Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
'N' for 'Nazarenes,' نصارى
Let us pray fervently for all the persecuted Christians of the Middle East at this most difficult time.
'Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular.' I Corinthians 12.27.
Let us remember we are all members and disciples of the One Lord, Jesus of Nazareth.
Orthodox Traditional Anglicans should closely observe developments in the Lambeth Communion Churches of Kenya and Uganda, which now openly embrace the error recently imposed by the Church of England.
The purported consecration of women to the episcopate is a church-dividing issue for Traditional Anglicans. Orthodox Anglicans cannot be in communicatio in sacris with bishops and jurisdictions that purport to ordain women to the episcopate and presbyterate. It is a matter of the esse of the Church and goes to heart of what the Church is as constituted by the Divine Will of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a matter of divinely-revealed ecclesiology and sacramentology, not adiaphoron.
This heresy of neo-ordination, which is a violation of the universal intent of the Undivided Catholic Church, predates the crises related to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and Christian moral teaching on sexuality, and is in fact the genesis of the subsequent errors concerning sexuality: we have the seen the original problem generate the others within the span of forty years. The one error leads inevitably to the others, as they share the same false doctrines on creation and anthropology, and the same false gnostic hermeneutic, or interpretation, of Holy Scripture. As the errors concerning ordination lead to the loss of the grace of the sacraments and the constitution of the Church as established by Christ in the Apostolic Succession, so the errors concerning sexuality lead to the denigration of Holy Matrimony and the family.
A church that endorses the one will eventually endorse the others.
Let us pray that the Lord will still preserve in orthodoxy and fidelity those Anglican Churches which continue to drift away from the fullness of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith.
In the meantime, the Continuing Churches persevere, evangelise, and grow around the world.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A very personal note:
By now, avid, attentive, and even curious readers of the internet and blogosphere are keenly aware of what has transpired in the deliberations of the General Synod of the Church of England. Now a new form of order and ministry, contrary to the received Apostolic tradition and practice of the Catholic Church for two-thousand years, will be introduced into the C of E. Gone will be, in the fulness of time, the historic episcopate, the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the apostolic sacerdotal priesthood, and the historic deposit of faith, transmitted by the Apostles to their successors in the English Church from the mists of antiquity.
In light of these developments, I wish to offer an earnest and heartfelt plea to those orthodox Anglo-Catholics now agonising and distressed over what has occurred: if you cannot accept the theological claims of the Roman Catholic Church or the position of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, please give the most intense and prayerful consideration to the Churches of the Continuing Anglican Tradition. There continues a true and genuine home for you in Anglicanism, a loving, supportive, vibrant, and growing family awaiting you and eager to receive the gift of yourselves and your spiritual vocation and charisms. There is yet an Anglicanism, scriptural, patristic, orthodox, traditional, sacramental, liturgical, Eucharistic, in which one may achieve one's calling to love, serve, adore and proclaim Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of Creation, Head and Priest of the Body and Lord of the Church. There is a living, viable option for orthodox Anglican Catholics who wish to remain Anglican as well as Catholic. I know this because I have experienced the pilgrimage in my own life. Please be assured of the prayers of thousands of orthodox Continuing Anglicans in this country and around the world for their beloved brothers and sisters in England who must now make terribly difficult decisions about their ecclesiastical future. You have brethren in Christ who love you and stand with you in this time of great pain and grief. Anglicanism lives! And it offers continuity and spiritual fulfillment to all those who seek to remain children of the Ecclesia Anglicana. Please do consider it - for the time of exodus has come.
God bless you and Our Lady keep you!
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