An Open Letter to the Bishops of the Anglican Church

Dear Right Reverend and Most Reverend Bishops of the Anglican Communion:

At the Lambeth Conference of 1908, your brothers of a saner age offered an unequivocal condemnation of the evils of contraception, abortion, and other degrading immoralities. One century later, in marked contrast, one quarter of the churches of the Anglican Communion are boycotting the Lambeth Conference because of homosexual activism in your ranks, capitulation to every form of political correctness, declining numbers, and the abysmal state of Anglican discipline throughout your church. This contradictory situation is entirely of your own making — it is not the work of the Holy Spirit — and there is really only one proper response that you could make to this desperate situation, namely, repentance and a return to true and full communion with the Church from which you were divorced by your founder.

With all due respect for persons and motives, the historical record of Anglicanism’s doctrinal surrender has clearly prepared the way for the problems you are now having, problems which get increasingly worse as time goes on. The Anglican Church was created by an act of rupture of unity from the Church that Christ founded and its apostolic succession in 1534. It capitulated on the fundamental question of divorce and re-marriage in 1536; presided over thousands of unconscionable martyrdoms between 1534-1729; broke the centuries-old Christian consensus on contraception in 1931; took the unprecedented step of ordaining women priests beginning in 1944; caved in on abortion in 1967; allowed women’s episcopal ordination in 1989; and endorsed openly gay clergy in 2003.

And to be blunt about it, just last week in London, two Anglican priests were “married” by a third Anglican priest in a public ceremony at the threshold of your conference — to make an obvious statement — and not a one of them has been called to account for his sin. How can this church be called a “communion” with anything other than the spirit of the age — any age? My purpose in listing these anomalies is simply to make the point that it’s time to stop playing church and start getting back to church.

The present state of decline leaves little hope of your church’s survival as a recognized body of Christian believers. A significant portion of your own bishops are so fed up with the betrayal of both doctrine and discipline that they are having a parallel conference in Jerusalem as you meet in the staid halls of Lambeth. This fissure will leave the Anglican Communion permanently damaged and demoralized. Not only that, but the contrast between the precipitous decline of the Anglican Church and the vibrancy of the Roman Catholic Church is nothing short of astounding. While Pope Benedict is in Sydney at World Youth Day evangelizing the future — Anglicans are wondering whether they have a future.

As you gather for your 14th Lambeth Conference I ask you to honestly face the truth of the appalling mess that your church is in and address it like true men and women of Christ, unafraid to confront the moral decay and doctrinal disorder in your ranks. The Anglican ship is sinking, not because God has abandoned you, but because almost five hundred years ago King Henry VIII cut you adrift in a turbulent sea of confusion, called human respect. We, as Roman Catholics, stand on the Rock of Peter and would welcome you generously back into the hold of his ship, assured that your homecoming would immensely strengthen the Body of Christ for the work of evangelizing the world. In the United States there are already five Anglican Rite parishes so a precedent already exists for receiving Anglicans back into true and full communion with the one Church of Christ! Undoubtedly, the Roman Church has enough life preservers for all our separated brethren when you are finally unable to hold off the onslaught of the winds and the sea.

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  • slbute

    Great letter!!

  • dharazim

    I nearly fell out of my chair! Bravo!

  • galaniz

    This is a powerful statement. Of course some people who are reading this statement will pose the question, “Who are we to make such bold judgements?” But looking as to how the One True Church stands by it’s teachings and beliefs and does not cave in to public sentiment will show how we are fully aware of our purpose here on earth and how to fulfill that purpose.

  • cfavre

    I will be sharing this with all of my Anglican friends. Thank you!!!

  • PRO305

    Being born and raised in the “American Episcopal Church”, I left in the 70′s to pursue my own un-Christian lifestyle. When our LORD finally got hold of me in 1984, it wasn’t too long before I was hungry for the liturgy I had been raised with; yet I also was involved in a music ministry that ministered to Catholic high-school youth, and each event was usually centered around the Mass. This caused me to really investigate the difference between Episcopalians and Catholicism, and maybe more-importantly exposed me to the Blessed Mother in a new and powerful way through the Rosary.
    My primary reasoning for deciding to become Roman Catholic was when I realized that the Church of England had been “born out of rebellion” against the Pope and Christ’s Church! I had spent the first 26 years of my life rebelling (much of that against God), but now that I had “come home” I wanted no part in further rebelling against that which He had created! That conversion was 19 years ago, and I am now married with 6 children, all in Catholic school, and learning to love our Lord and his Church. I am so amazed at the depth of our Church — a lifetime isn’t enough to learn all that she can teach!
    This article so clearly details the downfall of the Episcopal Church (and most of western “Christianity”), and although it saddens me that my parents and sister (who will be ordained a priest in 6 months) love their church and see no wrong, maybe my switch, and the fruit of my life, will in some way redeem what has so desperately been lost! I certainly hope many in the Anglican church read and “hear” this message, and return to our merciful Lord!

  • nativity

    DECREE ON ECUMENISM
    UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO

    INTRODUCTION

    1. The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but differ in mind and go their different ways, as if Christ Himself were divided.(1) Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the holy cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature.

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