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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 05, 2007

The Boston Globe's Michael Paulson picks up on the African factor in the Anglican crisis. Progressive Episcopalians assure us there's nothing to get excited about:

"Only the most ardent homophobes are getting ready to bolt ... and the separatist agenda is losing ground everywhere," said Jim Naughton, a spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. and the editor of a blog called Episcopal Cafe. "The idea that the average African is looking to cause a split over homosexuality is ridiculous. This is about a small coterie of leaders that over the years have received a great deal of money from American conservatives who are eager to push this agenda."

Odd. If the "separatist agenda is losing ground everywhere," why is the Archbishop of Canterbury in a state of near paralysis over the invitation list to be drawn up for the Lambeth Conference?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2007 9:25 PM ET USA

    "Only the most ardent homophobes", ... "and the separatist agenda is losing ground everywhere." ... "This is about a small coterie of leaders " ... "great deal of money from American conservatives" ... &c. You have to hand it to these guys, they're good . In the sense that slime is a good example of ... well, slime.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2007 4:38 PM ET USA

    Former N.J. governor James E. McGreevey is a full-time seminarian at an Episcopal seminary in New York City. His intent is to be a "priest". Think of John Henry Newman agonizing for years whether the Anglican Church was the true church and the suffering he endured when he converted to Catholicism at age 46. Of course today it would be a "no-brainer" to leave the Anglican/Episcopal church. He would still join the Roman Catholic Church because he would know from his studies it was TRUE.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2007 5:56 PM ET USA

    Michael Paulson is a homophobaphobe! So there!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2007 3:44 PM ET USA

    You cannot save souls by placating them with human platitudes, but you will make them happy and so to Satan. You can save souls by leading them to God's will, but that may make people unhappy and so to Satan. God awaits us with open loving and forgiving arms and showers us with the gracfes to find our way back to Him. Yet, these so-called men (and now women) of the cloth mis the boat entirely and want happy shiny people. Seems not to be the work of or for God at all.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2007 2:11 PM ET USA

    Hmm. Check out that headline: "African Anglicans try to transform US church". Clearly the Boston Globe has an Africanophobe headline writer...

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2007 11:15 AM ET USA

    "why is the Archbishop of Canterbury in a state of near paralysis....?" I believe the diagnosis entails the theological variant of catatonic schizophrenia.

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