impaired communion

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 15, 2007

Anglican primates, each with one hand on the Browning in his holster, are holding a tense meeting in Tanzania.

The conservatives have also drawn up a blueprint for a new parallel "ecclesial body" to accommodate conservative American Anglicans who reject the leadership of their liberal Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. Seven conservative American bishops have so far indicated that they want to come under an alternative leader. About another dozen or so are expected to follow suit if Dr Williams gives the plan his blessing.

But the creation of a parallel Anglican structure within the Episcopal Church will be fiercely resisted by liberal Americans, who will see it as unwarranted interference. More alarmingly for Bishop Schori, it would result in the appointment of a rival Presiding Bishop -- called a "moderator" under the Global South plans -- who would wield authority within a significant part of her domain.

Government by div school apparatchik is beginning to totter. The reconciliation crew are running scared. For so many years they've had things their way: being able to rig the listening sessions ahead of time, write the minutes as they saw fit, announce the next step in their own campaign as the "compromise solution." Now they find the old incantations don't work the same magic. The partisans of diversity are in imminent danger of losing their monopoly. This wasn't the way it was supposed to end.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 18, 2007 11:53 PM ET USA

    How do those people sleep at night with so many problems?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 16, 2007 1:36 PM ET USA

    "...each with one hand on the Browning in his holster, are holding a tense meeting..." I'd love to see this meeting made into a black&white silent move with the theme from 'High Plains Drifter' in the background. Conservative American Anglicans forget the silly ECUSA. Come 'home to Rome.'You're going to be a Catholic after you die, so come home now and avoid the rush. Jesus would love to have you and the Church Militant needs you.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 16, 2007 11:53 AM ET USA

    siLLy CHiCkENs! Wouldn't it be a lot simpler to just rejoin the Catholics?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 4:50 PM ET USA

    The ECUSA has lost about 60% of its membership over the past fifty years, despite the "fierce resistance" of liberal Americans. The current presiding bishop has been ordained for all of thirteen years, which is either proof of some astounding personal qualities or that the electors didn't have a large pool of aspirants.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 2:48 PM ET USA

    The Associated Press is even now busily at work spinning the division as a one-issue affair; viz. ignorant homophobes vs. Enlightened Progressives. No peeking to find out who the good guys/gals are!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 2:30 PM ET USA

    What was it that T.S. Eliot wrote about bangs and whimpers? With Her Very Reverend Excellency at the crumbling prow, Eliot might have to title his poem, "The Hollow People," in order not to offend the politically correct while the ship remains afloat. On the other hand, Eliot didn't worry much about giving offense, and neither should the conservatives here and abroad.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 2:25 PM ET USA

    And end is right. The liberal Catholics are trying to pull the Church down the same path. I commented to a liberal catholic (a nun actually) that our church was in schism as well. Her comment was, (after explaining that the magisterium was wrong on it's view of homosextuals) whatever are you talking about?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 2:20 PM ET USA

    Interesting that those who call the loudest for tolerance and open options (choices) for everyone just can't stand it when that "everyone" they want to give options to does not take their side. Why wouldn't liberal Anglicans embrace another option so that those on each side can have a home? Because they are NOT interested in real choices, but making you choose theirs!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 15, 2007 1:56 PM ET USA

    The Gospel cannot be compromised. The big tent concept only goes so far when it comes to the True Faith. Nevertheless, the conservatives under Akinola need to wake up and accept Rome as their true home.