So a Protestant denomination gave its more liberal American branch a time-out. Sort of. ("Did not!" "Did too!") It doesn't mean anything. It won't change the Episcopalians' minds.
The Church of England itself seems to be headed down the same path. I'm pretty sure the pressure for this came from the African Anglicans.That and, unlike the Episcopalians, the C of E has Evangelicals (capital E in Anglicanism), but we're talking about a very irreligious country. Right, the Africans: the ex-empire strikes back. What's sort of funny is seeing the Episcopalians blow them off while trying not to look racist. Do they think their black presiding bishop gives them an excuse? Nice man; doesn't seem as abrasive as Schori. A good Protestant. By the way, most black American Protestants don't agree with the Episcopalians on the matter at hand.
Yeah, I imagine dissing the African Anglicans presents a real liberal train wreck for them.Schadenfreude.
Anglican "logic": So the Pope and the Schoolmen (St. Thomas Aquinas) crossed a line somehow, trying to change the faith, but women clergy and same-sex weddings don't? (Us: we can't change the matter of a sacrament.) By the way, the body doing the disciplining in this story has women clergy. These aren't Catholics, even though some of us as Anglicans thought we were. Never were. To be fair, their founding fathers had the same view of "reason" (as in the Anglican "three-legged stool" of scripture, tradition, and reason) as Aristotle and the Schoolmen: conforming yourself to objective reality, not "this is how I rationalize getting what I want." Women clergy and same-sex marriage weren't in their plan. But Anglicanism started as a mix of sincere but wrong people buying into Protestantism (Christ's saving work is all in the past, and I'm saved if I feel I'm saved, so no priests, no Mass — they hate the Mass — and no penances) and the King and his buddies stealing church property ("I want a male heir, so..." ...rationalizing away). Once you chuck the church, anything goes, as conservative Anglicans have learned the hard way. And most of the left figures you might as well stay home on Sundays.
As an erstwhile born Anglican I was trying to defend Catholicism at the congregational level ("we are part of the larger church"; Anglo-Catholicism is really semi-congregational as well as episcopal), not really Anglicanism ("We're the true church because we're both Catholic and Reformed! Obey the King or die; your choice"). I didn't want to be a Protestant.
Ecumenism (you-come-in-ism): getting the Continuum (classic American Anglo-Catholics who said no to the Sixties) and ACNA (Episcopalianism minus gay weddings) to realize that what happened to the Episcopal Church was inevitable, so re-creating it isn't the answer.
Later this month is the Chair of Unity Octave, started by would-be Catholic Episcopalians, Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson and Mother Lurana White, who wanted to bring the world into the Catholic Church and of course, in 1909 a year after the Episcopalians voted to allow other Protestant ministers to preach in their churches, became Catholic themselves.