Speaking personally - here in the Pacific NW, people who describe themselves as Anglicans are a saintly people. Those who describe themselves as Episcopalians are apt to have a ‘coexists’ sticker on their Toyota Prius - the split between the two is quite complete.
most members of the Episcopal Church are normal Christians and members of a Church with a long history-we encourage discussion and individual thoughts on all issues-we believe in the principles in the Nicene Creed which we say at every service-we have the same sacraments that RC have
Where we differ from the RC Church (which we respect) are in the following areas:
1: issues of human sexuality
2: female ordination
3: sacrament of reconciliation -our understanding of it
4: we view the Pope as a Holy Man -not our spiritual leader:cool:
I personally am a Physician -socially conservative - and love my Church warts and all
In naming a few of our more colorful characters you forgot Matthew Fox and several hundred former Roman Catholic Priests (Fr. Cutie of course in Miami)
I am leaving the Episcopal Church precisely because of these theological views. Completely untenable, especially if you declare the Bible as part of your doctrine of authority.
The typical Episcopalian, as I have witnessed first hand for many years, does not confess their sins (at least not in the sacramental sense), and many parishes do not receive holy Communion on regular basis.
That being said there are many good and well intentioned Episcopalians that remain in the church, and many that do a lot of very good work for the poor and marginalized for society. I will always count among some of the most ardent believers I know as Episcopalians.
Although, I personally could no longer in good conscious remain in worship in a church that allows the heresies (from an orthodox and Catholic viewpoint) that the OP described. It is slowly, but rest assured certainly, becoming the norm. Just look at some of the resolutions passed by their General Convention last year generalconvention.org/gc/gc2012. There is a bishop that declares himself a non-believer.… what else is there to say?
It is safe to say that those who remain and are not liberal are “theologically flexible” enough to justify in their minds being in community with those who are as you described.
The CoE is pretty much where the Episcopal Church is theologically speaking. You have to go to the ACNA member churches or to the Global South (Africa) to get more theologically conservative members of the Anglican Communion.
in all honesty, there is a number of splits and turmoil in the Anglican communion between liberal and conservative. It would not be fair to label most Episcopalians as liberal or that Episcopalians are liberal and Anglicans are the more conservative. There are a number of dividing issues in the Anglican community and one cannot make a blanket statement that most are “radical liberal” because if that were true, there would not be a number of Episcopalians splitting off from each other. This is also true for a number of other mainline Protestant denominations like United Methodists, Lutherans, Presbytarians etc.
Not to disagree with your comment, however, with rare exception, only Anglo Catholics call the Eucharist “Mass” and some on rare occasions might go to confession.
At this point in the Episcopal Church, many members who are conservative have left the Episcopal Church and either are part of a Continuing group or have joined an Ordinariate for Anglicans/Episcopalians or some have become Orthodox.
Our Church has Holy Communion at every service-regarding the Sacrament of reconciliation we have a general confession at each service-we also have Private confession by request -a difference from RC is that we believe that we bring our sins directly to the Divine and the Priest acknowledgs the forgiveness of sins -
Never heard Jesus referred to as not masculine -none of the episcopal Parishes around have ever done that ( we would hear) I attend a middle of the road Parish liturgically -
I agree that Bishop’s Schorri’s get up is a bit much -wonder if she had red slippers on?
Bishop Pike was out there ( now deceased) Bishop Sponge-did get in trouble with the Church but survived essentially by leaving active ministry
Most of our congregation I would say are liberal in their social views - but not excessively so-
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