Whither the Branch Theory?
- It was announced On November 14th by leaders of the Common Cause Partnership, a federation of more than 100,000 Anglican/Episcopalian Christians in North America, that they will release to the public on the evening of Dec. 3, the draft constitution of an emerging Anglican Church in North America.
This conservative new branch of the Anglican/Episcopalian Church was formed in opposition to the liberal Theology of the mother church that in recent times has allowed the marriage of same sex couples as well as the ordination women priestesses and of homosexuals and lesbians.
The Anglican Church has condemned the formation of this new break away church. A representative of the Anglican Church has stated that this action was contrary to the canons and theology of the Church. This statement is quite odd in light of the formation of the Anglican/Episcopalian Church itself and the church's belief that there is no one visible Church of Christ.
The Anglican Church maintains that the Church is made up of many different branches. Following this theory, the Anglicans consider themselves and the Papacy as branches of the Church. Evidently this does not hold true to members of their own church who try to form a new branch. The question may be asked, who has introduced new and strnage doctrines? The official Episcopalian/Anglican Church or those who flee from their new and anti-christian teachings? So much for Ecumenism!In Christ,+Fr. Panagiotes
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