outreach to Anglicans

One wonders, therefore, why he consented to appear in a joint press conference with the new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, to greet the news.

Archbishop Williams subsequently met briefly with Pope Benedict XVI in November–a meeting that had been scheduled prior to the announcement of the initiative–at which meeting the subject of the initiative reportedly did arise.

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December 15 2009 By virtueonline Australian bishop urges prudence as Anglicans join Catholic Church

Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Peter J. Elliott, a former Anglican himself, told The Record Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Perth Dec. 11 that such Anglicans are in for a difficult next few years as the ordinariate is established in Australia.

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December 07 2009 By virtueonline The Pope, Rowan Williams, and Henry VIII

However, this new Constitution does not seem congruent with that declaration of eight years ago, which was absolutely in line with the great decrees of Vatican II, Lumen gentium and Unitatis redintegratio. This new document quotes them, but seems to have forgotten their spirit. Instead of the measured, humble cadences of those great documents, a triumphalistic accent colors Anglicanorum coetibus.

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December 06 2009 By virtueonline Confrontation threatened over women bishops issue

"The effect of the Committee's decision is therefore that such arrangements as are made for those unable to receive the episcopal ministry of women will need to be by way of delegation from the diocesan bishop rather than vesting."

The remaining options are to simply allow women to become bishops in the same way men would, or to do so with an accompanying Code of Practice which would advise on pastoral oversight for those unhappy with women bishops.

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