Available for wedding, funerals, baptisms, bar-mitzvahs (I know the plural is Bar Mizvoth!), anything really.
If ANYONE talks to me about a vocations crisis in this diocese I shall shove my breviary down their throat.
I'm sorry, I'm a bit cross.
|Left to right - Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk|
Justin Welby, Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Chartres, Anglican bishop of London
The presence of women in the episcopate shuts for us the door to any discussion on the issue of succession in the Anglican episcopate...I do not think that this is an issue for most of the people in the modern C of E. I think that desire for union and the means of reaching it have more or less died out. And if the underlying theology, even from the Russia side, is no longer able to be used - there being no succession - it is difficult/impossible to think of any common language or principles that could ever lead to any form of union.
Ecumenical dialogue in the true sense of the word has as its goal the restoration of full Church communion. That has been the presupposition of our dialogue until now. That presupposition would realistically no longer exist following the introduction of the ordination of women to episcopal office.[H/T Hermeneutic of Continuity, here]
Following that action we could still come together for the sake of information and consultation; we could continue to discuss and attempt to clarify theological issues, to cooperate in many practical spheres and to give shared witness.Above all we could unite in joint prayer and pray for one another. All of that is, God knows, not negligible. But the loss of the common goal would necessarily have an effect on such encounters and rob them of most of their élan and their internal dynamic. Above all -- and this is the most painful aspect -- the shared partaking of the one Lord's table, which we long for so earnestly, would disappear into the far and ultimately unreachable distance. Instead of moving towards one another we would co-exist alongside one another.
|The retrieval of Jam and Jam-like thing has never been easier|
|A motley crew of mathematicians|
|A merry Christmas work out the volume of snowman game.|