July 4, 2010
by Christian Campbell
On balance, the 2010 annual Synod of the Diocese of the Eastern United States (ACA/TAC) was a positive development for those committed to the pursuit of full communion with the Catholic Church under the terms of the recent Apostolic Constitution. [More on that later.] But it was also a healthy dose of reality for each of the delegates — pro, con, or undecided. To put it politely, a serious lack of forthrightness on the part of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in America has led to considerable confusion, suspicion, and fear — not only on the part of those opposed to reunion with the Catholic Church, but also among those who favor the ordinariate scheme. The bishops (as a college) seem to have been more than willing to (purport to) commit their flocks to a momentous doctrinal and ecumenical course of action, but they have subsequently shown themselves absolutely unprepared — and seemingly unwilling — to do the difficult work of shepherds (which office they claim to hold). The ambivalent, ambiguous — and even misleading — statements about the "talks with the Roman Catholic Church" which still emanate from the House of Bishops, coupled with a refusal to openly defend or adhere to the doctrine solemnly professed at Portsmouth, have wreaked havoc within the jurisdiction and all but destroyed the possibility of a genuine ecclesial movement toward reunion with the Holy See.
Of the four ACA diocesan bishops in the USA, only one, Bishop Louis Campese (DEUS), has taken a public stand for the Apostolic Constitution...
Read the rest of Christian's report on the ACA's DEUS Synod at The Anglo-Catholic blog.
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