Comments: Tales from ACNA-land

I am sure that one isn't allowed to make personal remarks here but 'Bishop' Duncan does look rather a like a frog.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 8 February 2010 at 10:36am GMT

Scott Gunn's Colorado tale from ACNA-land rings true. Donald Armstrong jumped ship before the captain could throw him in the brig. If you create your own church or jump to someone else's jurisdiction, presto change-o! your flaws disappear, you are washed clean, and your robes are white as snow. Fortunately, the civil authorities didn't agree and Fr. Armstrong and his secessionist congregation have found themselves their own building with a new name for their congregation.
If Fr. Armstrong had done that from the beginning -- left TEC, took those who still believed in him with him, and rented a different building -- the result would have been the same with possibly a lot less rancor. But I guess trying to make off with the silver, vestments, property, and bank accounts is just too tempting.
I have personally met Bishop O'Neill of the Diocese of Colorado many times. Scott Gunn’s portrayal of him is quite accurate, in my opinion. Bishop O’Neill takes his role seriously. He's probably liberal at heart, but knows his diocese is very diverse, accepts all as members of the flock, and takes into account conservative as well as liberal views. He's quite willing to tell liberals and conservatives off if they need it. In the case of Fr. Armstrong and other ACNAites, he's definitely been given a cross to bear. They are quite convinced that they know better than he does, and if only Diocesan Convention had selected them instead of O’Neill, why there would be peace and harmony in the Diocese of Colorado -- provided you agree with them. Colorado has quite a few schismatic congregations dating at least as far back as the ordination of women and the General Convention approval of the 1978 BCP.

Posted by peterpi at Monday, 8 February 2010 at 7:22pm GMT

"I am sure that one isn't allowed to make personal remarks here but 'Bishop' Duncan does look rather a like a frog." - Richard Ashby -

Would that be a rather arch-Frog do you think?

Seriously though, Richard. How could you possibly malign the animal kingdom in such a way? It does remind me of a very old joke about frogs:

A Frog's a funny animal, It jumps about the grass
It climbs up all the highest trees,
And slides down on its hands and knees.
anon (and so on)

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 9 February 2010 at 1:22am GMT
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