Thursday, February 15, 2007

Letters from the (London) Times: Anglican schism would be traumatic

February 15th, 2007 posted by kendall at 4:03 am

Here is one:

Sir, I’m not sure that a “divorce” would solve anything.

First, each province would have to decide which side to align itself to — a recipe for further internecine strife at the level of every parish and diocese in every country.

Second, there could be splits within each province, with consequent disputes over property. Only the lawyers will gain.

Third, the “communion” could lose a lot of its energy as each side settles into the comfort zone of its own “kind”. Conflict can be creative and it can raise the energy and commitment of all.

But most of all, many, rather than align themselves with any splinter, will simply say “a plague on both your houses” and simply join the great unwashed of secular society who pursue their faith privately, if at all.

Either way, leadership will pass from Canterbury to America and Nigeria.

Blessington, Co Wicklow

Read them all.


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