Episcopal head lashes out at Anglican `colonial’ uniformity, discipline

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(RNS) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has forcefully defended her church’s embrace of gays and lesbians, and firmly rejected efforts to centralize power or police uniformity in the Anglican Communion. Anglicans should be led by local communities rather than powerful clerics, Jefferts Schori argued in a Wednesday (June 2) letter to her church’s 2 […]

  • brimcmike

    I disagree with the editorial characterizations and conclusions of this piece. I am concerned that readers are not provided with easy access to the primary documents to judge for themselves. So, here they are:

    A pastoral letter to The Episcopal Church from The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

    Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communionhttp://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/2876

  • brimcmike

    Sorry, for want of a space a link was lost.
    Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/2876

  • This is shameful sensationalist reportage! Presiding Bishop Schori’s letter is NOT a “lashing out” and to mischaracterize it as such is a gross misrepresentation. Her letter is eirenic and much more Anglican in character than is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s. Readers should read the two letters for themselves and not rely upon badly written articles like this one.

  • Rick

    How telling that the schismatic tendencies that led to the Church in England becoming the Church of England back in the 16th century continue to manifest themselves still among the churches that are the daughters of that original split. The fruit does not fall far from the tree. Once severed from the primary see and guardian of unity, the Pope of Rome, these renegade churches are inevitable and must continue to fracture and split. The Presiding Bishop is wrong. What marks historic Catholicism is not “diversity” in doctrine but unity in faith. She simply disagrees with mainstream Catholicism about what that doctrine should be. And so another split will form, which is merely consistent with the Protestant nature of the Anglican communion.

  • Unity in faith does not equate to uniformity of practice. True Catholicity, as exhibited by the church in the first six centuries after Christ, is marked by diversity in unity. During those centuries the several “ethnic” or “national” (the latter term, I acknowledge, would be anachronistic) expressions of the Faith practiced a variety of rites and held divergent beliefs on non-essentials. Then the bishops of Rome began their campaign of uniformity, suppressing the Gallican, Celtic, and other expressions. Anglican Catholicism (Anglicans are not and never have been “Protestants” in the true meaning of that term) recaptured that lively diversity. Now the Archbishop of Canterbury and the conservative Primates of “the Global South” are trying to replace it with something akin to Roman uniformity. The Presiding Bishop is right to defend a broader understanding of Catholicity than that!

  • Robert Campbell

    This is both sad and funny at the same time. A woman of power accuses Africans and South Americans of colonialism? How ironic!

    Well we Presbyterians shouldn’t point fingers. One of our moderators compared African Presbyterians to teenagers, implying, I think, that when they grew up they would think like she does.

  • brimcmike

    To be clear, the concerns about colonialism are aimed mainly at the ABC (Archbishop of Canterbury) and the Roman-style Curia that is striving to emerge at Lambeth Palace. Although one might argue that to cross jurisdictional boundaries and opportunistically meddle in the internal affairs of another diocese an ocean away, and going so far as to gather up parishes under your jurisdiction surely smacks of the entitlement of colonialism.

  • “O wad some Power the giftie gie us-To see oursels as ithers see us!”

    For many around the globe, this is just another glaring example of those arrogant, self-righteous, shameless, cocky Americans thumbing their nose at the rest of the world and presumptuously declaring what is right and wrong. Has the ABC no sense of the degrading shame that he and the communion have been dealt?