Thinking Anglicans

Authority in the Episcopal Church

Two major articles have been published at Daily Episcopalian:

“Our Constitutional Heritage: Why Polity and Canon Law Matter” by the Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, Bishop of Lexington, was presented at the Chicago Consultation at Seabury-Western Seminary, December 5, 2007.

Read it at The wisdom of the Constitution.

In February, the Dar es Salaam Communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion created uncertainty in the Episcopal Church about what individuals or bodies had the authority to respond to the Primates’ recommendations. The Episcopal Church’s response has been made, but the nature of authority in our Church remains poorly understood. Sally Johnson, chancellor to Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies, lays out her opinion:

Discussion of Authority in the Episcopal Church and the Dar es Salaam Primates Communiqué of February 2007 (PDF file)

or read the short version here:
Summary of Authority in The Episcopal Church as it Relates to the Demands of the February 2007 Primates Communiqué

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The Bishop of Lexington’s talk is well-written, though the text does refer to “the ascension of Mary”. If it is the earthly queen, rather than our heavenly one, I suppose it should read “accession”…

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A fair assumption, Fr Mark.