Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Please Exit in an Orderly Fashion

That's what some Anglican "bishops" are asking for. From the Times:

They said that the Archbishop, Dr Rowan Williams, would fail to avert a schism because liberals were determined to press ahead with their pro-gay agenda.

Instead, they called on Dr Williams to acknowledge that there were now two distinct Churches and negotiate an “orderly separation” to preserve a traditional identity for Anglicanism.

We can't have that, now, can we?

Liberals warned that such an action could lead to civil war in the Church.

Just what do they think they have on their hands now? Between Orombi's comments, the conservative movement labelled as "demonic," and this gem:

However, the Rt Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, the Bishop of Winchester, said that the Archbishop’s plan to maintain unity lacked a sense of urgency and was unlikely to work.

“The Lambeth Conference is required to do something rather than live down to the worst expectations of the bishops who stayed away,” he said.

“We need to negotiate a separation in the Communion sooner rather than later, to leave the strongest possibility of remaining in some kind of fellowship.”

It's not like it's all roses and rainbows right now. All this will probably do is generate some more hand-wringing angst from Rowan, which will drag this whole thing out longer, which will make the formal declaration of the already de facto schism all the more bitter when it finally does happen.

1 comment:

David said...

I think B16 ought put his boot up these anglican's butt and rename the Archdiocese of Westminster, the Archdiocese of Canterbury!
But that's just me.