February 21, 2007

Anglicans Offer Choice To Episcopalians -- Fidelity To Scripture Or Schism

And it looks like a some of those bishops would prefer to become schismatic.

Several leading liberal Episcopalians said yesterday that they would rather accept a schism than accede to a demand from leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion for what they view as an unconscionable rollback of the U.S. church's position on gay rights.

The defiant reaction to the communique issued by the primates, or heads, of the Anglican Communion's 38 national churches on Monday at the conclusion of a weeklong meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, reflected a growing feeling on both sides of the dispute that time for compromise is running out.

"Yes, I would accept schism," said Bishop Steven Charleston, president of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. "I would be willing to accept being told I'm not in communion with places like Nigeria if it meant I could continue to be in a position of justice and morality. If the price I pay is that I'm not considered to be part of a flawed communion, then so be it."

I can't help but notice two things about Bishop Charleston's statement.

First, his apparent anger over the choice seems rather amusing, considering that he and his liberal brethren have been making precisely such demands of conservative Episcopalians for years, demanding conformity with the flawed theology of the liberal leadership of the American branch of Anglicanism.

The second thing I notice is an implicit imperialism/racism in his words -- it seems that the good(?) bishop feels that following the leadership of the thriving, vibrant Anglican communities of non-white Third World countries like Nigeria is beneath him and his liberal American colleagues.

I'll be interested in seeing what impact this communique has on court cases involving parishes that have split with liberal Anglican bishops around the country.

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It's Ash Wednesday, and I don't know where to go!

That's pitiful and pathetic.

I live in Alexandria, VA, on the same street as VTS and very close to the Falls Chruch and Truro parishes, which have broken with ECUSA.

After due consideration, and much prayer, I have left the Anglican Communion altogether; it is meet, right, and my bounden duty...

While I understand and respect the alignment with the theologically orthodox African churches in Nigera, Rwanda, and Uganda, I believe that the occupant of Lambeth is in sync with ECUSA and Canada and I refuse to be a member of a branch on an already afflicted tree.

Last October, I brought a Missouri Synod Lutheran schoolgroup from Alaska to the Washington National Cathedral, as we have done the past twenty years,  where they were subjected to what the Principal and I determined to be an offensive and heretical sermon.  The Principal of the school has requested that we not ever return.

Parishes, like the one in Pasadena, CA have become overly political.

I have heard the new bishop of the ECUSA talk about the prophet Mohammad and how he was visited by the angel Gabriel!

Wiccans have been invited to speak from the pulpit or during main service!

What's going on here?

What does the ECUSA stand for? (Hint: It's not Jesus Christ)

Parishes, like the one in Pasadena, CA have become political entities.

You cannot imagine how heart-wrenching it is for me to leave the Anglican tradition.  I may end up an Anglican Catholic (unfortunately they don't have many parishes), but I am also considering the Lutheran Church MS.  I'll make my choice by Easter.

As for my ashes? I'll probably pop into my local Roman Catholic Church!

Have a blessed Lent.


|| Posted by Tour Marm, February 21, 2007 10:36 AM ||

May God watch over you on your journey.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 21, 2007 07:22 PM ||
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