The Pope’s offered an olive branch to conservative elements within the Episcopal Church. A gesture of Christian harmony? A symbol of ecumenical love? The first step towards a united Church under one single banner?
Make no mistake, Anglicans worldwide are now faced with a tough choice. On the one hand the Episcopal Church in the United States and Canada is apostate. They’ve degenerated into a secular society of psuedo spiritual humanists, vainly seeking a god which panders to their temporal wants and depraved wills. On the other hand the Roman Catholic Church has been positioned as the only remaining bastion of conservative orthodox Christian doctrine.
It’s no real choice at all. It’s like choosing between death by crucifixion or death by the rack. It’s a choice between degrees of error rather than a position of faith. That large swaths of the Anglican communion are even engaged in discussions around jumping out of bed with the Episcopals and into bed with the Catholics shows that the lack of discernment emanating out of the Church in America is not isolated to a wacky liberal element but also includes a spiritually dead conservative group.
There is a reason that the Anglican Church was constituted, and it wasn’t Henry VIII’s infidelities. It was that the Church of Rome in the 16th century stood in theological opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ once delivered to the saints and the need to reform and protest against it was necessary, imperative. And guess what? They still are and we still should (protest that is). The song of works salvation sung by Leo X is the same tune whistled by Benedict XVI.
Paul’s words from Ephesians speak well into this,