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April 02 2004 By virtueonline TORONTO: Archbishop protests interference of foreign primates

Four out of 11 churches that do not recognize the authority of Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster and formed the Anglican Communion in New Westminster (ACiNW) have accepted the offer.

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: Muslim culture has contributed little for centuries, says Carey

Dr Carey's comments, in a lecture in Rome, are the most forthright by a
senior Church leader. He was speaking on the eve of a seminar of
Christian and Muslim scholars in New York, led by his successor as
archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams.

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Catholic Bishops Warn Homosexual Hate Crime Bill Could Silence Church

In a letter sent yesterday, CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Mario Paquette
warned the Senate that: "Participation in the current public debate on
marriage has demonstrated there are individuals who believe that
Catholic Church teaching on homosexual behaviour is hatred. We remain
concerned that this Bill as presently drafted could be used in an
attempt to silence Church teaching in this regard."

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline ATLANTA: Liberal Episcopalians from 11 Dioceses Unite

"There is room for everyone in the Episcopal Church," said
The Rev. Michael Russell, Rector of All Souls' Episcopal Church in San
Diego, CA, and a member of Episcopal Way of San Diego. "We believe that
the Christian way is to love, work and worship together - to resolve
disputes within the church without tearing it apart."

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Visiting Bishop Wants End to Rhetoric on Gay Clergy

Yet when it came time to invade Iraq, the United States acted virtually alone, Wright said in a phone interview from England. He compared that action to the Episcopal Church's consecration of an openly gay bishop against existing church polity.

"So why should the world listen to the [Episcopalians in the] United States when changing Episcopal Church law?" he asked. "It is bound to be perceived as, 'There you go again.' It's more of the same."

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline Anglicans United Condemns HOB DEPO Plan as Seriously Flawed

That, by definition, is not adequate oversight. The Archbishop of Canterbury made it clear, that the aggrieved party has the right to determine what constitutes adequate oversight, not the adjudicating bishop. This report has not indicated that the House of Bishops will even read, let alone heed, the Eames Commission report or the decision of the Primates, due out in October 2004.

And so, the crisis in ECUSA deepens.

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March 31 2004 By virtueonline FIFNA: UK Leaders say DEPO must be rejected

The Problem

As the bishops admit, two conflicting opinions are held in the Episcopal Church about the moral admissibility of homosexual acts. Where is compromise between these positions to be sought? What issues are at stake and how might they be settled?

In understanding of the Scriptures? Here there is a fundamental disagreement.

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March 30 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Bill could criminalize Scriptures say Bishops

"Participation in the current public debate on marriage has demonstrated there are individuals who believe that Catholic Church teaching on homosexual behaviour is hatred. We remain concerned that this bill as presently drafted could be used in an attempt to silence Church teaching in this regard," they said.

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March 30 2004 By virtueonline REC: Two Anglican Primates Invite Presiding Bishop to Nassau Talks

The Invitation came about when Archbishop Gomez was in Charleston, SC, in early January, 2004, to address the Anglican Communion Institute (formerly SEAD) conference held in St. Philip's Church. At the conference, he continued his outspoken criticism of the illegal acts of the Episcopal Church USA and the Diocese of Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada, in the last two years.

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