"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, July 25, 2008

Excellent Video from the Diocese of Pittsburgh


Blogger The Anglican Scotist said...

At 2min, 50 sec it seems that the speaker--Bill Roemer--says divorce is better than staying together for couples with differences that cannot be reconciled. That is, unless I am mistaken, a sentiment that Bishop Duncan has endorsed.

Do you, as a priest, endorse that view as well? In particular, when you called the film excellent, did you have that bit in mind among the other bits?

And if you disagree, is its endorsement of divorce sufficient
to call its excellence as a whole into question?

Ironically, at 4:59 the same speaker says the Bible was not written to be re-written. One might think the speaker is deeply confused, and inter alia in need of good leadership, perhaps better than whatever it was he had up to now.

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Blogger texanglican said...

Ang. Scot., there are certainly circumstances in which it is necessary for a married couple to permanently separate in terms of "bed and board," and in these circumstances the termination of the secular legal relationship must often be accomplished as well (imagine allowing an abusive spouse to continue to have control of bank accounts held by the innocent spouse after the separation, etc). And this is the "divorce" that is talked of here in the video, a termination of relations between our dioceses and TEC similar to a legal divorce by a secular court and a permanent physical separation of the parties in this life. The "divorce" is thus analogous to civil divorce, not a purported end to the "sacramental marriage." We will end the legal ties that bind us to TEC and terminate regular fellowship with the abusive spouse of 815/General Convention and its adherents. We will be a separate province no more closely related to TEC than we are to, say, Nippon Se Ko Kai (at most). A marriage in the Spirit will, of course, still exist in a sense between the baptized, faithful members of the new province and the baptized, faithful members of the TEC, such as we presently have with every other member of Christ's Church on earth. We probably will even have some tenuous relationship with TEC within the Anglican Communion--if it survives as a common entity.

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