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June 04 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: The Fatal Decisions Of General Synod

These two actions will only serve to alienate the Canadian Church from the worldwide Anglican Communion which is overwhelmingly orthodox in faith and morals, and secondly it will continue its gadarene slide towards extinction, even as it boasts a doctrine of inclusion that, in fact, saves no one and nothing.

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline African Bishop Decries ECUSA's Tainted Money

"The devil is always against the will of God. We have three enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil. We should not allow the world to swallow us up."

The bishop said the African Church would never again accept money from The Episcopal Church under its present leadership.

Canon Michael Green, England's premier evangelical Anglican preacher and Wycliffe College teacher said that African bishops have declined to take any more tainted money from ECUSA.

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June 02 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglicans Prepare For Watershed Decision On Same-Sex Blessings

The 5-part resolution wants to affirm the jurisdiction and authority for diocesan synods with the consent of their bishops to bless committed same sex unions, but not marriage rites. That presumably would come later.

The general predictions are that the preparations for synod and the tactics of persuasion have been sufficiently successful that the resolutions of the Council of General Synod (COGS) will see these resolutions pass.

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June 01 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Synod Prepares For Demise If Same-Sex Blessings Passes

The first resolution A071 concerns the duties of the Primate. "The Primate shall exercise pastoral and spiritual leadership throughout The Anglican Church of Canada."

It formerly read, "To maintain a pastoral relationship to the whole of the Anglican Church of Canada."

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June 01 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglicans Choose Montreal Archbishop To Lead Them

144 lay members and 117 clergy members voted. A majority in both houses was needed to declare a winner.

On the fourth ballot Hutchison got 68 clergy votes and 97 laity.
Ferris got 44 clergy votes and 41 laity.

Ferris ran second in the voting, on all four ballots. A flip of eight votes would have had Ferris as the winner by clergy order. He could not summon the laity vote.

The voting patterns followed much the same as in the American Episcopal Church.

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May 31 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Acting Primate Says Provincial Autonomy Is Way To Go

"We have provincial autonomy" he told the Canadian Anglicans. "The four instruments of unity have no juridical authority, only consultative and moral authority," he said.

Crawley said the Canadian Anglican Church should and will work independently of any action by another province.

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May 31 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Communion Officer Urges Caution To Canadians

Cameron is thought to reflect the mind of the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Dr. Rowan Williams, and said, "I would be unfaithful to the task I have
been set if I did not say that the implications of your decision for
the unity of the Anglican Communion, perhaps even its very survival in
its current form, are just about as serious as it could get."

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May 29 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Bennison Will Make Forced Visit To Largest Parish In Diocese

Bennison's position is that he will attend the 9am service on June 6 arguing that his “overriding concern is with the unity of our diocesan family.”

In a letter to the congregation from the vestry of the Paoli parish, they wrote, “we grieve because of Bennison’s refusal to send Bishop Clarence Coleridge (assisting bishop) on his behalf. We believe that Bishop Bennison’s visit will be viewed by many in our congregation as detrimental and harmful.”

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May 28 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Archdeacon Attempts Sabotage Of Orthodox Group At Synod

In a letter to the university campus police, McPetrie charged that the group tried to get accommodation at the Brock University residences and failed but was able to get into nearby Concordia Lutheran Seminary.

McPetrie also charged that another unnamed group from Texas might also appear at the General synod to cause a disturbance during debates over same-sex issues which will dominate General Synod.

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May 23 2004 By virtueonline 'AKRON FIVE' Bishop Responds to Council of Advice President

“I sense that you have not yet grasped what we believe to be the issue before us. It is certainly not a personal one. The issue we wish to address is the departure from the Christian faith on the part of the House of Bishops. We believe that the huge loss in the number of Episcopalians over the last ten years is an indication that others share this concern.”

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