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Anglicanism on brink of schism over gay 'marriage'
London Telegraph ^ | 11 March 2004 | Jonathan Petre

Posted on 03/10/2004 8:13:04 PM PST by ahadams2

Anglicanism on brink of schism over gay 'marriage'

By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

Worldwide Anglicanism edged closer to disintegration yesterday after the liberal Canadian Church defied calls for restraint and paved the way for homosexual "marriages".

To the dismay of conservatives, it announced that its General Synod would be asked to affirm that there was no bar to Canadian dioceses authorising the blessing of "committed same-sex unions".

One Canadian diocese has already unilaterally approved a rite for such blessings, and officials believe there is little doubt that the Synod will validate its decision.

Although illicit gay blessings are widespread in the Anglican Church, such a vote would be seen as the first clear endorsement of the practice by an entire province.

It would represent a fresh blow to the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

The Canadian decision to debate gay blessings in May, rather than deferring it, also represents the first serious test for Dr Williams's Lambeth Commission, set up in October to head off schism.

Dr Williams and the commission have strongly urged the warring parties to avoid exacerbating tensions until the commission has had time to report at the end of the year.

One of the strongest critics of homosexuality, the Primate of the Southern Cone in South America, Archbishop Gregory Venables, said this was "another symptom" of the schism that already existed.

"It is clear that the irreconcilable contradictions in ... Anglicanism can no longer be disguised by the mask of inclusive language and jolly photo-calls," he added.

A spokesman for the Canadian Church said, however, that the motion was merely to recognise the status quo in Canada, rather than make a final ruling on the morality of homosexuality.

"Whatever we do to try to face our reality here is likely to cause some stress within the Communion," said Canon Eric Beresford. "But I hope we can attempt to do it in a way that minimises that."

Dr Williams and his fellow primates - the heads of the 38 individual provinces which make up the 70 million-strong Anglican Communion - declared in May last year that they could not support rites for same-sex blessings.

Within hours, however, the liberal Canadian Bishop of New Westminster, the Rt Rev Michael Ingham, published a rite, and Anglicanism's first officially sanctioned gay "marriage" took place in a Vancouver church.

The damage was compounded in November by the consecration of Canon Gene Robinson in New Hampshire as Anglicanism's first openly gay bishop, despite a warning from primates that this would "tear the fabric" of the Church.

In spite of Dr Williams's efforts at conciliation, the conservatives in Africa and Asia and liberals in America and Canada have become increasingly entrenched.

Several other Canadian dioceses have said they want to follow New Westminster and approve gay blessings if the province gives the go ahead.


TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: anglican; apostasy; can; communion; heresy; homosexual

1 posted on 03/10/2004 8:13:05 PM PST by ahadams2
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To: ahadams2; Eala; Grampa Dave; AnAmericanMother; N. Theknow; Ray'sBeth; hellinahandcart; Darlin'; ...
Ping.
2 posted on 03/10/2004 8:14:03 PM PST by ahadams2 (Anglican Freeper Resource Page: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican/)
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To: ahadams2
Wow.

Not much more to say. The arrogance of the far left continues to be stunning.
3 posted on 03/10/2004 8:37:27 PM PST by GOPrincess
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To: ahadams2
The Russians got this one right. A renegade orthodox priest performed a same-sex marriage in an orthodox chapel. The whatever-they-are-called metropolitan de-whatevered the priest and razed the chapel to the ground. It happened relatively quickly. They don't mess around over there.
4 posted on 03/10/2004 8:57:55 PM PST by Aliska
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To: ahadams2; All
It's deja vu all over again, folks:

"A spokesman for the Canadian Church said, however, that the motion was merely to **recognise the status quo** in Canada, rather than make a final ruling on the morality of homosexuality.

"Whatever we do to try to face our reality here is likely to cause some stress within the Communion," said Canon Eric Beresford. "But I hope we can attempt to do it in a way that minimises that."

If anyone has the time and the inclination, please read my comment on the ELCA situation.

Don't even vote -- don't worry your poor little head about these things.

Just do whatever you d*** well please and devil take the hindmost.

Am I nuts, or is the "Schism" already a done deal? Primates have already declared broken Communion. The Lambeth Commission was not supposed to make some new policy, but to try to create a divorce settlement that avoided the worst messiness.

The party's over, my friend. It only remains to decide where you actually stand -- with Christ and His Holy Scriptures or against them.

As for me and my house -- -- we will serve the Lord.

I lived in a friend's basement play room while entering the ordination process and waiting for the go-ahead to start seminary. I can do it again if I have to. My bishop has my full support, but just how far can we all go?

5 posted on 03/11/2004 5:58:54 AM PST by TheRevEN (Orthodox Anglican who is hanging in there by the fingernails)
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To: ahadams2
A spokesman for the Canadian Church said, however, that the motion was merely to recognise the status quo in Canada, rather than make a final ruling on the morality of homosexuality.

Uh huh...

If they "recognise the status quo," and don't argue against it, it means they're for it.

If these guys had written the Gospel of Luke, it might have gone something like this: "I have not come to call the sinners to repentance, but to recognize the status quo."

6 posted on 03/11/2004 6:05:37 AM PST by r9etb
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