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June 04 2004 By virtueonline VIRGINIA: Orthodox Episcopalians rip plan for diocese

"The diocese will not gain anything by imposing a mandatory percentage or obligation," said Steve Springmann, treasurer at Truro, the second-largest church in the 187-congregation diocese at 1,500 members. "It will only cause more people to leave the Episcopal Church."

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline AAC Condemns Canada's Affirmation Of Same-Sex Blessings

This perception was reinforced by a statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury released yesterday in which he responded to the decision the night before: “The decision to defer the question of the right of dioceses over same sex blessings offers hope for the continuing collegiality of the Anglican Communion.”

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: Bishop Says Bennison Should Back Off Visitation

You have denied the authority of scripture ("the Church wrote the Bible, and the Church can rewrite it"), the divinity of Christ ("he is a forgiven sinner"), and the arrangements of the last meeting of the House of Bishops (Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight - "it will never happen here.")

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline OKLAHOMA: Bishop Blasts AAC. "Reject their advances," says Moody

In early May, some sixty members of St. James Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City met secretly and formed a new Church called St. James Anglican Church. Their network proclaims that they are associated with the American Anglican Council.

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Nine Bishops "express sorrow" at Synod's actions

The statement, which Bishop Harvey read as he was flanked by eight other bishops on a stage on the synod floor, took many delegates by surprise coming as it did after the night prayers just as they were ready to leave the plenary hall.

Primate-elect Andrew Hutchison said he was “obviously very disappointed to hear that kind of statement because it speaks of division.”

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline Williams welcomes Canadian decision

"It is important that the Canadian church has held back from a
structural shift that would have run counter to the pleas and wishes of
the Primates' meeting last Autumn and of so many around the Communion.

In doing so, it has avoided complicating still further the work of the
Lambeth Commission."

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglicans Affirm Same-Sex Relationships at Synod

Delegates to a national church meeting handed the victory to supporters of gays and lesbians as a consolation prize the morning after they voted to delay any national go-ahead on church blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples till 2007 and possibly 2010.

The "integrity and sanctity" measure was approved by a show of hands.

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline NASSAU: Primate And Theological Consultation Condemn Canada's Action

We are sad, however, that the General Synod of the ACC has passed an amendment to resolution A-134 which has the effect of negating the deferral of paragraph 2 to the Primates Theological Committee. In our view, the amendment is much more serious than even the original form of the motion which did not describe the nature of same-sex unions.

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June 04 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglicans Backdoor "Sanctity" Of Same-Sex Unions

One delegate tried to change the language of the amendment to “affirm and love those who are in same-sex relationships”, but that effort was voted down.

In church language, “sanctity” means “blessed”, “holy”, or “sacred”. It is twice used in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer in relation to marriage ceremonies.

But Rev. Garth Bulmer, mover of the amendment, told Synod he didn’t intend for “sanctity” to hold any theological meaning.

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June 03 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Anglicans await result of same-sex vote. Ingham says blessings continue

As the bishop at the centre of an international Anglican storm because he consented to same-sex blessings in 2002, Ingham said Tuesday the decentralized structure of the Canadian church allows dioceses to proceed on their own with rites blessing homosexual relationships.

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