Really? Opening up the communion to the Anglican church? Opening the doors for the disgruntled minority to have a safe haven? And really Rowan, not a statement?
I have to admit, I am a little nervous about the recent moves by the Catholic church to open its doors to the disgruntled conservative minority in the Anglican communion. The move feels much like an enabling of a schism which will have enormous implications for many Anglicans and Episcopalians who sense that schism is genuinely not a part of our ethos.
What is worse, is that I for one am unsure if this simply means that it is inevitable that the Anglican communion will split. And if it does, what will that mean for how this church has defined itself for so man generations? Does it mean that lex orandi lex credendi changes? Does it mean that we have given up on the via media?
At the end of the day, I am not for the pain that the conservative minority is creating for many of my friends, neighbors, and colleagues. But we have ever been a group which has been able to hold these differences in tension. Why now, in the postmodern era are we least able to do this? Ironic?
Hopeful, and disappointed-