General Convention of ECUSA, Election of the first woman to the Episcopate, Conservative Episcopal Dioceses in revolt… I was awakening to all these developments like Rip van Winkle, as I was abroad on a pilgrimage, business and family visit. This establishes the raison d’etre for this blog.
Landing on the Isle of Iona in Scotland where St. Columba had brought the Celtic tradition of Christianity, I was enamoured by the Scottish Episcopal Church. We have our Apostolic line of Succession with Samuel Seabury, the first Bishop of the Episcopal Church to be consecrated by the Scottish Bishops. There was a group of Anglican parishoners attending the Eucharist. The lesson for the day was the destruction of Sodom and Gommorrah. Fr. John very candidly talked of the dilemma that the Archbishop of Canterbury was pushed to by ECUSA and not wanting to make a diatribe of it, passed on to say, we will not judge but the destruction of Sodom and Gommorrah is a lesson that the world needs to pay attention to. And God will act in His own time, if we do not listen to Him.
After the service, I visited with him. When I told him I am a bishop from the USA, he presumed that I was part of ECUSA. My immediate disclaimer, as belonging to the UECNA put him at ease. Then
in a short time, we began to delve into this debate. I said that since the introduction of Women’s Ordination that was brought about by consensus of the Lambeth Conference, that process has paved the way to the permissiveness and exigencies of ECUSA’s position of today. And the same is very aptly explained in the context of widening chasm in the possible intercommunion dialogue between Rome and Canterbury and reiterated by Cardinal Walter Kasper in his address to the Church of England
Pope John Paul II made it clear that the position of the Catholic Church in no way arose from a denial of the equal dignity of men and women or a lack of esteem for women, but is based solely on fidelity to apostolic testimony as it has been handed down in the Church throughout the centuries
Almost 30 yrs ago, the slippery slope of ECUSA necessitated the birth of CONTINUING CHURCHES, that chose to remain faithful, instead of making allowances in bits and pieces. The Lambeth Conference points to the fact of “Consensus” that had become the order of the day. The correctitude of things need to be measured in terms of Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and Right Reasoning. Somehow the last stool of Anglicanism seemed to have gone warped for ECUSA that the whole body is shaky.
It’s time to revisit our foundations, the Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and Right Reasoning. Do some soul searching to see if our pastors have any fear of God left in them? Or are we in a place that seems to erode the ierrancy of God’s word and is in sync with the champions of liberalism, who have no eyes to distinguish what is sacred from profane, holy from what is unholy. They need to listen to their heart and listen to their conscience.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14