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Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada Set to Embrace Same Sex Rites

Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada Set to Embrace Same Sex Rites
A firestorm is set to rage that could see a permanent wall between heterodox and orthodox Anglican provinces

By David W. Virtue DD
www.virtueonline.org
April 27, 2018

The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are set to approve rites for same sex marriage that could prove deal breakers and set in motion the final unraveling of the Anglican Communion, creating a permanent wall between provinces that affirm same sex marriage and those that don't.

This week, William Nye, secretary general of the Archbishops' Council, warned The Episcopal Church that proposals to incorporate marriage rites used by same-sex couples into the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) will increase pressure in the Church of England to "dissociate" itself from TEC.

In a letter to the Episcopal Church's Task Force on the Study of Marriage, which has produced the proposals, Mr. Nye writes that, if the rites -- written to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples -- are incorporated into the BCP as the only marriage rite, "the pressure to dissociate the Church of England from TEC (The Episcopal Church), in all manner of ways, would increase". Such a move would also be "potentially damaging" to work in the CofE to create a new teaching document on sexuality.

Ironically, Nye and the Times ignored the Anglican Church of Canada which is set to do the same thing in 2019. The ACoC has been a pioneer in sexual dystopianism.

The ACoC set the ball rolling in 2002 when the Diocese of New Westminster under its then bishop Michael Ingham authorized a rite to bless same-sex unions. The approval devolved over time into the full inclusion of homosexual and lesbian bishops, leading to a split in the ACoC and the formation of the Anglican Network in Canada.

Now it is all coming to a head and not in way that Archbishop Justin Welby "prayerfully" wants or hopes for. He can't give both provinces a pass as he did the Episcopal Church once before. In 2015, Welby said there would be "consequences" if TEC changed its marriage canons removing language that says marriage is between a man and a woman.

Welby's statement has been ignored in public discussion by TEC's House of Bishops. There have been no consequences. Welby rolled out his spin doctors and professional reconcilers, Graham Kings and Josiah Idouw-Fearon, to pour oil on troubled waters. It worked then, but this time it won't work.

And there might be a silver lining if, in fact, both provinces go ahead and approve same sex rites?

Canadian Anglican blogger David of Samizdat said It could finally push those African provinces who are on the fence and being bought off by TEC dollars not to flip and to make the tough decision to join GAFCON, thus isolating Welby and his shriveling Anglican communion, confirming that GAFCON has not only more numerical Anglicans but Anglican provinces as well!

This would include those members of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) -- who are presently not members of GAFCON. They are, (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Congo, Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius), Southern Africa (Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa Swaziland), West Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia), plus the Diocese of Egypt.

It would be a schism in all but name.

Of course, the spin never ends. "I think everybody is trying to find ways that will enable our church to respect more than one view on marriage," said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

A resolution to change the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriages may itself be amended to include protections for Anglicans who hold to the traditional view of marriage, said Hiltz.

Based on past history over the ordination of women, that will not last long. The pansexual steam roller will brook no opposition. The handful of orthodox bishops in the ACoC is diminishing and being gelded as rapidly as TEC orthodox bishops. You can now count them on one hand.

Naturally, the interference in matters of the groin did not go unnoticed (or unchallenged) by pansexualists like (the Rev.) Susan Russell, who has made sexual identity her life's work. She roared back that the Archbishops' Council "has no particular weight."

She invoked the Church of England's LGBTI community to blast Nye and said his previously undisclosed letter to The Episcopal Church was met with anger, frustration and disappointment by many across the Church of England, "on whose behalf you presume to speak." She described the church as "sorely wanting." She thundered, "Not in our name."

"There are those in our wider Anglican family who will disagree with any changes we make to be more inclusive, and there will be those in our wider Anglican family who are watching us for leadership to help them move forward with similar changes," a Q & A reads.

And those who disagree are ACNA and the ANiC with its 1,000 parishes who left TEC over its sexual innovations and GAFCON, the world leader in Anglican orthodoxy.

"The climate in the Anglican Communion has improved dramatically in recent years and we believe the ties that bind us are stronger than the differences that challenge us," say the pansexualists.

This is simply not true. Nothing has improved. Nothing. Things have quieted down because those who hold to the 'faith once for all delivered to the saints' have left TEC never more to return, because they know that the battle for the soul of TEC is lost forever. Furthermore, to argue that "the ties that bind us are stronger" is a fiction. The Anglican Communion is divided now more than ever and Welby knows it. It is all coming unglued as those provinces who do not buy into pansexuality have drawn a line in the sand that they will not cross under any circumstances.

The Global South led by GAFCON primates is fast emerging as the authentic witness and voice of Anglicanism, leaving Welby and his cardboard cut out bishops with nowhere to go but to play ecclesiastical head banging games among themselves as they devolve into irrelevancy.

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