Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bishop Robert Duncan is trading sacred places

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In his office at the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (Anglican), Bishop Robert Duncan has mounted a Scottish broadsword, like that of the hero in his favorite movie, "Braveheart." It was a gift from a priest after the Episcopal Church accepted a partnered gay bishop.

The legend of "Braveheart" "is about somebody who rallies people to stand up against what is very wrong," Bishop Duncan said. "It's a two-edged sword, and the holy scriptures describe scripture as sharper than any two-edged sword."

Tomorrow in Texas, he is slated to become archbishop of the new Anglican Church in North America. Its 100,000 members broke with the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada, believing they failed to uphold biblical authority and classic doctrine about Jesus when they approved the consecration of a partnered gay bishop and failed to discipline another bishop who denied Jesus was God incarnate.

Sexuality was the most obvious issue, but not the most profound, he said.

"This battle right now isn't about sex," he said. "Everybody's got things they deal with. We're fallen. The thing to have battle over is whether the word of God can be trusted."

Some Anglicans see him as Mr. Duncan, a deposed bishop leading a schism against the 2.1 million-member Episcopal Church, one of 38 provinces in the 80 million-member Anglican Communion, a global body of churches that grew out of the Church of England. To others, he is one of the few U.S. bishops with the faith and courage to stand with bishops in the global South against hedonistic heresies of the West.

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1 comment:

Betsy said...

Although I disagree with our ex-bishop's attempt to have his new church usurp the role of the Episcopal Church,the bona fide province of the Anglican Communion here in the US, I believe there is room in God's larger kingdom for the Duncanites and their Anglicanesque organization, as there is for all denominations. I just wish they'd call themselves what they are...Duncanites after their leader Robert Duncan. Much like Lutherans took their name after Martin Luther.