Once again, the American Anglican church (the Episcopalians) are rejecting the will of the majority of the Anglicans around the world. Why? It is my observation that this is nothing more than typical American radicalism, an outgrowth of the narcissistic ’60s generation, not willing to bow to authority.
NEW YORK – Episcopal bishops risked losing their place in the global Anglican family Wednesday by affirming their support for gays and rejecting a key demand that they give up some authority to theological conservatives outside the U.S. church.
One would think that being a minority, they would get the idea that the majority has the upper hand, that their pleas for unity should be accepted for the sake of unity. Even though that which they fight for most is anathema to the majority. As the saying goes, only in America!
"We cannot accept what would be injurious to the church and could well lead to its permanent division," the bishops said in a resolution from a private meeting in Texas.
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. wing of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, a fellowship of churches that traces its roots to the Church of England. But it is at odds theologically with the vast majority of Anglican churches, which take a more conservative view on sexuality and other issues.
Isn’t this kinda backwards? The American bishops, less than 3% of the world wide population, are doing and espousing that which is causing the split (a liberal theology, especially concerning homosexual priests and bishops), but are refusing to own up to it? Or recognize it?
Episcopal bishops said they still have a "passionate desire" to stay in the communion. But the Anglican spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, issued a brief statement Wednesday calling their decision "discouraging." The small yet affluent Episcopal Church, with 2.3 million members, covers a significant chunk of the Anglican Communion’s budget.
Basic reasoning here – if you don’t agree with the rules, do you really belong in that group? If you do not believe with the majority’s belief, are you, by definition, part of that group?
And if the rest of the world’s Anglican church decides against the American branch, who would be in the right?