View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A new Anglican Church?

The Associated Press is reporting that Episcopalians are preparing to form a new Anglican Church in North America.

AP says that a church constitution will be unveiled at Wheaton College on December 3. Reportedly, the new church would unite the approximately 100,000 Episcopalians who broke with that church and now have ties to various conservative Anglican archbishops abroad.

The new U. S. Anglican Church would have ties to the worldwide Anglican Communion, and would hold to historic doctrines of the faith, as opposed to what the Episcopal Church has been doing.

Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, the leader of one of four dioceses that have seceded from the Episcopal Church due to differences over biblical authority and interpretation, is expected to be the leader of the new church.

The consecration of an openly homosexual Episcopal bishop in 2003 lit the fuse that led to this break. Conservative Episcopalians have been breaking away from the U.S. church in the five years since that action - an action that put the Episcopal Church out of sync with Anglicans worldwide.

Will this new church succeed? I don't know.

Personally, I think they should just come home and be Catholics again.


Blogger eulogos said...

My husband attends a church which will be, or is, in this new Anglican province.

The majority of the Anglicans who are in this new province are Reformation Protestants. And they don't think the reformation is over. They don't buy the agreement about justification.

A lesser number might call themselves AngloCatholics, but even these have various issues with the Catholic faith. Common issues cited are papal infallibility and the immaculate conception. I can't help suspecting that before Vatican I, they would still have found objections, but that isn't something I can really know. I think there are issues of authority and issues of identity, which restrain people.

It is no light and easy matter for those who already have a religious identity and convictions, to become Catholic.
Susan Peterson

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