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Posted on 11/11/2005 4:12:34 PM PST by sionnsar
Captain Yips goes yard:
For at least some of the Anglican unhappy, the central issues are the deformation of the Book of Common Prayer in 1979 and the ordination of women. The whole Gene Robby thing is a side effect, the sort of action you should expect of people who have lost their path. The Book and womens ordination are the problems. Myself, I agree about the Book, but not about womens ordination.
In the widely diverse North American Anglican Rebel Alliance (hereinafter, ARA), womens ordination is the Issue That Must Not Be Named. Most everyone in the ARA agrees that the Episcopal Churchs headlong descent into the Church of Whats Happening Now is hopeless, and that Weve Got To Do Something, but the womens ordination issue lurks just below the surface.
If TAC can work out some reasonable arrangement with Rome that lets them keep most of the Book (I cant imagine that Rome will let them keep the Prayer of Consecration in any of its Cranmer-influenced forms), it might offer a home for those whose problems begin and end with these two issues and who are otherwise comfortable with the rest of Roman teaching. Sort of a safety valve. This safety valve might make easier the emergence of what I hope for, an intelligent, articulate, preaching Anglicanism standing comfortably and securely on the reformation theology that suffuses the Cranmerian Books of Common Prayer, basing its worship on a respectful and modest revision of those Books.
Read the whole thing.
This sounds about right. Once the break finally comes, I seriously doubt that The Issue can be satisfactorily resolved. Those who are opposed to women's ordination will probably end up connected to Rome or Constantinople in some way, either through the Traditional Anglican Communion, some other Anglican Use church or outright conversion while conservative Anglicanism hopefully becomes "an intelligent, articulate, preaching Anglicanism standing comfortably and securely on the reformation theology that suffuses the Cranmerian Books of Common Prayer" which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.
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