January 31, 2012 5 Comments
The Episcopal Church clearly now sees good as evil and evil as good.
January 31, 2012 2 Comments
It deletes ‘Father’ and Jesus as ‘Son of God’:
Why anyone thinks that this would earn anything but contempt from Muslims is beyond me:
… now there is a major controversy developing as the latest altered Bibles are being created by organizations that most would think of as being more conservative and reasonable. At the forefront of the controversy are the Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Frontiers, all of which are producing Bible translations that remove or modify terms which they have deemed offensive to Muslims.
That’s right: Muslim-friendly Bibles.
Included in the controversial development is the removal of any references to God as “Father,” to Jesus as the “Son” or “the Son of God.” One example of such a change can be seen in an Arabic version of the Gospel of Matthew produced and promoted by Frontiers and SIL. It changes Matthew 28:19 from this:
“baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”
“cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”
I don’t think that this book can be considered to be a Bible at all.
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Just a short note to those so openly advocating schism and working against the good governance and effective spiritual leadership within the TAC (and by schism, I mean: the offense of causing or inciting division or disunion within the Church):
Canon 1364 § 1 of the Catholic Church (for the ‘pro-Catholics’ out there) states:
An apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs a latae sententiae excommunication…
Schism, like an act of apostasy or heresy, automatically brings the penalty of excommunication. That is standard procedure in most Churches. And do you know where this sin stems from? Pride. That primordial sin that lead Satan to rebel against God.
So if you are a TAC member, please stop. As a still serving member, you ought to be loyal, lest you make yourself guilty of one of the vilest devices of Satan - warned against in Scripture - the causing of divisions and strife in the Church:
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
- (Rom 16:17-18)
(Cf. 2 Cor 2:11; 1 Cor 1:10; 3:1-3; 11:17-19; 2 Cor 11:20).
The peace and unity of the Church is a divine mandate of the highest priority (Ps 133:1-3; Mat 5:9; Rom 12:18-21; 1 Cor. 7:15; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 4:1-6; 1 Thess 5:12-15).
Or if you cannot follow the Biblical mandate, then simply leave and go to there where it is you think that you will best be able to honour and obey Christ. If ‘Church-hopping’ is your thing (everyone just pause for a minute here, and look back over your own ecclesiastical landscape), then by all means. Continue and make the Church just another product in the broader marketplace of goods and services. Faithfulness to a specific theological or ecclesiastical tradition has in any event, long been replaced by the modern fad of ‘Church shopping’. Even Clergy seem to openly shop. And do it here, and you’ll do it there.
As for me, I’d rather be found faithful. I believe being faithful is a Christian virtue (Gal 5:22)? So when things are not what I believe they ought to be, then I work to make the change, within. Our culture has so little if any regard for commitment. Divorce is easy. And yet, the Good Shepherd says:
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
- St John 10:11-13
Do that and who knows, you may even be able to grow your congregation? When people see in you a holiness, love, devotion and unwavering commitment to the Risen Lord, they will follow you. People need Jesus, and they need to be shown Jesus. How do you do that when you cannot get over yourself?
The path to unity will not be easy, but it can be done. So let us pray to that end.
January 31, 2012 2 Comments
Released for publication here.
Traditional Anglican Communion
Office of the Primate Archbishop John Hepworth
28th January 2012
To the Bishops, clergy and people of the Traditional Anglican Communion
My Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
In June of 2003, I was elected as the second Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion. At the Plenary Meeting of our College of Bishops, held in Australia in conjunction with the inauguration of my Primacy, it was made strongly clear – without dissent – that I was to further the ambition of this Communion since its beginnings to discover a means by which Anglican ecclesial communities might come into the fullness of Catholic Communion in a corporate manner, without loss of the treasures of the Anglican tradition.
I prosecuted that mandate of the College in National and Diocesan Synods, in meetings and discussions with anyone whom I thought might assist in both Anglican and Roman Catholic circles, having made clear to the Holy See that I would not allow my own circumstances to become an impediment to unity.
With the promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, the mandate given to me by the College is now complete.
I have been deeply concerned that most of our Communion has been marginalised by the process of implementing the Apostolic Constitution. My correspondence and personal representations have not been as effective as I would have wished.
I have been equally concerned that several of the Bishops of our College continue to set aside the provisions of the Concordat that regulates our life as a College. The Concordat is a deeply Anglican document. It cannot be changed or disregarded by bishops alone. The clergy and laity meeting as the National Synods of our Member Provinces must confirm changes before they become effective. Neither bishops nor anyone else can be expelled from Communion at the whim of the bishops. Several bishops have started to exercise prelacy of this most disturbing kind.
I have also been concerned at the lightness with which the most solemn decisions of the College are being set aside.
I indicated last December that I would spend some weeks discerning the moment when my retirement might best be accomplished. Some of the bishops have expressed impatience; others have dissented from their actions.
I have today forwarded to the Secretary to the College (an elected position of the College, not an appointment of the Primate) a deed of resignation to be effective on Easter Day of this year, and I have instructed the Secretary to conduct an election for the next Primate, in strict accordance with the procedure laid down by the Concordat, and according to the detailed process determined by the College prior to the resignation of Archbishop Falk, my predecessor.
I remain the Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia.
I ask the prayers of the whole Communion for their bishops at this time, as once again they seek the Divine Will.
So the Primate will no longer resign at Pentecost. It is now Easter Day. 50 days sooner…
The resignation can be downloaded in pdf. Click here.
A crowd of 3,000 Muslims burned and looted some Christian homes and shops in an Egyptian village after a rumor spread that a Coptic Christian man had a photograph of a Muslim village girl on his cell phone.
“We contacted security forces, but they arrived very, very late,” said Father Boktor Nashed, a Coptic priest. The priest said that the attackers were local villagers, not radicals from elsewhere: “maybe because of lack of security, they think that they can do as they please.”
Seven minutes to turn a heart; how one Catholic deacon prepares and preaches a Sunday homily.
By Deacon Greg Kandra. Give it a read here.
January 30, 2012 2 Comments
Bishop or is it Father (sorry I’m never sure – it depends if you’re Episcopalian or TAC I suppose?) David Moyer has been declined the required votum needed for him to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.
Virtue Online is running the story:
The former Anglo-Catholic priest of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, Fr. David L. Moyer has been denied his final step into the Roman Catholic Church following 10 years of ecclesiastical wandering that started with The Episcopal Church, migrated through the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Forward in Faith, the Church of the Province of Central Africa, and the Anglican Church in America, a branch of the Traditional Anglican Church.
Moyer said he received a letter from Fr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, informing him that Archbishop Charles Chaput (Philadelphia) has declined to give him his votum (a promise) to proceed toward ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.
Moyer received a nulla osta (no impediment) from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in early November 2011, but a votum must be given by the local Catholic bishop for someone who resides in his diocese.
Moyer now leads a group of about 50 former parishioners from the Church of the Good Shepherd under the banner of Blessed John Henry Newman.
TAC PRIMATE JOHN HEPWORTH
Moyer’s fortunes have been tied to those of TAC Australian Archbishop John Hepworth as Moyer was consecrated a bishop in the TAC in 2006 by Hepworth, a move that many Episcopalians and Anglicans seriously questioned and actively discouraged.
Hepworth, a former Roman Catholic priest with a mixed past, expressed his intention of taking the TAC into Rome as an Anglican prelature. His hope was that he would be reinstated into the priesthood in the Ordinariate, bringing an alleged, but never confirmed, 700,000 Anglo-Catholics with him.
Hepworth hoped that revelations that he had been sexually abused by three priests would be mitigating circumstances to allow him to return to Rome as a priest. That did not happen. He revealed that he had been seduced by a sitting Roman Catholic monsignor who denied the charges. The Catholic Church in Adelaide says an investigation found no substance to allegations made by Hepworth against Fr. Ian Dempsey.
Soon after these allegations, and the stories that followed going viral, the Roman Catholic Church told Hepworth he could return to the Roman Catholic fold, but only as a layman. He was denied his yearned for return to the Roman Catholic fold as a bishop or priest. Hepworth also ruffled too many Roman Catholic feathers when he publicly blasted what he saw as efforts by Roman Catholic authorities to take over parts of his Canadian flock.
Hepworth has rejected Rome’s offer and mounted a campaign to pull together whatever fragments he can find of the TAC around the world to reignite his failed leadership…
Contacted by VOL and asked for a comment on his rejection to the Ordinariate, Moyer replied “no.”
January 30, 2012 4 Comments
The letter is measured and well sums up matters as they currently stand. It also makes my point: Reconciliation above all must be the goal and there is no (and should not be) any animosity towards those leaving the Traditional Anglican Communion in order to become Roman Catholics.
Diocese of Canada
Anglican Catholic Church of Canada
January 11, 2012
Dear Faithful in Christ:
As you approach your decision on whether or not to leave the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada to become Roman Catholics, I pray that God the Holy Spirit will guide and direct you. In this regard I wish to set certain facts before you. The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, as the Canadian Province of the Traditional Anglican Communion is and will remain an Anglican Church. The Constitution of the Traditional Anglican Communion, known as the “Victoria Concordat” enshrines the Affirmation of Saint Louis as the foundational statement of doctrine and belief of the T.A.C. and its Provinces.
The Affirmation of St. Louis provides “We declare our intention to seek and achieve full sacramental communion and visible unity with other Christians who ‘worship the Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity’, and who hold the Catholic and Apostolic Faith in accordance with the foregoing principles . . .”.
This declaration has been interpreted by some to mean that we seek “unity” with the Roman Catholic Church alone – but that is clearly not what the Affirmation says. We seek unity with other denominations and jurisdictions – other Continuing Anglican Churches, the various churches of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Polish National Catholic Church, the Nordic Catholic Church, and with the various churches that are in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
You are aware that in pursuit of such unity the Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion petitioned the Pope in 2007 to find ways to “permit us to remain Anglican Catholics” while returning to full communion with the rest of the Catholic Church. Rome’s response, “Anglicanorum Coetibus”, promised the “corporate reception” of Anglican groups, such as the various Provinces of the Traditional Anglican Communion. On that basis the Synod of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada asked to be corporately received (as an intact entity) into communion with the Pope as an Ordinariate. Our request was rejected, and in its place we were invited to each make an individual conversion and become Roman Catholics.
That is not our idea of “unity”. This idea has been rejected by the majority of bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion, including those of the United States, South Africa, and India. We are, and will remain Anglican. Perhaps one day in the future the Roman Catholic Church will respect us enough to grant us the visible, sacramental, unity between our churches that we sought, without demanding that we abandon being Anglican to become Roman Catholics. Nevertheless, some clergy and laity in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada have made a personal decision to accept this invitation to convert and become Roman Catholic. To honour their decision and to permit their graceful and orderly departure from the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada we have created a “Pro-Diocese” of Our Lady of Walsingham for those parishes that wish to leave the A.C.C.C. and convert to Roman Catholicism.
That is an option open to your parish. The other option is to remain in the Diocese of Canada (the original Diocese of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada), and thus to remain Anglican and remain members of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Some have interpreted the declaration to seek unity set out in the Affirmation of Saint Louis as meaning that the parishes of the “Pro-Diocese” will become Roman Catholics in the near future, while parishes of the original Diocese will join the Roman Catholic Church at a later date. This is not what the Affirmation says or provides for, as you can clearly read for yourselves. No amount of political persuasion can make this so. While we will strive to achieve visible, sacramental unity with other denominations and jurisdictions, we will not do so at the expense of no longer being Anglican.
So in summary the choice before you is simple:
1. Join the Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of Walsingham in order to leave the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada to become Roman Catholics, or;
2. Remain in the (original) Diocese of Canada, and thus remain Anglicans who are and will remain members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and of the Traditional Anglican Communion.
With every blessing to you and your parish as you approach this decision, I have the honour to remain,
Your Obedient Servant in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Craig Botterill, Q.C. Provincial Chancellor, Anglican Catholic Church of Canada Suffragan Bishop and Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Canada