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Anglicans To Create Parallel Church To Avoid Split Over Homosexuality

Posted by soldierservant on February 25, 2008

Original link. I say that the Bible – believing Anglicans should say “no deal” and leave anyway, because they would still be in communion with the apostates, who of course would then in short order simultaneously work on infiltrating the “conservative” branch AND pressuring the Anglican leadership to force the conservative branch to accept homosexuality or shut it down. The Bible – believing Anglicans should not just be looking at today, but 10 – 20 years down the road when mainstream Christianity will almost certainly have stopped calling sin what it is.

The
Archbishop of Canterbury is backing secret plans to create a “parallel”
Church for American conservatives to avert fresh splits over
homosexuality.

  • Have your say: Is a parallel church the way forward?
  • Dr
    Rowan Williams has held confidential talks with senior American bishops
    and theologians who oppose the pro-gay policies of their liberal
    leaders.A
    handful of hardline American dioceses are already defecting from the
    Episcopal Church, the American branch of Anglicanism, and transferring
    their loyalties to a conservative archbishop in South America.

    Dr
    Williams is desperate to minimise further damage in the run up to the
    once-a-decade Lambeth Conference this summer which could be boycotted
    by more than a fifth of the world’s bishops. His
    recent comments backing aspects of sharia law have heightened tensions
    by further alienating Africans who are struggling with militant Islam
    in their dioceses.

    According to insiders, Dr
    Williams has given his blessing to the plans to create an enclave for
    up to 20 conservative American bishops that would insulate them from
    their liberal colleagues.The scheme would allow
    them to remain technically within the Episcopal Church but under the
    care of like-minded archbishops from abroad.

    The
    Primate of the West Indies, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, a moderate
    conservative, has agreed to participate, and other primates could be
    recruited.However, the initiative is likely to
    infuriate liberal leaders of the Episcopal Church, who will see it as
    an attempt to undermine their authority and interfere in their affairs.

    Presiding
    Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, the head of the Episcopal Church, has
    been cracking down on any diocese or parish that seeks to leave, and
    numerous legal actions are under way. She and her
    colleagues have already rejected similar proposals suggested at a
    meeting in Tanzania last year of all the primates, the leaders of the
    38 independent Churches that constitute the Anglican Communion.

    However,
    she met a group of conservative bishops and theologians in New York
    last week after hearing that Dr Williams was sympathetic to the new
    proposals. Dr Williams, whose leadership has been
    under growing attack from conservatives, has been privately encouraging
    such a development for a number of years. So far, however, he has
    failed to broker a deal with Bishop Jefferts Schori, a feminist who
    backed the 2003 consecration of Gene Robinson as Anglicanism’s first
    openly gay bishop.

    With several hundred of the
    world’s 880 bishops expected to boycott the Lambeth Conference in
    Canterbury, a schism is looking inevitable unless Dr Williams can paper
    over the cracks.Lambeth Palace declined to comment.

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