Friday, January 21, 2011

The Global South Marches On and so should TEC

Over at Fr. Mark's place, Preludium, there is a discussion about two recent postings.  The first is by the ACI  (Anglican Communion Institute) and the second by the  GSA (Global South Anglican).  The articles discuss the need for the Archbishop of Canterbury to step aside, yes let's face it, the meaning of these articles is to essentially minimize if not negate the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Why is that?  Well lets take one quick look at the currently operating document of the Conelonialists:

Our fellowship is not breaking away from the Anglican Communion. We, together with many other faithful Anglicans throughout the world, believe the doctrinal foundation of Anglicanism, which defines our core identity as Anglicans, is expressed in these words: The doctrine of the Church is grounded in the Holy Scriptures and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular, such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal. We intend to remain faithful to this standard, and we call on others in the Communion to reaffirm and return to it. While acknowledging the nature of Canterbury as an historic see, we do not accept that Anglican identity is determined necessarily through recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Building on the above doctrinal foundation of Anglican identity, we hereby publish the Jerusalem Declaration as the basis of our fellowship.

This paragraph is from the "Complete Jerusalem Statement".  The group is now sick and tired of the old man with the white beard telling them what they can do and what they cannot do.  They are finished with his weak-kneed approach to the Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada. They have grown impatient with the whole idea of "approving the Anglican Covenant" province by province particularly when they could, in the words of Jean-Luc Picard, "Make it so!" 

This is the next natural step in wresting the Anglican Communion away from the Church of England and creating a brand new Anglican Communion.  How this is so is a little beyond me but that is what is going on and it is time for the rest of the Anglican Communion to take back their communion.  It is time for the Episcopal Church in the United States of America to walk with the Lord. We should invite those who are willing to be inclusive to walk with us but as Yogi Berra once said, "When you came to a fork in the road, take it." 

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