DECEMBER 2, 2003
Bishop says Europe no model for schism
[ACNS source: The Convocation of American Churches in Europe] The Rt
Revd Pierre W. Whalon, Bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of American
Churches in Europe, says that the situation of the four Anglican
jurisdictions in Europe provides no model for parallel
jurisdictions. "I am quite disturbed," said the bishop, "to hear over
and over that we have a model for parallel jurisdictions that could
help solve the present crisis in the Episcopal Church. Nothing could
be further from the truth."
Writing in his regular column in this week's Anglicans Online, Bishop
Whalon explains the convoluted situation in Europe, with its two
geographical dioceses and two essentially non-geographical
jurisdictions. He then discusses existing parallel jurisdictions
as "the institutionalization of schisms".
"Schism is so much worse than heresy," the bishop remarked about his
article, echoing his very first Anglicans Online column published four
years ago. "Heresy eventually burns itself out, because it is wrong,
or else its kernel of truth gets incorporated into the Church's
self-understanding. Schism, however, lasts for centuries and is very
difficult to reverse. Schism has never resolved a conflict. It is
moreover utter disobedience of our Lord, who commands us without
exception to 'love one another as he has loved us.'"
Anglican Communion News Service, London