Congress of Saint Louis

This comes with a hat-tip to Fr Stephen Smuts and my wishes to him for a happy New Year. The following is simply copied from his blog.

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Bishop Chandler Holder Jones points out the historic recordings of The Congress of St Louis :

The Congress was arguably the seminal event in the formation of the Continuing Anglican Church movement, and was certainly one of the most important events in the contemporary history of Anglicanism…

Wikipedia has more by way of info on the conference here.

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6 Responses to Congress of Saint Louis

  1. I listened to all these a long time ago. Many insights. But the one which should be compulsory listening for all Anglicans – and is head and shoulders over the rest – is Fr Rutler’s address (08 on the list).

  2. Thanks for the HT. And a blessed New Year to you too, Fr Anthony.

  3. Robert Andrews says:

    But its practical results? Seems to me like St Louis succeeded only in sectarianizing Anglo-Catholicism under the guise of ‘continuing Anglicanism’. Not a continuation at all, but a narrow re-definition. I know Continuers like to criticise the new ACNA, but its broad church platform will, in the end, probably be more successful – provided they can sort out the WO issue.

    • Yes but if the ACNA took a position about or against anything, then it narrows the comprehensiveness. You can’t win.

    • ed pacht says:

      Frankly, I don’t see this “narrow re-definition”. While it is certainly true that a moderate Anglo-Catholicism has become the leading characteristic of the ‘Continuing’ movement, it is very far from the only strain present. I’ve been in contact with Continuers of several jurisdictions representing every viewpoint of ‘conservative’ Anglicanism: Evangelical,
      Charismatic, Anglo-Catholic, ‘Classic Anglican’ (a la Fr. Hart et. al), Pro-Orthodox, Pro-Roman, you name it. The only ‘re-definition’ I can see is an insistence on credal orthodoxy, on male ministry, and on traditional morality – thus excluding the extreme modernists who now dominate the Communion. If ACNA can ‘sort out the WO issue’ and extricate itself from some of the theological problems inherited from ECUSA, I would champion a reunited traditional Anglicanism including ACNA and Continuers. In the long run I believe something of this nature has to happen or, in time, there will be no Anglicanism at all but the bogus not-quite-Christian version of ECUSA and the Communion.

      • Michael Frost says:

        I wonder how the average American “Continuing Anglican” in the pews feels about the alphabet soup of jurisdictions. I doubt that it makes too much difference to them. They preserve a unity of Anglican essentials, which can sometimes be somewhat vague, though we know it when we see them worshipping. Are they really that much different than the various EO jurisdictions in the USA, each with their own hierarchy of bishops and at least three with their own seminaries? And are they really that much different than the then PECUSA in the 1920s-1950s which had its various “wings” with their own emphases?

        One might make a case that the “losses” incurred by wasting time and effort supporting different jurisdictions might be “made up” by the positive effects of competition and missionary activity? Ultimately, they survive & prosper or decline & fall one parish at a time. I’m not sure healthy parishes are really that dependent upon a united national jurisdiction. It might look & feel better, but how does it play in Peoria (an American expression)? The “unity” of ECUSA, the ELCA, and other of the traditional now-thoroughly liberal mainline Reformational churches don’t appear to be helping arrest the serious declines they’ve seen over the past 40 years.

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