A Shameful Caricature, and a Warning

By Canon Phil Ashey, AAC

In the wake of the narrow defeat of the women bishops measure in the Church of England’s General Synod by six votes in the House of Laity, a torrent of criticism has been unleashed on evangelical and Anglo-Catholic Anglicans who opposed the measure. From the Archbishop of Canterbury, members of Parliament, and down through the ranks, the consciences and reasons of those who voted against the measure have been belittled and even vilified. This vilification is most obvious in the editorial in The Guardian (London) from Friday, Nov. 23 by Canon Giles Fraser. Until recently, Canon Fraser held a senior position in one of the most important cathedrals in the UK. In his editorial, Fraser demeans the conscience and scholarship of faithful Anglicans who voted against the measure by caricaturing them as follows:
[…]  I submit that this is revealing glimpse at the loathing that many in the leadership of the Church have for people of faith who are evangelical and Anglo-catholic, and who both act and vote their conscience. It should be fairly obvious why this is a problem for Anglicans in the Church of England-and throughout the Anglican Communion wherever this kind of anti-Christian post-modern mindset has taken root among church leaders:

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