Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Identifying heresy

Here is a great quote from The Living Church on line, concerning the new P.B. saying it was Donatism to imply that she couldn't consecrate new bishops (Donatism was a heresy concerning the worthiness of the minister effecting the sacraments). But of course, it assumes the rest of the sacramental formula for ordination is correct: including right substance/object (a baptized male), and right intention (to do as the Church has always done in accordance with Scripture) for which the bishopess seems sorely mistaken. Bishop's Iker and Ackerman understand theology and ecclesiology.
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Speaking at a press conference after her election, Bishop Jefferts Schori said she “hoped to be able to deal” with requests “pastorally” from traditionalists not to act as chief consecrator of new bishops opposed to the ordination of women. She would also to seek to respond theologically by addressing the “heresy of Donatism. The actor in a sacramental act, the validity of the sacramental act is not dependent on the holiness or qualities of the actor,” she explained.Bishop

Iker disagreed, saying, “the vast majority of Anglicans have not accepted the concept of the ordination of women as bishops and the vast majority of Catholic Christians around the world don’t accept women’s holy orders at all. To think that she is going to educate people on what the Catholic Church has believed for over 2000 years is feminist hysterics.”

“It’s gnosticism to think that you have new hidden information no one else has,” Bishop Iker said.

The election of Bishop Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop and chief consecrator of the bishops of The Episcopal Church presents a challenge to the “sacramental certainty” of the Church, Bishop Ackerman said. “The Bible, the ecumenical councils, the Vincentian canons” (The catholic faith is that which has been believed everywhere, at all times, by all people - SJK+) are founts of “our knowledge of sacramental certainty” and should not be interpreted through “sociological constructs” based on American “exceptionalism,” he argued.

“I think that the outcry internationally will be rather significant” from the election, he noted, but added that it would be “very unwise to do anything precipitous. If I truly believed I was a member of a Protestant denomination, I would say to people that we would have to act immediately.

“But my ecclesiology is that we are part of a world wide Anglican communion. I don’t await permission from the rest of the Communion,” Bishop Ackerman said, “rather I recognize that consensus is an extraordinary component in the way we do Anglican theology. It’s just that the Episcopal Church doesn’t seem to be aware of that.”