Bishops back Church of England breakaway congregations

Bishops and archbishops claiming to represent 40 million Anglicans around the world have publicly endorsed a new breakaway network of churches set up outside the Church of England amid disputes over issues such as homosexuality.

Leaders from some of the largest branches in the Anglican Communion in Africa and the Americas hailed the emerging new evangelical grouping in England as they condemned what they called a “drift” from “the Biblical faith” within the Church of England.

They likened the emergence of the new grouping to the ministry of John Wesley in the 18th Century which led to the creation of a separate Methodist Church…

  • k

    A well …. backward people is all I can say
    – against homosexuals
    -against female priests
    =good riddance
    I do however side with their being abhorred at having a Muslim prayer in the Anglican Church ….. = you go to an early grave if you keep turning the other cheek/keep giving chances for dialogue to… a group that wants to exterminate you

    • Can’t argue that;)

    • Clausewitz

      I’m guessing you’re not converting to Lutheranism also.

      • David Murrell

        …or the United Church of Canada.

  • Frances

    This has been developing for some time. ACNA began in the USA as a backlash against the Episcopal Church’s “drift” away from the Bible to orientation with current cultural norms. It has spread to Canada, where there are congregations across the country.

    k – it is far too simplistic to say that these people are ‘backward’ and ‘against homosexuals’ and ‘against female priests’. The position re homosexuality is very much that of the RC’s: orientation okay, expression not. And as for women priests: it depends upon the diocese – some have women priests, some do not. Speaking as one who has sat under priests both men and women – as it were – I can say I have found the women priests (with one notable exception) to be a disappointment.

    Would love to hear Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali’s take on all this.

    • Frau Katze

      Thanks for the info.

      • Frances

        Any time.

    • winniec

      They’re trying to move on controversial issues before there is an overwhelming consensus.
      Anyway, you can’t please everyone.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Thanks so much for that informed response. I was so dumbstruck at the ignorance and judgemental character of the comments I had read thus far that I was considering investing the energy to write what you did. I am so weary of the ignorance of most about the various Christian and Catholic denominations. On average, most cannot even provide a dictionary definition of the word “theology” and cannot wrap their heads around the idea of its existence when confronted with it. It is, thus, beyond their ken to understand theological variances. And so many see to think that morality and ethics emerge, like ferns, from thin air and water. I despair….

  • Brett_McS

    There is an archipelago of sanity in the Anglican world. A diocese here and there that isn’t obsessed with politics and ‘trendiness’. It makes sense they would join up.

  • David Murrell

    Conservative churches breaking away from liberal denominations have always had a tough go of it. The mainstream synods, etc., are usually successful in taking the physical churches and land away from the breakaway churches. In Canada this has been a problem. The Anglican hierarchy then sells the property and keeps the money.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Which explains why most traditional Anglicans ( bells and smells ) are taking this opportunity and “going Roman”. The RC and Anglican churches have practically merged TWICE in the last 25 years. True Anglicans will simply move over to the RCC.