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March 30 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA Presiding Bishop Writes to the Lambeth Commission

For at least 35 years the Episcopal Church has been engaged in a process of discernment about the question of homosexuality in the life of the church. This discernment began quite naturally on a local level as congregations began to be aware that certain faithful members of their worshipping communities were homosexual.

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March 30 2004 By virtueonline AFRICA: Nigeria and Southern African Primates Meet to Heal Rift

This meeting was called primarily to discuss the way forward for the Anglican Church in Africa and globally on how to work out issues about what affects the church in general.

We agreed that there had been a communication gap between the leadership of the Church and this meeting resolved to remove obstacles that make communication impossible and thereby be able to fight against any forces that seek to divide us.

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March 29 2004 By virtueonline PITTSBURGH: Visiting UK bishop wants an 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 29 2004 By virtueonline ATLANTA: Episcopal Groups Discuss Church Unity

"There is a place for everybody in this church," said the Rev. Michael Russell, rector of All Souls' Episcopal Church in San Diego. "Because a vote was taken that a group doesn't like isn't a reason to leave the church. It's a reason to stay together in conversation."

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March 27 2004 By virtueonline CEN: US Bishops pressured to find a compromise

To add to the problems, four bishops - three members of Forward in Faith and one evangelical - have boycotted the meeting in protest to the presence of Gene Robinson while five bishops have refused to stay at the Conference Centre.

Conference organisers scored a spectacular own goal by placing Bishop Bob Duncan, the leader of the dissenting 'Anglican Communion Network' in the same Bible study and prayer group as Gene Robinson, causing Bishop Duncan to withdraw.

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March 27 2004 By virtueonline AAC: President Says DEPO Plan is a No-Go

From our standpoint DEPO is a NO-GO. It represents bad faith on the part of the liberal revisionists of the HOB.

They are not interested in providing real pastoral care for the faithfully orthodox Christians in ECUSA, but they are interested in smoke and mirrors to try and ward off action by the Primates.

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March 27 2004 By virtueonline Convocation Deans of the Anglican Communion Network Blast HOB DEPO Plan

Under DEPO, the power and prerogatives of the bishops are paramount, while genuine concern for parishioners is lost. It shows that the House of Bishops is not serious about reform which would respond to the concerns of the Primates.

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March 26 2004 By virtueonline CHARLESTON: Retired SC Episcopal Bishop Calls Censure Hypocrisy

Performing services in a bishop's territory without his permission is a breach of Episcopal church law.

Wednesday, the denomination's House of Bishops released a statement calling the actions "discourteous, disruptive and a willful violation of our Constitution and Canons."

They warned that if it happens again, the clergy members will be brought to trial.

Allison said Thursday he found the bishops' censure hypocritical.

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March 26 2004 By virtueonline ECUADOR: Bishop deposed on 'abandonment of communion' charges

On January 21, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold inhibited Larrea from
functioning as a bishop, but Larrea failed to contest the inhibition or
demand a trial by the House of Bishops, as canon law provides, within
two months from the original notice.

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March 26 2004 By virtueonline AAC: Five Senior Bishops Respond to House of Bishops' Censure

The House of Bishops continues its long retreat from its sworn responsibilities concerning the Christian faith, from the time of Bishop James Pike to Bishop John Spong's "12 Theses", to its present failure to support faithful Episcopalians in unfaithful dioceses.

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