In this screed by Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post, John Paul II is at fault for the latest Anglican schism in Virginia for the formation of the Orthodox International (OI).
The OI’s founding father was none other than Pope John Paul II, who spent much time and energy endeavoring to reconcile various orthodox Christian religions and whose ecumenism prompted him to warn the Anglicans not to ordain gay priests.
John Paul also sought to build his church in nations of the developing world where traditional morality and bigotry, most especially on matters sexual, were in greater supply than in secular Europe and the increasingly egalitarian United States, and more in sync with the Catholic Church’s inimitable backwardness. Now America’s schismatic Episcopalians are following in his footsteps — traditionalists of the two great Western hierarchical Christian churches searching the globe for sufficiently benighted bishops.
Gee who would have thought that we could blame an Anglican schism because Anglicans listened to the Pope.
Personally I am waiting for the new Fox series The O.I., no beach scenes but plenty of Tiber heresy smack-down action.
Deal Hudson bloging on the same stories said:
Meyerson cites once again a report I have seen before that Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, under whose authority some of these Episcopal parishes are putting themselves, is an advocate of laws against such things as homosexuals meeting openly in restaurants. As far as I am concerned, this is neither Christian nor orthodox. I await verification of Akinola’s position on such matters, but if it is true then I doubt if these break-away parishes will finally unite with the Nigerian archdiocese. They will find some other communion, or form one of their own.
These Episcopalians did not break away from one kind of nonsense to join forces with another.