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If the Rev. Benno D. Pattison, Rector, the Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta, has his way, the 5th Century heretic Pelagius, declared so by the Council of Carthage, will be reinstated at the next and final Diocese of Atlanta annual meeting presided over by Bishop Neil Alexander.
Nearly 500 clergy members and parish delegates will gather in Rome (Georgia) Nov. 4-5 for the 105th Annual Council of the Diocese of Atlanta and vote on reinstating Pelagius who denied original sin as well as Christian grace.
According to Pattison, the historical record of Pelagius’s contribution to our theological tradition is shrouded in the political ambition of his theological antagonists who sought to discredit what they felt was a threat to the empire and their ecclesiastical dominance. “An understanding of his life and writings might bring more to bear on his good standing in our tradition.”
Pattison wants to see Pelagius’s “restitution as a viable theological voice within our tradition might encourage a deeper understanding of sin, grace, free will, and the goodness of God’s creation, and that the history of Pelagius represents to some the struggle for theological exploration that is our birthright as Anglicans.
“The church needs to reclaim his voice in our tradition,” concluded Pattison. (Here)
No, no and no. Pelagius doesn’t need to be listened to. At all. Geez. These people are getting as bad as the Baptists.
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An Episcopal parish in Maryland announced Monday that it will become the first in the United States to join the Roman Catholic Church under a Vatican process designed to bring disgruntled Anglicans and Episcopalians into its fold.
St. Luke’s Episcopal parish in Bladensburg will become part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington within the next few months. It will sever ties from its liberal bishop, who has spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage and other controversial issues.
The bishop, John Bryson Chane, said in a statement Monday that he approved the separation. Chane said the decision was made with “mutual respect,” adding that “Christians move from one church to another with far greater frequency than in the past, sometimes as individuals, sometimes as groups.”
Maryland Episcopal Church Will Be First in U.S. To Join Roman Catholic Church.
Going… going… gone….
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Some Protestant Bishops believe so. Of course, I believe that any federal budget which has more money for an unjust war than it does for the advancement of its citizens is immoral from the start. (Note, ‘money’ may mean less taxes).
Insisting that the term values has relevance beyond such issues as abortion and homosexuality, bishops from the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church call in their letter on members of Congress to “come together across partisan lines to shape a budget that defends human dignity and basic economic security for all Americans.”
“If the moral measure of a just society is found in how we treat the most vulnerable,” the bishops continue, “the budget proposal passed by the House of Representatives, which the Senate will vote on this week, fails the basic tests of justice, compassion and a commitment to the common good.”
Protestant bishops call GOP budget ‘morally indefensible’ – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.
I couldn’t say it any better than what the local paper has done:
Lewis also takes positions that ruffle feathers. If he thinks something is unjust, he stirs the pot. He has not always done so gently, and he has not always been diplomatic, so he has had his share of adversaries.
Now West Virginia Episcopal Bishop Michie Klusmeyer has revoked Lewis’ license to preach in churches where he was formerly pastor — not for his controversial positions, but because, the bishop said, Lewis visited the sick, prayed and even, Lord forbid, performed a funeral when a family asked him to do so.
Klusmeyer cited a church policy that says: “Clergy who have formerly had a pastoral relationship with a parish will not continue to minister in the former parish in any way.”
You can read the entire story here.
Rev. Lewis is a long time activist priest here in the Charleston area. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for a few years (a while ago) and he was always there when I called. He was there to defend the weak and the helpless, regardless of the situation. I suspect there is more than ‘Church Law’ behind it.
The things that the Episcopal Church insist on abiding by…
By the way, Rev. Lewis blogs here.
Los Angeles’ Episcopal Diocese elected an openly lesbian priest as assistant bishop on Saturday, a move likely to stoke more tensions in the global Anglican community over the divisive issue of gay clergy.
The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, 55, of Baltimore is the first openly gay priest chosen as an Episcopal bishop since Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, whose 2003 consecration deeply strained church unity. Her election must be approved by the national church.
via L.A. Episcopal Diocese elects openly lesbian bishop | Reuters.
First the Catholics and teh Anglicans, the Lutherans and the Mennonites and now?
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