Conservative Anglicans Losing Hope in Episcopal Church
(The Christian Post): Conservative Anglicans in the United States are finding themselves living through an "extended Good Friday," mourning for The Episcopal Church.
The Anglican Communion Network, an orthodox group of Anglicans discontent with The Episcopal Church, began its fourth annual council meeting in Bedford, Texas, on Monday. Over 80 representatives opened the two-day meeting with disappointment in a church many had grown up in.
"Because our sense of order is such that we have always sought to be Christian first and Episcopalian next, we find ourselves on this present Way of the Cross," said the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, in his opening address.
A growing number of Episcopal parishes and leaders have left The Episcopal Church, citing the U.S. Anglican branch's departure from Christian orthodoxy and Anglican tradition, particularly the 2003 consecration of an openly gay bishop.
In March, The Episcopal Church reaffirmed its stance welcoming gays and lesbians as an "integral part" of the church and rejected the request of primates (Anglican heads of the 38 Anglican provinces) that it allow Anglican leaders outside the U.S. branch to oversee American dioceses and those unable to accept the authority of the Episcopal Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. The Episcopal head unapologetically supports ordaining gays and allowing blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Duncan, also bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, said the denominational Church that raised him and ordained him "no longer had any room for me, or any like me."...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
A Call To Conservative Episcopalians - Come Home To Rome!
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Seriously, why do you kick against the goads? Why do you insist on remaining part of a national church that is dead, and a communion that is dying? Why do you resist the pastoral protection you need, when Pope John Paul II already made provision for you over 20 years ago? Come home to Rome. Investigate the 'Anglican Use' within the Roman Catholic Church...