Friday, March 16, 2007

Schori to conservatives: PWNED

As Chris Johnson has pointed out, it is now impossible for any conservative ever to be elected as bishop in TEC. I didn't pay too much attention to this at the beginning of the week, because Kendall Harmon was insisting that people shouldn't make premature comments while the "counting" was still going on. And now Rev. Lawrence is stating that he won't go along with any extra-canonical consecration. This antiquated "code of the Southern gentleman" guarantees that Mrs. Schori and her fan club will never get the ass-kicking she's begging for, but maybe that's why they're so careful in choosing their targets.

At times likes this, I turn to Chesterton, who saw so clearly where all this was going to end, almost eighty years ago:
One of the events which would have made me a Catholic, if I had not already been a Catholic, was the curious affair of the New Prayer-Book. It revealed to me a reality I had not hitherto realized. There really was a Church of England; or rather there really was an England which largely imagined that it possessed and controlled a Church. But this Church was not the Church I thought I had belonged to; the keen, cultivated and sincere group of men who claimed to be Catholic. It was a much vaster and vaguer background of men; who did not believe in anything in particular, but who claimed to be Protestant. But the vital point was that, whether they claimed to be protestants or clamorously bragged of being atheists, they all seemed to have this fixed idea; that they owned the Church of England; and could turn it into a Mormon temple if they liked. I could not, in any case, have gone on being owned in that way.

It's curious that Chesterton saw the beginning of the end with the coming of the 1928 Prayer Book, which so many faithful Anglicans today look upon almost as a lifeline. (Maybe there's room to insert here Dean's joke that the Eastern Orthodox also have this problem; "They're still arguing over the '28 prayer book ...1028, that is.") But it wasn't so much in the merits of this or that prayer - it was in the way a gang of jobbers could wangle control of something central to every Anglican's life and just play games with it, and no one could stop them. The "reformers" then were still reasonably modest, and the Church stronger, so the book that resulted wasn't that bad, but the heathen wreckers in the North American churches today are the legitimate offspring of these earlier faddists.

By the way, I've finished 'That Hideous Strength', and thought it a brilliant portrait of the "Progressive Party" that has today brought TEC to ruin. The weaselly plotting, the underlying brutalism, the cynicism and crassness, even the sexual perversion - perfect. And the trails of fleeing refugees wherever these people are permitted to flourish.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's uncanny how Lewis was able to capture the Machiavellian ruthlessness, the mealy-mouthed vagueness, amoral worldview, the self-certainty with which they overturn, destroy and plow under every institution, tradition and belief in the name of their societal revolution. In trying to make it Heaven, they created Hell on Earth.

A lesson for TEC, if only they'd have the maturity to learn it.

12:29 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

It's too late for TEC to find maturity - they missed their chance at it, and went straight to senility.

10:08 am  
Blogger Hiram said...

Dr Mabuse -- the 1928 Prayer Book to which Chesterton referred was a proposed Prayer Book for the CofE, not the American BCP of 1928. While the American '28 was more liberal (and more "Catholic") than the 1896 book it replaced, it was not as liberal as the proposed new English book, which (fortunately) did not receive the approval of Parliament.

1:37 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Ah, thanks for letting me know, Hiram. I didn't know that there were TWO "'28 Prayer Books" to take into account, though it does make sense that the Americans wouldn't have been getting their liturgy from the church in Britain anymore.

1:58 pm  
Anonymous Christopher Johnson said...

Some time back, Bob Duncan said something to the effect that a new, conservative, American Anglicanism may have to go back to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

4:54 pm  
Blogger Ellie M said...

There is, indeed, more than a passing resemblance between T.E.C. and N.I.C.E.

10:56 pm  
Blogger Min O'Pause said...

"The weaselly plotting, the underlying brutalism, the cynicism and crassness, even the sexual perversion - perfect. And the trails of fleeing refugees wherever these people are permitted to flourish."

Are you talking about the TEC or the Roman Catholic Church of today? It sounds as if you could really apply this to your own chosen religious sect.

As usual, your posts are so enlightening!

Min

12:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that cracks me up about the state to The Episcopal Church is that, absent a state of marriage, gay sex is perfectly acceptable, but hetro-sex is not.

How long before these people deconstruct completely the Christian identity of Episcopalians?

12:17 pm  

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