Carol Platt Liebau: Schism Draws Closer

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Schism Draws Closer

Radicals in the Episcopal Church of the USA have needlessly and insolently provoked the rest of the Anglican Communion, which is why, as this story points out, ECUSA could soon find itself relegated to second-class status.

That strikes me as totally fair -- the lefties have shown that they're less interested in maintaining the bonds of the communion than they are in shoving left-wing theology down everyone's throat.

But what's sad is that, as a result of what's happened, the independence of branches of the Church (and churches within those branches) may be curtailed, which is a shame. One of the virtues of the Episcopal Church has been its willingness to allow a fair bit of leeway. But like almost any kind of freedom, when it's abused, it's ultimately lost.

Great job, ECUSA.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

It's a shame. And of course they're not the only ones. The UCC, long a liberal rewriter of Biblical truths, has also provoked the same scism within it's ranks. I don't understand their thinking. It seems they remain Christian only if they can do so on THEIR terms, rather than God's. The question they need ask themselves, is if God's mercy can be stretched that far.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

What do they say about stoning?

6:13 PM  
Blogger Righty64 said...

The key phrase you said is a fair amount of leeway, not to insert one's radical agenda that does not follow traditional Anglican ethos, Scripture, Tradition and Reason. The radicals have all but thrown out the Holy Bible and we see what they have done to tradition. They CAN reason all of their radicalism, but without Scripture and Tradition, the Reason is hollow. As will be the pews as many will leave and we are regulated to second tier. Maybe we will be around to pick up the pieces of this and bring the Episcopal Church back to the middle and with reasonable leeway.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Why the needless and painful debate? Join the US Anglican union or a Sprit-filled independent church. I don't stay to debate when a church strays too far, and the Episcopal church is one of them. My first criteria for jumping ship is when a Church becomes gender-confused about God or reticent about praying to the Father in heaven.

4:22 PM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

And I'll bet when slavery was debated in the churches, and when the ordination of blacks was debated, there were plenty of Carols saying "Oh, they're so rude, they're destroying the church. Sure we're against slavery and for civil rights, but actually doing something about it could split our church, and it's all the fault of those radicals!"

11:27 AM  

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