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March 21, 2007

Episcopalians Ready for a Likely Church Split

Summary of an article found in the LA Times:

A press conference is scheduled for today to explain the Episcopalian rejection of Anglican demands that a special vicar for “orthodox congregations and dioceses” which oppose the Church’s position on homosexual marriage and ordination of homosexual ministers. 

In February, Anglican leaders, meeting in Tanzania, gave the Episcopal Church until Sept. 30 to state explicitly that it would bar official blessings for same-sex couples and stop consecrating gay bishops. The leaders, known as primates, also called for the creation of a special vicar and council to oversee a number of conservative American dioceses that have rebelled against the U.S. church’s relatively liberal views on homosexuality and biblical teachings.

However, this demand has been resisted, and rejected by the American Episcopal bishops who state that such a position would be injurious to the church.  This has lead to more than mere speculation of a permanent split.  Beyond mere disagreement on this particular issue regarding homosexuality and the church, other aspects of “liberalism” have raised concerns from the Anglican Communion.  The reaction of the bishops has been negative about this perceived interference.  Bishop V. Gene Robinson, whose ordination despite his homosexual lifestyle, responded quickly and decisively to Episcopalians in New Hampshire.  “the majority of bishops, both progressive and conservative, saw the primates’ demand for a special vicar as “an unfair, illegal and wholly unprecedented assault” on the governance and “internal integrity of the Episcopal Church.”

With the divisive nature of this controversy, it is highly likely that this union will cease.  While this may have little consequence to the same debate which goes on within the United States as a whole, the fact that a major denomination with a longstanding relationship may be disolved is disconcerting.

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4 Comments »

  1. Kudos to the Anglican church for holding the line. I feel badly for orthodox Episcopalians who had their church hijacked by liberal theologians, but I’m hoping that the potential split makes other denominations (like the Methodist one I’m in) think twice before getting more liberal.

    Comment by Neil — March 21, 2007 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  2. Hi a,

    My wife is Episcopalian, so I know this has been brewing for a while now. Even her tiny church out here in the sticks has been split by this. It’s most sad, although even sadder is the upcoming fight over the Church property by those who are splitting off.

    the Grit

    Comment by the Grit — March 21, 2007 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

  3. Thats ironic thing about this news is how much the liberal media wont report on how many Episcopalians are leaving the church over this very issue.

    Comment by MrGreyGhost — March 22, 2007 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  4. It will be probably good for both groups. However, the division of property will be horrendous. Hopefully, they can settle this in house and not make a mockery of the ability of Christians to be civil with each other. St. Paul talks about that, as I am sure you know.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 22, 2007 @ 3:58 am | Reply


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