Anglican Church of Mexico

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La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico
Primate Francisco Moreno
Territory Mexico
Website http://www.iglesiaanglicanademexico.org/

The Anglican Church of Mexico (Spanish: La Iglesia Anglicana de México), originally known as Church of Jesus, is the Anglican province in Mexico, and includes 5 dioceses. The primate is the Presiding Bishop and Bishop of Mexico, The Most Revd. Francisco Moreno.

History[edit]

The Anglican Church of Mexico can trace its roots to the Mexican War for independence in 1810, but it was the Reform War that led to the foundation of the Church. Religious reforms in 1857 secured freedom of religion, separating the Roman Catholic Church from government and politics. In 1860, the newly formed Church of Jesus contacted the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, seeking leadership, guidance, and support. In 1958, the fourth missionary bishop of Mexico was the first of the Church's bishops to be consecrated on Mexican soil. The Church became an autonomous Province of the Anglican Communion in 1995.

Membership[edit]

Today, there are 12 self-supporting Anglican parishes in Mexico, and many more mission congregations.

Structure[edit]

Map of dioceses of Anglican Church of Mexico

The polity of the Anglican Church of Mexico is episcopal, as is true of all other Anglican churches. The church maintains a system of geographical parishes organized into dioceses. There are 5 of these, each headed by a bishop:

  • The Diocese of Cuernavaca (colored blue on the map above)
  • The Diocese of Mexico (grey)
  • The Diocese of Northern Mexico (green)
  • The Diocese of Southeastern Mexico (yellow)
  • The Diocese of Western Mexico (red)
The reforms of Benito Juárez allowed the Anglican Church of Mexico to come into being.

Each diocese is divided into archdeaconries, each headed by a senior priest. The archdeaconries are further subdivided into parishes, headed by a parish priest.

Worship and liturgy[edit]

The Anglican Church of Mexico embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. A local variant of the Book of Common Prayer is used.

Doctrine and practice[edit]

The center of the Anglican Church of Mexico's teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, includes:

The threefold sources of authority in Anglicanism are scripture, tradition, and reason. These three sources uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way. This balance of scripture, tradition and reason is traced to the work of Richard Hooker, a sixteenth-century apologist. In Hooker's model, scripture is the primary means of arriving at doctrine and things stated plainly in scripture are accepted as true. Issues that are ambiguous are determined by tradition, which is checked by reason.[1]

Ecumenical relations[edit]

Unlike many other Anglican churches, the Anglican Church of Mexico is not a member of the ecumenical World Council of Churches.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anglican Listening Detail on how scripture, tradition, and reason work to "uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way".
  2. ^ http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=3587 World Council of Churches

Further reading[edit]

  • Anglicanism, Neill, Stephen. Harmondsworth, 1965.

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