"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.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

From The Telegraph: ++Venables Offers to Become Primate of Some U.S. Dioceses

From the Telegraph (boldfaced emphasis added):

"... Archbishop Gregory Venables [of the Province of the Southern Cone] is to allow conservative dioceses that are defecting from the pro-gay American branch of Anglicanism to affiliate with his South American province thousands of miles away. ...

The British-born Archbishop, who is the Primate of the Province of the Southern Cone, told the Telegraph: "This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Anglican Communion.

"The new realignment demonstrates the depths of the divisions that already exist. "

Dr Williams appears to want to keep the Communion together at all costs, but Gospel truth should never be sacrificed for structural unity.

"Conservatives in America and elsewhere cannot wait in limbo any longer. They need a safe haven now."

Archbishop Venables unveiled the decision of his bishops and other leaders after the plans were overwhelmingly approved by his provincial synod during a meeting in Chile last night.

A handful of conservative American dioceses are already in the process of opting out of the Episcopal Church by voting in their diocesan synods to alter their constitutions.

Up to five are expected to become part of the Southern Cone, which covers most of South America except Brazil, over the next six months or so."

Read the full story here.

As you know, the diocese of Fort Worth will be voting next week on the first reading of changes to our diocesan constitution and canons that would allow us to affiliate with another province of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Please pray for wisdom for the leaders and people of our diocese and for the good clergy and people of the Province of the Southern Cone at this crucial time.

A story on the same topic from The Living Church may be found here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Episcopal Missionary Church is part of the Federation of Anglican Churches in America, which has as its Patron ++Venables. Recently I talked with an EMC bishop who attended the recent FACA meeting, and he hinted that something like this was going to be announced. Because of the dual membership of some Continuing Churches in both FACA and the CCP, this could get either interesting, or complicated. Being Anglicans, it will probably be both.

8:38 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Let us hope that this hastens the day when all these separate jurisdictional labels will no longer be relevant, sir!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Let us hope that this hastens the day when all these separate jurisdictional labels will no longer be relevant, sir!

Amen! The Anglican Alphabet Soup (AAS) is getting unwieldy. :) I am old enough to remember when one could simply say "The Church" and everybody, except perhaps our RECUS friends, knew what you meant. Of course, in those days it was still a church.

11:50 AM  

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