"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 16, 2008

+Duncan & +Murdoch Confirm Presenting, "Signing and Sealing" of New Province's Constitution in Wheaton, Illinois, on December 3rd

From Anglican TV (hat tip to Stand Firm):


Blogger father wb said...


This is indeed interesting. But I wonder whether the Jerusalem Declaration can in conscience be signed by Catholics...? For all of its problems, TEC has never asked anyone to assent to the 39 Articles, and I'm grateful for that -- it has allowed me to remain an Anglican. This to me represents a step in the wrong direction, and I could not in conscience sign a document saying that the 39 Art's represent the true teaching of the Church, that they agree with the Word of God, or that they are authoritative for Anglicans.

I hope Anglo-Catholics won't gloss over this very serious issue of conscience in the rush to make their political desires a reality.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

"I could not in conscience sign a document saying that the 39 Art's ... are authoritative for Anglicans."

Yes, I also want to know. I hope we can continue to be as least as generous as TEC was about this? Our beef with TEC isn't about the 39 A anyway, it's about very basic and very old stuff like the Nicene Creed. The articles are significant, yes. Authoritative... well...

2:21 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Fr. WB, the Common Cause Theological Statement is the relevant treatment of the 39 Articles for the CCP.

"7) We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1562, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief."

You will note the express recognition that the Articles deal with certain "issues controverted at that time," placing them in an historical context. And they are to be read in their "literal and grammatical sense," which, of course, leaves things open to a Tract 90 understanding of them if necessary. Besides, the Articles are only said to express "fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief." And that, of course, they do. They express quite well the views of members of Reformed branch of Anglicanism. Nothing in the CCP Theological Statement says they are the ONLY authentic principles of Anglican belief!

2:21 PM  
Blogger father wb said...


With respect:

The Jerusalem Declaration says this:

"We uphold the Thirty-nine Articles as containing the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God’s Word and as authoritative for Anglicans today."

I do not believe that's true and could not put my name to a document asserting it to be the case. I do not "uphold the 39 Articles" and I do not believe they contain "the true doctrine of the Church agreeing with God's word" and I do not believe they are "authoritative for Anglicans today".

And my feelings about Tract 90 are not entirely positive. Tract 90 is a typically Anglican obfuscatory move. Its exactly the kind of equivocal rhetoric we have come rightly to suspect and really detest on the mouths of TEC's leaders. I think Newman would agree (cf. his conversion).

5:07 PM  

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