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March 13 2004 By virtueonline Canada pushes Communion to the edge of pushed at Sewanee

The council of the General Synod, meeting in Mississauga, Ontario crafted and passed two motions on same-sex blessings that the church's chief governing body will be asked to affirm at General Synod when it meets at the end of May. General Synod is made up of delegates from each of the church's 30 dioceses. It is the church's main legislative and governing body. It meets every three years.

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March 10 2004 By virtueonline Numbers don't lie, ECUSA will be down 100,000 this year. Pledging also drops

V. Gene Robinson was installed as bishop on Sunday and today's daily office epistle was the reading from 1 Cor.5: 1-8:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Rev. Kevin Martin, executive director of Vital Church Ministries says the Episcopal Church will lose around 100,000 persons in the coming year.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Communion inches closer towards schism

The Most Rev. Peter Akinola, speaking from Lagos, turned down an invitation to attend a meeting of church leaders and wrote Peterson saying he was baffled that the ACO continues to act as if ECUSA's [actions] did not really matter.

The Nigerian primate led the opposition from churches in Africa condemning last year's decision by the US Episcopal Church to consecrate Canon Gene Robinson, an avowed homosexual, as Bishop coadjutor of New Hampshire.

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March 02 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Discipline of Griswold and ECUSA

Virtuosity has been told that it will likely be in the form of a "no
voice, no vote" for Griswold. What this means is that at any future
primatial gatherings Griswold will not be permitted to speak on anything
at all and will not be permitted to vote. It will be a humbling, perhaps
even humiliating experience for the ECUSA Presiding Bishop, but it does
mean that ECUSA will stay in the club, whatever that means. It may well

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline How the Revisionists Control ECUSA

The revisionists will do whatever it takes to win. They will employ every sleazy tactic in the book to get their man or woman elected. Consider what they did in the Diocese of North Dakota, Rio Grande, Colorado and more.

The worst case is currently going in the diocese of the Rio Grande, where the godly Terence Kelshaw retires in 2005 and a single revisionist priest got hold of the entire diocesan mailing list and used it to promote his revisionist cause.

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February 21 2004 By virtueonline Sexuality Issues in ECUSA and The Church of England

The latest buzzwords from Lambeth Palace are "interpretive charity", with such lines as the "debate about the interpretation of biblical texts has to be understood in the wider context of the societal shifts that have caused attitudes towards sexuality and sexual behavior to change in the modern era."

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February 14 2004 By virtueonline Canterbury, ECUSA, Vancouver, C of E Synod...and more

This is in direct contradiction to what Frank Griswold said in an interview with Beliefnet.

Dr. Williams, addressing the General Synod of the Church of England said that he had been following "sympathetically" the discussions about setting up a network to operate within the Episcopal Church of the United States.

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February 09 2004 By virtueonline Orthodox Bishops blast ECUSA

"The actions of ECUSA in the election, confirmation, and consecration of
Canon Gene Robinson have created a situation of grave concern for the
entire Anglican Communion and beyond. Their actions are a direct
repudiation of the clear teaching of the Holy Scriptures, historic faith
and order of the church", the Primates write.

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February 05 2004 By virtueonline Courageous Battles of the Orthodox

Funds are being withheld at record levels: They are down $1.2 million in Nth. Carolina; $900,000 in Virginia, $950,000 in D.C. and a senior warden said that the cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC is down $3 million in pledges for 2004 and so on. This takes two forms. The first is a deliberate withholding of funds to the diocese by wealthy parishes, and secondly those parishes that are not taking in enough to pay their diocesan pledge over and above their assessment.

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January 31 2004 By virtueonline Canonical Fundamentalists and more

You can go to bed with whomever - gay, lesbian, transgendered or BI-sexual, but how you can have a committed relationship in the latter defies the human imagination. But if you say you are THINKING of leaving ECUSA as the parish in Versailles Kentucky did recently, or you actually do leave, or threaten to withhold funds, the diocesan bishop will behave like a prison guard with a baseball bat.

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