From The MCJ:
Have you noticed that there hasn’t been much commentary on things Anglican, Episcopal, or Druid lately? Not just on MCJ, but pretty much anywhere?
Speaking only for myself, I think that a major barrier has been crossed. To put it simply:
Nobody cares anymore. Using colloquial terms, WTFC???
TEC has become irrelevant. The C of E has become irrelevant. And the Anglican Communion, in its traditional incarnation, has become irrelevant.
The controversies which have raged for the past 4 decades have finally burned themselves out. The church yielded on the issue of women clergy. The church rewrote the BCP to allow for all sorts of modernistic practices. The issue of same-sex marriage and homosexual clergy was at first carefully side-stepped by the church, and then ultimately approved.
All of which was about 10-20 years behind the “norms” of everyday society. And Society very deliberately and effectively has ignored TEC/the Anglican Communion.
IMHO, there is no longer any such thing as the “Anglican Communion”. There are churches which try to call themselves “Anglican” (TEC, the ACC [Anglican Church of Canada] ) and various offshoots/variants, but for all intents and purposes, the Anglican Communion is dead. There’s a VERY large and strong faithful remnant in GAFCON; the Global South has demonstrated for many years that they received the Gospel of Christ as it was taught to them, and they are unwilling to compromise that Gospel, to their eternal credit.
Still, they cannot halt the rush to secularism and popular acceptance that encompasses the 1979 BCP, acceptance of gay clergy, tolerance of lay presidency, “open communion”, and so many other examples of putting social trends and popular causes ahead of scriptural authority and the Gospel of Christ.
Does anyone even care any more if Vicky Gene Robinson is gay? Does anyone care if TEC stands up for any cause whatsoever – gay rights, Native American rights, illegal immigrant’s rights, or Marianne vs. Ginger rights???
I used to follow all sorts of Anglican blogs regularly, to keep abreast of events and be aware of the latest theological and doctrinal developments. I can now do the same thing with a tarot deck missing 13 cards, a loaded pair of dice, and the white pages for Somerset, Kentucky.
It’s now been 40 years since the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States irrevocably launched itself down the road to being a religion governed by popular opinion and abandoned the Faith as Received from the Fathers. If one reviews the various statistics (membership, baptisms, parishes, ASA, etc.; all readily available on TEC websites) it’s clear that the “new and improved” TEC hasn’t exactly been a resounding success.
So – this is one case where I’d have to summarize with, “No news is NOT good news.”