Friday, February 18, 2011

The duress of Episcopalians/Anglicans in North America

Thoughtful piece from the Covenant blog, which expresses views of those seeking to navigate a way between heresy (false teaching) and schism (separation) in the Episcopal Church.

Benjamin Guyer reflects on the recent selection of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to a global Anglican body:

"The spiritual and pastoral strain in North America is beginning [NPA note - I think we're about half past 'beginning'] to crush people – and not just any people, but faithful people. I see it, I hear it, I read it, and each of these to an increasing degree. Faithful Anglicans who have broken faith with no facet of Creed, Scripture, or Tradition are beleaguered in North America. They cannot trust the Global South/GAFCON, for its bishops will shamelessly split orthodox dioceses from within. Yet faithful Anglicans cannot trust the leadership of the American Episcopal Church, either. As events of recent years suggest, adhering to Communion norms is a minority position in the American Episcopal Church which brings very, very few tangible rewards. Indeed, it only brings long-suffering. Dioceses have broken, parishes are withering, and yet some strive to remain faithful. Do the Primates not know this? If so, why do they not praise it, and why have they elected a Primate whose own leadership has proactively made things worse?"

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