Just who is orthodox?
I started this as a reply to comments on the last post, but it got kind of long for that, so here it is. My venting.
Thanks to Caminante and Grandmere Mimi.
Caminante asked, "Has your bishop defined what he means by that catch-all word, 'orthodoxy,'" and the answer is no.
"Orthodoxy" is one of those imprecise words that means different things to different people, even different things to the same person at different times.
There's a large element of personal judgment in making calls on another person's orthodoxy.
Who decides what is orthodox? If it's defined as "the way it's always been done," then perhaps our services should be in Latin.
If we're going to be truly Orthodox(TM), we're going to have to run things differently in this diocese.
Anyone who seems a little "funny" or different should be run out of town at the least, or burned at the stake.
There will be no guitars or praise teams (I know, many of you wouldn't miss praise teams!) in church if it is truly orthodox. No prayer ministers ready to lay hands on parishioners after they take Communion. None of that is part of the traditional, orthodox Catholic-Anglican way of running a service. No female deacons or priests - remember that, ye women clergy who cling so desperately to the Orthodox(TM) pretension. A number of your Orthodox(TM) brethren just can't wait to get rid of you.
The Diocese of Central Florida honchos pride themselves on "orthodoxy," yet the charismatic/evangelical/fundamentalist strain of Anglicanism they practice is not orthodox Anglicanism, for all their calls to orthodoxy.
The ironic thing is, Jesus was NOT orthodox. He constantly outraged the Orthodox(TM) religious community of his day. He ministered to the lepers, the tax collectors, the castaway women, the gentiles. He took them as his Apostles and disciples — there's a thought. Jesus let his disciples eat the show bread. He healed on the Sabbath (shocking!).
Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, to minister to us after he was gone from the Earth. Yet, some of the "orthodox" would deny the Spirit's work among us, because the Holy Spirit is no more orthodox than Jesus was.
And, as for making judgments about who's a "real" priest or bishop, or Christian, what does the Holy Spirit say to that? What did Jesus say about making those kind of judgments?