6/21/2006

Episcopal Trouble

http://www.livingchurch.org/publishertlc/viewarticle.asp?ID=2195
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5100640.stm

The vast majority of Anglicans have not accepted the concept of the ordination of women as bishops and the vast majority of Catholic Christians around the world don’t accept women’s holy orders at all. To think that she is going to educate people on what the Catholic Church has believed for over 2000 years is feminist hysterics.
-Jack L. Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth, on the election of Katharine Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church has essentially refused correction over the ordaining-a-homosexual-bishop issue. This is the latest in a long line of actions in defiance of the beliefs and practices of the worldwide Anglican communion. And this may be the one that gets us kicked out (to be honest, I really hope so). After Gene Robinson was ordained, there was a lot of caution. A few rogue parishes pulled out (thereby immersing their congregations in protracted legal disputes over the church property), but the general conservative consensus was, "wait and see." The Anglican church put together a comittee to examine the issue, and they produced the Windsor report, calling the Episcopal church to repent and not ordain any more homosexual bishops.

But we had to wait until now (the next general convention) to see how the Episcopal church would respond. They did so by electing a woman as their presiding bishop and voting down a resolution promising not to ordain any more homosexual bishops.

I think this act of defiance was the last straw for a lot of people. Entire dioceses now want out, and it seems very possible that the Anglican communion will excomunicate the Episcopal Church. Lord, have mercy on us.

It's times like this that make me wish I was Catholic. Of course, there are plenty of conservative protestant denominations... but the mainline churches used to be conservative, too. What I wouldn't give sometimes for the rock of the Catholic magisterium.