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March 08 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Row over sex-change weddings

Members of the Anglican group Reform do not want such ceremonies to be carried out in church buildings at all.

They fear it could establish a precedent that paves the way for same-sex blessings, or even marriages.

But the move has been welcomed by more liberal Anglicans, who say transsexual people only want the same rights that others take for granted.

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Edward Norman joins Rome after Anglican disillusionment

One of the Church of England's leading academics has announced that he
is converting to Catholicism.

Canon Edward Norman, chancellor of York Minster, has become
disillusioned with the Anglican Church and its lack of authority.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Norman said: "There is a
big hole at the centre of Anglicanism its authority. I don't think it's
a Church; it's more of a religious society."

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March 07 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: Episcopal diocese votes to join ranks of NACDP

The vote to join the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes had been expected because S.C. Bishop Edward Salmon Jr. was one of the founding members and because the diocese's standing committee and executive committee had each voted unanimously to join.

But a couple of delegates spoke against it at the meeting at the North Charleston Convention Center.

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March 06 2004 By virtueonline NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gay Bishop Says he wants to Marry Partner

"It is very irritating to me that Britney Spears, when she traipsed off to be married in Las Vegas, instantly had what my partner and I of 15 years do not have," he told The Associated Press.

Robinson takes over in a Sunday ceremony from retiring Bishop Douglas Theuner at a time when the debate over gay rights, including marriage, is making headlines nationwide.

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline FLORIDA: Episcopal churches hold back funds over gay issue

At the recent Florida convention in January, leaders empowered parishes to decide individually whether to donate to the national church in 2004. Parishes traditionally give 10 percent of their income to the national church.

Pascoe, who has been at Grace for nearly 19 years, said it's embarrassing to be an Episcopalian and he admits he strongly considered taking a job at an out-of-state Presbyterian church.

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Crawley Calls Primates' offer "appalling" and "improper"

Recently, Archbishop David Crawley, the Anglican Church of Canada's acting primate, spoke with CC.com -- and left no doubt what he thinks of their offer.

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Essentials broadcast unites conservatives

The event, said Bishop Burton in his opening remarks, was intended to "prayerfully consider the future of our church" and was not intended "to promote t he establishment of another church or a structure within our church."

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Church of Ireland to have same-sex blessings "within two years"?

Addressing Church of Ireland clergy and lay leaders on Wednesday at a lunchtime meeting in St Mark's Church Hall, Portadown, Short's warning came after reading the Irish bishops' recent pastoral letter on human sexuality. Such sentiments, he said, had been published by his Diocesan authorities about two years before they allowed gay 'marriages' to be blessed in churches.

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March 05 2004 By virtueonline PITTSBURGH: NACDP Network Moves into High Gear

The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the 12 original dioceses who signed the Anglican Communion Network's structural Charter, as well as Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Duncan, and Secretary, the Rev. Canon David C. Anderson. The Committee was joined by acting Convocation Deans, representatives of Global Mission Partners and the American Anglican Council's Strategy Group.

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March 04 2004 By virtueonline NIGERIA: Primate's Snub Points To Communion Split

The Archbishop maintained that to attend the meeting would be to give legitimacy to the Episcopal Church of the USA which he maintains, in consecrating a practising homosexual bishop, has broken communion with the Anglican world.

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