Skip to comments.Anglican Polity Mish Mash
Posted on 08/05/2005 7:19:49 AM PDT by sionnsar
One of the things I hear from liberal Episcopalians is that they dont want a central curia like the Romans have; thus, the reforms called for in the Anglican Communion to keep the Robinson debacle from happening again would supposedly destroy Anglicanism.
However, these same people hold up the General Convention of the Episcopal Church as having full authority to do what it did in 2003. This General Convention has also ordered that women be ordained in all Dioceses. Left to their own devices, same sex blessings and actively homosexual clergy will become required as well.
So, the true point to the liberal argument is not that a central curia is bad, but we want OUR central curia, because we control it.
On the same token, my own calls for the creation of more centralized power in the Anglican Communion, while to some extent based on a desire for Anglican unity, are also based on my desire to have a Curia that
follows the Bible - one that will do what I think is right. I may not control it, but Im more comfortable with it.
But, for reasserters, from whence does this desire for a central curia come? For years, many of us have been able to remain Episcopalian solely because, despite the crazy things going on in our branch of Anglicanism - Spong and so forth - we could claim being Anglicans, a people who hold a faith grounded in Jesus Christ, and observant of Gods Word. For us, the Episcopal Church was a means to connection with the Church. When that connection is gone, what is the point of remaining Episcopalian?
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