You Evil, Evil Orthodox
Sounds like someone wants out of the Anglican Communion. Daniel Webster the Lesser writes in The Witness:
The Balkanization of the Anglican Communion was predicted by many even before most Episcopalians had heard of Gene Robinson. The bishops from Rwanda and Singapore who had ordained North American priests to be bishops of the Anglican Mission in America (AMIA) did so well before the election of the Bishop of New Hampshire.
In 1998 at the Lambeth meeting of Anglican bishops from around the world, the female bishops were snubbed. Some misogynist bishops would not participate in events with the women. And I’m told that most, if not all, the U.S. bishops treated the African polygamist bishops with respect and courtesy.
At that meeting former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie suggested we “look at each other as fellow citizens of the heavenly city, and as those who are thus constituted within Christ’s Church as a sign of hope for the whole human race, the bearers of the gospel of reconciliation.”
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has been preaching, living, and holding up reconciliation throughout his nine years’ tenure. Those who come to hear him, those who are interested in reconciliation, are those whose minds and hearts are open to live a new dream of Christ’s body on earth.
The forces who do not want a reconciled world won in Columbus. It was a setback. It was injustice at best and evil at worst.
We need to hold on to other words from the late Archbishop Runcie: “We must never make the survival of the Anglican Communion an end in itself, the Churches of the Anglican Communion have never claimed to be more than a part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.”
The Episcopal Church has never seen itself as anything more than part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. It has sat at the table of the human-made Anglican Communion for the furtherance of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Having been “sealed and marked as Christ’s own forever,” we can’t be any more part of the Body of Christ than we already are. We need no longer sit a table if the agenda is exclusion of certain groups of human beings, or even the exclusion of our whole church. As Episcopalians, to do so would be to violate our baptismal covenant. And we can’t do that.
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