Bishop Andrew Burnham, one of the five bishops of the Church of England (C of E) who has announced his conversion to Catholicism, compared contemporary Anglicanism with a coffee shop chain that loses custom due to the mismatch of its offerings with its stated menu. “If the coffee shop chain Costa Coffee offered you a different menu every time [you entered], but you couldn’t figure out what they were offering, it would shut down… In the C of E, we now have so many different ‘products’ that you simply don’t know what you’re getting”, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph quoted Rev Burnham as saying. According to Bishop Andrew, today, believers who attend Anglican parishes don’t know what to expect at services, as some hold to traditional worship, whilst others appoint female clergy. “The Church of England decided that everybody could have their own opinion about what should be done. That’s a sign that the Church forgot where it came from”, he added.
In turn, another C of E hierarch who has turned towards Rome, Bishop Keith Newton, said that his disagreement with the C of E was more serious than merely the question of female ordination. As Rev Newton noted, recently, the C of E has adopted a liberal approach to such moral issues as the blessing of same-sex couples and abortion. Bishop Keith said, “You don’t’ know for sure what the C of E stands for”. Over the past five days, conservative Anglican bishops have announced their conversion to Catholicism because of their opposition to liberal reforms in the C of E, such as female ordination. As a result, the Catholic church in England and Wales announced that it welcomed the decision of the bishops, whilst the head of the Anglican Communion, the Most Rev Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, expressed regrets at what he saw as a schism in the Church of England.
10 November 2010
This puts a new “spin” on Paffhausen’s escapade at Nashotah House (NH). NH is a seminary of the TEC, that is, it’s part of the Anglican Communion. It doesn’t matter what individual people at NH “believe”… that’s a Proddie assumption, reeking of the Branch Theory and the “invisible church”. What’s important is, “With whom are they in communion with?” NH is in communion with the TEC, and through the TEC, with the Anglican Communion. That is, when JP accepted a degree from NH, and Chad Hatfield spoke at their convocation, they accepted an Anglican institution as being coeval to an Orthodox one.
In short, they gave implicit approval to NH and its communion. Full stop. This is strange in the extreme, as both JP and Hatfield are former Episkies, and, furthermore, Hatfield is a former graduate of NH. When one adds in the fact that Ms Jefferts-Schori horned in on the funeral of the mother of Bishop Tikhon Mollard of the OCA, and NEVER apologised for that deed, the actions of these clerics becomes indefensible. The TEC blesses same-sex unions and has a squiffy pro-life position. By accepting awards from NH, Hatfield and JP signalled to the world that these positions are acceptable to the OCA. It doesn’t matter what the individuals at NH “believe”… they are in communion with the TEC, ergo, they are part of the TEC, and hold what the TEC holds. Likewise, if the OCA has any sort of dealing with NH, it is dealing with the TEC in all its fullness.
I wonder what the five bishops who “swum the Tiber” would say of Paffhausen’s and Hatfield’s dalliance with these sorts… I somehow think that the response wouldn’t be positive in the least!