Saturday, December 29, 2007

A thought on the Episcopal row
Specifically the often assumed/unspoken Cyprianism (no valid sacraments outside what one considers the one true church) and Donatism (no valid orders outside one’s views) of the loud online left. Ideas have consequences and people writing in grown-up fora ought to be accountable for them.
If you are Protestant — if you don’t believe in an infallible/one true church, and as a separate church you were founded by a schism from your lawful ecclesiastical head (again, if unity above all is true who was right in 1534, Thomas Cranmer or St John Fisher?) — you have no right to invoke Nicæa (or quote St Ignatius of Antioch). Ever.
Christopher Johnson (notes by me)

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