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Thursday, September 27, 2007

ECUSA Broken On 'Fundamental Lines' - Anglican Communion Crumbling

"What we expected to come from them is to repent - that this is a sin in the eyes of the Lord and repentance is what me, in particular, and others expected to hear coming from this church," he said.

Correspondents say it was hoped the agreement would help defuse the crisis.

But Assistant Bishop of Kampala, Ugandan David Zac Niringiye, says it was "not a change of heart" and showed the church was already split.

"What this situation has brought to the fore is the malaise - something much deeper - that the entire communion has not dealt with and the consecration of Bishop Gene really brought to the surface something that was there," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

"It is not the same church because it's broken on very fundamental lines."


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Conservative Anglicans around the word are completely dissatisfied with the response of the ECUSA to demands that the denomination "repent" and acknowledge homosexuality as a sin. Instead what the ECUSA gave them was a promise to exercise restraint in the consecration of gay clergy and put a hold on gay marriages until further notice. They did not acknowledge homosexuality as a sin, nor did they give any indication that they repented of ordaining a practicing homosexual to the episcopate. The bishops of the ECUSA chose instead to give a political response.

The African bishops' response indicates that a deep rift is developing within the Communion, one that may jeopardize the stability of the entire denomination.

A few years ago, rumors circulated about several Anglican bishops in dialog with the pope about returning to Rome under a full fledged Anglican Rite. These negotiations have been kept secret, but rumor has it they are underway. The response of the African bishops indicates that they are dissatisfied with the way the leadership of the communion has handled this problem.

Some of my readers may wonder why I've taken such interest in the Anglicans. The answer is for historical purposes. What we are witnessing here is the embryonic stage of the formation of a new rite within the Catholic Church. It represents the beginning of the end for the English Reformation. Anglicanism is falling, and in that fall we'll we are witnessing a rebirth -- the rebirth of something that hasn't been seen in 500 years -- The English Catholic Rite.