Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Primates Meeting

I have decided to become a member of the Primates meeting and I now wish to make decisions on behalf of all the millions of Anglicans I represent.

So here it is folks:

Put me in coach, I' ready to play!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Your Are Not Episcopalian (and You are not Anglican): Stop Holding Yourself Out as One

The Court orders provide in part that the defendants, including Bishop Jack L. Iker, “surrender all Diocesan property, as well as control of the Diocesan Corporation, to the Diocesan plaintiffs and to provide an accounting of all Diocesan assets within 60 days of this order.” Additionally, “the Court hereby orders the Defendants not to hold themselves out as leaders of the Diocese.”
This quote is from the latest "rambling of a lost soul" (as Conelonialists will call him) the Judge in the Fort Worth case.  See Thinking Anglicans.  Clearly, there is no judicial authority that thinks that what the four diocese have done is legal or proper.  There is also an interesting read at GAFCON, Father Christian has, as always, put things into perspective for the viagravillians. 

The most interesting comment made was not that any of these cases have been lost, which most assuredly they have, but what the judge said.  "Stop holding yourselves out as the leaders of the diocese".  These folks are clearly no longer Episcopalian and they have said over and over again they do not want to be Episcopalian.  But neither are they Anglican.  The Archbishop of Canterbury does not recognize them as Anglican -- of course if you read the Jerusalem Declaration they do not recognize him as Anglican either so there -- I guess they are even.  But, they are not Anglican.  Stop holding yourselves out as Anglican you are not!  You recognize  some foreign powers as your theological authority, the Primates of the Southern Cone, you may be Christian though your beliefs do not seem to indicate that, you may be Jewish but your beliefs do not indicate that, you may be Calvinist but I am not sure if you even fit that category or if they would have you, but you are clearly not Anglican.  The Chicago Quadrilateral is not good enough. You have to have an Anglican Covenant, something your primates made up on the spur of the moment to exclude provinces that are all-inclusive.  No, you are not Anglican.  Remember this folks, the only real Anglicans in the United States are Episcopalians, and you are not!

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." 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

There Is Joy in "Mudville" Tonight

Well, we, the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin has announced the proposed selection of our new provisional bishop to succeed our current bishop, Jerry Lamb.  It seems that Bishop Chet Talton, retired suffragan bishop from Los Angeles has agreed to become the new provisonal bishop of our diocese.  We are pleased to have him aboard (election will take place in March) and we will have one last chance to say farewell to Bishop Lamb and salute him for the absolutely outstanding work he has done here in San Joaquin. 

You may all read the formal announcement here

Thnaks to everyonefor their prayers, especially  our world famous Grandmere Mimi -- she is a real prayer warrior and I am thnkful to have had her praying for us!