ACNA: some dissent amongst the rank and file

A member of the Reformed Episcopal Church writes Brad B. Root, recently appointed Chief Operating Officer of ACNA.

Hap Arnold writes in response to Root's email giving advance notice of a mailing "to you and your vestry from Archbishop-Designate Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)" announcing a $700,000 fund raising campaign:

Dear Brad,

What, pray tell, should we be so thankful for that we should send you $1,000.00? Seven hundred parishes at a thousand a pop - $700,000.00. That is money. You tell us that this is a time that should be “marked by both celebration and gratitude.” For what?

The ACNA picked a guy who could not find his way out of the proverbial ecclesiastical wet paper bag. It apparently took him 40 years to recognize the TEC was headed to hell. In the mean time, he mis-led his flock.

We should be grateful the ACNA has decided to adopt the 1662 English Book of Common Prayer? I do not think so. The Anglican church was founded on a national model. We are Americans. Not North Americans, not English. We will use an American Book of Common Prayer. Perhaps you would like me to send you a copy of the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer?

We should be grateful that in the future your organization will live off the fat of our diocese with a tithe? How do you feel about 10 percent of $30,000.00? That is what you will get from our diocese.

I want an Anglican Church of the United States, not North America. I want a leader, not a follower.

Tell Bob and the boys, “No thank you.”

With all due respect,

Hap Arnold

Mr. Arnold posts his letter at this blog and appends Root's fund raising letter. Read it all. Hat tip to Thinking Anglicans.

Comments (5)

Mr. Arnold also writes, in his preface to the letter exchange, "In the 1960s radicals began to take over leadership positions in the church, advocating pacifism, abortion, homosexual primacy and other similar positions."

I'm not sure what "homosexual primacy" might mean, but I can say that in my 35 years of Gay activism I've never heard any LGBT person advocate, in public or in private, that we should "make everyone Gay" or "lead the world" or have special positions of privilege. Does Mr. Arnold think we do not love our parents? Where would we get more Gay people if not from heterosexual parents? They crank out a new class every year without our help.

Instead, what LGBTs have consistently advocated is reform of the current system of total heterosexual privilege, which not only discriminates against us but also taxes us more.

Mr. Arnold is right on identifying a system of total domination, but wrong on who benefits from it. The world is set up to keep homosexuals out, like apartheid without the townships. If Gay people had lavender faces, we'd be consigned to camps too.

Dude, we're pretty smart, but we're outnumbered 9-1 and we're nonviolent. Pacifist, you might even say.

Kind of ironic that Mr. Arnold is so adamant on the '28 BCP (consider his church, the REC, broke with TEC about 50 years before it was created!)

Behold, the dead wood splintering... Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

JC Fisher

Not so odd in this instance, JC, in that I think the REC adopted the 1928 Prayer Book for their use. Now, why they might have done that I can't say.

Marshall Scott

Now, why they might have done that I can't say.

That should be easy Marshall. They saved all of the time, energy and money involved in coming up with one of their own.

A commenter at Thinking Anglicans notes this ACNA parish newsletter
located at the American Anglican Council (a founding member of ACNA) website. Consider this sentence: "Led by Bishop Robert Duncan, archbishop-designate, this new Anglican province is the 39th to be
formed under the umbrella of the wider Anglican Communion that also includes the Episcopal Church and other provinces
throughout the world." ACNA parishioners beware of what you are told by those you trust.

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