Fr Stephen Smuts

On Msgr Jeffery Steenson and The Anglo-Catholic

with 7 comments

Writes Deborah Gyapong on her own blog:

it is time for me to take another hiaitus from the Anglo-Catholic blog as the moderator seems to be taking an editorial stance that makes me uncomfortable.

Our experience of Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson in Canada has been good so I want to distance myself from that stance. He is also my Ordinary and thus issues of loyalty also apply. That doesn’t mean I will never be critical of something he may say or do but that I will do my best to be fair and not to pre-judge things know nothing about. I do not know enough about the American situation to comment further except to say I pray for the success of the Ordinariates and for wisdom and discernment from God for Msgr. Steenson.

And I for one am glad she has distanced herself from that blog. It is so filled with disillusionment and slandermongering.

I mean, just look at the damage Christian Clay Columba Campbell has actually caused now that Fr Z picked up on his malicious post  (and of late, over at the opinionated Rorate Caeli too). Some of the comments there are simply horrible. 

However a comment by Ignatius (over at Fr Z’s) seemed to put it all into perspective for me:

Mr. Campbell has a history of posting unsubstantiated allegations against Fr. Steenson and the US Ordinariate in The Anglo Catholic site. At least one of those, announcing the utter failure (!?) of the Ordinariate have been deleted from the site. Therefore, I do not consider him personally a trustworthy source on issues regarding Fr. Steenson. There seem to be some personal issues at play there.

So do please go and support Deborah as she takes a stand for the good, by following her edifying blog: Foolishness to the world.  

 

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Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 30, 2012 at 20:11

7 Responses

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  1. Sadly, truth often seems to be in the eye of the beholder, but eventually if we seek truth, hopefully we will find it! But again, there can be no truth without Christ, and the beauty of dogmatic theology, as we see in the Nicene “homoousios”: the true face of Christ is ‘very God’! And the revelation of Paul’s “Christ Jesus”, is God & Man seated above on the Throne of Glory: prophet, priest & king! And even the Eucharistic Acclamation:

    Dying you destroyed our death,
    rising you restored our life,
    Lord Jesus, Come In Glory! – Amen!

  2. Hello Father Robert,
    I could not agree more. Present and former TAC Clergy got very weary of a number of
    characters , who deceived us. We got to distance ourselves from them and indeed seek
    the truth.
    Blessings from down under.
    Father Ed Bakker
    ACC/OP

    fredbakker

    July 31, 2012 at 03:01

    • Hi Fr. Fred: Yes, sadly the whole of the Anglican Communion has been deeply troubled for many years, we know the biblical battle is very real in these times of postmodernity, and both human and spiritual deception can only be checked in the search and faithful reality of truth known and loved! Our blessed Lord called us to a life of definite “spirit and truth”, I know you are after it as am I!

      Yours too, ‘In Christ’, :)

  3. Mrs Gyapong is absolutely correct and Monsignor Steenson totally logical on this issue.

    Robert ian Williams

    July 31, 2012 at 08:48

  4. I too believe it is time for us to take a break from The Anglo-Catholic blog. Whatever the mistakes that may have been made knowingly or accidentally by the leadership of the US Ordinariate, the time is more than ripe for peace and reconciliation to be sought – by all sides. Feelings have been hurt, bitter allegations made – this is not helping the cause of the Ordinariates.
    I pray that we find together, bury hatchets, look for common ground and share Christ’s love among us.

    David Murphy

    July 31, 2012 at 12:18

  5. I can only repeat what I posted on Mrs Gyapong’s site:-

    “Sad to say, I think you are right about Mr Campbell’s recent approach to some matters. He seems to have something of a bee in his bonnet of late and, while he is quick to criticise, often in intemperate terms, he is also quick to exercise his power of censorship should a commentator venture to suggest that his approach is wrong.

    It’s the age-old problem of the newspaper industry now repeating itself in the new media. As a journalist you will have heard stories about old time newspaper proprietors and editors getting too big for their boots. Perhaps Mr Campbell sees himself as the Lord Rothermere or Lord Beaverbrook of the Anglo-Catholic blog.”

    We should all remember that Our Lord in His Wisdom entrusted the affairs of his Church to fallible humans. We should be slow to criticse those entrusted with governance because they are our “Fathers in God”. When a son feels obliged to raise an issue with his temporal father he should do so with appropriate respect. So too in matters spiritual.

    Mourad

    July 31, 2012 at 21:19


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