"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.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bishop Nazir-Ali Says an Anglican Split "Inevitable"

From the BBC:

A split in the Anglican Church is inevitable with divisions between liberal and conservative factions "irreconcilable", a senior bishop says. The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, told the Daily Telegraph there were "virtually two religions" in the Church.

Read the entire story here. Bishop Nazir-Ali is very highly regarded in England, having been on the short list to become Archbishop of Canterbury a few years back and having recently chaired the C of E's task force on the question of whether or not to ordain women as bishops. That such a highly placed observer of the Anglican scene has come to this conclusion speaks volumes. (Hat tip to Newbie Anglican)

"Anglicans are used to fudging things sometimes but I think this is a matter of such seriousness that fudge won't do," Bishop Nazir-Ali told the Telegraph, in an interview while a guest at the convention. "Sometimes you have to recognise that there are two irreconcilable positions and you have to choose between them. ... The right choice is in line with the Bible and the Church's teaching down the ages, not some new-fangled religion we have invented to respond to the 21st Century."


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