October 26, 2012 10 Comments
JC Ryle once noted:
Not all zeal is right – it may be a zeal without knowledge.
Now blogger Deborah Gyapong seems to have fallen foul of one particular zealot, a Patrick, who goes by the handle: Patrick-TAC. Regrettably, he writes:
I dont know what your name implies about you, however I recalled relating unhappyness with Roman Catholic decision to join only to Deborah and I indicated how instead of thinking about Ordinariate but her efforts are to judge TAC Bishop’s decisions. Let me help you here the letter was seeking communion and please read the difference between communion and absorption, you talk of repudiation of offer and yet you think signing of CCC of Rome binds people. I do not know why dont you ask your auhorities as to why do they give an offer to people whom they own if its what you think of your CCC has. They must teach you why they gave an offer if CCC binds TAC Bishops who requeste communion please do not be naive, why are your athorities not seeking redress to take our finances and buildings if they own our Bishops. Please think again and understand the contents of the letter from TAC to Roman Catholics.There is no new TAC you are instead diminished in your understanding of faith and think that your opinion is the one that is better to anyone if you think Roman Catholic is the only true Catholic Church.I hope you will take back your hepworth and make him your Priest again as he belong with you.The same TAC which declined your Roman Catholic Church’s offer is going forward in faith and does not bother about what Roman catholics are doing but is instead focusing more like never before on its mission of preaching the Gospel of Christ. You act like the rest of figitives who are not haappy in their choices, who thought TAC was finished like your athourities, HA HA HA think again the TAC is young vibrant and is stronger like before.It is still the same TAC thats why it responded to decline the offer, as it is the same TAC which requested only COMMUNION and not absorption.
As you can see, the above comment clearly lacks grace and charity, it cannot be condoned, and serves only to scratch open wounds. Deborah responds to him over here. The whole thing is stinging and so very unnecessary. Nothing will ever be resolved like this.
Speaking from experience, Patrick is one fanatically committed person. He has been on my blog before, and from what I can gather, hails from this neck of the woods (South Africa). Sadly however, when one is arrogant, rude, exclusive and patronising, you are in effect, unconstructive and unhelpful. And this is the sad net result of his zeal:
Maybe some day the TAC will grow up back to the stature it had reached in 2007 before its implosion and reconstitution as just some other Continuing Anglican Church.
In the meantime, I am happy to see Bishop Gill is going to be ordaining new priests and deacons and I hope many come to Christ through the evangelizing of the new TAC’s clergy and people.
I guess, too, we who have joined Ordinariates, have to show the world we have not been absorbed, but are flourishing within the Catholic Church with our Anglican patrimony beautifully nourished and protected.
If the new TAC wants me to stop discussing the new TAC, then move on, focus on evangelization, stop trying to rewrite history, and stop coming over here and commenting on my blog! If what I write here upsets you, then please stop reading, making assertions that cannot be left to stand and inspiring me to write more.