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Anglican Implosions
March 3, 2007, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Anglican Crisis

“We are being pushed toward a decision
by impatient forces within and outside this church
who hunger for clarity. That hunger for clarity at all
costs is an anxious response to discomfort
in the face of change.”

K. Jefferts Schori

IMAGINE [there’s no] TOUCHSTONE— Touchstone needs $13.5k immediately… (southern-orthodoxy)

TRUST ME! Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, returned to Oregon this week with a word of comfort for all Episcopalians, whether they approve of the course of the American church or not; Episcopal Head Seeks Gay Compromise; Episcopal bishop urges patience during turmoil over questions of sexuality … (oregonlive, cp, dailymail)

MAGIC STATISTICS: “The Anglican Journal rants over Rowan Williams’s visit to Canada” … (magicstatistics)

GET RELIGION: Explaining the Episcopalians … (getreligion)

VIA JIHAD WATCH— London ( – As the Anglican Communion continues to fight over homosexuality and as church attendance plummets, experts say that Islam is well on its way to becoming the most dominant religion in Europe … (jihadwatch)

LEGALISM— “Ever since Dar es Salaam, we have heard over and over that the Episcopal bishops don’t have the power to respond to the primates’ requests, that only a General Convention can decide that question” … (

BETSY KAETON CONTRA KENDALL— Kendall Harmon: More Divine Sandpaper … (

THE MOHLER: “Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?” … (albertmohler)

“YOUR WEAPONS WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON ME!”— “You may not be aware of this since they hardly ever talk about it but the Episcopal Church thinks that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals [peace and blessings be upon them] are the bee’s knees” … (

BISHOP (Mpango-Tanzania): Rift hurting African church … (standfirm)

CARIOCA: “A Case in Point” … (

BISHOP SISK has Changed His Mind: “Here’s hoping he doesn’t spend any time with ‘extraordinary’ priests who are pedophiles or serial killers” … (standfirm)

CAPTAIN YIPS: “The Difference: I noted it at the time but haven’t had a chance to highlight it. Toward the end of Archbishop Orombi’s letter to the Church of Uganda is the simplest and clearest description of the differences between the various sides” … (captainyips)

AACBLOG— “Intervention from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, during the General Synod debate on lesbian and gay Christians” … (aacblog)

EPISCOPAL DIVISIONS long in coming, visiting Bolivian bishop says … (christianexaminer)

BREAK-UP— “More and more, it looks as if the Episcopal Church’s departure from the Anglican Communion is only a matter of time” … (

MICHAEL POON— The Ways of Obedience: Scripture and Global South – Michael Poon … (globalsouthanglican)

MATT KENNEDY— “The Laws of Ecclesiastical Impossiblities: “The House of Bishops is powerless, the General Convention is powerless, the Executive Council is powerless and to think otherwise only reveals your deep ignorance of the democratic polity of the Episcopal Church” … (standfirminfaith)

SLE-E-EP! NOW THEY’LL SLE-EE-EP! Webcast: Presiding Bishop Prescribes Calm for the Church … (livingchurch)

YANKEE DOODLE DIMBULB: “Jack Miles is a clueless twit” … (

BOVINA BLOVIATOR— Bishop Robinson Sounds Out … (

UK GENERAL Synod divided over homosexuality. Dust settling on the Synod(ctimes, telegraph)

EXECUTIVE begins three-day meeting, contemplates response to Primates’ communiqué. Executive Council Debates International Commitments(wfn, lc)

APOSTOLICITY: “Impatience & Clarity from the PeeBee” … (

PRAISE YE THE MDGS!! Archbishop of Cape Town to lead international conference on MDGs. PITTSBURGH: House of Deputies President urges Episcopalians to answer Gospel’s call … (ens)

“If we can lower the emotional reactivity
in the midst of this current controversy,
we just might be able to find
a way to live together.”


CANON HARMON– Reflections on the Significance of the Dar es Salaam Primates Communique (II): Apparently Schism isn’t Worse Than Heresy when the Reappraisers New Truth is Being Challenged … (titusonenine)

MORE LAWYERS— “The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas is taking legal action in District Court in Tom Green County following a split among members of San Angelo’s Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd last November” … (gosanangelo)

ANGLICAN GAME is worth the candle, says Williams … (transfig)

KRAALSPACE: “We used to laugh at this” … (

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY! Episcopal Church carries on amid rift over gays … (burlingtonfreep)

VATICAN, not Afghanistan, sunk Prodi … (spero)

NO THANKS TO THE TOLERANTISTS, Bishop-elect Lawrence Has Sufficient Bishop Consents. The Vestry of All Saints Hilton Head Writes the Diocese of South Carolina Standing Committee …(transfig, T19)

CRUCIFORM AXIS: “Anglican Machinations…. the Anglican “Communion” is only a de jure reality. It is de facto no longer existent” … (benedictseraphim)

FAITH ON FIRE: “While traditional churches in the West face plummeting attendance, the demographic centre of Christianity has shifted irrevocably to Africa, Asia and Latin America, where a fiery fervour is changing the faith — and political landscape — forever” … (ottawacitizen)

LIBERAL WISDOM— ‘There isn’t one Anglican church,’ says U.S. academic … (T19)

DEFINING DEVIANCY DOWN— School kids’ march in ‘gay’ parade protested. Angry citizens point out students’ exposure to pornographic scenes … (WND)

FROM THE Tanzanian Daily News: Whither Anglican communion? … (titusonenine)

GADGET VICAR: “Post-Gay: the Transforming Power of the Cross” … (gadgetvicar)

LOTS FROM & VIA DRELL— What All The Fuss Is About; A Call To Action; If behavior were a person, Mrs. Schori would have a right to complain – by Emily Volz; Bishop MacPherson Writes The Diocese About The Primates’ Communique From Tanzania … (descant)

ANGLICAN CENTRIST Making Stuff Up … (standfirm)

CANADA: Top court to rule on epic battle for same-sex survivor benefits … (

VIA WELBORN— ”If you haven’t yet, visit weblog of Our Lady of the Atonement Parish in San Antonio, an Anglican Use parish pastored by Fr. Christopher Phillips” … (amywelborn)

RADNER– Making Promises: the Proposed Anglican Covenant in the life of communion … (titusonenine)

CROSSWALK.. Conservative Anglicans Ask ECUSA Leaders to Change Unbiblical Policies … (

CHRISTIAN belief a ‘hate crime’ under plan. Backup proposal would mandate jail time for dissing a ‘gay’ … (worldnetdaily)

IT’S SARMIENTO! GS: Church Times reports. InclusiveChurch on General Synod and on Nigeria. Affirming Catholicism on General Synod. CA challenges Martyn Minns. equality law: two developments(thinkinganglicans)


2000: Wronged churches assert rights. Tax assessor backs off after saying ‘Defense of Marriage’ signs must be removed … (wnd)

BREAKPOINT – What Happened to the Salsa Mass? This can’t be just a coincidence(breakpoint)

PAGING ANDREW SULLIVAN: “While the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, it regularly executed homosexuals. Islamic jurists in Kabul and Kandahar only differed on the method of killing. One group of scholars believed the condemned should be taken to the top of the highest building in the city and hurled to their deaths, while others advocated placing them in a pit next to a wall which was to be toppled on them, so that they are buried alive” … (timblair)

THE IMAGINARIES: the Transforming Power of the Cross. Reports on Synod debates on Sexuality … (anglican-mainstream)

WORD FROM UTAH– ST. MARK’S CATHEDRAL: 231 E. 100 South. Salt Lake City. Lent services are every Wednesday until March 28 from 6-8:15 p.m. The series is titled “American fundamentalisms: backgrounds, theologies and contributions to current events in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.” For more information, call 801-595-5347 … (sltrib)

WIKIPEDIA: Word to The PeeBee– DON’T “Immanentize the eschaton” … (wiki)

BUILDING Trust in a broken church; Synod rejects church’s gay ‘marriage’ advice … (mainstream)

NORMALLY LIBERAL Canadian Supreme Court Rules Against Retroactive Pension Benefits to Homosexual Partners… (lifesite)

PRELIMINARY Thoughts by Some in the Diocese of Maine on the Primates Tanzania Communique … (titusonenine)

MAINSTREAM— “The Scripture Reading at [UK] General Synod” … (mainstream)

LIB NCCITES— National Council of Churches Welcomes Controversial Funding; NCC Head Criticizes IRD in Nationally Syndicated Column … (

A MARTYR OF THE REFORMATION— The Preaching of St. John Fisher (article online) … (

UNTIED METHODISTS— Judicial Council 1032: Christian Sexual Standards Defended and Challenged … (ird)

CHRISTIAN Magistrate Andrew McClintock has lost his case to have his freedom of conscience recognised when practising as a Justice of the Peace. The Sheffield Employment Tribunal handed down their judgment on 28th February … (mainstream)

‘OH, NOBODY WOULD EVER WANT TO DO THAT’via Marriage Debate… “A German brother and sister who have four children together are calling for the country’s incest laws to be abolished so that they can continue their sexual relationship” … (familyscholars)

REMEMBERING BLESSED Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672 … (reader)

“It is not enough, however, to “make poverty history.”
We must also “make greed history.” That is why it is not enough
to substitute support for the Millennium Development Goals
for the fullness of the Biblical understanding of God’s mission
in the world. Evangelism, repentance, a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ, and Biblical discipleship are as much a key
to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals as all the
programmes and strategies we will put in place. And we have
and will continue to put them in place. But, the whole counsel
of God in Scripture must be proclaimed and embraced as
the only way to the full and abundant life that Jesus promises.”


The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi


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I hate to be the bearer of good news, but the World Net Daily story on “hate crimes” legislation (“Christian belief a hate crime under plan”) is full of Chicken Little-like malarkey. The people quoted in the article have no idea what they’re talking about, and have confused hate “crime” with hate “speech.” Read all about it here:

Comment by David Fischler

That quote from +Kate makes me ill. The other side of the “impatience” coin is the deception and half truth that +Kate and her ilk are perpetrating, in order to wear the orthodox down until we give up.

Comment by mrsfalstaff

The url for my blog didn’t show up on my comment. So I’m trying again.

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