Sunday, June 18, 2006

Most Right Reverend (Elect)

There have been many great schisms in Christian religious history:

The Great Schism between Western (Roman) & Eastern (Orthodox) churches in the 1054 CE.

The Western (or Papal) Schism in 1378 CE. At one point there were 3 popes claiming ultimate control of the Catholic church.

Martin Luther and his 95 theses nailed to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany in 1517 CE, which marked the beginning of the Protestant movement.

Now, the US Episcopal Church seems to be headed down the path to its own schism from the world Anglican community. 3 years ago, openly gay priest Gene Robinson was elected as bishop to New Hampshire.

This weekend, Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected to be Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church. Churches in the international Anglican community are very alarmed as the US church continues to embrace and promote those other organized religions want to exclude.

Politics being what they are, there could be a Great Anglican Schism for future history books to refer to.

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