Monday, June 30, 2008

U.S. Episcopal Church To Become Center Of Anglican Schism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Welcome to the war zone! The schism affecting the whole Anglican Communion will come to a head in the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).  The United States has effectively become an Anglican battlefield...
(Time) - A group of conservative bishops meeting in Jerusalem have raised anew the possibility of a schism in the worldwide Anglican church, largely over the contentious issue of gay priests. But a nearly simultaneous court ruling in Virginia has increased the chances that the battle over Anglican unity could come to a head in the United States. Says conservative Canon Kendall Harmon with the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina: "[The U.S.] has become a hot zone, and it's going to become much hotter."...

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To summarize, American constitutional law appears to be on the side of those parishes that wish to break away from their diocese, and those diocese that wish to break with the ECUSA. A court has ruled that church property can be retained by those who wish to break away. Such a break with the ECUSA is necessary, if these congregations wish to remain in full-communion with the worldwide Anglican Communion. Parishes that break with the ECUSA will have to affiliate with the 'Fellowship Of Confessing Anglicans' (FOCA) though one of the approved organizations listed on the following website: www.united-anglicans.org. Otherwise their status within the worldwide Anglican Communion will be lost.

Individual U.S. Episcopalians who are not part of a parish wishing to break with the ECUSA will have to leave that parish, and join one already affiliated with FOCA though the one of the approved organizations listed on the following website: www.united-anglicans.org. Otherwise their status within the worldwide Anglican Communion will be lost.

U.S. Episcopalians and Episcopal parishes that choose to remain within the ECUSA will automatically lose their status within the worldwide Anglican Communion.