Is it not possible, indeed likely, that the Protestant rejection of the ecclesial question is self-serving ideology generated by schism and heresy? Do we dare stake our souls, and the souls of our children and grandchildren, on the churches of the Reformation?
We Episcopalians find ourselves in the midst of a theological and ecclesiological crisis. This crisis rightly forces us–or at least should rightly force us–to ask the question of Newman: What is the Church? Are we in the Church? Where is the true Church of Jesus Christ to be found? This is not a matter of idle curiosity. If the Church Fathers are correct, it is a matter of our eternal salvation. We should not bank on our invincible ignorance before the Divine Judge.
Leave it to the Pontificator to open a can of worms on New Year's Eve. =)
Update: "Is it a safe church to die in?" - Further reflections by the Pontificator, regarding Cardinal Newman's consideration of the matter.