"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Alexandria-based Anglicanism?

I must admit that I am rather skeptical about this story by Trevor Grundy in The Scotsman today about an upcoming conference in Alexandria, Egypt, but I pass it along for your consideration:

"AFRICANS say they have had enough of the Church of England's endless discussions over the ordination of gay vicars and same-sex blessings. With help from their colleagues in Latin America, African primates, bishops, priests and laymen are getting ready to strike out on their own and establish a new Anglican Church based in Egypt.

A conference that could turn the Anglican community on its head takes place in Alexandria, Egypt, next month, organised by angry Africans and Latin Americans who say they are "sick and tired" of endless debate about same-sex blessings and the ordination of gay Christians. "We've had enough," the Archbishop of Central Africa, Bernard Malango, said last week.

The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) and the recently formed Council of Anglican Provinces of the Americas and Caribbean (CAPAC) will represent up to two-thirds of the world's 77 million Anglicans. In a new African-based Anglican community they plan to replace the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams as their spiritual leader with the Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Jasper Akinola, and exclude homosexuals from full church life."

Read the full story, such as it is, here. There can be no doubt, however, that many of the Communion's primates are increasingly unhappy with the left-ward drift of the churches in the industrialized West on issues related to sexual ethics. Alexandria will certainly be worth watching. Lord, have mercy upon us.


Blogger Julian said...

However much I support the shifting of Anglican hierarchy out of Canterbury (and that is A LOT! A LOT!) I don't like the "exclude homosexuals from full church life" part. That better not be the truth. IMHO there is absolutely no reason to exclude *homosexuals* as a group from full church life. They should be held up to the same sexual standards as everyone else, but we really shouldn't be judging people as a group like that. I hope this isn't the truth.

10:09 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

I concur, ma'am, that excluding people shouldn't be in the cards. We are all sinners in need of grace. I suspect that no churchmen, even those most upset at present developments, would have said such a thing. Rather I'll bet the phrase was that of an ill-informed lay reporter who used it to mean that "practicing" homosexuals would not be ordained as ministers in the church nor would same-sex unions be blessed by the church (which I suspect he sees as "exclusion from the full life of the church"). We shall see.

Thanks for dropping by and making a comment, my friend.

10:31 PM  

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