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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Statement from the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice

We affirm our Presiding Bishop's statement of March 15 in which he says
"the claim that their [the five bishops] action was pastoral and in
accordance with a mandate from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the
Primates of the Anglican Communion is contradicted by the statement of
the Primates last October which states quite clearly that they,
'reaffirm the teaching of successive Lambeth Conferences that bishops

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: FIF/NA Supports Actions

We remember with thanksgiving the first provision of emergency pastoral
care when in November of 2000, two Anglican primates and a diocesan
bishop confirmed 85 individuals at the Church of the Good Shepherd in
Rosemont, Pennsylvania. That event and Sunday's event are not to be
viewed as acts of provocation, but as responses to the on-going crisis
of faith and authority that has plagued the church for

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Anglicans United Applauds Unprecedented Action

Now that these agenda items have been approved by General
Convention, it is time for all Faithful Episcopalians to consider
actions of ecclesiastical disobedience for reasons of conscience.
Faithful Episcopalians in the Diocese of Ohio have stood by through
James Moodey and Clark Grew and watched the evisceration of this once
proud diocese. Twenty years ago, it numbered over 40,000. It now
numbers less than 24,000.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishop Robinson says opposing bishops violated ordinatation vows

Six conservative congregations that also oppose Robinson invited the
five bishops from outside the diocese without required approval from
Ohio's Bishop J. Clark Grew II. They do not accept Grew's leadership
because he voted for Robinson.

Robinson, a Lexington, Ky., native, was speaking to reporters before a
ceremony to receive the annual Leadership Award from the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, the oldest U.S. gay rights organization.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline LONDON: ABC Williams Supports Atheist's Novel

Philip Pullman: declined to expand on the role of his Jesus Given that
his novels have been denounced by some critics as shamelessly
blasphemous and anti-Christian propaganda, some might have been
expecting a fierce clash between the forces of light and darkness.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline VIRGINIA: Episcopal bishop names 'reconciliation' panel

The commission, which was established at a diocesan convention in January, met for the first time yesterday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. It aims to avert splits in the diocese after the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire.

Members were handpicked by the Right Rev. Peter James Lee, bishop of the Virginia Diocese, the country's largest, with more than 89,000 members.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline CHARLOTTE: Boiling Over In The Episcopal Church

The controversies in the Episcopal Church boiled over at one Charlotte congregation on Feb. 22. Liberal North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, who voted to consecrate homosexual bishop Gene Robinson, spoke at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church as part of his normal pastoral visits to his parishes. But before the service, one of St.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline NEW YORK: 2 ministers charged in gay marriages

Dozens of rabbis and ministers across New York state responded to the charges by pledging to continue performing same-sex religious ceremonies, even at the risk of arrest.

As of yesterday afternoon, 83 ordained clergy had signed the pledge, which began with 20 signers last Thursday, according to Rabbi Ayelet Cohen of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world's largest gay Jewish congregation.

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline IRELAND: Archbishop hits back in homosexuality row

Last week, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, a senior figure in the Church of Ireland, said in a speech the State should give legal recognition to gay civil unions. However, in an apparent side-swipe at the Catholic Church, he also said: "I have to ask how people who are so certain about homosexuality being evil could have been so indifferent and even devious when it comes to facing up to the issue of child abuse?"

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March 18 2004 By virtueonline OHIO: Bishop Duncan Offers Support for Ohio Confirmands

“I pray for those newly confirmed and for the congregations from which they were presented. I also pray for the retiring Bishop of Ohio and for the Bishop-elect that they might respond with grace to the canonical irregularities with which they now find themselves confronted,” said Bishop Duncan.

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