Anglican Samizdat

February 18, 2010

I am ¬a Faithful Episcopalian

Filed under: TEC — David Jenkins @ 9:55 pm

I only just came across this Facebook group.

Its statement of purpose keeps referring to a Book; I can only assume its Mao’s Little Red Book. There is no mention of obedience to God, just “canonical obedience to Her Grace the Presiding Bishop”.


We are a group of Episcopalians committed to unity, faith, and charity without schism from the Episcopal Church. True to the Anglican spirit, whoever you are, whatever you bring, you are welcome here.


We the members of this group, do solemnly swear by that book and by the holy contents thereof and by the wonderful works that God hath miraculously wrought in heaven above and in the earth beneath, that that we will pay true and canonical obedience to Her Grace the Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church and her successors in all things lawful and honest, so help us God through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


We the members of this group, do utterly testify and declare in our consciences that the Presiding Bishop’s grace is the only primatial authority of this province, as well in all spiritual or ecclesiastical things or causes, and that no foreign bishop, prelate, or primate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority ecclesiastical within this province; and therefore we do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, superiorities and authorities, and do promise that from henceforth we shall bear faith and canonical obedience to the Presiding Bishop’s especial grace and her lawful successors, and to our power shall assist and defend all jurisdictions, pre-eminences, privileges and authorities granted or belonging to the Presiding Bishop’s especial grace and her successors, or united or annexed to the primatial throne of this province. So help us God, and by the contents of that Book.



  1. Seeing some of the connections I actually think this may be tongue in cheek.

    Comment by obituary — February 18, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

  2. I kept re-reading it think it had to be tongue in cheek but ended up concluding that it is supposed to be serious – could be wrong, though!

    Comment by David — February 18, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

  3. Well if not tongue in cheek I can think of all sorts of anatomically difficult things it could be.

    Comment by obituary — February 19, 2010 @ 7:27 am

  4. That is not a very large, nor very active group by any measure. If this is a serious group, than it is rather pathetic.

    Comment by AMPisAnglican — February 19, 2010 @ 9:04 am

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