Sunday, May 30, 2010

TEC To Stop Funding Anglican Functions!?!#

Let me start from the premise that this is just a bit like the 60's. Everyone stopped sending their portion of taxes that went towards the war in Vietnam. Anyone work in a public agency? Ask them how this works. IT DOES NOT! And now, there is a growing mood to in TEC to stop funding the Anglican Communion functions. Ain't gonna' work folks. We would hurt a mass of people who are not even in the same zip code as Archbishop Rowan Williams let alone on the same page. In fact, they just want to get the work of the Lord done like always and probably do not share the same views as Rowan. Let's not demolish those folks -- the right would call that collateral damage- we call it sin.

TEC needs to stop playing "patty cake" and get some things done. First, figure out what we stand for and make it known to all. Second, jettison the silly half in half out neer-do-wells commonly referred to a the "Communion Partners". Third, as long as were are suing folks, how about the the Anglican Communion in North America. Fourth, get about the business of mission.

Let's not clobber our international friends while we are in a snit. What say ye?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Time for The Archbishop of Canterbury To Step Down

The latest missive from our "beloved" Archbishop, Rowan Williams has really gone off the deep end. If you want a detailed and "pleasant" analysis of his letter please see Preludium. Father Mark is always very civil, very laid back, and quite intellectual.

This is not going to be any of those things. Here, I had intended on not ending my self-imposed exile for quite some time. Unfortunately, the Archbishop has finally "torn it". His most recent letter is absolutely awful. But despite all the mumbo jumbo of
us and them
and the Holy Spirit and Pentecost and all that crap he has meddled (big time) in the affairs of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. How you say? Well, here it is:

Yet at the moment we face a dilemma. To maintain outward unity at a formal level while we are convinced that the divisions are not only deep but damaging to our local mission is not a good thing. Neither is it a good thing to break away from each other so dramatically that we no longer see Christ in each other and risk trying to create a church of the ‘perfect’ – people like us. It is significant that there are still very many in The Episcopal Church, bishops, clergy and faithful, who want to be aligned with the Communion’s general commitments and directions, such as those who identify as ‘Communion Partners’, who disagree strongly with recent decisions, yet want to remain in visible fellowship within TEC so far as they can. And, as has often been pointed out, there are things that Anglicans across the world need and want to do together for the care of God’s poor and vulnerable that can and do go on even when division over doctrine or discipline is sharp.

The Communion Partners is a group of neer-do-wells that hate TEC but do not have the guts to do anything about it. So they sneak behind the backs of everyone and tell stories out of school and hope that no one will catch them doing anything wrong. You know the type, you meet them in school -- elementary school -- and they never grew up.

But that is not my point. Just who gave the Archbishop permission to "take sides"? Why did he take sides? Why did he call out this group of saboteurs? In fact, he has now meddled in the internal affairs of a province that he should not have. He has taken sides. At this point, there is only one of two ways to go.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, please step down. New leadership is required. Your old warn out ways and your inability to guide the Anglican Communion are now apparent for all the world to see.

the second way would be for the Monarch to decide to replace him -- not a bad idea. The last time the British did this I think we had a revolution.

Archbisop Rowan Williams, do not go away mad, just go away.