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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishop Robinson says opposing bishops violated ordinatation vows

Six conservative congregations that also oppose Robinson invited the
five bishops from outside the diocese without required approval from
Ohio's Bishop J. Clark Grew II. They do not accept Grew's leadership
because he voted for Robinson.

Robinson, a Lexington, Ky., native, was speaking to reporters before a
ceremony to receive the annual Leadership Award from the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest U.S. gay rights organization.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: ABC Williams Supports Atheist's Novel

Philip Pullman: declined to expand on the role of his Jesus Given that
his novels have been denounced by some critics as shamelessly
blasphemous and anti-Christian propaganda, some might have been
expecting a fierce clash between the forces of light and darkness.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline VIRGINIA: Episcopal bishop names 'reconciliation' panel

The commission, which was established at a diocesan convention in January, met for the first time yesterday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. It aims to avert splits in the diocese after the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire.

Members were handpicked by the Right Rev. Peter James Lee, bishop of the Virginia Diocese, the country's largest, with more than 89,000 members.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline CHARLOTTE: Boiling Over In The Episcopal Church

The controversies in the Episcopal Church boiled over at one Charlotte congregation on Feb. 22. Liberal North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, who voted to consecrate homosexual bishop Gene Robinson, spoke at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church as part of his normal pastoral visits to his parishes. But before the service, one of St.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline NEW YORK: 2 ministers charged in gay marriages

Dozens of rabbis and ministers across New York state responded to the charges by pledging to continue performing same-sex religious ceremonies, even at the risk of arrest.

As of yesterday afternoon, 83 ordained clergy had signed the pledge, which began with 20 signers last Thursday, according to Rabbi Ayelet Cohen of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world's largest gay Jewish congregation.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Archbishop hits back in homosexuality row

Last week, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, a senior figure in the Church of Ireland, said in a speech the State should give legal recognition to gay civil unions. However, in an apparent side-swipe at the Catholic Church, he also said: "I have to ask how people who are so certain about homosexuality being evil could have been so indifferent and even devious when it comes to facing up to the issue of child abuse?"

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishop Duncan Offers Support for Ohio Confirmands

“I pray for those newly confirmed and for the congregations from which they were presented. I also pray for the retiring Bishop of Ohio and for the Bishop-elect that they might respond with grace to the canonical irregularities with which they now find themselves confronted,” said Bishop Duncan.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishops Respond to Confirmations

An action of this sort, designed to break down the community of faith, has no place in our polity. No one group can define for the whole Church what constitutes an "emergency." The laity and the clergy of the Diocese of Ohio, meeting in convention last November, clearly articulated their support of an inclusive theology in the larger Church, and their affirmation of its actions in last summer's General Convention.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline Canterbury Eucharist by Griswold criticised by Anglican Mainstream

"A celebration of the Holy Communion should be an expression of the unity we are privileged to enjoy around the Lord's Table. It should not be used as a propaganda tool in church politics.

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March 15 2004 By virtueonline PRESBYTERIANS: Leaders clarify stand on same-sex unions

The OGA's March 8 statement concludes that the Presbyterian Church (USA)
"has demonstrated a historic commitment both to the sanctity of marriage
between a man and a woman and to human and civil rights for all persons."

The full text of the OGA document:

1. Has the General Assembly defined marriage?

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