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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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

C of E Recognizes ACNA's Desire to "Remain within the Anglican Family"

Today the General Synod of the Church of England passed the following resolution by an overwhelming margin of 309 to 69 (emphasis added by RWF):

This Synod, aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada, recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family; acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011.

RWF resumes: I would point out the word "remain" in the highlighted language is a tacit recognition that we are at present "members of the Anglican family." I am saddened that in the end this resolution amounts to little more than the standard Anglican "kicking the can down the road for another year" sort of thing we have seen so much of before, but perhaps this is a start.

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Blogger Robin_G_Jordan said...


General Synod did more than "kick the can down the road." See my article, "The Ball Is Now in the Achbishops' Court" on the Internet at: http://anglicansablaze.blogspot.com/2010/02/ball-is-in-archbishops-court.html They passed it to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
How would you characterize the attitude of Williams and Setamu toward the ACNA? There may be another commission and another report in the offing. All Williams and Setamu are invited to do is make some kind of official or formal statement at the next meeting of General Synod in 2011. I doubt that General Synod is going to grill them like the English Parliament would the incumbent Prime Minister or call for a vote of no confidence. Rowan is likely to drag his feet on this as he has on everything else.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Robin_G_Jordan said...

"Achbishops" - typo or Freudian slip. Ache-bishops. Akin to a painful tooth ache but much worse!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

I thought the whole reason for the ACNA was to get out from under the Canterbury Communion. Looks like you are going down the same old 'via media' road to heresy as the Episcopal Church has.
You can't trust His Grace, Archbishop Rowan Wormtongue, and after he retires a more 'liberal' person will be in and you are just going to have to bail out anyway.
The only up side is that even this statement allows for leverage against TEC if the the Supreme Court looks at the 'Dennis' Canon.
Good luck. Besides, with Archbishop Duncan's pro woman priests (and presumably bishops) position, looks like Bishop Iker and Fort Worth won't stick around.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a problem with "Ache"-Bishop Williams myself. He approves of Sharia law and the islamification of Britain.
Imagine is Christianity as a whole began to favor other faiths, before their own.

And you wonder why church attendance is at 12 percent in Britain...

Shame, that heretic!

11:05 PM  

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