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March 27 2005 By virtueonline Re-Alignment And The Episcopal Church - by Dr. Paul F.M. Zahl

Then it happened. "What I had feared has come upon me." (Job 3:25)

On August 5, 2003, the long march of the Episcopal Church's apparent cultural captivity reached its mark. A practicing gay bishop was elected and approved, then consecrated and installed. At that point, a storm did indeed break out, a world-wide storm. We can now, sadly, compare it to a tsunami.

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March 25 2005 By virtueonline Abusing the Fathers - by William J. Tighe

The ensuing "Windsor Report," released on October 18, 2004, called for moratoria on the ordination of all non-celibate homosexuals and on the approval of rites for blessing same-sex "partnerships," as well as for an end to the intervention of traditionalist bishops (usually from Africa or Asia) in the dioceses of "revisionist" bishops.

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March 25 2005 By virtueonline The Wrong Thing for the Right Reasons - by Peter C. Moore

The opposite is also true. Frequently, people do the wrong thing for the right reasons. An impoverished man may steal food in order to provide for a destitute mother. We've all heard of deeply confused teen-agers who commit suicide because they can't imagine going through life as a burden to their parents. Then there is the more complex case of the person who commits perjury to spare a loved one from the consequences of their actions. Stealing, suicide, and perjury are all wrong.

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March 24 2005 By virtueonline It's time to stop the shouting and finger pointing - by Todd Wetzel

"The nearly two years since General Convention 2003 should have taught us that a political "win" does not guarantee any kind of victory for our church. ECUSA's own statistics show giving for the first full year since the consecration of an overtly gay bishop to be off by 12% and membership down by 36,000 people.

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March 23 2005 By virtueonline Bishop Griswold Should Resign - by Diane Knippers

By all accounts, he is a decent man, kind and thoughtful. They say he isn't much of a manager or administrator. He has a scholarly bent. He is obviously drawn to the mystical elements of faith. I could see him a chaplain at a school for boys or a theological college.

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March 23 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA May Have To Walk Apart - by Bishop Ben Benitez

The General Convention went ahead with it, and what we have right now are the consequences of what we in ECUSA have done. You may call it all negative, or declare that those in the rest of the Communion are being too negative, but the Primates of the Anglican Communion call it being faithfull, being faithful to Holy Scripture and being faithful to Apostolic Doctrine and to our Lord.

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March 22 2005 By virtueonline "Anglican Church of Canada is being lead astray," says theologian

He did affirm the autonomy of the ACC as if this excused unwillingness to be bound today by the Solemn Declaration of 1893, the ACC’s foundational document, and the refusal to take seriously the remonstrances of many Anglican leaders. He showed readiness to let what, for him, is now the established policy of blessing same-sex unions disrupt full communion within the Anglican fellowship, and did not seem to see this as an unhappy outcome.

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March 22 2005 By virtueonline "Communique is childish defiance...American power politics" - by David Roseberry

1. For ECUSA to withdraw its representatives from the Anglican Consultative Council, a key interim body of the Anglican Communion. This has, in effect, put the American Church on notice that they are "outside" the family until they decide to abide by the Anglican Communion teaching. This was a good thing.

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March 21 2005 By virtueonline Comfortless Covenant - by Geoffrey Kirk

What problem?

Why, you may well ask, was the consecration of Gene Robinson such a Communion-shattering event, and why does the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church now feel obliged to make gestures and concessions towards the rest of the Anglican Communion which it has not felt obliged to make heretofore?

These are questions for which it is hard to find a coherent answer, save only for reasons of cynical political manoeuvre.

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March 20 2005 By virtueonline COVENANT: "Buys time...falls short" - by James Stanton

The strategies listed were intended to restore the full trust of our bonds of affection across the Communion.The House of Bishops in responding as it has by this Covenant leaves this basic question still unanswered.

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