Comments: General Synod - Wednesday morning press reports

Ruth Gledhill is no friend of TEC. There is no secret here. By contrast, the positive spin she has given to the cross-boundary actions of +Venables, +Akinola and employment of Chris Sugden's (Anglican Maintream rightest) daughter Joanna as her assistant is evidence of the fact. What she lacks is access to Canterbury and TEC. TEC has no reason to trust that her reporting will be unbiased. Here she is, in fact editorializing, not reporting. She has been effectively "handled", and lacking an understanding of the US legal system, continues to offer up their spin.

Posted by EmilyH at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 11:39am GMT

"Mrs Ashworth, a Canadian-born mother of three who works as a volunteer at All Saints’ Church in Eastbourne, said: “Most lay members like myself have little understanding of the technical ins and outs of canon law but what is clear, however, is the shocking and unjust treatment of historical, biblical Anglicans as they seek to continue to live out their faith in this province.”"

I do wish that someone would explain what "shocking and unjust treatment" these people are complaining about. How does anything that TEC expects of the parishes and dioceses that make it up amount to this? Or is it simply the lawsuits - which of course came *after* everyone left in a huff?

Posted by Bill Dilworth at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 1:45pm GMT

Ruth is right: the Church of England and ACNA should be in communion with one another, as both are fundamentalist purity cults dedicated chiefly to discriminating against gays and women.

Birds of a feather.

Posted by JPM at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 2:31pm GMT

Hmmmm. In my world, what is TRULY shocking is that people who call themselves "Christians" will tell the most blatant lies to get what they want and try to steal what isn't theirs.

And that others who call themselves Christians will spread those lies without bothering to investigate the truth first....

Posted by Doxy at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 3:22pm GMT

“Most lay members like myself have little understanding of the technical ins and outs of canon law .."

Then why not listen to those who do? Simon and others have set up links to relevant information. "the technical ins and outs of canon law" are, in fact aimed at fairness and due process - niether of which are respected by CANA.

The canons are not that hard to read - you can find a link to both the canons and constitution on the TEC website.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 3:54pm GMT

Problems for Anglicanism in western democratic countries vary, from TEC to the CofE to the Anglican Church of Canada. The online version of the Globe and Mail, A National Newspaper in Canada, is currently carrying a story based on church sources about the possible extinction of the Anglican church of Canada. See the link. –Rod Gillis

Posted by Rod Gillis at Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 4:31pm GMT

"The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, said: “My sense of where we are going is an opportunity for synod to recognise the good and godly life of the Anglican Church in North America and the way in which God seems to be using it at present. There is space for more than one expression of Anglicanism in North America.” - Ruth Gledhill, in The Times -

Does "good and Godly" nowadays equate with the ethoc of intentional schism, which every member of the so-call ACNA has embraced - including those members who left the Communion over a period of many years before 2003?

Methinks My Lord of Winchester needs to do some work on his ecclesiology. Perhaps the Bishop of Winchester is emulating the Pope's new outreach to the same ACNA sodality that he (+Winch) seeks to embrace. He should remember that the new ordinariates do not make the suppliants fully members of the R.C. Church - they are still outside of the Magisterium.

It should also be noted that the dissidents ACNA have actually left the Anglican Communion. Now they are asking to return. Should the C.of E. bend over backwards (against the advice of the abandoned Provinces, TEC and the A.C.of C.) without some form of repentance at leaving the Anglican Communion in the first place? To accept ACNA as a fellow representative of the Anglican Communion in North America - beside the existing representatives, from whose protection they left.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 11 February 2010 at 2:06am GMT
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