Anglican dissolution is near.London -- The Anglican worldwide communion is no more. And hopes for possible union with the Vatican are shattered. Recent events crystallized crys·tal·lize also crys·tal·ize
v. crys·tal·lized also crys·tal·ized, crys·tal·liz·ing also crys·tal·iz·ing, crys·tal·liz·es also crys·tal·iz·es
1. the process of disintegration which has been under way for years (see "Anglican Community: The final schisms," C.I., Jan. 2006, pp. 24-25).
In mid-July the Church of England Church of England: see England, Church of. accepted women bishops. The motion was approved by three-quarters (288-119) of the bishops and clergy. The House of Laity failed to achieve the required two-thirds majority but it is expected that this will change when actual legislation is proposed. The Church of England, therefore, has joined the three countries which already have women bishops--the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Canada and New Zealand--and the thirteen other jurisdictions--including Scotland and Wales--which approved them earlier. The split with the "traditionalists" in Anglicanism is well nigh nigh
adv. nigh·er, nigh·est
1. Near in time, place, or relationship: Evening draws nigh.
2. Nearly; almost: talked for nigh onto two hours. complete.
The relationship with the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is now also reduced to mere friendship. The quest for Verb 1. quest for - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
quest after, go after, pursue
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the a deeper togetherness--perhaps at some time even the possibility of shared Communion--is as Cardinal Walter Kasper Cardinal Walter Kasper (born 5 March 1933 in Heidenheim an der Brenz) is a German prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in the Roman Curia, and Cardinal Deacon of had warned, now "unreachable" and "impossible." The introduction of women priests List of women priests-In many denominations the ordination of women is a new phenomenon. This is true enough that those so ordained gain some attention. This list deals with that and will include female Bishops as well, but due to historical differences deaconesses will not be , said the Cardinal, had led to a "cooling off; now we will have a "serious and long-lasting chill" (Zenit, June 8).
Even England's Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the one person more committed to seeking unity with the Anglicans than any other Catholic, lamented that full Anglican-Catholic unity will now be "out of reach." For years the Cardinal had maintained that the process toward unity was a "road without exit" (Zenit, June 12). As co-chairman of ARCIC ARCIC Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission
ARCIC Army Capabilities Integration Center (US Army)
ARCIC Accident Rehabilitation & Compensation Insurance Corporation (New Zealand) , the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, he truly believed that they had reached agreement on the Eucharist and on Ministry, discarding Catholic criticism that on the part of the Anglicans it was mostly smoke and mirrors. Asked why he had continued to pursue this goal even when parts of worldwide Anglicanism had accepted women priests and bishops already, he gave two reasons. One was the historical importance and status of the Church of England where it all began. Secondly, because of the central role of the Archbishop of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the main leader of the Church of England and by convention is also recognised as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The current archbishop is Rowan Williams. as the focus of Anglican unity. This gave the actions of the Church of England special importance, he thought.
While the Church of England was catching up on women bishops, American Episcopalians, i.e., Anglicans, deepened the rift within the community about the acceptance of homosexualist priests and bishops.
First, however, they made a further contribution to the women issue. At their General Convention in Columbus, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. in June, they elected as their "presiding bishop" for a nine-year term Nevada bishop Katharine Jefferts Shori. The presiding bishop represents the church in meetings with other Anglican leaders. Bishop Shori had backed the election of the activist homosexual Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). in 2003 and let it be known that she does not think homosexual activity is a sin. She offered the opinion that homosexuals are a gift from God because they are born that way. One immediate consequence of the election of Shori was the request to Canterbury by seven "traditionalist" Episcopalian dioceses to cut them loose from the American church and provide them with alternative oversight.
On June 21 the House of Bishops approved civil same-sex "marriage" and the House of Deputies followed by rejecting the "moratorium" on homosexualist bishops requested by Canterbury.
The next day, June 22, the House of Deputies overwhelmingly (70%) refused to consider a resolution that affirmed Jesus Christ as the "only name by which a person may be saved" (Editor: see Acts of the Apostles, Chap. 5).
On June 24 Bishop Shori gave the concluding sermon in which she said "Our Mother Jesus Christ gives birth to a new creation and we are his children (emphasis ours)."
In England, the London Times repeated the phrase in capital letters the next day with the lead sentence, "The Episcopal Church in America descended into chaos last night after leading bishops on both the liberal and conservative wings disassociated themselves from a last-gasp effort to avert a schism with the worldwide Anglican communion.
Note: Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury recently declared that homosexual activity is contrary to the teachings of Christianity and that homosexuals must change their behaviours if they are to be welcome in the Anglican church (LifeSiteNews.com [LSN LSN Learning and Skills Network (UK)
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