Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The cracks are now showing in the Church of England

From The London Telegraph-

Shortly after eight o'clock one spring morning in 2007, an earthquake struck the parish church of St Peter in Folkestone, bringing down the gable-end of the south transept.

Three years later, the 19th-century church, which opened as a chapel for local fishermen, has caused tremors of its own, becoming the first parish in England to declare its intention to defect to Rome. Within hours of the news emerging last Friday, the Bishop of Fulham announced that he, too, will take up the Pope's offer to join a new structure within the Roman Catholic Church for disaffected Anglicans.

Some are now talking openly of an "exodus" from the Anglican Communion next year, with thousands following Folkestone's lead. The Archbishop of Canterbury, from whose back yard the revolt has sprung, can be in little doubt about the seriousness of the threat.
The defectors represent the most traditional "High Church" members of the Anglican Communion. They believe that there is no place for women bishops and are appalled by what they see as the imposition of liberal reforms by the Church hierarchy.

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham, put it more strongly. He accused the General Synod of being "vindictive" and "vicious" in its treatment of Anglo-Catholic conservatives. "It has been fascist in its behaviour, marginalising those who have been opposed to women's ordination," he said. "We have not been given any space."

The defections follow a decisive meeting of the General Synod in July, at which a compromise plan, intended to placate those who oppose women bishops, was rejected.

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