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January 07 2004 By virtueonline Church of England's 'third way' on women bishops

An enclave for opponents of women priests could be created to avert a mass exodus when women are consecrated, possibly within five years.

The faction, effectively a church within a church, could have its own archbishop, bishops, parish clergy and training colleges. But it would exclude women clerics.

Proposals for a traditionalist "third province" have been floated before but this is the first time they have received official recognition.

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline Local churches join breakaway dioceses network

The new group was formed because of disagreement about the approval of
an openly gay Episcopalian bishop.

Mark Sholander, a church leader of the St. Alban's Episcopal Church in
Polk County, says the approval has left his parishioners feeling that
their church has been hijacked by a small group of innovative thinkers.

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline Priest leads other Episcopalians to join Orthodox Church

The Rev. John Flora, 57, retired rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, w ill lead the new congregation, which will begin worshipping
at St. George's Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita at 10 a.m. on

Flora said he and the group of former St. Stephen's parishioners have
grown frustrated with the Episcopal Church, including its approval of
its first op enly gay bishop in August.

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline In China, pews are packed

Christianity - in both the official and unofficial churches - is again
gaining momentum in China, and is a source of some consternation for
the party leadership. "Being Christian" is fashionable, with young
people sporting crosses as a mild form of dissent, and others feeling
the faith has a certain international cachet. But something more is at
work. In many interviews, congregants say the deity they worship

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline English Clerics Support Torture, Mass Murder

"The Bishop of Durham and the Archbishop of York blasted the war in
newspaper interviews. In an astonishing grab for the moral high ground,
they admitted Saddam was wicked but claimed the allies were not the
right people to oust him.

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline Columbus Episcopal woman priest resigns over gay bishop

DePriest told The Commercial Dispatch newspaper in Columbus that
she could no longer actively serve as a priest until the gay bishop
issue is resolved.

DePriest finished up with the Church of the Good Shepherd
in Columbus and St. Johns Episcopal Church in Aberdeen on Christmas

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Over 2000 people have already registered for the Virginia event and
registrations continue to come in at a rapid pace. (Over 2700 Episcopalians attended the Dallas conference.)

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline EKKLESIA Appeals for funds for Global South Primates

I have been dispatched with a "diplomatic pouch" of documents to consult with Anglican Primates and Archbishops about finding their way forward. They are deeply committed to Biblical faith. They are also committed to those of us w ho maintain historic teaching and have rejected the actions of the Presiding Bishop and the General Convention.

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January 06 2004 By virtueonline BISHOP BECKWITH'S BLESSEDNESS

In August, I moved into the apartment building owned by Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield. The building was located on S. 7th street, adjacent to the church. The night before I moved in, I was up late painting and a man who lived in an apartment two floors above me. The person I met was Dan Bartlett. I was 19, he was 49. I grew up just a few miles from where Dan did, in Pike County, IL.

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January 05 2004 By virtueonline Evangelicals say 13m back anti-gay move

The move was the latest flexing of muscles by traditionalists who have mobilised recently against any relaxation of the church's opposition to homosexuals. It came against a backdrop of threats to split the worldwide communion which Dr Williams heads.

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