THE Anglican Province of America (APA) has declined to become a full member of the Common Cause Partnership (CCP) of traditionalist Churches seeking a parallel Anglican jurisdiction in the United States.
APA’s Presiding Bishop, the Most Revd Walter Grundorf, whose Church has had observer status at CCP and whose personal preference had been to join, acknowledged in a letter to his clergy last week that the issue had polarised members, and there was no clear majority on either side.
Forcing through a decision to join the CCP carried “a strong possibility that there will be a significant fallout among some of our parishes and missions”, he said. “As a Church, we have developed a solid reputation as a stable jurisdiction that is outgoing and welcoming. . . Many of the membership of CCP are involved in bitter lawsuits which will not be resolved for years to come. We must ask ourselves whether or not we want to get caught up in the internecine struggles of those who are leaving or preparing to leave the Episcopal Church.”
The APA, successor to the American Episcopal Church (AEC), which broke away from ECUSA in 1968, was founded in 1995 and reunited with the Reformed Episcopal Church last year. Bishop Grundorf describes it as “still a fragile flock”.