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December 14 2004 By virtueonline Incoherence Marks Present Day Episcopal Church Says New Report

As a result, says the report, conflict in the church primarily results from uncertainty over mission and tentativeness in leadership. "When Episcopalians disagree, confusion over means and ends is the most likely cause. Put starkly, while spirituality proves to be a key motivator, by themselves spiritual criteria is insufficient to clarify appropriate ends and the practices that attain them."

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December 11 2004 By virtueonline PUERTO RICO: Episcopal Bishop Escalates Persecution of Orthodox Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Dennis Paris has been one of his main targets since the priest who is also a university professor and author, wrote a book condemning the Episcopal Church's position on homosexuality and was tossed out of the church by the bishop.

Paris wrote to VirtueOnline and said the bishop was ratcheting up the pain by doing everything he could to see that the formation of a new AMIA parish on the island would not get off the ground.

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December 10 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Church Attendance Continues Steep Decline

The percentage of churches with any increase in average Sunday attendance (ASA) also dropped from 39 percent to 34 percent.

And for the first time churches with any loss in average Sunday attendance rose from 49 percent to 54 percent, the first time in living memory that it has reached over 50 percent.

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December 09 2004 By virtueonline LEAVING ECUSA: Options for the Orthodox

If I have heard this cry once I have heard it on the phone numerous times and I read the anguished notes to me daily in my e-mails. Dozens of rectors are agonizing over their situations. Some have very large churches. Many of them are also under pressure from their wives. Their wives will not have their children brought up in a church that blesses sodomy they tell me.

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December 07 2004 By virtueonline BRAZIL: Recife Bishop calls on Williams for Alternative Episcopal Oversight

In a note to VirtueOnline, a priest of the diocese Miguel Uchoa wrote saying, "we are standing and by God's grace we will prevail in this struggle with the liberal Primate of Brazil."

The letter accuses the Primate of Brazil of an "arbitrary use of its power, in a discriminatory and oppressive manner" thus bringing on the crisis forcing the diocese to look for protection from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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December 06 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Four Primates Reject Bennison at ARD Fundraiser

The event was to officially kickoff the Anglican Relief and Development (ARD) fund a new agency formed to channel giving from Anglican donors in the U.S. to Anglican churches in the economically poorer countries of the Anglican Communion.

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December 05 2004 By virtueonline Engineering Truth Is At Heart Of Anglican Communion Tragedy

One bishop told this newspaper: “It is a chance for us to air things ahead of the House of Bishops’ meeting in January. We want to approach that meeting in a spirit of togetherness so that we are able to have fruitful discussions.”

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December 04 2004 By virtueonline UGANDA: Archibishop Orombi Says Anglican Communion Could Stay Together

"I believe when we meet we will define our faith in clear terms and around that definition we will either agree or disagree. If it is faith in the living Lord Jesus Christ and the expression of that faith is around repentance and faith we will welcome it. We will have a reasoned debate about where our faith stands and then we will decide how to proceed."

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December 02 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Legal Documents - The Third Amended Complaint in Moyer v. Bennison

The following PDF formatted 144 pages is very large, almost 5 Mbytes and I would ask your patience when downloading it.

http://www.virtueonline.org/stories/moyer_v_bennison_1.pdf

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December 01 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Bennison Crosses Diocesan Lines And Attacks Freedom Of The Press

Because Bennison is subpoenaing this writer, VirtueOnline intends to look more closely at what is going on in the litigation and report it to the whole church.

In that litigation, when Bennison was finally compelled to produce documents to Fr. Moyer's attorneys, he obtained a "Confidentiality Order" allowing him to keep secret most of the documents he produced. Bennison cited VirtueOnline as the primary object of the "Confidentiality" Order.

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