We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A spirited debate by the Church of England Synod saw the newly formed Anglican Church in North America recognized by all three houses – bishops, clergy and laity in an overwhelming vote.
On any kind of reading the passage of this resolution sends a signal to The Episcopal Church that they are not the only Anglican players in North America and the actions of TEC at GC2009 accelerated what took place here today.
It troubles me that the ACNA ordains women priests although it is up to the individual dioceses to decided whether to do this or not. As a lifer Episcopalian I don't want girl priests, gay priests or politically correct homilies. So I left. I think it is a slippery slope when apostolic succession is pushed aside for gender neutrality or whatever excuse is used by the TEC and the ACNA for these irregular ordinations.
I used to be proud that the Episcopal Church in the US was ordaining female priests. But then this happened: my daughter is very tall and very, very beautiful in that true "English Beauty" way. However, she was raised a Christian and like all of the gals in my family for four generations back, she has been taught that the looks were as much a disadvantage as an advantage-focus on becoming a good person. So, you can imagine how hurtful it was when we were coming out of Christmas morning mass and the local priestess (LGBT?) greeted my daughter in the receiving line with this comment: "I can see you spent hours in front of the mirror this morning". We were just visitors at this church, but that woman carried with her a lifelong jealousy that she had no intention of restraining. A male priest would have said something like this: "Good Morning, Merry Christmas, it is nice to have visitors, where are you from?, etc." Not the priestess--she wanted to use her authority to hurt an innocent woman.
Then there was the deaconess in the local cathedral, who encouraged female members of the parish to shun another woman. Why you ask: the woman had refused to let her husband work for the deaconess' girlfriend's company.
Yup the revolution is over and now all we need to move forward is new leadership capable of moral understanding, ethical behavior, and self discipline. None of which I have witnessed coming from female priests in the ECUSA! It's bad enough that the head of the church in the USA is a female with less than 10 years experience as a member of clergy! A revolution needs guerilla fighters/warriors. When the revolution is over the community needs leaders with deep moral/ethical values and self restraint! Back to the jungle with the old leadership of the female revolution--the war is over--the struggle for a quality of life is on and these gals have neither the training, the education,nor the experience necessary for the new world which they helped to create. Seems unfair--just look at Cuba!