Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Cost of Schism

As I noted a few weeks back, there is a schism happening in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. I hesistate to report on this during Christmastide, but few of the major sites have picked this up yet: Events have been unfolding in San Joaquin and in response, and the most recent, terrible occurrences have taken place at St. Nicholas Mission in that diocese. Bishop John-David Schofield, who is not now a bishop of the Episcopal Church, tried to make a pastoral visit to the mission last Sunday, Advent IV. What happened there is recorded by eyewitnesses over at Fr. Jakes. I urge you to take the time to read all the accounts and the comments. They are eye-opening and heart-rending.

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (For the Unity of the Church, BCP p. 255)


1 comment:

Troglodyteus said...

Tradition - Scripture - Reason
Anglicans attempt to ride this three legged approach as if the legs are of equal length. Why is it that one faction is surprised when another uses one of the legs as a club?

Internecine war has been a side of Christianity few like to acknowledge. Who could be more righteous than a follower of Our Lord and Savior?

Eventually the factions must face the certainty that we are members of God’s church. During the infighting many will be distracted from the true mission of God’s church, Jesus Christ.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths. Proverbs 3