There is, arguably, more diversity in the C of E than in any other member of the Communion, with influences not only from both the Oxford Movement and radical liberalism from the past, but also from the New Calvinism and the Vineyard movement in more recent years.
I entirely agree with Thatcher that Anglicans need to do their homework on sex and gender, instead of incoherently flailing about, rewriting canons and changing the sacraments on the fly. But I was quite puzzled by his article.
The Church of England has kicked the devil out of its baptismal rite. This move concerns me. This sort of attempt at cultural intelligibility usually backfires and ends up making beliefs far more ambiguous and people's feelings more ambivalent.
All Holy Orders are tainted, defective, and irregular, in our state of disunity. Still, God does not deny his grace to his people.
It's worth reading a recent statement to see what our ACNA brethren are thinking regarding the hotly debated question of Confirmation. What is most interesting is that they are following precisely the revolutionary changes introduced in the 1979 BCP of the Episcopal Church.
A couple weeks ago, Justin Welby did it again. He insisted that he had "no fears about the future of the church of God."
The identity of those preparing this primer — most have participated as counsel or witnesses or have been listed as potential witnesses in the various lawsuits — makes obvious that the primary purpose of this document is its perceived usefulness in litigation.
Whatever it is, it is anti-puritanical. It is against the simplistic modern legal precisions (both Catholic and Protestant) and their tendency to sever the good and the beautiful from the true.