Folks, sorry for not being online and keeping up with the episcoblog for some time now. There has been lots of pastoral work and episcopal visits. However, I would like to respond to the scenario of the communion agreement between ACC and UEC and also with APCK, the formation of FACA and Common Cause Partners, the attempt of Traditional Anglican Communion to join Rome in full in communion.
Here is the reason why the Three main branches of the continuing churches have stayed away from the ongoing federation, partnership and alliances that have been attempted time and again: to be faithful to the apostolic faith and order in the anglican way.
Recently Dr. Peter Toon had referenced the Continuing Churches:
And the Common Cause Partnership is thus bound to the Formularies pure and simple, and will have to amend them to change them and their authority.Thus there should not be, and ought not to be, in what will become a Province the presence of any “ordained women” (ordained under the innovatory 1979 TEC prayer book provisions or the like). Now, if this most important fact is recognized and adhered to, then a very MAJOR barrier keeping away from CCP the major Continuing Anglican Churches (ACA, PCK, ACC & UEC etc.) and traditional Anglicans elsewhere will have been removed. As Continuers they claim to seek to continue the Anglican Way as it existed before the arrival of the innovatory ordinal within the 1976/1979 TEC prayer book. A CCP in which ordained women have no part will be difficult for them to say “no” to and stay outside, for it will moving towards being really Anglican!
If ACA is part of the Traditional Anglican Communion, how could they claim to be the champions of Anglicanism?
Elsewhere on virtue online, at the time of ACC-UECNA Communion agreement, FrRHart had responded:
Three branches? The largest is the TAC (Traditional Anglican Communion), which is the ACA (Anglican Church in America) in the U.S. I notice that the ACC’s ++Haverland does not notice them. As Bob Hope once quipped, “That’s like not noticing Dolly Parton in a phone booth.” Sorry if that seems inapprproiate, but I could think of no better quotation (And for folks under 40, a phone booth was a small enclosure with a telephone that actually took dimes- currency of the past).
In the mean time,
“The College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) met in Plenary Session in Portsmouth, England, in the first week of October 2007. The Bishops and Vicars-General unanimously agreed to the text of a letter to the See of Rome seeking full, corporate, sacramental union…” + John Hepworth Imagine if we had to follow the steps of ACA/TAC… This once again reiterates the necessity and authenticity of the original three of the continuing church movement.
Whither is Anglicanism of the TAC today? If we followed the trends of the pundits perhaps we would have to follow the Traditional Anglican Communion perhaps all of us would be desirous of communion with Rome.
In my note to Abp. Haverland of the ACC several months ago, I had referred and responded as to the position of ACA and TAC the following: Having seen +Hepworth’s and TAC’s stand in this video .
TAC’s Concordat http://www.acahome.org/tac/library/docs/concordat.htm
Also ACA’s presence in FACA which includes AMiA that is favorable to women’s ordination,
FACA’s Presence in CCP which includes Anglican Church Network (that more than sympathises with the women priesthood).
Thanks be to God, Anglicanism is well and alive, where its theology or apostolic tradition is not compromised. Its alive among the faithful who love this tradition and would not wish to trade it with anyone else for anything less. Its alive in churches and homes where there is pastoral care, even if they are small in number. Its alive through its dedicated clergy when they feed the spritual and physical hunger, visit the sick and the cure of their souls and continue on their work relentlessly until the coming of the Lord. It’s time that real Anglicans stand up and do not vacillate in their anglican ideology, theology or the apostolic tradition – Biblically sound, sacramentally orthodox and apostolically valid. And therefore we will continue to “publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, tidings of Jesus, redemption and release”.