Thursday, 23 October 2008

Arrogance in the Interior

Central Interior Assembly Says ‘Yes’ to Blessings

From the Anglican Journal
The assembly of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) (British Columbia, Canada, JK) has requested its bishop, Gordon Light, to allow clergy whose conscience permits to bless civilly-married gay couples where at least one party is baptized. The assembly passed the motion when it met Oct. 17 to 19.

This in the face of the recent request by the worldwide Anglican Communion who issued, after the Lambeth conference, a request for a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions. This is the former Diocese of the Cariboo which was bankrupted by having to make reparations for the abuse suffererd by aboriginal peoples in its residential school system. Apparently they are still determined to display the same arrogant attitude that says, "We know better than you. We are modern. We are enlightened. In short, we don't care what the rest of you think, our way is best."
“We had a very respectful discussion. All voices were heard,” said Rev. Susan Hermanson, rector of St. Peter’s Anglican church in Williams Lake, who moved the motion.

All voices may have been heard, but orthodox voices and the clear teaching of Scripture were obviously ignored. And so another diocese heads down the road to the point where its parishioners may as well just stay at home and watch Oprah.
A notice of a similar motion was filed at the synod of the diocese of Ontario but was declared out of order by the diocesan bishop, George Bruce,

At least, as one person on the Anglican Essentials blog commented,the Bishop of Ontario showed some backbone. The Diocese of Edmonton also just held its synod, and the Bishop had made it plain, as I understand it, that she would not even entertain such a motion, so the matter wasn't even on the table.

But people like the Rev. Susan Hermanson and the bishop Gordon Light just don't get it. They are strolling casually, yet blindly, down a broad road, ignoring, even flouting, warnings of danger from the faithful; spitting in the face, effectively, of the great majority of Anglicans of the world, including, may I add, the majority of Canada's First Nations Peoples whom their predecessors so miserably abused in the past.

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