Thursday, October 05, 2006

Member of the Episcopal Majority

“If women were in charge, abortion would be a sacrament, an occasion of deep and serious and sacred meaning.”

- Carter Heyward.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Member of the Anglican Majority

I pity the preacher who enters the pulpit with no Bible in his hands, or with a Bible which is more rags and tatters than the Word of God. He cannot expound Scripture, because he has no Scripture to expound. He cannot speak, for he has nothing worth saying. But to enter the pulpit with the confidence that God has spoken, that he has caused what he has spoken to be written, and that we have this inspired text in our hands — ah! then our head begins to swim, our heart to beat, our blood to flow, and our eyes to sparkle, with the sheer glory of having God’s Word in our hands and on our lips.

John Stott.
Member of the Episcopal Majority

You know, those stories are our stories. I tell this to lesbian folk all the time: The story of freedom in Exodus is our story. ... That's my story, and they can't have it.

Gene Robinson.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Member of the Episcopal Majority:

Until today, I had held-off from labeling our opponents as "evil." The gloves are off now. I'm now ready to say those people are evil and slimy. Certainly not all of them. God knows, there are a few people of integrity on the conservative side. But they are being led by the nose and bankrolled by slime-buckets or what my friend Elizabeth would call bottom-feeders.

- Lisa Fox.

Lisa Fox is a Member of the Steering Committee of the "Episcopal Majority".

Member of the Anglican Majority:

I don't believe inclusion is a value in itself, Welcome is. We welcome people into the Church, we say: 'You can come in, and that decision will change you.' We don't say: 'Come in and we ask no questions.' I do believe conversion means conversion of habits, behaviours, ideas, emotions. The boundaries are determined by what it means to be loyal to Jesus Christ. That means to display in all things the mind of Christ. Paul is always saying this in his letters: Ethics is not a matter of a set of abstract rules, it is a matter of living the mind of Christ.That applies to sexual ethics; that is why fidelity is important in marriage. You reflect the loyalty of God in Christ

- Archbishop Rowan Williams

Friday, September 15, 2006

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The troubles facing the Episcopal Church (and other denominations) have to do with being divided between two faiths. A new religion has arisen that uses the terminology of Christianity but is a serious alternative to it. Oxford Prof. V.A. Demant in 1947 described it as " ... an unsupernatural and unevangelical religion. It equates Christianity with good ideals. It attaches no vital meaning to sin, grace, redemption or to the church as a divine society."

Bishop C. Fitzsimons Allison (Retired) of South Carolina

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Definitions -- this might help clarify things since I have found that these completely new meanings (not to be found in any dictionary) seem to work across denominational lines:

"Traditional" now means God is too stupid to understand the vernacular -- hence Anglicans who want Tudor language, Roman Catholics who want Latin, Orthodox who insist on Church Slavonic, etc.

"Conservative" means that women are sub-human ("monstrous births" according to St. Thomas Aquinas -- only occasionally true in my own experience) & this incapable of exercising leadership or receiving the grace of Holy Orders (thus rejecting my own understanding that "The priest is supposed to be like Jesus, not pee like Jesus")

"Orthodox" means that God hates fags (& you should, too!)

Now is all clear

Prior Aelred, from a posting in Fr. Jake Stops the World, 09.14.06

Prior Aelred belongs to St Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers Michigan, and lives under the The Rule of St. Benedict.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Member of the Anglican Majority

Some bishops have declared that heresy is preferable to "schism." It is critical for us as faithful members of the worldwide Anglican Communion to realize that it is the leadership of ECUSA that has created and supported schism and that by nature of our baptismal covenant, each Christian is called to "...continue in the apostles teaching." I believe it is incumbent upon every individual (clergy and lay), congregation and diocese to "choose this day" whom they will serve. I support the Anglican Communion's moving forward in establishing a core covenant of theology and articulating the nature of "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church" in order to preserve orthodoxy and insure mutual accountability.

The Rev. Canon Ellis English Brust

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The Episcopal Church should take a hard line against the insurgents not because they are “conservative,” “orthodox,” “Evangelical,” or whatever—not, in fact, because of their expressed theology at all. These bishops and all who follow them, particularly those in holy orders, must be treated harshly because of the way they behave—because they are willing to lie, cheat, and, ultimately, steal, to achieve their goal of an independent “pure” American church—a church whose assets will, largely, be furnished by “liberating” them from The Episcopal Church.

Mr. Lionel Deimel

Friday, September 01, 2006

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Are you living a life that pleases God? If you are not sure then today would be a good day to begin. All you have to do is turn to God in faith and obedience. It is a decision that will need to be renewed daily but one thing we can be sure of is that God has made a promise and God will keep His Word.

Fr. Martyn Minns (now Bishop), March 5, 2006

Truro Church in Fairfax Virginia has an Average Sunday Attendance over 1,200 people.

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I wish we had better ways to reassure people that masturbation is not sinful. It can be misused, but on the whole it can be a matter of self-affirmation and self-care. When I try to tote up the amount of guilt, shame, and furtiveness that surrounds the whole matter of masturbation, I am appalled. Masturbation is nothing to feel guilty about, ashamed about. . .it's part of our sexuality.

The Rev. Thomas B. Woodward, March 18, 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

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We are grieved by the continued unbiblical actions of the leadership of ECUSA that has led it to walk apart from the majority of the Anglican Commmunion. We pray for your repentance and the repentance of all the ECUSA leadership, and for your reutrn to the historic faith and communion of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, of Uganda in a letter to Bishop Lee of Virginia.

Note: there are 8,000,000 Anglicans in Uganda.

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If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy. For as a heretic, you are only guilty of a wrong opinion. As a schismatic, you have torn and divided the body of Christ. Choose heresy every time.

- Episcopal Bishop Peter Lee, addressing the Virginia Diocesan Council