"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, October 23, 2008

Reformed Episcopal Church Endorses Jerusalem Statement, Including Call for New North American Province

Wannabe Anglican has posted very good news today. The Reformed Episcopal Church has just endorsed the Jerusalem Statement of the GAFCON movement without opposition. Their Presiding Bishop, Leonard Riches, has predicted that we are only weeks away from the formation of the new orthodox province (most likely in December)!

From Wannabe Anglican:

Upon the hearty recommendation of Presiding Bishop Leonard W. Riches, the 52nd General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church has just affirmed the GAFCON Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration by a rising vote. There was no opposition. Today is a great day.

MORE: In his comments on GAFCON accompanying his recommendation, the Presiding Bishop said with emphasis, “Within a few short weeks it is expected that this new alignment will be represented domestically in the formation and recognition of a new Province of the Anglican Church in North America.”

RWF resumes: This is great news! We are on the brink of closing a breach that has gaped in North American Anglicanism for more than 130 years. The new province will include orthodox churchmen of all stripes, united in their affirmation of the authority of Scripture and the truth of the Gospel.

I cannot wait! It is only three weeks now until the diocese of Fort Worth votes on departing from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and moving to temporary shelter within the Southern Cone. We get that done, then join the newly-formed orthodox province at the end of this year or early next year, and finally we can put the folly of the national TEC behind us! Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished!


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