Go here for the response of the Anglican Church in North America–a conservative Evangelical ‘continuing’ church. The subtext is, “What? You must be kidding! No popery here!”
Readers should understand that amidst all the rejoicing the Anglo Catholics are a minority in the Anglican Church. The Liberal establishment rules all (most of their minions being the vast indifferent) and the Evangelical Protestant Anglicans are in second place. The one and only thing that unites the Liberals and the Conservative Evangelicals is the fact that they’re not having the Pope.
In the meantime, notice the hardening of opinions by reading (if you can stomach it) this rant by retired Episcopal Bishop Spong. Yes, that would be the one who for some time had a job blogging for an adult website! Here are a few choice quotes to give you the gist:
I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is “an abomination to God,
I will no longer act as if the Papal office is to be respected if the present occupant of that office is either not willing or not able to inform and educate himself on public issues on which he dares to speak with embarrassing ineptitude. I will no longer be respectful of the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who seems to believe that rude behavior, intolerance and even killing prejudice is somehow acceptable, so long as it comes from third-world religious leaders, who more than anything else reveal in themselves the price that colonial oppression has required of the minds and hearts of so many of our world’s population.
You get the idea…But listen. Spong is right. As usual he’s ahead of his time. He sees that we are entering a time now when debate and discussion is finished. The forces of darkness have exhausted that ruse. They are preparing for battle. They will now launch their full force of darkness and hatred against the light. It is no co incidence that the Holy Father now calls urgently for all those who stand against the present darkness to join forces with the Holy Catholic Church, for nothing but a united church will be able to stand against the coming tsunami of rage and hatred for God and his saints.
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