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Consider Yourself Warned

Periodically, I post a few words on the ongoing tribulations of the Episcopal Church. This church is on the verge of schism and if it does splinter, it is not clear exactly how the remaining fragments will line up. I don’t chronicle the tribulations of the Episcopalians with any sort of schadenfreude. Rather, I hope it serves as a warning. Prominent (albeit dissident) voices within the Catholic Church have looked longingly at the Episcopal Church and said, “Why can’t we be more like them?” Fr. Richard McBrien of Notre Dame and Sr. Joan Chittister are two that come to mind. In fact, almost everything published in the National Catholic Reporter probably falls into this category. What exactly are Fr. McBrien and Sr. Joan seeking?

Well we can begin with Bishop Shelby Spong, retired bishop of Newark. He was recently interviewed in Toledo.

The 76-year-old retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark is a theologian who believes the Bible is "time-bound and time-warped" by the first-century Jewish culture in which it was written. He is on a mission to change the way people look at the Bible and at Jesus, stating that he wants to "break Jesus out of the boundaries of antiquity and explain it in the 21st century."

Among his iconoclastic teachings, Bishop Spong believes that Jesus was not born of a virgin, never performed any miracles, and was not bodily resurrected from the grave. Yet he states that Jesus is "the defining God presence in a human being" and that Jesus "stands not only at the center of my faith, but also at the center of all that I am."

Read the entire interview if you like, but it is just more of this rejection of God as Divine Authority.

Then we have the Rev. Ann Fowler. She is an ordained Episcopal priest and ardent supporter of abortion. She just published an essay on why abortion is a perfectly acceptable moral choice.

At another point, a few years later, I did have an abortion. I was a single mother, working and pursuing a path to ordination in the Episcopal Church. The potential father was not someone I would have married; he would have been no better a candidate for fatherhood than my daughter's absent father. The timing was wrong, the man was wrong, and I easily, though not happily, made the decision to terminate the pregnancy.

I have not the slightest regret about either of these decisions, nor the slightest guilt. I felt sorrow and loss at the time of my abortion, but less so than when I'd miscarried some years earlier. Both of my choices, I believe, were right for me and my circumstances: morally correct in their context, practical, and fruitful in their outcomes.

Please note at the time she was studying to be an Episcopal priest she was sexually active with a man to whom she was not married and whom she would never consider marrying. While studying to become an Episcopal priest she ended the life of her unborn child. She states she feels absolutely no remorse or guilt for these actions. She feels very free to publicly relate these facts in her role as an Episcopal priest.

Do read the entire essay. It is rife with the moral relativism that Pope Benedict XVI warned against. It is this moral relativism that Fr. McBrien and Sr. Joan endorse. Be on guard and fervently pray sed libera nos a malo.


Crusader44 said…
I couldn't agree more. I am in an Orthodox Anglican diocese in Central Illinois that is trying to leave the apostates at TEC (the Episcopal Church). We have never ordained women. We are as "Catholic" as you can get without being Roman.
The decline in numbers of TEC is a crisis. It is due to the "everything goes" thelogy that Spong, et all profess. So noone knows who we are and what we believe. It left TEC open to being hijacked by these liberals who have now taken it over and created a new religion that is basically unitarian.
Denise, you never mentioned some of the other facts of why you don't want to be more like Episcopalians. An openly gay bishop for starters who was married with children and was an active alcoholic. Or how about the priest in Seattle who practices and preaches Wicken. Or the Seattle church who holds workshops on Astrology. Or the Cathedral in San Fransisco who let's Budhist monks do sand drawings within it's sanctuary. Or the Clown Mass on Wall Street last year. Last but not least, 4 count them 4 bishops in TEC have left to become Roman because they are fed up. In fact, if my dioces doesn't leave TEC and soon, I will be contacting a Roman priest to start my conversion as well.
Keith said…
It's people like you that we need to fight within, instead of without, or outright LEAVING! We are Anglicans because we protested within the church in the early centuries. Stay on.

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