There’s a thought provoking post up discussing the consequences of what happens when Episcopal clergy decide to act in ways contrary to the stated norms of the Episcopal Church. He gives the following examples:
“When Episcopal clergy …
- alter the language of the liturgies in The Book of Common Prayer;
- dismiss the directives of rubrics;
- substitute a ‘new and improved’ creed for the Nicene Creed, or even drop it from the liturgy altogether;
- act contrary to canon law and encourage others to do the same (by promoting communion for the un-baptized, for example);
- support the belief that we can achieve Anglican ends through Congregationalist means by allowing parishes to vote on whether or not they choose to remain members of the Episcopal Church;
- substitute the ‘spiritual authority’ of the Primates’ Meeting (which has no grounding in legitimate, conciliar authority) for the Constitution, Canons, and General Convention of the Episcopal Church;
- and/or publicly affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, but only if you personally believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior
… then we reject the norms of the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church for the private judgment of individual conscience.
This is anomic Anglicanism.
Its consequences are far-reaching. Not only does it make it increasingly difficult to see the background of agreements against which our disagreements are recognizable (and perhaps bridgeable). But the extent to which we treat canons, rubrics, approved liturgies, ordination vows, etc., as arbitrary impositions to be ignored when convenient (or when circumstances trouble our conscience) is precisely the extent to which we repudiate our membership in the Episcopal Church.”
Read the rest here: Anglican Centrist Guest — Bryan Owens – Anomic Anglicanism
UPDATE: You can access the original on Fr. Bryan’s blog – and interact with the author directly by going to this site.