Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments
A quick review. We know that the recent General Synod of the Church of England voted on a resolution that said this:
That this Synod express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America
We know that the Synod ended up passing this:
That this Synod
(a) aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada;
(b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family;
(c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and
(d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011.
Which is Anglican for, “Cold day in hell.”
We also know that the Episcopalians inserted themselves into this debate, distributing a set of talking points. Greg Griffith has the complete memo.
Read the whole thing if you enjoy mendacity, misrepresentation, distortion and whining. No “average” Episcopalian allegedly interviewed here is quoted directly; everyone is “a long-time parishioner” or “another Episcopalian” or similar term. In short, this memo was nothing more than particularly ham-handed Episcopal propaganda.
Which seems to have worked.
We were told going in that the member’s motion to recognize ACNA had considerable support. Yet the measure was amended down to irrelevant mush. What happened?
Those inside the C of E might have had their reasons for withholding recognition of ACNA right now and might hotly deny what I’m about to assert but this looks for all the world like the first direct public assertion of the new Anglican order.
I suppose the Episcopalians will continue to go through the motions. But this incident demonstrates that as far as the Anglican world is concerned, Canterbury and the Church of England no longer matter.
The center of the Anglican world has moved to New York City.
Think of it. A proposal was recently put forward which would seriously impact the Episcopal Organization. Overcoming their alleged horror at “boundary-crossing,” the Episcopalians successfully got this measure watered down to nothing in particular.
New York gives the orders now. When TEO said, “Jump,” the mother church of the Anglican world replied, “How high?”
That the Canterbury connection has been rendered completely meaningless should be clarifying to Anglican conservatives. Will it be? Will orthodox Anglicans finally stop pursuing the chimera of “official” recognition?
UPDATE: The Episcopal Organization. Lying through its teeth since 2003.