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August 02 2005 By virtueonline False Doctrine, Heresy & Schism

How grave a matter, theologically, is the blessing of same-sex unions?

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July 26 2005 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: HOB issues pastoral statement on civil partnerships

The statement notes that the new legislation makes no change to the law in relation to marriage and that the Government has stated that it has no intention of introducing 'same-sex' marriage. It also notes that the Act leaves 'entirely open the nature of the commitment that members of a couple choose to make to each other when forming a civil partnership. In particular, it is not predicated on the intention to engage in a sexual relationship.'

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July 22 2005 By virtueonline Women priests? - by E. L. Mascall

Secondly - and this is closely connected with the first point - it must be stressed that what we are concerned with is the Catholic priesthood, as that has come down to us in the great episcopal communions of East and West, and not with the various forms of ministry that exist in the Protestant churches and communities.

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July 18 2005 By virtueonline ANGLICAN BELIEF AND PRACTICE

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July 01 2005 By virtueonline "Stay in the Boat...." - by David Roseberry

"No matter what happens and what seems to come at us, we need to stay in the boat. The Texas saying is "you dance with the one that brung you." It is the same principle. If you are following Jesus on to the boat...you stay with Jesus in the boat...even if he appears to be sleeping!

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June 29 2005 By virtueonline Shipwreck and Kingdom: Acts and the Anglican Communion

But actually I was delighted when I heard that you had been mulling over Acts, because I've been doing that as well; and I believe there are fresh things to be heard from within this great book, which comprises roughly one-eighth of the whole New Testament and yet is often neglected as we analyze the gospels and squabble over Paul.

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June 28 2005 By virtueonline REFORM IRELAND: Hopes Shattered by ECUSA's document at ACC

The document seeks to connect the acceptance within ECUSA of 'same-sex affection' (Note the new 'gentle' marketing term!) with the acceptance of societal outcasts by Christ, with the experience of the early church in accepting Gentile Christians, with women's ordination and even with the acceptance of the length of a man's hair (2.17).

In response we would say that today homosexuality is not an outcast in western society but is accepted, embraced and promoted widely.

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June 28 2005 By virtueonline KENYA: "We have been Disappointed and felt Betrayed"

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b) Listening to the experiences of homosexual persons and ministering pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation.

Before we settled to our homework the tables were shaken by the hurricane of official statements and actions of ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada which went in the opposite direction to the spirit of the said resolution.

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June 27 2005 By virtueonline ANGLICAN COMMUNION INSTITUTE: After The ACC - June 2005

third, the decision to endorse the Primates' February request that ECUSA and Canadian representatives voluntarily withdraw from Council decision-making.

It is important to see these decisions in the unfolding context of the Communion's response to ECUSA's corporate rejection of the Lambeth Conference teaching on sexuality, a rejection provided in the consent and consecration of a sexually-active gay bishop and the permission of same-sex blessings around the church.

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June 27 2005 By virtueonline UGANDA: Church issues statement on Scripture, Authority and Sexuality

There appears to be no authority within the Communion at all four levels of its Instruments of Unity - The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Lambeth Conference of Bishops, The Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council.

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