"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, December 17, 2009

Welcome [in Advance] to the Fold, St. Andrew's--Mt. Pleasant, SC!

Clicking on the title of this post will take you to the official announcement by the Vestry of St. Andrew's Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina--the largest parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina--that their parishioners have overwhelmingly expressed their desire to leave TEC and become part of the ACNA.

The announcement states, in part:

Last night we gathered to count the response forms and by a 93% – 6% margin the congregation has overwhelmingly recommended that St. Andrew’s affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America and separate from The Episcopal Church. Here are the results:

902 total discernment response forms submitted.

  • 838 recommended that St. Andrew’s Church affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America and separate from The Episcopal Church.
  • 58 recommended that we remain within The Episcopal Church.
  • 4 response forms were submitted unmarked.
  • 2 response forms had the word, “abstain” written across them.

We were very pleased with the total number of people participating in this discernment process and we were equally pleased with the clarity with which you – and the Lord through you – spoke to us. We will gather as a Vestry in the New Year to take up this matter. Be assured we will keep you informed of our decisions. Please keep us in your prayers.


Blogger Jakian Thomist said...

May I be the first here to congratulate you all on your big leap into the ACNA. I hope that you will be happy there. I commend your professing witness to the true Christian morality unimpeded by those who do not share it.

It will be interesting to see how many parishes follow suit and how this affects TEC.

I sincerely hope that property is not an issue for your parish. I think it is really tragic to see Christians battling each other in court over material buildings. It also seems that the establishment always wins.

I pray you all every blessing on your journey and I am excited for you. A real adventure on the stormy seas but may Christ be by your side.

Of course from my perspective, I hope that your journey will end with union with your latin brethren, but perhaps we must wait first for stormy seas to calm.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jakian Thomist said...

Just to clarify!

I reread the post and my comments were addressed to those in St. Andrews!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Robin_G_Jordan said...


The proposed canons of 1571 were never approved by the lower houses of the provincial convocations of Canterbury and York nor did they receive the royal assent of Elizabeth I. They never had authority in the Church of England and you are misleading your readers by presenting them as if they did. I have drawn this to you attention in the past and had hoped that you would make the necessary correction.

Have a blessed Christmastide.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

Change made. Thank you, sir.

And a merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, as well.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jakian Thomist said...

Hi Randall,

Just to follow up on your recent post about how Anglicanorum Coetibus will work, here's a link to an article from Forward in Faith in Scotland: http://www.forwardinfaith.com/artman/publish/article_498.shtml

The Cardinal there has given traditionalist Anglicans a home in Edinburgh and their first mass will be celebrated Christmas Eve!

I was quite surprised to read that some Anglicans "even find that they are being told they are no longer welcome in the churches in where they were baptised as infants".

The moral divide between traditionalist Anglicans and the Scottish Episcopal Church is indeed a very large one.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jakian Thomist said...

Here's the complete link http://www.forwardinfaith.com/

5:04 PM  
Blogger Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

Thanks for the link, Jakian. Though it seems to me that this move has little or nothing to do with the recent Apostolic Constitution, but rather is just a generous offer of meeting space by the bishop there for a group of Anglicans who aren't welcome in the ultra-liberal Scottish Episcopal Church any longer. It was certainly a nice gesture, and it will no doubt make those traditionalist Anglicans even more positively predisposed toward the Roman Catholic Church when the structures of the AC are finally put into place and those Anglicans finally have to make a choice about their future course.

10:49 PM  
Blogger William Tighe said...

"The proposed canons of 1571 were never approved by the lower houses of the provincial convocations of Canterbury and York nor did they receive the royal assent of Elizabeth I."

This is true, but so what? The "proposal" to reject the authority of the See of Rome was rejected in 1559 by both houses of the Canterbury Convocation -- see my letter on p. 25 of the December 2009 issue of New Directions:


but it was carried into effect anyway; and the proposal to acknowledge Henry VIII in May 1532 was never accepted by that same lower house, so on the principle of "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" one may as well ignore pettyfogging objections concerning 1571 as concerning 1559 and 1532, and on the same grounds as well.

10:53 PM  

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