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To: sionnsar

I'm a bit confused. In some places this church says that communion is impaired with TEC and in others it declares that it is not in communion with various bishops within TEC. What exactly is "impaired communion with TEC"?


4 posted on 12/09/2006 6:31:01 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis
I'm a bit confused. In some places this church says that communion is impaired with TEC and in others it declares that it is not in communion with various bishops within TEC. What exactly is "impaired communion with TEC"?

As I am not a member of any church that has declared "impaired communion," nor have I seen definition of the term, I can only guess. But this is what it looks like to me:

1. Tanzania has declared that they are not in communion with various bishops (etc.) in TEC. Not at all.

2. Tanzania has expressed support for and desire for (continued) communion with certain elements within TEC.

Inferred: Tanzania does not want to declare that they are out of communion with *all* of TEC, because of the elements in #2. Therefore "impaired communion" does not mean "we are in a degraded state of communion with all of you" -- it means "we wish to preserve communion with some of you but not all of you."

That's this Anglican engineer's reading of "impaired", anyway. Maybe a lawyer could do better...

Then again, this raises the question you've noted before of communion with some in a larger organization that's 'out' -- but I think you're trying to see an endpoint in what are the middle of some Entish-Anglican processes. It may be that "impaired" can be defined as a preliminary warning.

6 posted on 12/09/2006 7:02:25 PM PST by sionnsar (?trad-anglican.faithweb.com?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Kolokotronis; sionnsar

Here's how I read it...

The statement appears to differentiate communion between the apostate and the orthodox within TEC. The official hierarchy and TEC overall are in impaired communion, however, the orthodox within TEC who do not support the official TEC position can still be in full communion with the Tanzian church on a diocesan, parish or individual level.


8 posted on 12/09/2006 8:26:52 PM PST by Huber ("Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of classes - our ancestors." - G K Chesterton)
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