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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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February 26 2004 By virtueonline INDIANAPOLIS: Upset Episcopalians start their own church

Members of the newly formed Faithful Anglicans in the Heartland also object to Waynick allowing gay couples in the Indianapolis diocese, which includes the lower two-thirds of the state, to have same-sex blessing ceremonies -- another issue that has caused division within the Episcopal Church.

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline CHINA: Brother Duan's Christmas Miracle

Truth is, he was deeply depressed. He was on his way to mediate a dispute among some leaders and was weary of all the infighting that seemed to be harming the house churches. And he was lonely.

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL NEW YORK: Diversity and Division

The Rev. Mark Giroux serves Communion during Sunday worship at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, on River Road in Chenango Bridge.

As his congregation looks on, the Rev. Mark Giroux holds the Gospel Procession during Sunday worship at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Now, months after the General Convention voted to make the Rev. Gene Robinson the church's first homosexual bishop, those rectors say it's time for healing within the worldwide Anglican community.

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February 25 2004 By virtueonline ENGLAND: The Significance of Bisexuality - C of E Synod debate

Sexual Behaviour in Britain, published by Penguin Books in 1994, remains the most comprehensive study of national sexual attitudes and lifestyle. This was the survey that the Thatcher government refused to finance and was rescued by the Wellcome Trust. And a welcome report it was! Until that study was done, the best data available was the Kinsey Report of 1953. That report estimated that some 10% of the population was homosexual.

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February 24 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: Talk at Episcopal forum centers on ways to avoid schism

Clergy and laity, most from the Charleston-based Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, gathered for "Seeking Unity in Diversity," a conference set up by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina. The Mount Pleasant-based group was formed to help members of the diocese try to find common ground despite differences over Robinson's confirmation.

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February 24 2004 By virtueonline WEST TEXAS: Orthodox priest becomes new bishop

Folts, 63, has announced no retirement plans and may continue in office until he turns 72.

Lillibridge then will become the ninth bishop to head the West Texas diocese, which celebrates its centennial this year.

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Episcopalians from 92 congregations in 60 counties attended Saturday's two-hour liturgy in Municipal Auditorium.

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February 24 2004 By virtueonline CHINA: Huge Christian Growth Shocks China's leaders

"They will especially hunt those in Beijing," a Hong Kong source told CT. "I t took them by surprise that there were so many Christians in China. Every week pastors are arrested and thrown in jail. The communists see Christians a s a threat because there are [more] Christians than party members."

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February 23 2004 By virtueonline AUSTRALIA: Sydney choir cancels US tour. Blames Robinson consecration

Phillip Heath, the head of the Cathedral School, where the 24 choristers are educated on school scholarships, confirmed that the choir tour, but not the orchestra tour, had been cancelled by a decision of the school council. The choir represented the cathedral, the church of the diocese, but the orchestra represented only the school, he said; the orchestra would continue to offer concerts in school-based institutions in the US.

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February 23 2004 By virtueonline BELFAST: Gay clerics: Anglicans urge calm

Members of the 17-strong Commission said that that they were saddened, however, that "tensions within the Communion, exacerbated by the use of strident language, have continued to rise in recent months".

The Commission was set up last October by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in the midst of the controversy over the appointment of Dr Gene Robinson, a practising homosexual as a Bishop in New Hampshire in the USA.

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