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-New Breakaway Anglican Church in North America

by Dr. D ~ December 3rd, 2008

(Anglican  Flag via Wikipedia)

A group of conservative Episcopalians and Anglicans in the US and Canada announced today the formation of a new Anglican province of churches: Anglican Church in North America.

The new enity is estimated to have 100,000 members including four breakaway Episcopal dioceses, dozens of individual parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and splinter groups that left the Anglican family years ago.

The schism is the result of disagreements between liberal and conservative factions within the Episcopal Church of the US and the Anglican Church of Canada. The ordination of a practicing homosexual Bishop seems to have brought a decades long dispute to a head, escalating the division between traditional conservative Anglicans and liberal leaders and Bishops in North America.

Whether the new province will receive full recognition within the Anglican Communion is not yet known. However, they have already received the support of seven Archbishops of Anglican national churches so far, including- Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, and Argentina.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has not yet issued any comments concerning the new Anglican group. The Rev. Charles Robertson, adviser to US Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, did respond with the following statement:

“there is room within The Episcopal Church for people with different views and we regret that some have felt the need to depart from the diversity of our common life in Christ.”

Response: It will be interesting to watch how this development proceeds. Will the US Episcopal and Canadian Anglican Churches stand by and allow them to leave their denominations without a fight over property and financial resources?

The specter and spectacle of an ugly drawn out legal battle over money and property would be unfortunate and provide a rather poor example of Christian brotherhood and love.            *Top

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