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the future of the Anglican communion

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 07, 2008

(London, July 7, 2014) In a last-minute rescue attempt, a senior bishop will urge the Church's governing body to placate traditionalists by considering the appointment of five senior clerics to lead a “communion within a communion”. The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Rev. Fatima Aisha Salim, will propose an amendment that would allow the creation of complementary or “ultramegabishops”. Traditionalist dioceses that reject the ordination of transsexual bishops would be allowed to opt into the care of the ultramegabishops-- as they can do now with super bishops, who were set up when women bishops were first ordained.

Bishop Salim is seeking a delay of eight months before the Church makes up its mind.

Preposterous, you say? Absurd? I agree. And yet this one is for real:

In a last-minute rescue attempt, a senior bishop will urge the Church's governing body to placate traditionalists by considering the appointment of three senior clerics to lead a “Church within a Church”. The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Right Rev John Packer, will propose an amendment that would allow the creation of complementary or “super bishops”. Traditionalist parishes would be allowed to opt into the care of the super bishops - as they can do now with flying bishops, who were set up when women were first ordained.

He is seeking a delay of eight months before the Church makes up its mind.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2008 10:33 PM ET USA

    What is ultra clear here is the trend line. All of this will end in a gorgeous row over real estate.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2008 9:09 PM ET USA

    Why so timid? Thomas More was tried and convicted on July 1st and executed on July 6th.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2008 3:09 PM ET USA

    ...thinking eight months is a lot more time than they should need...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2008 2:11 PM ET USA

    Will somebody explain to me again why Anglicans who believe with Rome don't just come home? I know some of them do. We have a new priest in my parish who did so. With his wife and daughter. And I hope we are all making him feel very welcome.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2008 1:38 PM ET USA

    And when that fails, they can always implement the "hyperultramegabishops" option. That will fix everything.