Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trouble In Paradise?

I've had fragmentary reports of the St Mary of the Angels annual meeting that took place on February 3, 2013. It sounds as though, notwithstanding the ACA had excommunicated a large number of parishioners thought not to be with the program, the meeting was as long and contentious as ever, and even among the hard angry core now running the show, there was new dissent. One family, prominent among the anti-Kelley party, has now left the parish in a dispute with the redoubtable Mrs Bush, and others are apparently on the way.

I've been reading Douglas Bess's Divided We Stand: A History of Continuing Anglicanism. There was a lot I didn't know about when I thought going into the Ordinariate via St Mary of the Angels would be a good idea, but Bess's book, which was published before either the 2007 Portsmouth meeting, the departure of the ACNA dioceses, or Anglicanorum coetibus, would have explained a great deal. Hindsight is 20-20.

I'll have more to say about this book.