Monday, December 07, 2009

Two Archiepiscopal Statements on the Election of Mary Glasspool as Suffragan Bishop of Los Angelos

Archbishop of Syndey

"The election (yet to be confirmed) of a partnered lesbian as Bishop in the Episcopal Church (TEC) is sad but not surprising.

Confirmation of this election will make clear beyond any doubt whatsoever that the TEC leadership has chosen to walk in a way which is contrary to scripture and will continue to do so.

This settled path that the TEC chooses is contrary to the expressed will of the majority of the Anglican Communion.

Further, it confirms the rightness of GAFCON in producing the Jerusalem Declaration and establishing the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).

The aim of the FCA is to recognise and give fellowship to those who wish to remain faithful to God’s revealed word and also to defend and promote biblical teaching throughout the Communion.

It is all the more urgent that those who share the aims of the FCA should associate themselves with the movement and express their disapproval of actions which are contrary to scripture and contrary to historic Anglicanism.

Further, this gives the Archbishop of Canterbury every reason to act decisively and dissociate from the Episcopal Church and to recognise the Anglican Church of North America."

Archbishop of Canterbury

"The election of Mary Glasspool by the Diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.

The process of selection however is only part complete. The election has to be confirmed, or could be rejected, by diocesan bishops and diocesan standing committees. That decision will have very important implications.

The bishops of the Communion have collectively acknowledged that a period of gracious restraint in respect of actions which are contrary to the mind of the Communion is necessary if our bonds of mutual affection are to hold."


Joe Mahler said...

I wouldn't hold my breath hoping Canterbury would act decisively in repudiating this action of TEC. It is the direction that he himself wishes to go. TEC is a sect separate and apart from Christianity. Their affinity to Christianity is on par with the Mormons and the Unitarians/Universalists. In fact TEC is a whole lot less moral and honest than those two organizations. They are all pagans and have rejected God and our LORD Jesus Christ and His way for their own.

DomWalk said...

What do the Anglo-Magpies say about her, though?

Enquiring minds want to know.