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Archbishop Justin Welby faces up to schism that began in 1960s with Episcopal Church

Justin Welby

Archbishop Justin Welby faces up to schism that began in 1960s with Episcopal Church Revisions of traditional Book of Common Prayer inspired by holy scripture.

The archbishop of Canterbury is proposing to effectively dissolve the fractious and bitterly divided worldwide Anglican communion and replace it with a much looser grouping.

Justin Welby has summoned all the 38 leaders of the national churches of the Anglican communion to a meeting in Canterbury next January, where he will propose that the communion be reorganised as a group of churches that are all linked to Canterbury but no longer necessarily to each other.

He believes that the communion – notionally the third largest Christian body in the world with 80 million members, after the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches - has become impossible to hold together due to arguments over power and sexuality and has, for the past 20 years, been completely dysfunctional. A Lambeth Palace source said the archbishop felt he could not leave his eventual successor in the same position of "spending vast amounts of time trying to keep people in the boat and never actually rowing it anywhere". Read More

Bishop of Albany Says "No" to Gay Marriage,
"Yes" to Vows He Made at His Consecration

A Pastoral Letter on Marriage and Related Actions of the 78th General Convention

The Rt. Rev. William Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As many of you are aware, the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church recently voted to change the marriage canon (Canon 1.18), by making all references to individuals being married gender-neutral. In addition, Resolution A054, authorizing the use of specially designed liturgies for the blessing of same gender marriages, was also adopted. With the passage of these two resolutions in conjunction with the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on same gender marriage, the majority voice in The Episcopal Church has opened the door for same gender marriages to occur in those dioceses where the bishop allows them.

I am keenly aware that there are some in the Diocese of Albany who see the above actions as an answer to prayer and believe it is time for this diocese to adopt the views of much of the rest of The Episcopal Church, thus allowing for same gender marriages in local parishes. I know there are some who don't care one way or the other, but just want the fighting and arguments about "sex" to stop. The vast majority of the people of the diocese, however (as evidenced by the overwhelming support of past actions of Diocesan Convention opposing the blessing of same gender unions), see the above actions to be apostate in nature, an attack on the authority of Holy Scripture and the sacramental nature of holy matrimony, as well as a total disregard for the impact TEC's actions have on the wider Anglican Communion.Read More

How to Boil a Frog

How to Boil a Frog

Most of us are familiar with the Boiling Frog Analogy: If you put a frog in boiling water, it will leap right out of the pot. If, on the other hand, you put the frog in warm water and gradually turn up the heat bit by bit, it will first be lulled into a cozy stupor, and then boiled alive before it catches on.

Having never tried this with anything other than lobsters, clams, and mussels, I don't know if this story is true, but it does illustrate how even the most radical change, when introduced in increments, can lull us into a sense that all is well -- until it's too late. Read More

Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina

Bishop Michael Curry

Elected 27th Presiding Bishop of The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, and the first African-American to serve in this capacity, on the first ballot on June 27, during the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Of the 174 votes tallied, Bishop Curry received 121 (89 needed to elect).

Following his election by the House of Bishops, Bishop Curry's election was overwhelmingly confirmed by the House of Deputies, 800 for, 12 against. Read more

This Is Not Comedy Night at National Cathedral.

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American flag, military heroes to be thrown out along with Confederate flag.

The dean of National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. has called for the removal of stained-glass windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Gen. Jackson reads the Bible in one of the windows, while a small Confederate flag, barely noticeable at first glance, waves overhead. Of course, the Bible will be thrown out, too, as well as the image of the American flag.

The Confederate flag appears in pictures apparently posted by Dylann Roof in online writings laced with racial hatred, according to a report by CNN. Roof has been charged with murdering nine people attending a church Bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.

In his sermon last Sunday, June 28, the Very Rev. Gary Hall announced that he would call on the cathedral's governing body to remove two stained-glass windows put in place to honor "the lives and legacies of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee." The windows were installed in 1953 at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and are two of many stained-glass bays on the cathedral's main level. Read More

TEC's Newspeak: Language of the Week
Cranmer's Words: Language for the Ages

July 2, 2015 - Social engineering is always preceded by changes in language. This is true for the Church as it is for the nation. We come to believe the words we regularly read and speak.

"The words of my mouth" become "the meditation of my heart." (1928 Book of Common Prayer, page 3) Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489 - 1556), whose birthday we celebrate today, introduced the first Book of Common Prayer in the knowledge that the language of the catholic and apostolic Church, presented to the people of England in their own language, would strengthen their faith.

TEC's 10-day General Convention in Salt Lake City concludes tomorrow, the revisionists having introduced yet more inane babble to replace the great language of the "American Prayer Book" - The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America's great gift to Protestantism. (The two names illustrate the contrast between a once-great Church and the shambles it has become following the rewriting of its matchless liturgy to fit its agenda of "social justice.")

Mainstream Media Newsroom

Just what Episcopal Headquarters ordered:

"Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of CNBC, Yahoo, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a human byline - a financial story written and published by an automated system well-versed in the AP Style Guide. The AP implemented the system six months ago and now publishes 3,000 such stories every quarter - and that number is poised to grow." From article by Ross Miller, The Verge, January 29, 2015

Perhaps the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and the General Convention Prayer Book, Music, and Liturgy Committee would like to employ a robo-writer for their next round of "new liturgy" aberrations as they continue to "reimagine" the Church. An automaton programmed from the AP Style Guide surely would hammer out rites superior to the vapid phrases produced by revisionist reimaginers for GC. Moreover, think of the money TEC would save, since robots work for less than minimum wage and don't care about junkets at posh resorts for commission meetings several times a year - money presumably needed for TEC's legal fund and dismantling of historic stained- glass windows. -- JM

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TEC Bends Facts in Reporting on Slavery

Keep your digital detector handy as the Episcopal Church (TEC) launches into yet another of its "conversations" about white people whose ancestors were slave owners and who now presumably owe reparations for the actions of their ancestors who may or may not have owned slaves.

A documentary Traces of the Trade has been viewed nationwide throughout the Episcopal Church and will have special screenings this week at TEC General Convention in Salt Lake City. (See below.) It was made by a descendant of the DeWolf family.Read More

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer
Inspired United States President on Eve of D-Day

June 6, is D-Day. On this day in 1944 the allied invasion of Normandy began, turning the tide of World War II. In the predawn hours, 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne forces began the assault. At 6:30 a.m., in the largest amphibious landing in history, 160,000 infantry and armored divisions waded into enemy fire along a 50-mile stretch of German-occupied French coastline.

Gen. Eisenhower addresses Paratroopers on way to Normandy.

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion.

The German positions were heavily fortified, but they crumbled under the onslaught of resolute, well-trained troops in the meticulously-planned attack. At the end of that day, 9,000 allied troops lay dead or wounded on French soil, but the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy, and more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, concluded in a message sent just before the assault began: "I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

"Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." Read More

Trinity Rose Window, Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas

God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

1. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.

THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. -- ARTICLES OF RELIGION, The 1928 Book of Common Prayer, page 603

Trinity Sunday today marks the beginning of Trinity Season, which extends over summer and autumn to the Sunday before Advent, when the Christian year begins.

There is good reason that the definition of the Holy Trinity is Number 1 of the 39 Articles of Religion.The triune nature of God -- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost -- is at the very heart of our faith. From the time that Christ was "incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man" to Whitsunday, or Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost brought God's knowledge to the disciples, we see that the three persons are of one substance, as set forth in scripture. To read more, click here.

Will New Presiding Bishop Include Traditionalists at the Table?

ETF asks candidates to clarify positions on 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (ETF) has sent a letter to each nominee for presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, seeking his opinion on the scripture-based, classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer. We'll report the responses to you so that you can instruct your bishops, active and retired, and parish delegates to General Convention June 25-July 3 to support the bishop who would be truly pastoral and inclusive in matters concerning our God-given right to worship as we believe.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has announced the four nominees for the position of 27th Presiding Bishop, to be elected at the Church's triennial General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this month. The announcement was made in a report issued by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB).

The nominees are:

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal,
Diocese of Southern Ohio

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry,
Diocese of North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas,
Diocese of Connecticut

The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith,
Diocese of Southwest Florida

Commenting on the candidates, David Virtue, internet journalist covering the global Anglican Communion, writes:

All four are liberal in faith and morals, with each bishop having declared that they have or will allow rites for same sex blessings in their respective dioceses with one bishop, Dabney Smith, having said he would never allow a Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry seminary priest in his diocese. However, it turned out that the Rev Joseph F. Maiocco III, a Trinity graduate, ended up at St. John's Naples.

In April 2010 Bishop Smith swooped in into St. Dunstan's Anglican Church in Largo, Florida; locked the doors and evicted the clergy and parishioners of that parish.

"In typical Episcopal fashion they suddenly ended it all and preemptively struck us. While we had been preparing for the possibility it still came as a shock," said the Rev. Ed Sellers, the 68-year old evangelical catholic priest. "They promised to give us a key so we could worship in the sanctuary but they reneged on that promise. We've been effectively locked out and removed the 'Anglican Church' signs."

On same sex issues, Smith has not formally approved such blessings, but he has not forbidden them either. According to sources, there are several parishes in the diocese that will jump at the chance to do it. On the other hand, he won't mandate their use either, yet.

Church of the Redeemer-Sarasota, the largest in the diocese, already issued a long statement indicating..."it ain't happening here".

In another alienating move, in 2010 Smith took more than $30,000 "conscience money," that was set aside by Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics in the Diocese of Southwest Florida and earmarked for the Dominican Republic, and sent it to National Church headquarters in New York City, violating a long held agreement with orthodox Episcopalians in the diocese going back to Bishop John Lipscomb.

If he should win, none of the few remaining orthodox dioceses would be able to trust him.

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Whitsunday 2015

Birthday of Our Church

If you haven't been to church in a while, this Sunday -- Whitsunday -- is a good time to start. The Church was born this day, the 50th day after Easter, when the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit before going out into the world to spread the gospel to all nations.

The name "Whitsunday" derives from the Middle English whitsonenday, and Old English Hwita Sunnandaeg, or "White Sunday," so named because the newly baptized wore white robes on this day. In early Greek centers of Christianity, this day was called Pentecost, from the Greek root word "pent," having to do with 50.

In today's Episcopal Church's revised rites, the name Pentecost is used, but in the liturgy that has served us well for almost 500 years and is found in our 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the day remains Whitsunday, the beginning of Whitsuntide, and young confirmands wear white to church. Click here to read more.

Ascension of Jesus Christ

The Ascension of Our Lord by John LaFarge (1835-1910)

The Church of the Ascension, New York

Truth or Fantasy?

The Ascension Day is always on the Thursday that falls 40 days after Easter. This year it is on May 14.

Luke and Matthew write about Christ's activities during the 40 days after he rose from the dead and what he instructed his followers to do just before he ascended into heaven. Click here to read their accounts.

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Lawsuits in Relentless Battle against Its Own

By A. S. Haley
(The Anglican Curmudgeon)

February 22, 2015 -- It is a fact well known to certain Episcopalians—both those who have left the Episcopal Church (USA) and those who have remained—that ECUSA and its dioceses have followed a pattern of suing any church that chooses to leave for another Anglican jurisdiction.
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