Tuesday, June 20, 2006

U.S. Episcopal Church Implodes -- Anglican Communion Crumbles

Anglicans 'are close to anarchy' in dispute over female bishop

THE Anglican Church descended into “ecclesiastical anarchy” last night as American traditionalists refused to accept the authority of a woman and asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead them instead.

Liberals celebrated the election of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church while the traditionalist Fort Worth Diocese appealed to Dr Rowan Williams for “alternative primatial oversight”.

The appeal, being mulled over at Lambeth Palace, is expected to be the first of several. It represents the first formal step towards a schism that evangelicals say began with the consecration of the openly gay Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003...

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New US church leader says homosexuality no sin

Newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Monday she believed homosexuality was no sin and homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender.

Jefferts Schori, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, was elected on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church. the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. She will formally take office later this year.

Interviewed on CNN, Jefferts Schori was asked if it was a sin to be homosexual.

"I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us," she said...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Thus ends the legacy of English Protestantism. The late great Anglican Communion was first conceived when King Henry VIII broke with Rome, and created the 'Church of England' back in 1535, because he wanted a divorce and the pope would not grant him one. This forced religious blessing of sexual immorality signaled the birth of English Protestantism, and almost five-hundred years later, another blessing of sexual immorality is now signaling it's death.

What value is the bloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary, if there really is no sin. If sexual immorality can be explained away (and excused) by genetics, even to the point of the claim that "God made them that way," than there really is no such thing as sexual sin. If this is true with sexual sin, than why not other forms of sin as well? Thus, the whole economy of salvation crashes into a kind of spiritual depression, in which there really is no sin, and Jesus Christ's death on the cross really means nothing at all.

Some Protestants, blinded by the politically correct culture, will not be able to see this. To them, religion is just a spiritual fix anyway. They file into church, to get their Sunday shot in the arm of ritual, so they can feel good about themselves in the week ahead. The "feel good" religion of "anything goes" has now completely penetrated, and taken over, the U.S. Episcopal Church. Lacking any real episcopal authority, we can expect the leadership of the worldwide Anglican Communion to do nothing. Disgusted with what's going on in the USA, and frustrated with the lack of leadership in Canterbury, we can expect conservative Anglican provinces in Africa and Asia to soon break away, while small conservative refugees in North America and England will either do nothing, or else try to start their own province separate from the ECUSA. This, even though similar attempts to do so have failed in the past.

Meanwhile, the real solution to the Anglican/Episcopal dilemma sits right under their noses. It requires some soul-searching, and a little uncomfortable questioning of the history of English Protestantism. They may have to face the prospect that perhaps breaking away from Rome wasn't such a good idea after all. They may have to face the fact that sexual immorality actually played a role in the founding of Anglicanism, and that might actually explain the spiritual dimension behind it's contemporary collapse. Worse yet, they may even have to admit that returning to Rome, under the protection of the pope, might be the only way to stop the complete collapse of English Christian tradition.

For nearly 30 years now, the Vatican has bent over backward to accommodate spiritual refugees from the failed Anglican Communion. The 'Anglican Use Liturgy' was established under Pope John Paul II, just for this purpose, and yet only a handful of Anglicans/Episcopalians have taken advantage of it. Maybe this is the last call for the faithful in the Anglican Communion. Maybe it's time for them to return to Rome, and reestablish the ancient and orthodox 'Anglican Rite' of the Roman Catholic Church.

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