Anglican Samizdat

February 24, 2010

Primate Fred Hiltz wants to lobby parliament

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada,Fred Hiltz,TEC — David Jenkins @ 6:51 pm
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It’s reasonably clear that Canadian Primate, Fred Hiltz, marches in lock step with TEC Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts-Schori on same-sex blessings and leftist social justice obsessions.

Here he goes again. Hiltz, in his new-year’s day sermon, said he wants to lobby the Canadian government through a church Secretariat for Government Relations:

Churches need lobby office here.
The government’s recent whack at the social justice group KAIROS has made churches realize that they’re no different than anyone else when it comes to lobbying in Ottawa. If you are not here, you are not heard. Fred Hiltz, head of the Anglican Church in Canada, floated this idea in  his New Year’s sermon at Christ Church Cathedral, a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill: “We believe the cut of … funding for KAIROS denies hope for millions of people throughout the world and damages our reputation among the nations. … This crisis highlights the need for the Churches to have a Secretariat for Government Relations here in the nation’s capital. Given the multicultural and multi-religious complexion of our country, such a secretariat could reflect a strong partnership in the interest of human rights, among people of a variety of faith traditions. I believe that a secretariat of this kind would enhance our capacity to have a stronger voice in influencing the shaping of public policy, both domestic and international.”

Funnily enough, TEC has allocated $6.6M in its budget for a government Advocacy Centre:

If you had 6.6 million dollars and wanted to do something good, what would you do?

If your answer is “hire lobbyists to get the government to solve problems for you,” then you might be an Episcopalian.

What in the world does the Episcopal church want to communicate to our elected officials? Those silly resolutions passed by General Conventions of course, and it takes money to get these important messages across.

Another example of imaginative leadership from Fred Hiltz; Fred, apparently, is going to show the world the way out of the same-sex blessings mess. Stop sniggering:

If Canadian Anglicans can find a way to break through the impasse over sexuality “it could well become a vibrant model of the kind of renewed Christian community that has much to teach the wider church,”


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.

February 13, 2010

Openly Gay Episcopal Priest Receives More Nods

Filed under: TEC — David Jenkins @ 5:58 pm

From the Christian Post:

A controversial priest who has a lesbian partner has so far received more than half the votes she needs to be consecrated as an assistant bishop.

And the 120-day consent process began just a month ago.

The Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool has 29 consents to become bishop suffragan, according to a recent report by the Diocese of Los Angeles. She needs 56 to be confirmed as the second openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church.

“Throughout her 30 years of ordained ministry, the Rev. Mary Glasspool has been faithful and consistent to the ministry, doctrine and teaching of the Episcopal Church,” Bishop Nathan Baxter of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania wrote in a pastoral letter indicating his consent.

“On the matter of her sexuality and life-style, the Rev. Glasspool is faithful to the spirit and prayerfully determined direction of our church,” he noted.

And there you have it: “Rev. Glasspool is faithful to the spirit and prayerfully determined direction of our church”. TEC has abandoned Biblical directives and, instead, has decided to go its own way, faithful to a spirit that is entirely unrelated to the Spirit and prayer that is entirely solipsistic.

January 13, 2010

LA Bishop refuses to block Glasspool’s election – does it really matter?

Filed under: TEC — David Jenkins @ 1:21 pm

From here:

LA rebuffs Anglican conservatives.

The Bishop of Los Angeles has rejected the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council’s call to block the election of a lesbian priest as suffragan bishop of the diocese.

For “more than the past 30 years” the Episcopal Church has been “working on gradual, full incorporation of gay and lesbian people,” the Rt. Rev J Jon Bruno said in a statement he entitled “Be Not Afraid,” released on Dec 18.

However, “we have worked to be people of gracious restraint for all these years and have now come to a place in our lives that is normal evolutionary change which compels us to move from tolerance to full inclusion,” he said, rejecting the Standing Committee’s call for “gracious restraint” following the election of Canon Mary Glasspool.

The idea of the liberal  TEC or ACoC exerting “gracious restraint” by not ordaining bishops who are practising homosexuals and not blessing the “marriage” of same-sex couples was a flawed concept from the beginning. The real problem is not that the provinces continue with the blessings and ordinations but that they believe they are the right thing to do: the ACoC and TEC wants to bless what God condemns. Restraint, gracious or otherwise is not the remedy; a change of heart – repentance – is.

The best solution would be to allow the liberal provinces to get on with acting on the light they believe they have received, allow conservative parishes along with their buildings to join the majority in the Anglican Communion, separate the two communions and see which side flourishes. If liberals are as deluded as conservatives think they are, it will all be over in 20 years.

December 6, 2009

Rowan Williams: please don’t do it. Pretty please?

Filed under: homosexuality,Rowan Williams,TEC — David Jenkins @ 4:13 pm
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Rowan Williams obsequiously begging diocesan bishops not to allow another gay bishop to be consecrated:

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.

Coincidentally, our readings this morning included Luke 3:1ff where John the Baptist, in a moment of seeker-sensitive tenderness, exhorted the crowds with “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Rather than be direct, Rowan implores the bishops for a period of gracious restraint. What a load of old bollocks. The TEC should get on with what everyone knows is eventually inevitable and Rowan should stop snivelling long enough to employ John the Baptist’s technique – tell the truth; he has nothing to lose at this point.

November 16, 2009

Who’s afraid of Katharine Jefferts-Schori?

Filed under: TEC — David Jenkins @ 7:14 pm

According to KJS, the church is filled wtih cainophobics:

Hundreds of worshippers packed into Sacramento’s Trinity Cathedral on Sunday morning to hear the nation’s leader of the Episcopal Church talk about the need to embrace change.

“Changing isn’t the problem,” said Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her message. “Our fear and anxiety about it is.”

This is the same condescending drivel that both the ACoC and TEC have been peddling for years. KJS can’t seem to grasp that the problem is not that people are afraid of the changes she is making, but that they disagree with them.

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