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January 05 2006 By virtueonline WELCOME TO 2006...Floridians Flee ECUSA...Maryland Anglicans dumped..Global news

For most of us, we are glad to see the back of 2005. It was, by any definition, a rough year for thousands of orthodox Episcopalians. Many of you left for greener ecclesiastical and theological pastures and shared the relief you felt with me. I, in turn, tried to keep you informed about both those who both left and those who stayed to fight another day.

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December 29 2005 By virtueonline ECUSA Continues to Walk Apart as Year Ends...Wolfe Bites...Diocesan news...more

Liberal hatred for orthodox primates bubbled to the surface when the chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, Bishop John C. Paterson of Auckland, New Zealand, issued an apology in Canada for the way the Episcopal Church was treated at Nottingham in being made to withdraw from the council. But that was all a fiction and completely imaginary.

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December 20 2005 By virtueonline GAY SEX: Gap widens between ECUSA, RC's and Orthodox..Panel of Reference...more

By David W. Virtue

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The juxtaposition of the above two statements highlights the crisis in the Episcopal Church. In fact, it might be said that Robinson and Cranmer represent the polarities between the Global South and biblically orthodox Anglicans across the Anglican Communion and the liberal West and North, with its pluriform thinking on matters of faith and practice.

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December 14 2005 By virtueonline GRISWOLD'S Disastrous Leadership...20 ECUSA bishops say Crisis real...Recife...

To say that his leadership has been disastrous doesn't really begin to touch it. When he took over from Ed "the flexible" Browning, he promised to be the bishop of all, telling the story about how God had spoken to him in Italy as he visited the significant sites of the life and witness of Francis of Assisi. He said that God told him to "rebuild His church."

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December 07 2005 By virtueonline PRESSURE on Primates mount...meetings in London, Chicago...ECUSA news...more

He responded in a message to the Church Times saying: "I have read Archbishop Akinola's letter. Without going into details of the content, I would like to make it clear that I was not present when that letter was written, so I did not take part in its conception. It is sad what is going on."

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November 30 2005 By virtueonline PRIMATES Squabble...ACC Chairman: "Keep Primates Out"...ECUSA News...more

The heat got turned up a notch on Nigerian Primate Peter Akinola this week when a third Primate, Archbishop Drexel Gomez (West Indies), described the letter sent out by the African leader as "an act of impatience and a disrespect for process. Unfortunately we never had a discussion of the letter. It was just circulated along with other documents - we only had 40 minutes to meet and were only told about the background to it."

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November 22 2005 By virtueonline 17 Primates in quarrel with Williams...2004 ECUSA figures show decline...more

"We are troubled by your reluctance to use your moral authority to challenge the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to call for the immediate cessation of any blessings of same sex unions and on any ordinations of those in such unions in every diocese in the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada."

It is the most in your face poke at the leader of 80 million Anglicans to date, and it has rocked the whole communion.

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November 15 2005 By virtueonline PITTSBURGH: Orthodox Rally for the Faith...Ohio 4 leave diocese...ECUSA news...

It was a powerful and dramatic 72 hours in the life of many Episcopalians, former Episcopalians, and Anglicans from around the Anglican Communion. Almost one third of those in attendance were ex-Episcopalians now on the road to healthier spiritual lives under new orthodox jurisdictions that included anything from the Anglican Mission in America, the REC, to a plethora of overseas orthodox Primates.

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November 10 2005 By virtueonline Williams, Robinson meet, CofE Evangelicals furious, ECUSA dioceses in trouble

The uproar that ensued was predictable. British evangelicals excoriated Dr. Williams for his action, but a report that said evangelicals in the Diocese of London had asked London Bishop Richard Chartres to prevent Robinson from speaking was inaccurate. They asked that Robinson address the meeting in a secular venue, not in St. Martins. The evangelicals could not then be accused of trying to stifle free speech.

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November 05 2005 By virtueonline EGYPT: Global South Bishops rip Western revisionism...ECUSA news...more

Invited for the occasion was the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Dr Rowan Williams who, according to various reports, argued strenuously for sides to continue talking and listening to one another.

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