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Primates are the ‘logical centre of authority’: CEN 8.24.07 p 8 August 25, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Ecclesiology, La Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America.
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The Primates are not an Anglican Curia but are the logical center of authority for the Communion in difficult times, South American Presiding Bishop Gregory Venables has said.

“Common sense and biblical concepts” would say the Primates “are at that highest level of authority, under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury by tradition” within the Anglican Communion, Bishop Venables said at a press conference on July 31 at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas at the close of the Anglican Communion Network council meeting.

“We are an episcopal church,” he noted. “Bishops have authority within their dioceses,” the “House of Bishops is very significant within a Province,” a “Presiding Bishop or Archbishop has authority within a Province,” the difficulty is “that nobody has ever said what happens after that.”

“We’ve got authority, we’ve got structure, we’ve got canons, we’ve got rules, up until that level,” Bishop Venables said.

“Because we don’t have written rules, you can say what you like” about the Primates authority without fear of contradiction. “That is the problem” and “I don’t see the Anglican Communion finding a place to solve that problem” at the present time.

However, the majority of Anglicans believe “we are an Episcopal Church and expect our church to be overseen by the episcopacy in the Anglican way, expecting the church to be led by those so set apart.”

Fort Worth Bishop Jack Iker told the gathering the Primates’ enhanced authority arose from the actions of the 1998 Lambeth Confernce. Resolution III.6 he noted gave the Primates Meeting the authority to intervene in cases of exceptional emergency which are incapable of internal resolution within provinces.

Bishop Venables observed that what lay behind this problem was that the “primates are very clear about what they think.”

“There is some confusion when the rubber hits the road on this issue,” that appeared to be fueled by objections to what the Primates were saying. “People are still living in a 1960’s post modern dream” he noted.

“In my youth, I really thought that songs like Strawberry Fields meant a great deal, but as I grew older I realized it had a number of interesting concepts but really didn’t work,” he said.

The Communion must “keep the Biblical concept that truth means reality” and structure its mission and ministry accordingly, he said.

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1. Joe Mahler - October 24, 2008

Los obispos son el problema y más que nada son tíranos. Los problemas en los Estados unidos y Inglaterra son por la parte de los obispos del siglo XIX cuando recusaron hacer su deber y aplicaron las leyes de la iglesia y los XXXIX Artículos de la Fe. Los herejes aprendieron que pueden quebrar la doctrina santa sin impunidad. Cómo podemos tener confianza en los obispos. Ya la Iglesia Anglicana es mas anglo-católica que es cristiana. Ya el pueblo es enseñado orar a los santos (dioces menor) que no tiene ninguna parte con ninguna doctrina de la Biblia. Los anglo-herejes adoran pan y vino que también no tiene razón de la Escritura Santa y es prohibido especiamente en los Artículo XXXIX. Por su parte los anglo-herejes le enseñan al pueblo aceptar la autoridad de los obispos. ¿Con qué hacen la autoridad episcopal? El trabajo del mundo y no el trabajo de Cristo. Esto es la historia. Necesitamos una nueva reformación de la iglesia en obediencia a nuestro Señor Jesús Cristo. Sola fe, Sola gracia, Sola Escritura Santa.


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