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The Queen of England to the Church of of England: Make peace

The Queen of England to the Church of of England: Make peace

Two messages in London have emphasized the importance of reconciliation to the leaders of the Church of England – the second message coming from Queen Elizabeth II herself, quoted in The Telegraph:

“St. Paul reminds us that all Christians, as ambassadors for Christ, are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation.

“Spreading God’s word and the onerous but rewarding task of peace-making and conflict resolution are important parts of that ministry.

“So too is the Church of England’s particular vocation to work in partnership with those of other faiths and none, to serve the common good in this land.”

The Queen spoke to a newly elected five-year Synod, and was specifically addressing the C of E’s divisions over homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and she gave the recent decision to consecrate women bishops as evidence that the church can find a way through “deep disagreements.”

The Queen also singled out a make-or-break gathering of bishops and archbishops from around the world taking place in Canterbury in January to over overhaul the 80 million-strong global Anglican church to avert a permanent split between liberals and conservatives branches.

Archbishop Welby wants to recast the Anglican communion as a loose confederation, effectively formalising the rift particularly over sexuality in a move aides liken to “moving into separate bedrooms” rather than full-scale divorce.

Earlier in the day, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Pope Francis’s “personal preacher,” gave a sermon in Westminister Abbey with a similar theme, including the statement, “We should never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality divide us more than faith in Jesus united us.”

Photo of the Queen with Bishop Libby Lane from Express.co.uk.

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Jeremy Bates

The Telegraph gets it quite wrong.

There is no "global Anglican church." There never was such a thing. The Anglican Communion is a global family of independent churches, nothing more.

As for the Queen, is she advocating for a middle way? Or is she advocating for preserving the Communion as a vestige or trace of empire?

The Queen is said to regard the heads of Commonwealth states as her personal friends, no matter how despotic their regimes may be.

So as we ponder this rather cryptic advice, we should also consider its source.

The interests of a British monarch are not necessarily the interests of most Episcopalians. The Crown's interests are not necessarily the interests of the Church of England either.

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Philip B. Spivey

Say what you will about monarchy, Elizabeth II is wise beyond her years. And so, too is Fr. Cantalamessa: "We should never allow an issue like that of sexuality divide us more than faith in Jesus united us."

A loosely knit confederation sounds like the way to go considering how it all began: There was no courtship period for the Anlican Communion; there were no banns of marriage; this marriage was an arranged marriage of convenience established by an imperial church. It's no surprise that after the colonies have passed away and the sun has set on British Empire, that the former colonies would want to go their own way. It's curious to me as to why now and why over this issue. We weathered slavery and segregation; we weathered divorce; we mostly have weathered the ordination women. Why has homosexuality become the 'line in the sand' for conservatives? I don't know, but I believe we should face these modern realities and move on.

Same Lambeth Palace, but separate bedrooms. [Is there room at the inn?] The romance is gone --if it was ever there--- but, we still have enough in common to make continuing to share the same name mutually beneficial. Maybe, then, we can focus more on Christ's mission and less on our doctrinal differences. Maybe we no longer will have to track one another's going out and coming in; maybe we can come to respect one another's essential autonomy in the community of Christ.

What about our assets? Perhaps this would also be a good time to review our financial obligations to one another. Loosely-knit may infer more loosely-tied obligations, financial and otherwise.

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Randy Marks

Interesting that Pope Francis' rep preached reconciliation, even over sexuality differences.

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David C

She is wise holding to a middle way just as her namesake.

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