Monday, June 30, 2008

WHAT NOW? A Guide For U.S. Episcopalians And Canadian Anglicans

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Following the Jerusalem Accord of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) is no longer connected to 75% of the Anglican Communion. Anglican primate bishops from all over the world rejected the authority of U.S. Episcopal bishops this Sunday, and effectively "excommunicated" the entire national organizations of the ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). By this is meant that they no longer recognize these bodies (ECUSA & ACC) as part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

If you are a member of the U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA), or the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), you are in an organization that is no longer part of the Anglican Communion. That doesn't mean YOU have been excommunicated personally. It just means your national church is no longer a legitimate part of the Anglican Communion. Membership in your ECUSA or ACC parish no longer represents membership in the Anglican Communion.

All is not lost however. U.S. Episcopalians, and Canadian Anglicans, wanting to maintain full partnership with the majority of the Anglican Communion can do so simply by moving into an Anglican Church that is a member of the "Common Cause Partnership" of North American Anglicans. These "approved" North American parishes are in full communion with the primate bishops who met at GAFCON, and now refer to their organizational body as the "Fellowship Of Confessing Anglicans" (FOCA). FOCA represents the overwhelming majority (about 75%) of Anglicans worldwide.

Here's the website: www.united-anglicans.org

Use it to find a nearby parish, and give them a call today. I'm sure they'll be glad to hear from you. May God bless you for your courage!