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January 25 2004 By virtueonline OREGON: Faced with church's stand, member walks

Hawkins, 48, a resident of Wilsonville and a former major in the Marines, is now a former Episcopalian.

He's made the painful decision to walk away from the church that he thinks left him Nov. 2, when the Diocese of New Hampshire consecrated an openly gay bishop, to the distress of many U.S. Episcopalians and their global community, the Anglican Communion.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CANADA: Edict on Gay Marriages: Do Them or Quit. Clergy Fear They Are Next

Dr. McVety has heard from Clergy across the country on this issue. "I
have had numerous calls and visits from Pastors who are afraid they are next in line as the government invades the religious territory of
marriage". The Director of the Evangelical Association seems to concur.
Dr. Thomas stated "It is only a matter of time until the government
decrees that others who perform marriages must Do them or quit".

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline Exploding Myths about the Episcopal Church Crisis

Myth two: The Episcopal Church’s recent actions indicate concern for the oppressed.

Myth three: Those of us who dissent from the Episcopal Church’s actions are undermining Christian unity.

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January 25 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: Bishop Seeks Calmer Tone in Episcopal Controversy

In his first public remarks since he signed the charter of a new network for traditionalist Episcopalians on Tuesday, Howe addressed the opening of the diocese's annual convention Friday afternoon. He expressed approval of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, but at the same time reiterated his position that neither he nor the diocese would leave the Episcopal Church.

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline 5,000 pastors cheer Mel Gibson's 'Passion'

"I think this work can change things," Mr. Gibson said. The film
officially opens in 2,000 movie theaters nationwide on Feb. 25, Ash
Wednesday .

"To atone for the sins of everybody, it boggles the mind," said Mr.
Gibson, who spent close to $25 million from his personal funds to make
the film. "[Christ] could have done it by pricking His finger and
shedding His blood. He didn't choose to do that. He went all the way."

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January 24 2004 By virtueonline SOUTHERN CONE: Province Declares Impaired Communion With ECUSA

As you can see from the attached statement, the decision of ECUSA to consecrate Gene Robinson, a person sexually active outside marriage, and to declare by resolution that same-sex blessings are "in bounds," has left us no choice but to recognize the situation which you have created. That is one of a profound impairment of communion.

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Americans and others from around the world including a visible and vocal
delegation from France, attentively listened to speeches from Christian and Jewish
leaders, secular and religious, demanding an end to abortion, assisted
suicide, and abortion-based research.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline COLORADO: ACA Priest Challenges ECUSA Bishop to a Debate

{1} "Resolved: That it is deducible from the writings of the fathers and that Spirit of discernment granted as a gift to all believers in Christ [I John] that the Episcopal Church is invaded by the demonic power."

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Let me first say that what follows is my personal commentary as President of FIFNA. It is not a Council statement. The Council is scheduled to meet February 11-13, at which time Bishop Duncan plans to be with us, as well as representatives from other Anglican jurisdictions. I would expect that the Council will make a corporate statement at the end of our meeting about the Network, and upon other areas of concern and development.

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January 23 2004 By virtueonline BELGIUM: Gays are Perverts Says Cardinal

“I will sign here in my own blood that of all those who say they are lesbian or gay, at most five to 10 are effectively lesbian or gay,” Cardinal Gustaaf Joos, 80, told a magazine.

“All the rest are simply sexual perverts. Don’t hesitate to write that down. I demand you write it down. If they come to protest on my doorstep, I don’t care. I will not open the door.”

Joos, who studied with Pope John Paul, was appointed cardinal last year.

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