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Episcopal Church Developments

For those who are following the turmoil of The Episcopal Church this is a very interesting video. It is a one hour video of a question and answer session with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as she comments on the recent meeting of Anglican Primates in Tanzania. She is very articulate but manages to dance around most issues. She does express her adamant support for the homosexual agenda and for the blessing of same sex unions. She states that marriage is about the relationship between two people without regard for gender. For her, marriage is totally unrelated to biological reproduction. She views any compliance with the communiqué of Dar Es Salaam as a pause in the current direction of The Episcopal Church not a change in the course of the church. She refers to those who oppose this as “neuralgic” and “dissident”. She says those in the more developed West must wait patiently for their brethren in the less developed areas of the world to catch up with the enlightenment of TEC. She also states that she has no intention of pausing in the litigation over property against churches that have left The Episcopal Church. She states that Jesus is one option for salvation but not necessarily the only way.

Why do we care what the Episcopal Church is doing? Well, there are those within the Catholic Church who want the same thing. Especially within the United States there are those who would like to set up a parallel American Catholic Church that provides its own authority with little regard for Rome. Call to Action, Voice of the Faithful, and those “Spirit of Vatican II” folks all think they have more wisdom than that stuffy old bunch at the Vatican. So we must be vigilant in defending the authority of the Magisterium. Jesus gave the “Keys to the Kingdom” to Peter, not to a committee.

UPDATE: The lessons of the current Papal Lenten retreat are an interesting contrast to the above.


Rosemary Bogdan said…
It's very disturbing. But we know who has the victory. Still, we must defend the truth whenever we can.

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