Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Saints and All Souls

Please join us at Saint Barnabas Church Dunwoody for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November 2017: 
Masses are celebrated each day at Noon and 7pm.

The Catholic Luther

On this particular day in history, let us please recall that Father Martin Luther explicitly taught amongst other things:
1. The Real Bodily Presence of the True Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
2. The necessity of the Eucharistic liturgy, which he called the Mass.
3. The sacramental regeneration of the soul in infant Baptism by affusion. Rebaptism was forbidden and immersion was not required.
4. Confession and Absolution are a sacrament.
5. The Power of the Keys is inherent in the ordained ministry.
6. Our Lady is Ever-Virgin Mother of God.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Four Continuing Churches Establish Communio in Sacris

By David W. Virtue, DD
October 6, 2017

Four Continuing Anglican bodies made history this week, 40 years after they broke away from The Episcopal Church over the ordination of women.

In Atlanta this week, The Anglican Catholic Church, The Anglican Church in America, The Anglican Province of America and The Diocese of the Holy Cross signed a Communio in sacris establishing full communion with each other.

The ordination of women priests in the United States in 1976 was the lightening rod issue that led to the founding of the Continuing Anglican Movement in 1977. Its Affirmation of St. Louis declared the ordination of women (by the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada) to be a matter of schism and to have caused a break with apostolic succession.

In their statement this week they declared:

We acknowledge each other to be orthodox and catholic Anglicans in virtue of our common adherence to the authorities accepted by and summarized in The Affirmation of St. Louis in the faith of the Holy Tradition of the Undivided catholic church and of the seven Ecumenical Councils.

We recognize in each other in all essentials the same faith; the same sacraments; the same moral teaching; and the same worship; likewise, we recognize in each other the same Holy Orders of bishops, priests, and deacons in the same Apostolic Succession, insofar as we all share the episcopate conveyed to the Continuing Churches in Denver in January 1978 in response to the call of the congress of Saint Louis; therefore,

We welcome members of all of our Churches to Holy Communion and parochial life in any and all of the congregations of our Churches; and,

We pledge to pursue full, institutional, and organic union with each other, in a manner that respects tender consciences, builds consensus and harmony, and fulfills increasingly our Lord's will that His Church be united; and,

We pledge also to seek unity with other Christians, including those who understand themselves to be Anglican, insofar as such unity is consistent with the essentials of Catholic faith, order, and moral teaching

The following signatures included:
The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh
The Most Rev. Mark Haverland
The Most Rev. Walter Grundorff
The Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett

The 'G4' Communion

On 6 Oct 2017 the primates of the Anglican Catholic Church, the Anglican Province of America, the Anglican Church of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross signed an agreement pledging to seek “full, institutional and organic union with each other”.
The four continuing churches affirmed their common doctrines and disciplines set forth in the 1977 Affirmation made at the Congress of St Louis, the traditions of the undivided catholic church, and the seven ecumenical councils of the catholic church. They further recognized the orders of the clergy of each of the jurisdictions and acknowledged a common episcopal succession arising from the Denver Congress of 1978.
The affirmation opened the door to reunion with other Anglican groups who share their core principles.
Leaders of the Atlanta joint synod told Anglican Ink that they were open to reunion with the Anglican Church of North America, but at present the question of women’s orders blocked that avenue. The ACNA practices what its leaders calla “mixed economy” on ordination of women to the priesthood and diaconate, allowing a local option for each diocese to decide....

The Atlanta Full Communion Concordat of the Anglican Joint Synods

Quad Cities Anglican Radio Interview about the Anglican Joint Synods

Dear friends, please listen to the interview posted on Quad Cities Anglican Radio, 
Friday 6th October 2017.

45th Anniversary of Saint Barnabas Atlanta

What a sheer joy to celebrate today the 45th Anniversary of   Saint Barnabas Anglican Cathedral, Atlanta, Georgia!