Anglican Bishops in Dialogue agree with Preludium’s 2006 statement.
I wrote that in the context of arguing that of the two notions – that the Anglican Communion is a “world wide church” and that the Anglican Communion is a fellowship (or family) I go for the second.
Here in the small junky office of Preludium I sometimes wonder if anything written here has value, so it is good to see that occasionally the highly placed agree with something I wrote earlier, even if they got the idea elsewhere or simply because they too can read the tea leaves of past history.
Of course the idea that we are not a worldwide church but a family of churches, a fellowship of churches, etc., is not new at all. It is old news, as old as the spirit that gave rise to the first Lambeth Conference. But in the intervening years the gentle lusts for status has made Anglicans want to be worldwide churches “like” the Roman and Orthodox Churches. As I said in 1998 in “The Challenge of Change,” we don’t need another worldwide patriarchy, this time of Canterbury.
And for the moment, it appears we have been allowed to pass up this cup.
Canon Mark Harris
(article first seen on blog-site Preludium, hosted by TEC Canon Mark Harris)