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Posted on 04/29/2005 9:46:29 PM PDT by sionnsar
Frank Griswold's not the only reason many of us have been paying an inordinate amount of attention to the Catholics lately. The bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada manifest a truly impressive mendacity all their own. Here, they respond to the Windsor Report and the Newry primates statement: 1. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as containing all things necessary to salvation, and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
We affirm our continuing membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our Church regularly supports the work of the Communion and a number of Canadians have served and continue to serve in significant roles through the work of the Anglican Communion Office in London, England. In partnership with other Provinces we remain committed to evangelism, a compassionate response to the needs of suffering humanity, and to programs in world relief, justice and peace for all. With humility we seek to honour our commitments, knowing our need to listen and learn from the experiences of our brothers and sisters in faith in other Provinces of the Communion.
We wuv the Anglican Communion DIS MUCH!! Check.
We recognize that synodical decisions in some parts of the Canadian Church, and the response to these, have caused distress in some parts of the Communion. We are sorry for the pain that this has caused and we regret that together we have not achieved a level of consultation deemed sufficient to the magnitude of the issues under consideration.
We're sorry that you're all Nazis and bigots. Check.
We appreciate the commitments of the Primates to neither encourage nor to initiate cross boundary interventions by Primates or other Bishops in Provinces other than their own. This commitment is in keeping with the Councils of the early Church, statements of successive Lambeth Conferences and the Windsor Report. We have already adopted a procedure for Shared Episcopal Ministry.
No unauthorized bishopping. Check.
On the matter of a moratorium on the authorization of public rites for the blessing of same sex unions, we commit ourselves neither to encourage nor to initiate the use of such rites until General Synod has made a decision on the matter.
And we're off. When they came up with that line, I'll bet the CanadaBishes laughed so hard that their Crown Royal came out their noses. "I've got it, I've got it!" one of them shouted. "Why don't we use their own line here? How funny would that be?" I'll bet they were all rolling on the floor laughing their albs off after dude thought that one up. And if you think that line actually means anything, Mike Ingham will sell you controlling interest in the BC Lions.
In a statement given to TLC, Bishop Michael Ingham of the Diocese of New Westminster wrote: along with my fellow bishops, I have agreed neither to encourage nor to initiate the rite of same sex blessing until General Synod in 2007.
The phrase neither to encourage nor to initiate comes from the primates communiqué of Feb. 24," he explained. "Several primates have made it clear that the phrase means there should be no further actions beyond those already started.
No bishop was in any doubt that I did not commit myself to a moratorium on same-sex blessings, Bishop Ingham said. The blessing of same-sex unions continues within the Diocese of New Westminster as provided by the regulations stipulated by our diocesan synod.
Back to the statement. As far as staying out of the Anglican Consutative Council, the CanadaBishes can't promise anything.
In our consideration of the request of the Primates that the Anglican Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw its members from the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Nottingham in June 2005, we see the value of the opportunity for reflection and response called for in the Windsor Report, but we also see risks inherent in honouring the request. We recognize that within our constitutional polity it is the responsibility of the Council of General Synod to consider and make a decision regarding this request. We support our Primates statement that he will do all in his power to persuade the Council to honour it. We ask for the prayers of the whole Church, for the Primate and the members of the Council as they meet May 6-8 in Mississauga.
Which means that they'll probably do pretty much the same thing the Americans will do. Their regular members will attend the meeting, just not "officially." The statement ends with the usual boilerplate.
In conclusion we wholeheartedly affirm our adherence to the Lambeth Quadrilateral which states:
2. The Apostles Creed, as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
3. The two Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself - Baptism and the Supper of the Lord - ministered with unfailing use of Christs Words of Institution, and of the Elements ordained by Him.
4. The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.
We uphold the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Primates Meeting, The Lambeth Conference, and The Anglican Consultative Council. We further affirm the Ten Principles of Partnership adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1993 and the Anglican Cycle of Prayer as sources of unity in the cause of mission.
But only we get to decide exactly what all that means. Check.
1. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as containing all things necessary to salvation, and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
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