"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.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Bishop Duncan on the Future of Orthodox Anglicanism

There has been much speculation as to what the Anglican Communion Network will do at the General Convention of ECUSA next summer. Some of my friends are afraid that there will be a formal break with the national church at the General Convention, while other friends cannot possibly see remaining Anglican if there is NOT a break with national headquarters. Well, I think we may have an answer to the "what are they going to do" question. Network Moderator Bishop Robert Duncan, in an essay reproduced on TitusOneNine today, now has said that in recent discussions with diocesan leaders in Pittsburgh he:

"had shared my sense that the battle in which we are engaged in the Episcopal Church will go on for a very long time, that there were unlikely to be any “quick fixes” or decisive actions either at the General Convention or in the systems of the Anglican Communion, and that our best course forward, remained a relentless and unyielding focus on the mission of our congregations, on our mission together as a diocese and on our missionary partnerships worldwide."

In short, for all the hopes and/or fears about what the Network will do this summer, the answer is apparently--the ACN will do little or nothing differently than it has been doing for the last three years. It remains to be seen what the result of this attempted maintenance of the status quo will be. Kyrie eleison.

P.S.- Bishop Stanton of Dallas has recently delivered a speech which also seems to take a "maintain the status quo" approach, though it is a bit difficult for me to understand exactly what the practical results of his position would be. His statement may be found here.


Blogger Father Nelson said...

This is sad, sad, sad. Sorry to say I cannot be a part of the battle of which he speaks, nor can I continue status quo. It is to join oneself to a prostitute (ECUSA) and Christ at the same time.

2:45 PM  
Blogger father wb said...

Hmmm.... not encouraging. There seems to be little encouragement these days. La Noche Oscura.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

Oh great, so staying in the ECUSA is as inexcusable and egregious as fornication? And... we're all whores? How very kindly put.

6:26 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Just a note, friends, to remind all who post comments here to maintain a tone of mutual respect and decorum. While it is no secret that I am pretty "conservative" theologically, I have friends of verious theological, cultural, and political persuasions and I would like this blog to remain a place where they all feel free to express their opinions. "Be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves." Thanks very much.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Father Nelson said...

Listen... if one believes that ECUSA has committed theological adultery - akin to a great blasphemy - then union with it is a farce. As long as ECUSA continues to dabble in the attractions of secularism - we have a real problem of ecclesiology which cannot be ignored.

mbh - do not be offended. Hosea used very similar language.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Julian said...

...And Hosea undoubtedly intended to offend his listeners. Blogs, on the other hand, may not be the best venue for fiery prophetic rhetoric.

It might be edifying to see how you yourself intend to deal with your own "adulterous" relationship with ECUSA before you accuse us all of so great a crime.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

from a strictly exegetical standpoint isn't the point of Hosea that God remains faithful to and in covenant with Israel/the church despite our faithlessness? (Hi Randall! Call us sometime!)

11:25 PM  

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