Oh dear. I don't want to endorse poor theological reasoning or what I consider to be a totally inadequate theology of Episcopacy, just because I share a position on the ordination of women to the Episcopate. However almost anything that weakens the position of GAFCON is welcome.
Colin Coward writes this:
'Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto Canada, observed that “within North America, churches like the Anglican Church in North America that have separated from the Episcopal and Canadian churches, are moving in a direction that may well prohibit women’s ordination altogether.”'
True? If yes, then wow. Just wow.
This is what happens when you pay heed to scripture and tradition, but omit reason from your hermeneutic.
I think you would have to be very ignorant of the real people in the Anglican Communion not to realise that there are deep divisions wherever you look.
Once they had separated themselves there was only one way forward for those united in their hatred of gay people and that was ..... To fall upon each other!
The LGBTI groups I was aware of predicted this with deep sadness from the off.
What has always been the question was just how the Sydney contingent would deal with women bishops (and catholics!) amongst their allies. They are not going to deal with this diversity. How that plays out is key to the future strategy of the ACO. Rather sad really.
Gabriel Daly has a first class piece in The Tablet this week, TA can sometimes persuade Catherine Pepinster to open a link .. It's called "Let battle commence" and it predicts a bloody and brutal battle between progressive and reactionary Roman Catholics that will likely make our troubles seem like a disagreement over the flower rota. Fr Daly has a lot to say about Anglicanism within and says of us and his own:
"Institutional peace can only come if the two sides agree to disagree."
No chance of that from Sydney and their Reform allies .......
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