Saturday, September 06, 2014

The Philadelphia 11: Civil rights, not theology


Congratulating themselves.

I didn't find out about women priests until several years after the Episcopalians started having them, and by then I'd taken high church on board at face value; I really thought we were coming into the Catholic Church. So, partly because I was under-informed (remember not having cable TV, let alone science fiction like the Internet?), it felt like a sucker punch. But I'm not mad at them. It's what it is.

No, the high churching plus the modernization of their classic English services, the 1979 Prayer Book imitating the Novus Ordo, were meant to work with Catholic liberals to create a new liberal church neither Catholic nor really Anglican; such was ecumenism then.

Anyway, this article from a famously very liberal diocese in this liberal denomination shows you the thinking. It's not an infallible church with holy orders as priests pleading Christ's sacrifice on the altar, the matter for orders something the church has no right to change. Anglicans are open whether orders are really a sacrament.

It's 100% following the liberal narrative on civil rights. That's what nice English Protestants do.

I understand the Episcopalians and the Catholic Church don't really compete (except for false-flag Hispanic outreach?); their biggest rivals are Calvinist-bred fellow English the United Church of Christ (the Pilgrims, the Congregationalists) and the Unitarians (not Christian but many don't know that), all vying for the same shrinking demographic, educated boomer disaffected ex-evangelicals and whatever ex-Catholics they happen to pick up (usually for divorce and remarriage, fitting considering Henry VIII).

Barbara Harris is a retired longtime Philadelphia government worker with little theological training. She was an affirmative-action consecration specifically for political correctness; with that résumé, white Bob Harris wouldn't have been a bishop and probably not a priest.

Philadelphia had the Anglo-Catholic Church of the Annunciation run by a saintly old-school priest of that kind, Fr. Hofmeister. When Harris became a bishop, they threw years of his A-C teaching out the window, chartering a bus to go to the ceremony "because she's black."
A joyous celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s priestly ordination on July 26 here included calls for people to realize that the dream of a more egalitarian and less patriarchal Episcopal Church — and society — that was embodied by the Philadelphia 11′s ordinations requires much more work.
Creation is not egalitarian and is patriarchal, and even after taking over (and running into the ground) an institution and profession, the feminist part of the narrative still insists they're victims. Typical.
The statement arose out of a meeting that began with Presiding Bishop John Allin saying he did not think “that women can be priests any more than they can become fathers or husbands,” and offering to resign as presiding bishop.
Pretty much the Catholic position, which used to be respectable there. What got in through the Trojan horse of women priests as civil rights: "gender is a construct" and homosexualism, so the people who oppose the first but not the second are illogical.

They have the same rights to enforce their (changeable) teachings among themselves (police themselves) and defend their property as we do ours.

As she did to Tractarian John Henry Newman, Anglo-Papalists Paul James Francis Wattson and Ronald Knox, and others, our holy mother the church says: Join me in spreading the gospel.

1 comment:

  1. Spreading what gospel? I only see a false and evil "gospel" coming from today's Episcopalians - abortion, sexual perversion, the spirit of the world. Better to call for repentance and conversion.

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