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April 28 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Gay canon hits out at 'blinkered critics'

In his first lengthy sermon since the furore broke over his appointment as suffragan Bishop of Reading last year, Canon John said that evangelicals who cited Scripture to oppose homosexuality were similar to those who used the Bible to justify slavery.

“The ability of the Church to ignore the deeper implications of its own scriptures is horribly plain throughout history,” he wrote in a sermon note published on the Inclusive Church Network website.

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April 28 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: Mutual discernment, respectful negotiation avert showdown

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April 28 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Letter to the Eames Commission - Clergy Can Sign Up Here

We are deeply grieved over the state of Anglicanism in North America. It is being torn apart through actions that we thoroughly oppose. We repudiate the decision of the 2003 General Convention's consent to, and the subsequent consecration of, a non-celibate homosexual to be a bishop of the church. We reject the acceptance and promotion of same-sex blessings as part of the common life of our church.

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April 28 2004 By virtueonline KENTUCKY: Episcopal diocese presents theft case against priest

Despite the help, Platt spiraled out of control, eventually stealing almost $50,000 from church banking accounts, diocesan officials say.

Yesterday, a church tribunal began hearing Platt's case, reviewing dozens of suspicious checks signed by Platt, 56. The trial, the first of its kind in Lexington in at least three decades, pits Bishop Stacy Sauls against Platt, his former top assistant.

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April 27 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Serious Disquiet Over Dean-Elect of St. Alban's Cathedral

We recognise that the ministry of the Dean is confined primarily to the Cathedral but in view of the role such a person takes in the Diocese as a whole and also the importance of the Cathedral as one of the larger churches in the Diocese we regret this appointment.

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April 27 2004 By virtueonline KENTUCKY: Local Episcopal Parish is snubbing its bishop

But it adheres to traditional scriptural interpretations, and is in "impaired communion" with the diocese, said its minister, the Rev. Martin Gornik. The Lexington parish is the second parish to publicly challenge Sauls.

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April 27 2004 By virtueonline CALGARY: 'Gay Militia' Storms Christian Coalition Dinner in Calgary

Half way through the event a dozen or more self-proclaiming "gay activists", calling themselves the "gay militia", stormed into our meeting room at the Coast Plaza Hotel and surrounded the podium in the middle of an amazing presentation by Rev. Tristan Emmanuel. Rev. Emmanuel's informative and passionate presentation just happened to be about "Christophobia" and the persecution of Christians in today's society.

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April 26 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: Evangelicals threaten to 'ruin' C of E over gay canon

Their move could leave the diocese several thousand pounds out of pocket.

It relies on the "parish share" to provide more than £7 million annually
to pay for stipends, pensions and some administrative costs.

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April 26 2004 By virtueonline CALIFORNIA: Seminar explores question of homosexuality and religion

The seminar was held at the headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and included about 50 rabbis from various Jewish denominations and more than 100 Episcopal priests. The event was sponsored by the diocese and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

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April 24 2004 By virtueonline AAC: The Chasm Widens

In addition, the Primates decided to reject future financial assistance from the Episcopal Church. Archbishop Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria and chairman of CAPA said in a press conference, “We do not want any money from the Episcopal Church of the United States. This is not rhetoric.

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