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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

7/15/2004

Heresy, in the Anglican Church....Never!

The Church of England's general synod at York will today discuss whether the church should reinstitute what would in effect be heresy trials to discipline errant or unorthodox clergy for the first time in nearly half a century.

The move comes with the church still in a febrile state over issues of homosexuality and whether it should ordain or promote gays and lesbians in the ministry.

But both liberals and evangelicals fear any move to discipline clergy in the church over teaching, ritual or ceremonial issues could rebound on them.
the guardian
One of the great pleasures of being an Anglican is it has much of the ritual of the Catholic Church without any significant dosage of dogma. It is not so much that an Anglican can worship precisely how he or she wants to; rather it is that the Church is open to a variety of forms of worship. It is also a great church for people who are not at all certain.

Heresy implies orthodoxy and the Anglican Communion has been moving away from anything which might reasonably be described as orthodoxy for the last fifty years. I am not at all sure that this is a good thing; but I am sure that a move towards the imposition of heresy trials will simply further factionalize the Church. And that would not be good at all.