Anglican Primates Meet


#1

From the March 7th issue of C of E News:

"…With both sides equally determined, and certain of the rightness of their position, the first casualty of the meeting became the celebration of corporate Eucharist. Archbishop Akinola wrote to Dr Williams on behalf of the global south coalition stating they would not share altar fellowship with Bishop Griswold. Dr Williams suggested a “pastoral Eucharist”, and then proposed a priest be brought in to celebrate Communion…

“…Akinola responded it was not the worthiness of the minister that prompted their objections, but their belief that unity of doctrine preceded unity of worship. It was not a question of receiving “from” Bishop Griswold, but “with” Bishop Griswold…”

“…Dr Williams relented and it was agreed on the Monday that the Rev T Shane Forster, chaplain to Archbishop Robin Eames of Ireland, would celebrate the daily noonday Eucharist for those whose “personal discipline” required it; formally recognising the state of broken Eucharistic communion between the global south primates and Bishop Griswold…”

“…Archbishop Akinola asked Dr Williams to recast the agenda round the Windsor Report debate. When Dr Williams demurred, citing the work the staff had put into the design of the programme, Archbishop Akinola responded that it was the first duty of Christians to resolve their differences with one another. Dr Williams conceded the point and put the Windsor Report at the top of the agenda…”

http://www.churchnewspaper.com/englandonsunday/index.php?read=on&number_key=5758&title=Behind%20the%20scenes%20at%20the%20Primates’%20Meeting,%20part%201


#2

This is a travesty to Christian unity, but unfortunately we can only expect as much from a sect without sound doctrine. Even unsound doctrine – just any old doctrine at all – could have kept the Anglican Communion united to some extent. I will keep praying that they seek to reunite fully with Rome.


#3

[quote=Cherub]This is a travesty to Christian unity, but unfortunately we can only expect as much from a sect without sound doctrine. Even unsound doctrine – just any old doctrine at all – could have kept the Anglican Communion united to some extent. I will keep praying that they seek to reunite fully with Rome.
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These kinds of things just are tragedies and continue to wound the entire body of Christianity – the trauma to God fearing religious men of conviction who have to confront their superiors, lay this burden upon their congregations who suffer right along with them. \

It is as if the very bastions of Christianity itself are under seige by the corruption, scandals, and sorrows of wayward men who accepted positions and could not do the job.


#4

Bp. Orombi goes on to make transparent what he believes is not the case, for the benefit of those who found his positive remarks too vague.

Contrary to reports coming out of North America that say, “We have more in common that we do than what divides us,” I am not convinced of that. We have a lot that divides us and we are praying that ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada will repent and rejoin biblical Anglicanism.

cwnews.com/offtherecord/offtherecord.cfm


#5

How can anyone know that the “biblical Anglicanism” of Bp. Orombi is, in fact, biblical?

Whatever Anglicanism is, it is not something that is can be defined by what one believes. ALL Anglcians claim to be “biblical”.

“Biblical Anglicanism” is an oxymoron. :rolleyes:


#6

A group of clergy has broken sacramental ties with the diocesan bishop in an unprecedented revolt against his liberal views on homosexuality, The Telegraph has learnt.

In what could be the start of an escalating conflict, at least eight conservative clerics have told the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev John Gladwin, that they will refuse to share Holy Communion with him. They are furious that the bishop and five of his colleagues sent a letter to a national newspaper earlier this week announcing their determined support for liberal Anglicans in North America.

The group could prove the tip of an iceberg because 100 priests in the diocese - more than a fifth of the total -signed a statement in November expressing unease about the liberal drift of the Anglican Church.

One of the group, the Rev John Richardson, said yesterday that he thought that their numbers could swell significantly over the next few weeks.

He said that a number of conservative parishes would not be able to participate in services of confirmation, baptism or communion with Bishop Gladwin.

“We have never had a collective group of clergy out of sacramental fellowship with their bishop since the 17th century”, said Mr Richardson, a minister in Henham, Elsenham and Ugley, Essex.

“While this is not the end of the road, it is one of the most serious protests we could make short of leaving the Church.”

news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/12/nchurch12.xml


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