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March 01 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Year of Hope and Pain for Archbishop

In an exclusive interview with the Press Association to mark the first anniversary of his enthronement, Dr Williams said he missed Wales, where he was formerly Archbishop, and still thought of it as home. He added that in spite of the pressures of his job and a number of pastoral visits abroad this year, he has managed to publish two books and a collection of essays and still keeps up when he can with his favourite cartoon series The Simpsons.

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February 29 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL AFRICA: Separation with US Episcopal Church inevitable

The separation would become permanent if there is no repentance by the
Anglican Church in America.

This follows last year's ordination in the New Hemisphere, United States,
of an active homosexual as a bishop.

Archbishop Bernard Malango of Malawi said after the meeting held at the
Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Gaborone on Wednesday that the ordination
"has inflicted a desperately grave wound to the church and the communion".

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February 29 2004 By virtueonline HARVARD: Law Professor Says Same-sex Marriage About Special Preference

"What same-sex marriage advocates have tried to present as a civil rights issue is really a bid for special preferences of the type our society gives to married couples for the very good reason that most of them are raisin g or have raised children," says Glendon.

"There is a real problem of distributive justice," said the former Vatican representative to the Summit on Women at Beijing.

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February 27 2004 By virtueonline ECUSA: Episcoplagiarism - Frank Griswold Steals From Himself

Frank to the Patriarch: I write to you with a heavy heart, having reviewed the November 17 press release from the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church and having pondered it in my prayers for many weeks. I know that our bonds of fraternal affection and respect have been strained by an action of our General Convention: namely the consent to the election of the bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Hampshire and his subsequent Consecration.

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February 27 2004 By virtueonline 'Anglicanism is going to tip into the sea' - Canon Edward Norman leaves for Rome

Is he serious? Two minutes later, he declares: "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." This is the most hurtful criticism that one can make of any Church: to say that it is not a Church.

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February 27 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Vancouver Priest who defied pro gay BC Bishop to address Irish clergy

His parish, along with ten others, formed a coalition, the Anglican Communion in New Westminister (ACiNW), which has been recognised by the past and present Archbishops of Canterbury. Currently, the ACiNW represents 25% of the worshipping community in New Westminster. Chief among their concerns is the departure from traditional Biblical Christian faith and morals within the Church and the threat to those who practice orthodox Anglican Christian faith.

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline ROME: Pope Criticizes Media

"All communication has a moral dimension," his statement said. "People
grow or diminish in moral stature by the words which they speak and the
messages which they choose to hear."

But the pontiff, whose theme was "The Media and the Family: A Risk and a
Richness" also had some positive words on the media.

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline Why Gay Marriage Would Be Harmful

The answer at first glance is that it wouldnt, at least not in
individual cases in the short run. But what about the longer run for
everyone?

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Women could become 'second class' bishops

The proposal will spark fury among campaigners for women clergy, who
will regard it as a fresh example of the "stained glass ceiling" they
face in the male-dominated Church.

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February 26 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: Homosexuality is Divinely Ordered, says New Anglican Cathechism

The second most senior churchman in the Church of England, the Most Rev David Hope, has given the new catechism his imprimatur and describes it in his foreword as "a celebration of Christian living."

Written by Canon Edward Norman, canon and treasurer of York Minster, the catechism seeks to define Anglicanism for the first time since Thomas Cranmer wrote The Book of Common Prayer in 1662.

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