Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Substantive Unity

Archbishop Reber, Primate of the United Episcopal Church, has released the following:

On the morning of August 23, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., the Right Reverend D. Presley Hutchens, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of New Orleans, Anglican Catholic Church, did ordain Mr. Ralph James Caley to the Holy Order of Deacon.

Mr. Caley is a member of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Heber Springs, Arkansas, a parish in the United Episcopal Church. The Reverend Father Tom Bradshaw, Rector of the parish, preached. Archdeacon Sam Seamans, UEC Deanery of the Ozarks, assisted Bishop Hutchens at the Mass. Approximately 80 parishioners and family members attended the ordination service and the reception following.

This sharing of bishops for the purpose of Episcopal acts between both the UEC and ACC is the direct result of a commitment signed by Archbishops Haverland and Reber on Ascension Day, 2007, signaling an ernest desire by both jurisdictions toward complete unity.

Both jurisdictions have been sharing clergy for sometime. However, this is the first such use of bishops between the two jurisdictions.


Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God!

Anonymous said...


Canon Tallis said...

Has it become impossible to write or speak of such events in a proper Anglican way. The "bishop" is just that. If not, he is the assistant bishop, the suffragan bishop or the bishop coadjutor, none of whom can be the ordinary. Once ordained, it is the The Reverend Mr Caley or the Reverend Ralph James Caley be he deacon or priest. We are Anglicans and we are supposed to know how these things are done and said properly unlike our Roman friends.

Rant ended.

And, yes, it is a good thing and should prove to everyone that the cause for the three way splint of those consecrated at Denver was the result of the ego and sin of the consecrated which needs now to be put in the past. It would never have been necessary if three of the four had not made it immediately apparent that they were ashamed of their very Anglicanism and were totally unwilling to be obedient to the Book of Common Prayer and the fullness of Anglican tradition.

It is time to drop that as well.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the Archbishops think they should have a few rounds of indaba groups first, just to be on the safe side?

John A. Hollister said...

Brian G. asked, "Didn't the Archbishops think they should have a few rounds of indaba groups first, just to be on the safe side?"

As that great ecclesiologist, Yogi Bear, would have said: "Indaba-daba-doo!"

John A. Hollister+

Michael said...

Cool. I hope this is a step towards full fledged organic unity.

poetreader said...


sorry, I couldn't resist that one.

Anonymous said...

I have had a busy week and just caught up with some reading here this evening.

This was the very best news to read in perhaps all 29 years of the Continuum!

What a wonderful and hopeful sign for the Continuum this truly is.

Thanks be to God!

1928 BCP Supporter