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December 13 2005 By virtueonline Jesus, Religious Genius or Failed Prophet? - by Peter Jensen

Let's look more closely at it: There is the intimate opening, 'Father', typical of Jesus, but untypical of the religion of his day. There is its brevity - just five requests. And there is the absence of religious palaver - no monumental or mystical flattery of God, just five short 'asks'. And what are we asking? Only for an apocalyptic cataclysm.

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December 08 2005 By virtueonline The Psychology Behind Homosexual Tendencies

Fitzgibbons: Those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies identify themselves as homosexual persons and are usually unwilling to examine their emotional conflicts that caused this tendency. Strong physical attraction is present to other men's bodies and to the masculinity of others due to profound weakness in male confidence.

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December 05 2005 By virtueonline THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. . . . And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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November 23 2005 By virtueonline Official Vatican Document on Homosexuality

In light of this rich teaching, the present Instruction does not intend to dwell on all the issues in the affective or sexual realm that require attentive discernment throughout the entire period of formation. It contains norms regarding a particular issue, made more urgent by the current situation, and that is the admission or not to Seminaries and Holy Orders of candidates that have deep-seated homosexual tendencies.

1. Affective maturity and spiritual fatherhood (paternity)

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November 23 2005 By virtueonline NORTH AMERICA: Anglican Parishes Under Intl Primates

2) Church of the Holy Spirit The Rev. Cliff Horvath, Interim Rector Tulsa, OK USA

Bolivia -

1) Faithful Anglican Fellowship, Rogers, Ohio. Fr. Scott Woodstuff, Rector....mission Church of the diocese of Bolivia to Columbiana County OH. under Bishop Frank Lyons and Archbishop Venables.

2) Light of Christ Anglican Church, Atlanta, Charles Osborne, Rector,

3) Christ Church, Atlanta, Alfred Sawyer, Rector,

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November 18 2005 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Women Bishops

As loyal Anglicans, by God's grace, we believe and uphold the doctrine of the Church of England, in particular as confessed in the Thirty Nine Articles of Religion. We pray and labour with others to see it provide a faithful, firm, and clear witness to the nation. We seek to build up the people of God in the most holy faith, once for all delivered, in the parishes and places to which God has called us.

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November 14 2005 By virtueonline Jesus, the Prophet at the End of the World - by Peter Jensen

DR. JENSEN has been Archbishop of Sydney, the largest Diocese in the country, since 2001 and is Chair of the General Synod Doctrine Commission. He has written a number of books including The Quest For Power, At the Heart the Universe and The Revelation of God and in June this year presented the inaugural TC Hammond Lectures in Ireland.

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November 09 2005 By virtueonline Oxford Union Debate: Homosexual lifestyle no bar to becoming a bishop

But of course these factors may make us lose sight of the substantive and specific issue before us. They may mean we fail to think clearly when we come to vote. In appealing to you not to support the motion let me first remind you what it says and how many of the arguments from those proposing it are therefore either unconvincing or irrelevant.

"This House believes a homosexual lifestyle is no bar to becoming a Bishop"

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November 09 2005 By virtueonline CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS AS THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND SEES IT

Q. So might we have a vicar and his or her partner in the vicarage?

A. Yes. But in the case of clergy, the bishops have said they will seek assurances that the relationship is celibate (paras 19, 21).

Q. Why is there a different standard for clergy and for laity?

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