The General Convention is the Magisterium

If any doubted the tendencies of revisionist Episcopalians to invest the General Convention with absolute magisterial authority, then let them consider this statement from Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church:

“In the Episcopal Church the belief that God speaks uniquely through bishops, laity, priests and deacons, enables our participatory structure and allows a fullness of revelation and insight that must not be lost in this important time of discernment,” Anderson wrote. “The joint work of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops is the highest institutional expression of this belief….”

Quoted from here.

Regarding the magisterium, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.

Ms Anderson’s statement goes well beyond what the Catholic Church teaches, because while the Roman Magisterium interprets the Word of God (Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture), the Episcopalian construal apparently creates a magisterium as an independent authority, uniquely (and directly, without the intermediaries of Holy Scripture and catholic Tradition?) receiving God’s Word (“God speaks uniquely”). Perhaps she has only written clumsily, but the actions of The Episcopal Church’s General Convention over the past several years lead me to believe that she has written precisely what revisionists believe.


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