A group of continuing Anglicans in the US have decided to use the sacraments of the Church to make a point. I actually was at General Convention and witnessed what we did with D058 referenced below. We voted to discharge the resolution because it was deemed to have already been acted upon by a previous General Convention. I disagreed with the reasons for the discharge, voted against discharging it, and do wish we could have voted affirmatively for it, but we did NOT reject it. If we had, I would have walked out. But we didn’t, and I didn’t – nor did anyone else. Including the resolution’s author Kendall Harmon.
“Actions taken by the recently-concluded General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA have prompted the Traditional Anglican Communion’s Bishop of the Northeast to declare a period of mourning ‘in observance of the death of the Episcopal Church,’ concluding with a Requiem Mass to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in Portland next Wednesday.
Bishop George D. Langberg of the Anglican Church in America cited Resolution D058, which proposed that the Episcopal Church declare ‘its unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the only name by which any person may be saved,’ and that it ‘renew our dedication to be faithful witnesses to all persons of the saving love of God perfectly and uniquely revealed in Jesus and upheld by the full testimony of Holy Scripture.’ The resolution was rejected by the Convention.”
Read the rest here: TRADITIONAL ANGLICANS MOURN EPISCOPAL CHURCH, WILL HOLD REQUIEM MASS
This resolution was submitted in the hope that what did indeed happen would happen – that is GC would see no need to deal with it and discharge the resolution. Then, those looking for reasons to attack the GC and TEC would have one more thing to point to and complain about – which is exactly what they did.
The resolution was rejected because it was redundant and unnecessary. The extremists are dishonest and manipulative and they should be ashamed of themselves.
If you read Titusonenine, you’ll see post with phrases like “the fudge is about ready.” etc… Each side accuses the other of being dishonest. The one person who has been brutally honest is David Anderson (AAC President). He says, “We want the franchis.” What do you have to do to get the franchise??? Exactly what David says above. We’re seeing the Chapman Memo at work. I can see why the episcopal church is losing members. People don’t see the love of Christ but Christians behaving badly.
Hi Bob –
(I deleted the multiple versions of your post – something must have gotten borked in the server software I guess.)
If what you and others are saying is true and this resolution was simply meant to be a stalking horse, it will only work as intended if the people who intended to use it as such are allowed to frame the story of how it was dealt with.
I think it’s very important to be accurate, as I’ve tried to be, when we’re talking about things that are very emotionally important to people.