‘Preludium’ discusses ACNA/ACC with ‘Anglican Down Under’

Peter (Carrell) asks, ‘Give one good reason for ACC 2012 not to invite ACNA to join the Anglican Communion.’
Now he sets some limits on the sort of answer that will do: (a) not worry about what TEC thinks about making the invitation, (b)We should set aside any concerns about lack of precedent for it or the weight of Tradition or traditions being against it.  (c) no invoking ancient rules or canons (d) on the grounds of increasing diversity, we should welcome the invitation.
He bases these limits on his perceptions of the way in which The Episcopal Church acted in 2003 in consenting to the election by the Diocese of New Hampshire of Bishop Robinson. That his perceptions are mistaken, warped or otherwise to be considered with a large grain of salt is beside the question.  He has asked a question with limits, so there it is.
I value Peter’s friendship on the Internet enough to want to take his question seriously even if I don’t agree at all with his wind up for the pitch. So here goes.
Name one reason:
Because no Communion of Churches in its right mind will deliberately include a new member church that exist precisely because the new member Church believes an existing member church to be un-Christian, heretical and not truly Anglican. Because the Anglican Communion has some interest in being in its right mind, that is a communion in which scripture, reason and tradition all play a part in discernment, the Anglican Communion will avoid, if at all possible, doing something as blatantly stupid as inviting membership from a church already a break-away from a member body.The fact that there are member churches that are in impaired or broken communion with others is a reality, but in no case has a church become a member of the Communion with brokenness with other churches already part of the Anglican Communion.

The Anglican Church in North America recites its history with a primary emphasis on it being or becoming the true voice of Anglicanism in North America. The unveiled assumption being that The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, being revisionist, heretical, unorthodox, anti-biblical, etc, are not an authentic voice of Anglicanism in North America.

The second reason (just for added fun) that the ACC  can not “invite the ACNA to join the Anglican Communion” is that the ACC can’t invite any church to join something other than itself.  Becoming part of the Anglican Consultative Council puts a church on “the list of member churches.” Being on the ACC list makes one a member church of the Anglican Communion as it is understood by ACC itself. How well that list matches with the list of Church bishops invited to Lambeth, or Primates invited to the Primates Meetings is another question.

Well, there’s a start.

posted by Mark Harris at 11:46 AM on Dec 27, 2011
Mark Harris, on his blog ‘Preludium’, here in this extract from his U.S. web-site, discusses host of ‘Anglican Down Under’  Peter Carrell’s  thoughts about the possibility of ACNA being included as a Province of the world-wide Anglican Communion – alongside TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada – from which Communion Provinces the participating elements of ACNA have schismatically withdrawn.
I cannot but agree with Mark’s thesis that ACNA’s insistence on the ‘heretical’ provenance of both TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada would pose insurmountable difficulties for ACNA’s claim to be part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Schism is schism, so that the only way for ACNA to become part of the ACC would be for it to renounce it’s accusation of ‘heresy’ against TEC and the A.C.of C., and elect to re-join those parent Churches, and agreeing to accept their polity as an acceptable element of ‘Unity in Diversity’.  Does that seem at all likely? Probably not!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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