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response from AAC to Special Commission report

Updated Wednesday
The American Anglican Council has issued a press release, which contains a fairly detailed commentary on One Baptism, One Hope in God’s Call.

Earlier responses to this document were linked here. Note in particular the analysis of Ephraim Radner which is rather more constructive in its approach.

Update
Archbishop Drexel Gomez has expressed some views too, as reported by the Bahama Journal in Fears Of Anglican Split Persist.

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Göran Koch-Swahne
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The Grapes seem to be sour this year ;=)

Dave
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Dave

I thought the AAC put this very well: “Moving Slowly with Caution Isn’t Stopping”… Sums up my thoughts after reading their proposed resoutions.

And what about this: “some in the Episcopal Church began embracing revisionist theology that challenged basic tenets of Christian faith, such as the divinity of Christ, the doctrine of the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, the reality of Christ’s Resurrection, and the authority of Scripture”.

No-one’s forced to be Christian and follow Christ, but the Church’s leaders *are* supposed to defend the church from error and sin. Why weren’t such anti-Christian teachers ejected long ago ?

Cynthia Gilliatt
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Cynthia Gilliatt

This is no more than could have been expected. The issue is not about sexuality or orthodoxy, but power and authority and money and property. The AAC wants to be the Anglican ‘brand’ in the USA. I am, I guess, glad TEC keeps trying to reach out to these folks, in good faith efforts, but I also think the endeavor is ultimatly futile. And as a lesbian priest, I am coming to resent TEC using me and the rest of us glbt members of the Body of Christ as bargaining chips in a game in which the other side has… Read more »

Charlotte
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Charlotte

Take note of the way in which the AAC unilaterally ups the ante. They try to claim that the Primates’ Communique’ (from Dromantine, presumably) is a document having the same force as the Windsor Report, which they treat as an ultimatum directed at the Episcopal Church, though neither one nor the other is the case. I suppose all this logic-chopping results from their need to find a plausible reason (plausible, at least to them) for schism. They’ve made up their minds, and there’s really nothing anyone can do to stop them at this point.

drdanfee
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drdanfee

Surely the most painful dilemma for the delegates to the near future General Convention is the patent demonstrations from rightwing believers that nothing short of complete agreement, conformity, or submission will actually serve. This of course is a strategy which handily puts the burdens of choosing upon General Convention, instead of bringing the grim power plays of our current realignment campaign into the glaring light of day. So, I guess I recommend: Let us choose. Let us make an honest representation of where we really stand on including LGBTQ Folks, and then let the rest of the Communion respond. If… Read more »

Göran Koch-Swahne
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“Our dilemma is that the new conservative Anglican believers will accept nothing less than our return to the most traditional forms of condemnation against Queer Folk.” Only that it all happened within my own lifetime. If you look at the 1966 New Catholic Encyclopaedia, you will find in the beguining of the article Masturbation the real “traditional” claim that the word malakoi in 1 Cor 6:9 means “masturbation”, and if you look in Pater Zerwick’s Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testamen of the same year, you will find the new, anti-modern claim that it means catamita; passive gay man… Read more »

peter
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peter

Memo to AAC/Network leadership: Show some spine and leave…without the property and money. Everything you want to know about the AAC/Network leadership you can read in the January 2004 Chapman Memo exposed by the Washington Post. All this blah-blah-blah about orthodoxy, the Faith once received, etc. is a smoke screen for a Keystone Cops sort of bungled power grab. GC 2006 ought to send this Rebellion packing. Don’t back down an inch. Earlier posts are correct: The neo-Puritans have no interest in unity or reconciliation–all they want is a purified cult. I really do hope the Via Media groups roll… Read more »

steven
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steven

Hmm. Lots of ranting and raving in the responses so far, and so it goes. Still, for the most part it all continues to be a bit more redolent of whimper than bang. If it is to end, at least try to stand up like “persons” of faith and say “here I take my stand, I can do no other!” Some libs seem to have achieved this level of commitment. At least they seem to actually BELIEVE in something, even if they are dead wrong. Please, no more whimpering about how mistreated you are and how you’ve been abused by… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Intgrity USA has issued a more detailed response to the commission report. It should be accessible on the Integrity web site and I hope soon here.

ruidh
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But, I like fudge. It’s creamy and chocolatey.

The problem, of couse, is that the Anglican Communion has no authoritative structures. Every statement must be expressed as the opinion of the authors propounding it.

It may be fudge, but it’s appropriate fudge.