(London) Vatican Radio reports: “The Anglican Church has announced plans to test the recognition of the Episcopal ordination of women again.” In other words, in the Anglican “Church of England” the motto is “democracy instead of truth” voted on as long as needed until the result desired by progressive circles results.
Vienna Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn said in mid-May, in a speech at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an Anglican organized Ecumenical Leadership Conference of a “peculiar similarity” between the election of Pope Francis and the choice of Justin Welby as the Archbishop of Canterbury and thus the Primate of the Anglican Communion. He described the “similarity” even as “a small miracle” and as a “sign of the Lord” .
The comparison of the Conclave with the election of the president of the Anglican Communion by the Austrian Cardinal seems more “strange”. Observers of the development of the “Church of England” and the Anglican Communion speak of hard battles as a direction was found for a sufficient majority for a candidate. The majority determined, and wanted a new “Primate”, which is precisely a moderate progressive. No conservative, but not a candidate who accepts homosexuals as bishops. At least not now.
The current goal in ascendent liberal circles is namely the enforcement of women bishops. Welby meets all the criteria of what is currently considered moderately progressive in the “Church of England”: He explicitly rejects homosexual bishops, but spoke even before his election explicitly for the admission of women to the episcopate.
Welby’s choice was the result of calculated, painstaking negotiations, of tactics, the massive lobbying majority of majority shoppers, of compromise and lengthy inventions by democratic majority, i.e., human rules. The Holy Spirit can hardly recognize it.
The Archbishop of Vienna’s statement on the election of Welby and equating it with the election of Pope Francis is all the more incomprehensible because his statements on the simultaneous connection with the Conclave, relatives the work of the Holy Spirit in the Sistine Chapel.
Text: Martha Weinzl Image: RV Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org