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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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CONFRONTED WITH SCHISM ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY HOLDS CLANDESTINE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNION SERVICE

If one's mission is to maintain unity and avoid "schism" over homosexuality, why would Rowan Williams hold a clandestine communion service for gay clergy and their partners? The only explanation is extreme arrogance or a fatal failure of judgment or both.

From Timesonline: Dr Williams will celebrate the eucharist at St Peter’s, Eaton Square – the Church of England parish that is known as the spiritual home to some of the country’s most liberal and wealthy Anglican elite. There he will give an address titled “Present realities and future possibilities for lesbians and gay men in the Church”.

How about the present reality and real possibility that one's church is on the brink of having no future at all due to an unbiblical and anti-Christian embrace of homosexuality?

The event has been organised under Chatham House rules, which prevent any disclosure of the discussions. The event will take place at 10am on November 29. A list of the names of those who will be present will be seen only by Dr Williams. It will be shredded afterwards.

The disclosure of the event could not have come at a time more likely to destabilise him. This week he is due to attend a meeting of US Episcopal bishops to discuss the crisis. He has returned from three months on holiday and sabbatical, working on a study of the Russian writer Dostoevsky. His return has been marked by a Church in disarray.


Cardinal Newman in a letter to the editor of the Globe once stated:

"I do hereby profess, ex animo, with an absolute internal assent and consent, that Protestantism is the dreariest of possible religions; that the thought of the Anglican service makes me shiver and the thought of the Thirty-Nine Articles makes me shudder. Return to the Church of England? No! The net is broken and we are delivered. I should be a consummate fool...if in my old age I left the land flowing with milk and honey, for the city of confusion and the house of bondage." (emphasis in original)