The Los Angeles Times front page offers a good example of why schism is so bad — St. Mary of the Angels fight drags on. It just leads to further schism.
St. Mary’s left The Episcopal Church in the 1970s because of women’s ordination. Now the parish (60 members – so much for the claims of church growth due to schism) is a knock-down fight between the rector and a minority that want to go to Rome and the rest that want to stay part of the Anglican Church of North America.
The fight so far includes restraining orders, security guards, calls to the police, changing the locks, and breaking the locks under cover of night. The current situation has one faction occupying one floor and the other faction another. The Church of the Holy Nativity is Bethlehem brought to California.
Check out this post on Thinking Anglicans (http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/) where they present a Roman Catholic take on the embarrassing debate in the CofE regarding women bishops: “Clifford Longley writes about the General Synod”
Great Shoppy, MP.
[Fascinating trainwreck, dr p. Would think ROME would want to wash their hands of this mess. Checked out, and flayed, Deacon CP!]