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April 19 2004 By virtueonline The 'Passion' of Frank Griswold

He writes in the April issue of Episcopal Life: “Having heard so much about the film, I was quite curious to see what my own reaction would be. I wondered if I would be moved, or repelled by the violence. I also wondered if I would find myself seeing the film at variance with my own understanding of the Passion.

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April 16 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: A Tale of Two Churches

But now all that is all changing.

Recent events in the Episcopal Church – the consecration of an openly homoerotic bishop - is profoundly affecting the unity of the church and the polity of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It has also affected both these churches, but in vastly different ways.

Here are their stories.

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April 16 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Barna Report Refutes Claim That Church Giving is Down

According to Episcopal Church treasurer Kurt Barnes charitable and nonprofit organizations have suffered income restrictions this year due to a poorly performing economy, citing declines of up to 20 percent. "Layoffs affect churches too," he pointed out.

Nationally, donations to the Episcopal Church are down about $3 million, or 6 percent, since the confirmation of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, officials said.

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April 15 2004 By virtueonline NEWARK: Parish Applies for DEPO

They sent the following letter to Bishop John P. Croneberger

Rt. Rev. John P. Croneberger
Bishop of Newark
Diocese of Newark
31 Mulberry St.
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Re: House of Bishop’s Plan for Episcopal Oversight

Dear Bishop Croneberger,

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April 14 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Church Annual Blasts Robinson Consecration

The Morehouse Publishing editorial said that few events in recent church history have had the impact that this decision has made on the church and the polity of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“The controversy has been brewing for many years, not only in the Episcopal Church but in most major denominations and, for that matter, society at large.”

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While some parishes are forced to pay their apportionment (assessment), they are not obliged to pay further monies toward the diocese’s ongoing “mission”. Those monies are optional, though Virtuosity has learned that in dioceses like Pennsylvania and Florida the bishops are twisting arms, using threats and coercion to extort more money out of richer orthodox parishes to support their agendas.

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April 12 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Orthodox Episcopalians vow they will not give up

“We will not give up and we will not accept anything less than we have demanded,” said Jerry DeLemus, senior warden of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Rochester, NH.

“We want alternative episcopal oversight, nothing less. We don’t want the watered down episcopal care options of the ECUSA leadership or Robinson,” said DeLemus in a phone call to Virtuosity.

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April 12 2004 By virtueonline AAC: President Says DEPO Plan Inadequate

The Primates called for adequate provision, and any provision that frustrates delays or denies the process isn’t adequate.

The AAC on the other hand will work in a grass roots manner to help orthodox ECUSA congregations that are already known to the bishop, apply for DEPO. Although the AAC doesn’t believe that DEPO is adequate, it is the vehicle produced by the House of Bishops, and AAC wants to see it in action.

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April 09 2004 By virtueonline CONNECTICUT: Bishop Lays Down Law on DEPO

What he laid down was this. He said that he would “continue to exercise constitutional and canonical jurisdiction in all congregations of the diocese.” Furthermore he would be involved in the life and mission of the parish with a yearly meeting with the parish Vestry, “and in other ways as are appropriate.”

But then he added a proviso.

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April 07 2004 By virtueonline PENNSYLVANIA: Priest and Retired Bishop Exchange Letters Over ECUSA Crisis

Zabriskie described himself as one who sits on several national and international boards on behalf of the ECUSA, wrote that “good Episcopalians can differ regarding important theological and ethical matters” but crossing diocesan boundaries is going too far.

He concluded his letter saying, “it is my deepest hope that the Communion will stand, the Church will flourish and we will not be self-consumed and broken irrevocably.”

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