Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 15 July 2017

David Walker ViaMedia.News Speak Clearly After the Tone…

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Radical Christian inclusion and transformation

Church Times Leader Comment No magic wand

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Speaking of culture, speaking of tradition

Jamie McLoughlin Liverpool Echo OPINION: The Bishop of Liverpool’s patronage of Pride is HUGE for this city

Peter Selby Church Times Hearing the cries of the abused

23
Leave a Reply

avatar
3000
23 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
15 Comment authors
Laurie RobertsFr John E. Harris-WhiteRod GillisFather DavidAdam Armstrong Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
Richard Grand
Guest
Richard Grand

While I appreciate TheoreO’s argument, it is disconcerting to read that there are only two sacraments in Anglicanism and not seven as in the Roman and Orthodox Churches. Many Anglicans would disagree. It might surprise Anglicans who have received Absolution, been confirmed, ordained, married, or who have received Unction that none of this was sacramental. They were just pious customs or lovely ceremonies without any grace conferred. Really? Please don’t get into the 39 Articles and all that. I realize that this is the view of some evangelicals, but you could at least acknowledge that many Anglicans observe seven sacraments.

Andrew Lightbown
Guest

Richard, I do indeed agree that many Anglicans believe there to be more than the official two sacraments. I would simply suggest that we officially have only two. I would certainly believe my marriage and ordination to be far more than ‘pious customs or lovely ceremonies.’ I am also happy to hear confessions and I have been to confession from time to time. My main point is that suggesting that any movement re affirming same sex relations can’t be done because it would be cause a breach with the RC and Orthodox Churches is a bit rich, in my opinion.

Janet Fife
Guest
Janet Fife

Richard Grand, it’s true that officially the C of E has only 2 sacraments. That’s not to say that grace is not conferred by other means, such as the ordinances you mention. And Anglicans of course are free to call things what they like, within reason, without being thrown out – as we would be in many other denominations. But they can’t say it’s the position of the church.

Jo
Guest
Jo

Whilst the CofE may restrict itself to agreeing on only two sacraments, it must be remembered that the 39 articles are not relevant to all Anglicans. Indeed the canons of the SEC explicitly recognise the sacrament of penance, and others by implication.

Adam Armstrong
Guest
Adam Armstrong

Agreed that the “official” position of the CofE is that there are two sacraments. However, it would have been more accurate to acknowledge that this is not position of many Anglicans. I can’t say for certain, but this may apply only to the CofE. However, I do agree with the argument jay worrying about what the Romans and Orthodox do is ridiculous. We have already dome things that would remove us from being consistent with them (e.g. The ordination of women) and we are better for it. The idea that we would wait for them presumes that we would have… Read more »

David Emmott
Guest
David Emmott

The 39 articles don’t, as far as I remember, deny that the other five are in fact sacraments, It simply says ‘they are not to be accounted as sacraments of the Gospel.’ Which is rather odd since the con evos make a lot of marriage as a divine ordinance.

T Pott
Guest
T Pott

Article 25 states “There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord. Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and extreme Unction, are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel” This does not say that there are only two sacraments, but that only two were ordained by Christ in the Gospel. The other five are still sacraments (at least in common parlance they are) just not sacraments of the gospel. Don’t pretty much all churches recognise baptism and… Read more »

Russell Dewhurst
Guest
Russell Dewhurst

The 39 Articles also commend the Homilies as containing godly and wholesome doctrine, and one of those homilies speaks of the “sacrament of matrimony”.

Perry Butler
Guest
Perry Butler

I was taught that there are two major “sacraments of the gospel”ie baptism and the Eucharist because there are dominical.The other “five commonly called sacraments” are sacramental rites…so you could say, keeping to our formularies, Anglicans should speak not of seven sacraments but we can speak of two plus five!.

Perry Butler
Guest
Perry Butler

I think the Western Church began to restrict the term sacraments to seven in the high middle ages ( Peter Lombard?).The Orthodox Church has I believe always left it rather vaguer…recognising many “sacramentals”

Father David
Guest
Father David

Surely the 39 Articles of Religion are of vital importance as they are the only thing that keep Church of England Anglicans united in that nobody believes any of them! However, never underestimate the importance of things people no longer regard as being important.
As for the Bishop of Rome having no jurisdiction in this realm – not so many Sundays ago I attended a High Anglican Church where the intercessor prayed for “Benedict OUR pope”. So, it would seem that we must be selective in our interpretation of the sacred 39.

Janet Fife
Guest
Janet Fife

Peter Selby’s piece ‘Hearing the Cries’ of the Abused is sensitive, wise, and very welcome. Let’s hope that he, in turn, is heard by our present bishops, archdeacons, and national and diocesan staff.

FrDavidH
Guest
FrDavidH

May I respectfully disagree with my namesake that all Anglicans are united in their rejection of the 39 articles. Sydney ‘Anglicans’ believe in ALL of them which is why they wish to impose their 16th century ideology on the rest of us.

cryptogram
Guest
cryptogram

“Benedict our Pope” indeed! I thought he retired some years ago. In a long life I’ve come across more than a few ACs who are more Roman than Rome, but this is a new one. Anglican Sedevacantists?

Adam Armstrong
Guest
Adam Armstrong

Benedict our Pope? Surely even Anglo-Papalists would be aware that he is not anyone’s Pope. Last I looked, the Pope was Francis. Perhaps they have decided to adopt Benedict, since he is more to their taste.

Father David
Guest
Father David

Bergoglio!!! I meant, of course, “Francis OUR pope”. Although, I have it on good authority from someone who was actually there in the mid-1970s at the 12 noon Gentry’s Communion Service in Lincoln cathedral, that the Presiding Minister did pray for “George, our king”

Fr John E. Harris-White
Guest

One would hope and pray that Bishop David was not the only Bishop that listened to what the Synod at York was really saying.
His words give hope that the House of Bishops may find courage to take action in the present time to the mind of Synod, and LGBTI folk. Not let the Archbishops kick it into the long grass of 2020 when one will be retired, and the other played with his brother primates at the Lambeth conference. We still remember the double speak of the ABC at the last Primates meeting.

Fr John Emlyn

Laurie Roberts
Guest
Laurie Roberts

This link isn’t working :

Jamie McLoughlin Liverpool Echo OPINION: The Bishop of Liverpool’s patronage of Pride is HUGE for this city

Fixed, ED.

Father David
Guest
Father David

Apologies – It’s so confusing when there are two popes extant. If Francis decides to retire we may even end up with a trinity of popes. Next thing you know the 13th Dr. Who may even be a woman!

Rod Gillis
Guest
Rod Gillis

“I know what you’re thinking…Does he have seven shots or only two?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being these are 39 articles, and would blow your mind, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, Calvinist punk? ( My apologies to dirty “Cranmer” Harry)

Fr John E. Harris-White
Guest

One by one the honest Bishops of the Church of England are stepping out to support LGBTI folk, in their different ways.
God Bless the Bishops of Manchester and Liverpoool.
Courage to the rest, step out, you will be surprised at your welcome and positive reaction by the people in your diocese.

Fr John Emlyn

Laurie Roberts
Guest
Laurie Roberts

I loved the piece on PRIDE in the Liverpool Echo !

Very uplifting for me.

Thanks a lot ED.

Laurie Roberts
Guest
Laurie Roberts

Glasgow Cathedral the first (of many)

It will be so lovely for those couples to be married there.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/19/cathedral-begins-offering-same-sex-weddings/