Friday, October 13, 2006

Schism? What schism?

Hat tip to Tobias Haller, who reports on his blog that the Panel of Reference established by Rowan Cantaur has determined that the Diocese of New Westminster is still in communion with Canterbury, and thus is the legitimate expression of Anglicanism in that diocese. Those parishes there seeking to place themselves under the jurisdiction of another bishop must instead seek "extended episcopal oversight" following the policy established by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Score one for traditional Anglican polity. The report also makes allowances to assuage the fears of the conservative parishes in New Westminster. It is worth reading the full report of the Panel. As Tobias+ points out, the Network dioceses & parishes in The Episcopal Church shouldn't hold their breath waiting for Canterbury to name them as our replacement province.

Looks like the "Windsor process" will just have to continuing taking its course.

Unless, of course, the Network is really about power and not about communion after all. Then, who cares what Canterbury thinks.

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