We have $162,325 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

these troublesome (Anglican) priests

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 20, 2009

 With furrowed brow, Jeff Israely of Time magazine ponders the implications of the latest Vatican move:

For Anglican leaders, the Vatican announcement is the latest minefield to manage in their ongoing effort to avoid a full-fledged schism within their 80-million-strong church, which includes 2.2 million American Episcopalians. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is juggling the gripes of Anglicans of all philosophical stripes and ecclesiastical sensibilities, most notably as battles over women and gay clergy have undermined that prized "communion" within Anglicanism for more than two decades.

Sorry, Jeff, but I don't see how this complicates things for Dr. Williams and his friends. It simplifies things. An open Anglican schism might now be less likely.

Traditional Anglicans are not just "disenchanted" or "disgruntled" with their church leaders, as the secular news headlines report. They are appalled and scandalized. They are not merely "unready" to accept homosexual marriage, as the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested; they believe that a homosexual union is an abomination. These are not disagreements that can be papered over or "managed" by the hierarchy.

Dr. Williams has a problem: A large number of Anglicans no longer wish to belong to the ecclesiastical body headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury-- not because they disagree over how to do good, but because they think the Anglican leadership, as currently constituted, is doing evil. These unhappy Anglicans are planning to leave. And why would Dr. Williams want them to stay, when the traditionalists would, if they could, undo everything that the current Anglican leadership has done or planned to do?

Dr. Williams has a problem. He might not yet recognize it as such, but the Pope has offered him a solution.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,325 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,674.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family 22 hours ago
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. 23 hours ago
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? 23 hours ago
A different tone at this Synod? October 6
Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I October 6

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5