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: - Apr. 30, 2007 5:14 PM ET USA

    Please explain this to me: " . . . but that is quite different from using that as an excuse to cross boundaries and do things that violate longstanding practice,” Like not ordaining divorced, with children, practicing gay bishops? Wasn't that a longstanding practice for several, like um twenty, centuries until just recently? Can somebody please explain this to me so it will make sense? I really need it to make sense. Do they not HEAR what they say? makes me want to scream. pound the walls.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2007 9:29 AM ET USA

    It's like a dialog I heard about at a Christian ecumenical gathering when a Lutheran pastor said, in response to the Catholic Church's recent repetition of the teaching in Lumen Gentium that the fullness of Christianity subsists in the Catholic Church, "My church is not in the habit of calling other churches deficient." To which one of his brother protestants challenged, "Uh, isn't that how you got started? And isn't that how we all got started?"

  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2007 7:30 AM ET USA

    Perhaps Archbishop Akinola's justification is that he is entering pagan territory.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2007 12:18 PM ET USA

    Hmm, and splitting from 1500+ years of tradition to strike out on their own, ordaining actively homosexual bishops, and ordaining and creating national leaders of women out of traditional order was not revolution...Right! 3 strikes.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 12:02 PM ET USA

    Yes, as the news story tells us, Akinola is coming PRECISELY to aid those Episcoplians who now have to look to another continent for true leadership. This good Nigerian shepherd who wants to tend the ravaged flock now gets blamed for fracturing communion by the very wolves who have scattered the sheep. How can these Episcopalian "leaders" appeal to "tradition" and "ancient practices" with a straight face?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 11:00 AM ET USA

    I wonder if Bishop Schori does professional consultation. Maybe the USCCB will hire her for the American Catholic *church*. Do they even know of this national treasure?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 10:30 AM ET USA

    That's the best they could come up with?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 10:23 AM ET USA

    Sounds more like Priestess Schori is just trying to say, in fancy ecclesiastical terminology, that she wants her rival to stay out of her yard.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 10:19 AM ET USA

    "It's not denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I accept." - Calvin (not Jean, but as in Calvin & Hobbes)