Skip to comments.AAC Responds to the House of Bishops
Posted on 03/17/2005 5:01:57 PM PST by sionnsar
A Statement from the President of the American Anglican Council on Communications Issued by the Episcopal Church House of Bishops
The Covenant Statement and the Word to the Church issued by the Episcopal Churchs House of Bishops is insulting to the Primates of the Anglican Communion. While it aims at specific requests of the 2004 Windsor Report and the 2005 Primates Communiqué, it fails to fulfill clear expectations outlined therein. The House claimed to affirm the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 1888, and yet they failed to repent of their decisions and subsequent actions contrary to Scripture as well as Anglican faith and order. Note there is no affirmation of the authority of Scripture or Lambeth 1.10, which were upheld by the primates. Are there not two mutually exclusive views presented in this covenant?
Bishops also declared a moratorium on blessings of same-sex unions, but J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of Los Angeles, violated the spirit of this pledge before the sun set on the covenants passage. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Tuesday evening, he said he would not impose his conscience on priests in the six-county Los Angeles diocese. They are free to bless same sex unions if they wish, he said. The Episcopal News Service clearly underscored the loophole in their report as well: the bishops said they themselves would refrain from performing such blessings for the time being. Clergy in dioceses that already practice same sex blessings will be allowed to choose whether to continue the practice.
How can faithful Episcopalians view such doublespeak from Episcopal leaders as anything but duplicitous?
With regard to the so-called moratorium on consecrations, I am outraged that the House of Bishops drew equivalence between single or married individuals with those living in homosexual partnerships. To place a moratorium on all consecrations not only takes the episcopacy hostage to the homosexual agenda but also places several dioceses in crisis. Canon law requires that bishops must retire at age 72 what happens in those dioceses where their bishop faces mandatory retirement? William Persell, Bishop of Chicago, has said that he and others are more than willing to pitch in and help run those dioceses. In other words, revisionist bishops will be placed in dioceses rather than individuals duly elected by diocesan convention. This is an appalling idea that represents a great threat to biblically faithful dioceses and congregations. Although orthodox bishops in attendance generally supported the covenant statement believing it had useful components in it, I disagree and believe they made a clear error.
Finally, I am struck by the conciliatory nature and carefully nuanced phraseology of the Word to the Church that belies the attack of the Presiding Bishop on an orthodox bishop as well as several faithful clergy and lay people. His actions are deplorable and inexcusable. I call upon him to issue a public apology.
In summation, the House of Bishops claims a desire to remain part of the world-wide communion but seems not to understand what that entails. The Covenant fails to offer long-term, sustainable solutions and at best simply postpones inevitable conversation about the clear and ultimate choice before us walking together or walking apart. I am thankful for the bishops who upheld orthodoxy and worked in good faith to voice the irreconcilable differences that mark the House of Bishops. I urge all bishops to make their choice and to be honest in articulating those choices. The mandate of the primates is before us all: Choose this day whom you shall serve.
The Anglican Communion, born of the Church of England, which was formed when Henry VIII wanted to marry Anne Boleyn, denied permission to do so by the Pope, he split the Church off from Rome; as we know it presently, died when ECUSA split itself off from the AC because it wanted to allow one of its bishops to participate in a homosexual union.
It's rough, needs work, but has potential I feel..
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