Why bother leaving?
I could hardly believe my eyes when I read yesterday that when Bishop Jack Iker, the former Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth, commenting on some of his clergy who had been seen at the recent conference for those interested in the Anglican Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, said: “They can leave if they like but they needn’t think they can take their property with them”. Shades of Presiding Bishop Schori and provincial lawyer David Booth Beers! When they quote him in court, he’ll wish he hadn’t said that.
The report then went on to say that, though there was a sharp difference of opinion in the breakaway Church about whether women should (or is it still could?) be ordained as priests, nevertheless this was a secondary matter and could no doubt be resolved. Meanwhile the matter should be prayerfully studied. Where have we heard that before?
The final no-brainer was the statement that the new “Anglican Church of North America” was open to high church and low church people, liberals and conservatives. Bravo! an inclusive Church! But wait a minute – we’ve already got one of these, haven’t we? God bless our Holy Mother Episcopal Church!
Meanwhile, to Bishop Iker’s priests – and others – who have already despaired of the new schism, why bother with the Anglican Rite of the Roman Catholic Church? Adopt the St Clement’s solution and use the Roman Rite in the Anglican Church: it saves a lot of bother and you don’t have to mix with weird characters like the Archbishops of Sidney or Nigeria.