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July 20 2005 By virtueonline "Ain't never seen a truck wreck like this before" - Rev. Clay Knapp

That's the way we at St. John's feel about the happenings of this week-we "ain't never seen a wreck like this before." Shock is the only word that keeps coming to mind. I am still in shock.

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July 18 2005 By virtueonline "A Real Human Tragedy is happening in Connecticut" - Robert S. Munday

If we pass some of the proposed revisions to Title IV of the Canons, it may make it easier for a bishop to do what some have already done in removing the lay leadership of a parish. But who are we kidding? Do we really think people are going to stay around for this--and pay for it?

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You misused the canon that was written for a very different purpose: for deposing clergy who have abandoned this church for the Roman Catholic Church.

You disregarded the Windsor Report and the provisions it makes for a Panel of Reference: "This oversight must be sufficient to provide a credible degree of security on the part of the alienated community, so that they do not feel at the mercy of a potential hostile leadership" (paragraph 151).

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July 18 2005 By virtueonline The Rev. Mark Hansen’s inhibition: What is to be done?

Why was no prior meeting held with Vestry and parishioners to explain the bishop’s concerns? Why was no meeting held with the priest? Why does the stated cause for the inhibition – “abandonment of communion” – seem to have nothing to do (and in any case to have been formulated months before the actual actions just taken) with the actual explanations given by the bishop and his staff?

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July 17 2005 By virtueonline "We've Been Robbed of our Priest and Building!" - by Tammy Vogt

We've been robbed of our priest and of our building!!! The people that now occupy my beautiful building have no regard for the congregation as a whole, the vestry or even the Canons. And now I'm told the Gospel no longer sits on my beautiful altar at St. John's! I pray they put it back!

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July 15 2005 By virtueonline ACC's Sanctimonious Claptrap - by Andrew Carey

These centres are not slinging negative slogans at each other but are working hard at trying to find a lasting peace with justice. They are taking seriously the new opportunities that arise with Israel's disengagement from Gaza and part of the West Bank in a matter of days. It is these Israelis and Palestinians that we should support. Those who are taking real risks for peace.

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July 15 2005 By virtueonline The Episcopal Church Self-Destructs over Homosexuality

Now, ramifications from the consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson are sending shockwaves through the Anglican community, and the denomination is on the brink of imploding. The June 2003 election of Rt.

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July 14 2005 By virtueonline Sometimes I hate it when I'm right - by William Witt

Many of the CT parishes I visited confirmed my worst expectations. The Sunday after the young gay man Matthew Shepard was murdered, the rector at one parish I was visiting declared from the pulpit that Lambeth 98 was an "abomination," and tried to imply that the Lambeth bishops were somehow responsible for that vicious act.

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July 13 2005 By virtueonline The Church of England's Skewed Priorities

Do they think that given these circumstances, the Church still has the option of muddling on along the lines of the Me Inc. with its petty human concerns such as gender issues, or, worse, ecclesial blessing of wayward sexual inclinations? Do they really believe that since Sept. 11, 2001 -- or July 7, 2005 for the Brits - they can afford to further fissure the Body of Christ?

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July 12 2005 By virtueonline LONDON: The whole armour of God - By Richard Chartres

I was in touch with the Muslim Council after their statement and we are determined to speak and act in solidarity with one another. The centre we established here in the City, St Ethelburga's Centre for Preventing and Transforming conflict has been working recently with Muslim students and we have been able to contact our friends as part of an effort to ensure that no one will be able to exploit this time of grief and anxiety.

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