Monday, October 28, 2013

Provincial Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church

It was an inexpressible delight, honour and surprise to be asked by the Most Reverend Mark Haverland, Archbishop of the ACC Original Province, to preach the sermon, a sermon on mission and evangelism, at the Solemn High Pontifical Mass at the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church, Saint Matthew's Church, Newport Beach, California on 23rd October 2013. I was privileged to serve as the official Anglican Province of America representative at this year's ACC Synod. Let us pray fervently for a deepening unity between the orthodox Continuing Anglican Churches and for an increase of mutual love, collaboration and cooperation amongst us all.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Institution of the Venerable Erich A. Zwingert

On 15th September, the Venerable Erich A. Zwingert, 
Archdeacon of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, 
was instituted as the sixth Rector of All Saints Church, Mills River, North Carolina, 
by the Most Reverend Walter H. Grundorf.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Sydney 'Anglicans' in 2013

The new Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies on ABC (Australian) Radio...

In the interview, the new Archbishop affirms the ordination of women to the sacramental diaconate, reasserts the validity and desirability of the celebration of the Eucharist by a lay person or deacon, claims for the XXXIX Articles of Religion the status of a 'confession' (creed), discusses his sartorial tastes and the Sydney rejection of Eucharistic Vestments, and denies the sacramental indelible character of Holy Orders, amongst other things. These positions, although consistently 'Sydney,' are directly excluded by the Book of Common Prayer and the received canonical and theological tradition of the Ecclesia Anglicana. 

The most telling quote in the interview: 'We've somehow had an ontological distinction between who a priest is and a lay person or a deacon... the Anglican Church doesn't hold to that view, I certainly do not hold to that view ... it's not an ontological, it's a functional distinction. The functional distinction is that you are given an office of responsibility with regard to that.'

The functionalist view of Holy Orders in part generated the crisis of authority and theology which led to the disintegration of the Lambeth Communion, so its reassertion by a self-identified traditionalist is remarkably ironic and perplexing.

Having rejected papalism, the historic Anglican Church certainly does not believe that one bishop speaks authoritatively for the whole communion, but here we seem to encounter precisely such a disposition. Have we here a papa nullius presuming to speak on behalf of orthodox Anglicanism? Ah, the flummoxing enigma of the Sydney 'Anglicans'.

Reflection: The 2024 APA Clergy Retreat on G3 Unity

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