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Letters to AO

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Letters from 17 to 23 December 2007

Like all letters to the editor everywhere, these letters are the opinions of the writers and not Anglicans Online. We publish letters that we think will be of interest to our readers, whether we agree with them or not. If you'd like to write a letter of your own, click here.

Every schism has two sides

Sorry to see an American bishop being described by a correspondent as "now schismatic". From someone's point of view each one of us is schismatic including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Rome, but God at least,I guess, sees us as one in Xp and with others God's sons and daughters. Merry Xmas and thanks to those who bless us with Anglicans Online.

John Bunyan
St John's, Canberra (Episcopal) & King's Chapel, Boston (Unitarian)
Campbelltown, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
17 December 2007

Carp nor koi

Re the Advent letter, poor dear old Rowan Cantuar has prepared a masterpiece of ellipsis, which , as you rightly pointed out in your article, embodies 1st Corinthians 9 v 22 well: The Archbishop has shown he can be all things to all men.

But let's forbear to carp. Straddling the divide between several provinces, many of which are in an understandable huff, can't be too easy. Let's keep looking forward to more messages along these lines, as the Communion tears itself apart.

Obi Udeariry
St. Andrew's , Aladinma, Owerri
Owerri, Imo State, NIGERIA
18 December 2007

Out of the ordainary

From the desk of the Bishop it was announced that two new bishops would be 'ordained' for the Diocese of Tasmania.

Historically bishops have been 'consecrated' (BCP has "..Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests and Deacons...") But in questioning why this has been changed in favour of 'ordained' it was pointed out by the Diocesan Bishop that this was the form in the Australian Prayer Book. Presumably such a change applies only in the case of doing things holy to bishops and not generally or we may have to re-write much more than the Ordinal. For example "Take my life and let it be consecrated (ordained?) Lord to Thee..."

Trevor G Cowell
Christ Church, Illawarra, Longford
Perth, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
18 December 2007

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