When I first heard news of a motion in the Church of England’s General Synod to seek full communion with The Anglican Church in North America, I thought, “This won’t go far.”
But then it quickly got the hundred signatures necessary, including support from six bishops.
Although the motion will not be considered at the current meeting of Synod, the momentum is such that TEC Presiding “Bishop” Schori has already spoken out against it:
She urged Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to remember the "pain of many Episcopalians in several places of being shut out of their traditional worship spaces, and the broken relationships, the damaged relationships between people who have gone and people who have stayed."
And whose fault is that? Who has pushed a scorched earth policy and stopped amicable settlements? Who has made The Episcopal Church an intolerable place for most orthodox faithful and then “shut out” those orthodox from their parish buildings?
"Recognition of something like ACNA is unfortunately likely only to encourage" further secessions, she said, reminding the Church of England that "schism is not a Christian act."
Heresy, apostasy, and persecuting the faithful are not Christian either. Yet you seem cool with that, Kate. And still, you lecture us about what is Christian. How precious. And ACNA is already recognized by a majority of the Anglican Communion. You at the very least have communion impaired with roughly the same majority. So, tell me again, who is schismatic?
Anyway, if the momentum behind the motion to recognize ACNA is such that Schori is unhappy, that is a good thing. I would not get one’s hopes up too much, however. You can bet there will be very strong opposition.
Ruth Gledhill adds some color including a count update – 121 signatures, about a quarter of the Synod. Encouraging.
And a hat tip to BabyBlue.