As a retired priest of the Canadian church, and as one living in the United States, I have a unique opportunity to view the current battles raging in the American church. (When are Episcopalians not battling?)
I entreat the Canadian church to avoid implementing anything that might cause the same situation to develop in Canada. Please try to enact legislation that will meet the needs of all Canadian Anglicans and that will not further fracture the Body of Christ.
I see fault on both sides of the American churchmanship battles, but much of the current situation could have been avoided if bishops and General Conventions (that awful term that replaces "General Synod") had been careful not to rush into things without true prayerful attempts to discern God's will. Too often it is said, "The Holy Ghost has inspired us!" when, actually, it seems as bowing to pressures from this or that interest.
The Body of Christ, the Holy Catholic Church, is already torn with schisms. The continuing bodies break into pieces, and things are made much worse. We blame the Holy Ghost for the errors of men. Is that not a form of blasphemy?
George A. John Porthan
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|Author:||Porthan, George A. John|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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