MANIFESTO OF THE INCLUSIVE ANGLICAN \ EPISCOPAL CHURCH
In the freedom of the sons and daughters of God, in the path traced by our fathers and mothers, who embraced the perspective of the One, Holy, Catholic (universal) and Apostolic Church, according to the Anglican vision, inspired by the Word and nourished by the Grace of the Sacraments, we sprout as a seed for our Europe, as propagators and propagators, convinced preachers and preachers of an Anglicanism that intends to rediscover its "first love", its original inspiration or its beating, inclusive heart and welcoming, summarized in the expression: "via media".
A way of balancing the legitimate aspirations of individuals and human communities, a way paved with the great values of dialogue, acceptance, tolerance, pluralism and diversity accepted and loved as riches.
We recognize all these values as the foundation (from the sociological / ecclesiological point of view) of being Church and of human coexistence: they are the same principles that had opened the doors to the birth of parliamentarism, modern democracy and the claim of rights by the oppresses, as well as they inspired the great visions of coexistence between peoples, the dialogue between cultures and nations, generating islands of peaceful coexistence, harmony and respect.
Above all in our Europe, we want to bring profound respect for every difference: social, cultural, linguistic, national and individual ones (sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and existential status), focusing our preaching of the Gospel according to the Anglican perspective. We consider a value every diversity as an irreplaceable gift of God to the humanity and to the Church, so that such a spirit permeates and reflects itself on the liturgical level, on the level of praxis, governance, relationships and every action of the Church of Christ.
We ardently desire to be a family-community according to the model of the apostolic Church and of the first Christians, to live like part of the movement of Jesus in the world, a place where poverty (s), diversity, territorial, cultural and linguistic differences as well as indigence are not a harbinger of shame in the communities of Anglican believers and, overcoming, with the power of the Spirit, every temptation to judge brothers and sisters belonging to different experiences and cultures, according to the diabolical criteria of bureaucratic efficiency and savage capitalism : those are poisonous fruits that, in fact, stifle the spirit of the Anglican Reform, often conveyed, outside the territories of Anglo-Saxon culture, with the spirit of the colonizer, tinged with a false paternalistic philanthropy, succubus of a misunderstood sense of nationalistic superiority.
With God's help, we hope to live an Anglicanism capable of going beyond the anti-values of elitism, classism, bureaucracy, the fetishism of wealth and success, hypocritical respectability and double standards, according to consolidated myths. and, unfortunately, transferred to the ecclesiastical field. An Anglicanism no longer full of elite-spirit, because our communities cease to be exclusive clubs for the "good" and "self-made-men", but also welcome and embrace the poor, those who are wounded by life and branded according to standards of alleged "aristocracies of the spirit".
We humbly work so that every elitism (of whatever kind) is replaced by an authentically evangelical and loving pastoral action, by an integral vision of the human being, by a veneration of the person in him\herself as the center, summit and inspiration of every pastoral and ecclesial concern, main reason for every act.
In a spirit of fraternity \ sorority and parresìa, far from wanting to judge the historical experiences of the Anglican world in Italy and Europe (until a few years ago it was aimed only at Anglophiles), we want to be and, better and better, build a welcoming home for Anglicans who have developed a critical conscience and a desire to return to their roots.
Legally not belonging to organizations formally associated with the Canterbury office - to which, however, we feel bound by filial ties of veneration and gratitude and with which we will always be ready to collaborate - but deeply rooted and grafted into the Tradition of Anglicanism, we wish, with the Grace of God, to be that evangelical yeast capable of fermenting the dough of the Anglican Movement (with or without Canterbury) in our beloved Europe, conveying its values in every culture, nation and tradition, without excluding any people based on race , nationality, education, economic, social and existential status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
For the IAEC,
Mother M. Vittoria Longhitano, Bishop