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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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May 22 2004 By virtueonline ALBANY: Bishop Herzog Clarifies His Position

“Both David Bena [Suffragan Bishop] and I intend to uphold our obligations regarding the patrimony of the church. Thus anyone or any group is free to leave the Episcopal Church. But its assets, properties, endowments and buildings remain.”

Herzog said he told his Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee that should the [situation] become spiritually intolerable he would resign, but the Diocese remains in ECUSA.”

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May 21 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglican Church Set to Elect New Primate

Bishop Matthew's withdrawal from the election, which will take place on May 31 during the meeting of General Synod in St. Catharine's, Ontario, reduces the number of primatial candidates to three. The other candidates are Bishop Ronald Ferris of Algoma, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison of Montreal, and Bishop Caleb Lawrence of Moosonee.

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His comments were reported by Eileen E. Flynn of the AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Though he didn't allude specifically to the current problems in the church, Griswold assured graduates that the Holy Spirit will be working in them at the most difficult times.

"I hope, when you have these experiences, which you surely will, you might remember these words from your presiding bishop, who is no stranger to what he is saying," Griswold said.

This is too disingenuous by half.

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