Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, July 17th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments
Of course, the accommodations this has required (not the same as compromises) have been too much for some. But unless the Communion can embrace ACNA, whose views are no different from many African provinces, and the US Episcopal Church and its web of global sympathisers, it is not trying hard enough. The great challenge of the 21st century is how people of different faiths can live together. If Christians cannot find the love that transcends differences within their own Church, how can they speak about unity to others in parts of the world where it is a matter of life and death?
To which Tim Fountain has a four-word reply. Too little, too late.
Lost a good Vestry member. At my request, he will be detailing his decision in a letter to be shared with the Vestry and sent on to the Diocese.
Lost at least 3 young families and a bunch of kids.
A couple of these losses are families that were the first fruits of members taking the risk of evangelism – this is going to hurt morale very badly here.
One of them said, “I just can’t see myself inviting other people, knowing what the denomination is really doing. So how can I stay?”
Recognition of ACNA prior to General Convention might have made a difference. It might have strengthened the hand of the Communion Partner bishops and gotten the Episcopal Organization to stand down.
But now that TEO has shed the last vestiges of the Christian religion, recognition solves nothing and changes nothing. Indeed, it may even make things worse.
Leave aside the fact that ACNA itself is an internally-iffy proposition. Forget the fact that Anglican Christianity will contain two churches with mutually-exclusive messages. All allowing ACNA into the club achieves is to insure that North American Anglicanism will be in a perpetual state of war.
The Episcopalians and the North American Anglicans are not only at cross-purposes with one another, they are actively hostile to one another. Once the lawsuits are settled one way or the other, ACNA will spend a good deal if not most of its time issuing position papers explaining why what we preach is the Gospel of Christ and what they preach is not.
Can it work? If ACNA recognition is coupled with an immediate reduction in TEO’s status(still officially Anglican but with no more Covenant input, Mrs. Schori doesn’t get to go to Primates Meetings while Archbishop Duncan does), then there’s the slimmest of chances, particularly if ACNA accepts an eventual Covenant and TEO does not.
Is any of that going to happen? No.