Sunday, January 31, 2010

Reverendissimum

Virtue is claiming that the Archbishop of Canterbury's addressing ++Bob Pittsburgum as "Most Reverend" legitimates his primacy. I refer to the Ecumenical Patriarch as His All-Holiness. That doesn't mean I'm in communion with him.

Our best bet I think is to assume a similar stance toward the Anglican Church in North America as our sister church does to the Lutheran Church - Canada. We're happy to be in communion with them if they should want it.

2 comments:

BillyD said...

This is not the first time that the GAFCONites have tried to read acceptance and validation into the forms of common courtesy. Last year they were claiming that a standard note sent off by ERII in response to a letter was proof of support from her. I'm surprised that they don't see that this makes them look desperate.

Geoff said...

He is the elected metropolitan of his province, so I don't see why he wouldn't be addressed as such. It says nothing about the appropriateness or otherwise of admitting to the Communion a geographically coextensive and rather litigious body formed around a particular view of sexual ethics.