Monday, November 17, 2008

UPDATED: Traditional North American Anglicans Announce Dec. 3rd Formation of New "Province"

North American Anglicans who have separated from The Episcopal Church (TEC) will announce a new, united entity at an event in Wheaton, IL on Dec. 3rd.

Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh and others say it's happening. THERE IS A PRESS RELEASE.

This is the formal coalescing of the Common Cause Partners.

The move was innevitable. The message of traditional Anglicans was marginalized and rejected within the Episcopal Church. Even as these Anglicans walk away, TEC spends millions of dollars suing and harassing them.

What recognition the new Province will have from international Anglican leaders is a matter of speculation. There will likely be a patchwork of coalitions as the Anglican Communion suffers the same undisciplined unravelling as the Episcopal Church. There is analysis at The Living Church. THERE IS A CRITIQUE BY A TRADITIONAL ANGLICAN HERE.

This will have minimal impact in South Dakota. News does not circulate well in this Diocese, and the prevailing attitude remains "Well, I've always been Episcopal. Sorry the church is dying. Oh well."

Behind the scenes, this news is likely to foist an ideological TEC loyalist on South Dakota as the next Bishop. The diocese gets about 1/2 its funds in grants from the Episcopal Church, and TEC will not allow the emergence of candidates critical of the denomination's New York bureaucracy and its failed policies.


Chip Johnson+, cj said...

"an ideological TEC loyalist on South Dakota "

From ghoulies and ghosties and four legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night,

Good Lord, deliver us!

Fr. Chip

TLF+ said...

Fr. Chip,

Hope I'm wrong and someone decent emerges. But my sense is that this is going to be "managed" and, really, the diocese is to the point where most folks only care that there are a few clergy around to do funerals.

The Archer of the Forest said...

Let us do hope it doesn't come to this...