Continuing Church Bishops Send Open Letter to ACNA

L-R: Abp Robinson (UECNA), Abp Haverland (ACC), Bp Marsh (ACA), and Abp Grundorf (APA)

The ACC has joined with four other Continuing Church jurisdictions in calling on the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) to return to its classical Anglican roots.

Signed by Archbishops Grundorf (APA), Haverland (ACC), Marsh (ACA), and Robinson (UECNA), as well as Bishop Paul Hewett of the DHC, the letter is further evidence of the renewed sense of unity that is becoming more and more common among the continuing jurisdictions.  While admitting that “the Continuing Church has failed to present a united front,” the letter notes that the tendency of its signatories “is towards greater unity and cooperation.”

Though the letter commends the ACNA for its efforts to remain faithful to Scriptural teaching, it is also very frank about the issues that divide it from the Continuing Church members.

We call upon ACNA to heed our call to return to your classical Anglican roots.  We commend to your prayerful attention the Affirmation of Saint Louis, which we firmly believe provides a sound basis for a renewed and fulfilled Anglicanism on our continent.  We urge you to heed the call of Metropolitan Jonah, whose concerns we share.  Anglicanism in North America cannot be both united and orthodox on a partially revolutionized basis.  We call upon you to repudiate firmly any claim to alter doctrine or order against the consensus of the Catholic and Orthodox world.  We call upon you to embrace the classical Prayer Book tradition.  The 30 years between our formation in 1977 and yours in 2010 were years of sharp decline in TEC numbers and of growing aberrations in all areas of Church life.  We call upon you to look upon all the works of those years with a much more critical eye, and to join us in returning to the doctrine, worship, and orders that preceded the intervening decades.

It is hoped that a realistic assessment of differences and a clear statement about fidelity to Anglican heritage will provide the basis for further discussion between the various parties involved.

The full text the common letter is available here.

from the website of the Anglican Catholic Church

2 thoughts on “Continuing Church Bishops Send Open Letter to ACNA

  1. FrSutter Post author

    The most important thing in this story is not what the bishops say about the (second) ACNA–no, it’s the fact that the chief bishops from the ACC, ACA, APA, DHC, and UECNA met and talked to each other, and cooperated in producing a statement! Alleluia and thanks be to God!

    These five groups represent probably 90% of the continuing church (and with the APCK, with which two of these five are in full intercommunion, are 98% if not all), and a couple of the earliest schisms in the movement. Is there any chance, we have to wonder, at the healing of those schisms? We know that the APA are in merger talks with the ACA, the body from whom they had split off, and as alluded to above we know that the UECNA, APCK, and the Anglican Catholic Church have agreed some time back to full intercommunion and mutual recognition. Dare we hope that all will return to the ACC in the near future?

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  2. FrSutter Post author

    I just re-examined the signatures on the letter and noticed something else: the names are not in any order–not chronological by date of foundation of the jurisdiction, not by seniority in date of consecration, not alphabetical by either name of jurisdiction or name of prelate–the gentlemen must have simply drawn straws or something similar. Another sign of amazing humility on the part of these honorable men. Clearly we have the right men at the helms of these various ships! May God grant they all will soon reunite!

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