a decent respect for tradition

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Apr 28, 2007

An Anglican bishop warns that a colleague is threatening to break with "the ancient practice in most of the church." Another Anglican official warns against "things that violate longstanding practice."

"This action would only serve to heighten current tensions," says the bishop who is defending the "ancient practice."

So which time-honored Christian practice is this brave Anglican prelate defending? Is it male-female marriage? No. The male priesthood? No. Male bishops, then? Certainly not.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is concerned that the Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola plans to visit the US without a formal invitation from the local Episcopal hierarchy. It's that visit-without-invitation that violates ancient tradition, you see.

So Schori is defending tradition, and Akinola (who upholds male-female marriage, etc) is the one who's causing trouble, by breaking from ancient practice. All clear now, I hope?

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 26, 2010 8:14 PM ET USA

    I have known many good Legion priests and grieve for them. I have also known several who left that fellowship, and now understand why.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 26, 2010 6:35 PM ET USA

    In five years, Noah could have built a fleet of aircraft carriers never mind a freakin' ark.

  • Posted by: skladach - Mar. 26, 2010 5:05 PM ET USA

    The Rule of St. Faustina's strict semi-contemplative order allowed any nun to bypass her superior(s) and write directly to the bishop uncensored, if need be. The "don't ask, don't critique" rule in the Legionaries of Christ gagged the virtuous and cloaked the vicious.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Mar. 26, 2010 2:46 PM ET USA

    Five years. They are a little slow. Wonder how many years it will be before we know who in the leadership aided and abetted his sick behavior. This affair is so ugly that it is probably the worst scandal to ever hit the church.