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    :: Friday, June 11, 2010 ::
    More on the Virginia Episcopal v. Truro case

    The Virginia Supreme Court says (slip op. at 18):
    While undoubtedly there was theological disagreement between TEC [the Episcopal Church] and the Diocese and CANA [Convocation of Anglicans in North America, with implied reference, no doubt to John 2:1-11], the ADV [Anglican Diocese of Virginia], the dissenting congregations and the Church of Nigeria [an Anglican province that provides episcopal governance to the dissenting Virginia congregations] concerning the actions of the 2003 General Convention of TEC [most notably the episcopal ordination of a gay non-celibate], all of these entities continue to admit a strong allegiance to the Anglican Communion. Accordingly, we conclude that the circuit court erred in its holding that there was a division in the Anglican Communion for purposes of the application of Code ยง 57-9(A) in these cases. [Emphasis added]
    "Admit"? Does the Anglican Communion get any say in this? Can anything and everything become part of the Anglican Communion -- or of any other church -- just by "admitting a strong allegiance" to it, whatever that means?

    As it happens, the highest authority in the Anglican Communion has expressed disapproval of Nigerian Archbishop Akinola's intervention in the U.S., but also of the "TEC"'s actions in carrying out the Gene Robinson ordination. More recently, and even more to the point, the Anglican Communion has bunged "TEC" out of certain of its ecumenical boards and shindigs. Seems the Anglican Communion is getting almost as tired of "TEC"'s progressive parade-route as CANA and the ADV are. But no matter, TEC "admits allegiance" to the Anglican Communion, and that settles it.

    Can someone explain why this isn't scary?

    :: David M. Wagner 3:42 PM [+] ::

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